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#Sex Abuse

# sex-abuse - Thursday 8 March, 2012

Bishops told seven more abuse reviews will be complete by June

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church are due to release reports into a further seven dioceses by mid-summer 2012.

# sex-abuse - Thursday 9 February, 2012

LA school in sex abuse scandal reopens - without any of the former staff

The entire staff of the primary school – including teachers, the principal and canteen staff – were replaced after two former teachers were arrested on charges of abuse.

# sex-abuse - Monday 6 February, 2012

People 'should be grateful to Pope for handling abuse scandal' - cardinal

Cardinal William Levada told a Vatican conference on healing that the pontiff “has had to suffer attacks by the media”.

# sex-abuse - Friday 3 February, 2012

Pope must ask forgiveness from abuse victims, says survivor Marie Collins

Collins is due to speak at a Vatican conference on ‘Healing and Renewal’ in Rome next week.

# sex-abuse - Saturday 26 November, 2011

Pope says sex abuse is 'a scourge which affects every level of society'

Pope Benedict’s latest remarks have not done well with abuse victims’ advocacy groups.

# sex-abuse - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

From The42 More sex abuse claims emerge in US, as police probe Syracuse University basketball coach Controversy

More sex abuse claims emerge in US, as police probe Syracuse University basketball coach

Allegations have been lodged against Bernie Fine by ex-player Bobby Davis.

# sex-abuse - Wednesday 28 September, 2011

Pensioner charged with 16 counts of child sex abuse in UK

Scotland Yard says today that the charges date back to 1949.

# sex-abuse - Thursday 15 September, 2011

Less than 5% of sex offenders convicted in Ireland

Support group One in Four says the way the Irish criminal justice system treats victims of sex crimes is “simply unacceptable”.

# sex-abuse - Thursday 25 August, 2011

Man accused of making daughters his sex slaves for 41 years

New Austrian case carries echoes of Josef Fritzl, as man found to have kept two mentally-disabled daughters locked in a room for decades.

# sex-abuse - Thursday 21 July, 2011

Poll: Will Enda Kenny's speech change relations between Church and State? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will Enda Kenny's speech change relations between Church and State?

Is the Taoiseach’s damning criticism of the Vatican a genuine turning point, or another false dawn?

# sex-abuse - Wednesday 20 July, 2011

Kenny condemns the 'dysfunction and disconnection' of the Catholic Church

Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the Cloyne Report has exposed the Vatican’s “dysfunction, disconnection and elitism”; meanwhile, there have been further calls for the Papal Nucnio to be expelled from Ireland.

# sex-abuse - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

Pope accepts Cardinal's resignation after clerical abuse scandal ...in Philadelphia

It’s not just in Ireland, you know. Cardinal Justin Rigali steps down as Archbishop of Philadelphia over sex abuse.

# sex-abuse - Saturday 16 July, 2011

Poll: Should priests be exempted from mandatory crime reporting? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should priests be exempted from mandatory crime reporting?

The government is to make it a crime for priests not to report a crime if it’s confessed to them. What do you think?

New row between Church and State over ‘privileged’ confessions

Frances Fitzgerald says the ‘privilege’ of confession will not exempt a priest from new duties reporting child abuse.

# sex-abuse - Friday 15 July, 2011

Minister for Children publishes new child protection guidelines

The new guidelines will seek to ensure that the “evils” revealed in this week’s Cloyne Report will never be repeated, said Frances Fitzgerald.

# sex-abuse - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

Cloyne report findings 'could not be starker or more disturbing' - Shatter

The Minister for Justice has offered a “profound apology” at the launch of the report into clerical child sex abuse in the Catholic diocese of Cloyne, which heavily criticises the diocese and the Vatican.

# sex-abuse - Thursday 26 May, 2011

HIV-positive Italian priest arrested over paedophilia claims - in diocese of key anti-paedophilia Bishop

A key ally of Pope Benedict in establishing a tough policy on how bishops handle abuse allegations is hit with problems of his own.

# sex-abuse - Friday 8 April, 2011

Take 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

# sex-abuse - Saturday 26 March, 2011

US Jesuits agree €117m payout to clerical abuse victims

Abuse settlement is one of the largest in Catholic church history.

# sex-abuse - Friday 17 December, 2010

Defrocked priest Tony Walsh abused "hundreds" of children

Chapter detailing Walsh’s crimes is published as part of Murphy Report into clerical child sexual abuse in Dublin and reveals him as “classic serial paedophile” who was abusing from when he was a seminarian.

# sex-abuse - Thursday 18 November, 2010

Former IRA leader's widow facing child sex abuse charges

Briege Meehan has denied claims that she abused step-daughter 30 years ago.

# sex-abuse - Monday 15 November, 2010

Apostolic visit criticised for giving out 'very bad message'

The cardinal sent to Ireland to oversee the handling of the clerical sex abuse crisis has celebrated mass alongside two bishops strongly criticised in the Murphy report.

# sex-abuse - Thursday 15 July, 2010

THE VATICAN has issued a new set of canon laws in response to worldwide incidents of clerical child abuse.

Priests who abuse children or mentally disabled people or access child pornography are targeted by the guidelines.The statute of limitations was also increased to 20 years from ten, from the victim’s 18th birthday.

However, many victims say that the Vatican has not gone far enough: The new laws do not force priests to report sexual abuse to police, do not impose sanctions for priests who help to cover up abuse, and do not unequivocally expel clerics who are found guilty of abuse.

Apart from the bitter disappointment of some victims who had hoped the Church would deliver on its promise to introduce stern new measures to fight abuse, the laws have also provoked outrage from women’s groups.

The new canon laws describe the attempted ordination of women as a “grave crime” and subjects it to the same procedures and punishments outlined for sex abuse. The apparent implication that child rape is equivalent to women joining the priesthood has provoked outrage and incredulity.

The Vatican says that updating the law on both issues at the same time did not mean they believed they were equivalent.

Under the new rules, punishment for ordaining a woman consists of immediate excommunication for the woman and priest in question. On the other hand, priests found guilty of sexually abusing children are not automatically defrocked.

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