child abuse

  • April 15, 2010

    While some Roman Catholic leaders are truly penitent, says Savi Hensman, some have dug the church into an even deeper hole by their attempts to shift blame on to others. A more careful assessment is needed of claims and counter-claims.

  • April 4, 2010

    Churches across Britain and Ireland - and especially Catholic leaders - have used Easter Sunday sermons to address the Catholic Church's handling of its global child abuse scandal.

  • April 3, 2010

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed strong concern about the response of, and to, the Catholic Church in Ireland over sex abuse. But his remarks may also have been exaggerated.

  • March 31, 2010

    While the response of the Vatican to calls for change, investigation, admission and openness over child abuse scandals remains culpably defensive, other Catholics have been speaking and acting much more positively.

  • March 26, 2010

    The Vatican has launched an extraordinary attack on the world's media, blaming reporters for the scandal over the Catholic Church's deepening and severe child abuse crisis.

  • March 26, 2010

    The monumental child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is providing endless fuel for its detractors. But the pain and outrage of millions of loyal Catholics is just as real - and can be a harbinger of deep change.

  • March 26, 2010

    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.

  • March 25, 2010

    Protesters in London this Sunday will accuse the Pope of covering up child sex abuse by Catholic clergy and demand his resignation.

  • March 20, 2010

    In a pastoral letter to Irish Roman Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI has told them that he shares their “dismay and sense of betrayal” over the sexual abuse of children and young people by priests.

  • February 28, 2010

    An abuse survivor and former nun has written to Pope Benedict XVI asking him to apologise directly to child abuse survivors in Scotland ahead of his September 2010 visit to the country.