As the global sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church deepens, standards of accountability must be the norm for all, including the pope and the hierarchy, says Bridget Mary Meehan. Civil investigation, active repentance within the Church and an independent truth commission is now needed.
The last remaining bishop mentioned in a damning official report on the systematic failure of the Catholic Church in Ireland to deal with child abuse in its institutions, is facing insistent and repeated calls to step down.
The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service, an unofficial body that works with churches across the denominations, has published new guidance and urged Christian communities to "raise the bar" in their protection work.
Pope Benedict XVI has met privately with a delegation of Canadian native people to express his sorrow for the abuse suffered by indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. The meeting took place at the end of last week.