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Abuse case dismissed despite Cardinal admitting ‘mistakes’

Abuse case dismissed despite Cardinal admitting ‘mistakes’

Posted: Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:49

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been told by the prosecutor that he will not face charges following allegations that he had failed to report suspicions of child abuse by a priest under his control, as is required by French law.

Cruelty was normalised at Church of England children’s home, says report

Cruelty was normalised at Church of England children’s home, says report

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:57

An independent review into Kendall house, a children's home run by the Church of England, has reported "harrowing" findings where girls were sedated and abused.

1200 cases of FGM reported in three months – but data “likely” to underestimate

1200 cases of FGM reported in three months – but data “likely” to underestimate

Posted: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:13

New data has shown a surge in reported cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, with over 1200 reports made in the first three months of 2016.

Sex abuse victims doubt Pope’s decree on negligent bishops

Sex abuse victims doubt Pope’s decree on negligent bishops

Posted: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:39

A new decree issued by Pope Francis under which bishops can be removed from office over negligence involving abuse of minors or vulnerable adults has been greeted with cynicism by the NSS and a victim support group.

Fugitive London priest arrested in Kosovo over child abuse allegations

Fugitive London priest arrested in Kosovo over child abuse allegations

Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016 09:51

A top Benedictine monk who has been accused of child abuse has been arrested after five years on the run.

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:23

A victim of clerical abuse has refused to give evidence to a Church review of the Bishop Peter Ball case, after it declined to explicitly mention intimidation of victims in its Terms of Reference.

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Posted: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:12

A report by Ian Elliott, an expert in child safeguarding, has found "repeated failures" by clergy and bishops in the Church of England to deal with reports by survivors of child abuse.

Vatican officials face prosecution in France over failure to report sex abuse priest to police

Vatican officials face prosecution in France over failure to report sex abuse priest to police

Posted: Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:25

Senior Vatican officials are facing investigation in France over the "non-reporting of crime" and endangering lives, following allegations that clerical sex abuse was not reported to the police.

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

Posted: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:54

The National Secular Society has warned that the Church's inquiry into their handling of the Bishop Peter Ball sex abuse case could leave significant questions unanswered.

Vatican tells new bishops they don’t “necessarily” need to report sex abuse of children

Vatican tells new bishops they don’t “necessarily” need to report sex abuse of children

Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:40

The National Secular Society has expressed its concern over guidelines for newly appointed bishops published by the Vatican which state that bishops do not always need to report clerical sex abuse to the authorities.

Christian Concern back parents over accusations adopted son was “held down” at prayer meeting for an exorcism

Christian Concern back parents over accusations adopted son was “held down” at prayer meeting for an exorcism

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:55

Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre are assisting a couple whose adopted sons were removed, after accusations one had been held down at a prayer meeting while people talked in tongues to exorcise a demon.

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has said that the Church of England cannot escape blame following the jailing of a retired Anglican priest for sexual offences committed against boys as young as 14.

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:12

Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to offences against 18 teenagers and young men – allegations Ball denied for over twenty years.

Catholic Church criticised at UN Human Rights Council over continued failure to address child sex abuse

Catholic Church criticised at UN Human Rights Council over continued failure to address child sex abuse

Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:32

The Catholic Church has been strongly criticised at the UN Human Rights Council for obstructing disclosure of child abuse and payment of victims' compensation.

Mexico blasted by UN Child Rights watchdog over child abuse in Catholic institutions

Mexico blasted by UN Child Rights watchdog over child abuse in Catholic institutions

Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:52

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has strongly criticised Mexico over "corroborated reports that hundreds of children have been sexually abused for years by clerics of the Catholic Church and other religious faiths".

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has warned that faith schools are becoming increasingly divisive and inimical to the realisation of children's rights in a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Catholic Church child abuse cover-ups: Vatican justice is no justice at all

Catholic Church child abuse cover-ups: Vatican justice is no justice at all

Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:34

The National Secular Society has dismissed Pope Francis' new tribunal to hear the cases of bishops implicated in covering up child sex abuse as a "PR stunt" and continuing to assist clerics escape justice over allegations.

Victims of historic child sex abuse speak out, after Catholic Church refuses to accept “liability” for the crimes of their priests

Victims of historic child sex abuse speak out, after Catholic Church refuses to accept “liability” for the crimes of their priests

Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:57

The Catholic Church is refusing to accept "liability" for long-term sex abuse that went on at the Mirfield Junior Seminary, despite paying out £120,000 to eleven victims of child sex abuse.

Pope’s former envoy under arrest over child abuse charges

Pope’s former envoy under arrest over child abuse charges

Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:21

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the highest ranking Catholic to be investigated over child abuse, is now under house arrest at the Vatican pending a criminal trial following accusations of the sexual abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic.

NSS calls for Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ to be denied entry to the UK

NSS calls for Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ to be denied entry to the UK

Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:23

The National Secular Society has called on the Home Secretary to deny a controversial Pentecostal Nigerian 'witch hunter' pastor entry into the UK.