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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.

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'.

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