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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.

UN Committee Against Torture criticises Vatican failures on child abuse

UN Committee Against Torture criticises Vatican failures on child abuse

Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 13:11

The UN Committee Against Torture has criticised the Vatican (in its guise as The Holy See) for several failures in its handling of the child abuse scandal.

Vatican unveils figures on its punishment of child abusers

Vatican unveils figures on its punishment of child abusers

Posted: Wed, 07 May 2014 17:24

The Vatican has, for the first time, revealed how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children.

UN children's body slates Vatican over child abuse

UN children's body slates Vatican over child abuse

Posted: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:21

A United Nations committee has issued a scathing report accusing the Vatican of putting the reputation and interests of the Holy See above the interests of children who had been sexually abused by priests.

Vatican challenged by UN over its handling of child abuse

Vatican challenged by UN over its handling of child abuse

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:51

Representatives from the Vatican have faced tough questions over the Holy See's record on sexual abuse and other forms of violence against children by a UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in Geneva.

Catholic Church faces question from UN over handling of child abuse

Catholic Church faces question from UN over handling of child abuse

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:18

The Vatican will today be questioned about its record on child sexual violence by a UN Committee.

Vatican ducks questions from UN on the worldwide child abuse in Catholic institutions

Vatican ducks questions from UN on the worldwide child abuse in Catholic institutions

Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:15

The Vatican has failed to provide detailed information on cases of child sexual abuse, as requested by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Polish Catholic Church on the spot over paedophile priests and child abuse cover ups

Polish Catholic Church on the spot over paedophile priests and child abuse cover ups

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:08

Polish radio is reporting that a man who, as a child, was abused by a Catholic priest has written to the Pope after the Church refused to entertain a compensation claim.

Bradford issues a report on child protection in Muslim religious ‘schools’

Bradford issues a report on child protection in Muslim religious ‘schools’

Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:17

An attempt is being made in Bradford to safeguard the estimated 9,000 children who attend Muslim religious schools in the city.

Catholic Church’s attempt to evade responsibility for child abuse liability is stymied by Supreme Court

Catholic Church’s attempt to evade responsibility for child abuse liability is stymied by Supreme Court

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:53

The Supreme Court has this week refused to hear a case from the Catholic Church that it could not be held responsible for abuse committed by one of its priests because he was not an 'employee'.

NSS draws international attention to UN report that berates USA on its lax approach to clerical child abuse

NSS draws international attention to UN report that berates USA on its lax approach to clerical child abuse

Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:26

A UN Committee has expressed deep concern to the US Government about its failure to properly deal with sexual abuse committed by clerics and leading members of faith-based organizations.

Abuse ‘shatters’ German bishops

Abuse ‘shatters’ German bishops

Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:21

A leading German Catholic bishop has spoken of the "perfidiousness" of the way Catholic priests had used their power and authority to groom children for sexual abuse.

Supreme Court rules on compensation to Catholic child abuse victims

Supreme Court rules on compensation to Catholic child abuse victims

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:52

The Supreme Court has today ruled on a dispute between two Catholic organisations about who is responsible for paying compensation to over 170 victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse at a Yorkshire children's home.

International controversy rages over German ban on circumcision

International controversy rages over German ban on circumcision

Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:18

The court decision in Germany that held that circumcision, carried out for religious — as opposed to medical — reasons, is potentially harmful has been fiercely opposed by religious interests, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Supreme Court to rule on Catholic Church’s attempt to escape responsibility for child abuse

Supreme Court to rule on Catholic Church’s attempt to escape responsibility for child abuse

Posted: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:25

A landmark hearing at the Supreme Court in London on Monday will consider who is responsible for compensating victims of child abuse by Catholic priests.

Vatican’s use of the law to try to hide its secrets looks set to backfire

Vatican’s use of the law to try to hide its secrets looks set to backfire

Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:52

The small German magazine Titanic is being prosecuted by the Pope over the cover of its latest edition which satirises the "Vatileaks" scandal.

NSS call for Northern Ireland child abuse investigation

NSS call for Northern Ireland child abuse investigation

Posted: Fri, 04 May 2012 09:31

The National Secular Society has called on the Northern Ireland Justice Minister to launch an investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church.

Dutch Catholic Church under fire for castrating teenagers

Dutch Catholic Church under fire for castrating teenagers

Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:31

At least 10 teenage boys or men under the age of 21 were surgically castrated "to get rid of homosexuality" while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s.

Government resists calls to regulate madrassas

Government resists calls to regulate madrassas

Posted: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:29

Children & Families Minister Tim Loughton MP has said that he is not convinced there is any need to regulate Britain's madrassas, despite clear evidence of abuse.

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