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Pope Francis has decreed that all Catholic priests and nuns must report sexual abuse and its cover-up to church authorities, including wrongs committed by bishops and cardinals. His groundbreaking edict promises protection for whistleblowers and requires all dioceses to have a system in place to receive claims confidentially. The new law, which applies retroactively, could unleash a fresh wave of abuse allegations and revelations in the global church.
Cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priestsnuns and members of religious orders in the 20th and 21st centuries have led to many allegations, investigations, trials and convictions as well as revelations about decades of attempts by Church officials to cover up reported incidents. The accusations began to receive isolated, sporadic publicity from the late s. Many of these involved cases in which a figure was accused of decades of abuse; such allegations were frequently made by adults or older youths years after the abuse occurred.
Christine P. Bartholomew does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Pope Francis recently changed the Catholic Church lawmaking it mandatory for clergy to report sexual abuse to church superiors.
During the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors in the church at the Vatican Feb. The meeting began Feb. The pre-recorded testimonies of five survivors were broadcast in the synod hall; the Vatican did not disclose their names, but only whether they were male or female and their country of origin.
This page documents Catholic Church sex abuse cases by country. The Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe has been documented by cases in several dioceses in European nations. Investigation and widespread reporting were conducted in the early 21st century related to dioceses in the United States of America ; several American dioceses were bankrupted by settlement of civil lawsuits from victims.
The police have obtained a warrant charging Derrick M. Decoste, 25, with murder and robbery in the killing of John Capparelli at his Nevada home in March. Five former Catholic priests have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, and Michigan officials are still examining hundreds of tips.
In the photograph, I am smiling brightly, and so are the two men I am standing next to. One is the future father of my children. The other is currently accused of sexual abuse involving "multiple" victims: his name is Robert Chabak.
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