Topic / Abuse

Clerical abuse: sour start to Pope’s Chile visit ends in fury

After commiserating with abuse survivors in Chile, Pope Francis – to the astonishment and fury of many – then accused them of slandering Bishop Juan Barros just before he left the country this week. Chileans have no doubt that Barros, pictured above in 2015 being targeted by protesters, covered up the activities of Chile’s most […]

‘Good Christians’ in court over abuse of their 13 children

The father of David Turpin, 56, says he does not believe that his son and daughter-in-law, Louise Turpin, 49, had abused their 13 children. According to this report, Turpin’s father, James, said from his home in Princeton, West Virginia, that he did not believe the reports about the abuse. I’m going to talk with the […]

Abuse scandals put a damper on Pope’s first visit to Chile

Pope Francis is in Chile – and the country is less than ecstatic about his visit. Many in fact are downright incensed, their anger manifesting itself in protests and the firebombing of nine churches. The source of their anger, according to this report, was sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Chile, and the […]

Archbishop Anthony Apuron faces fresh abuse allegation

Catholic Church officials in Guam say they have notified the Vatican of a new sexual abuse allegation against Archbishop Anthony Apuron. According to the Archdiocese of Agana, a relative of the homophobic Apuron told local media he was abused by the archbishop in 1990. Apuron already faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse of altar boys […]

‘Godlike’ Baptist and former judge allegedly abused teen

Retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler, above, has been hit with a lawsuit which alleges that he repeatedly abused a boy in the late 1970. Also named as co-defendents in the lawsuit, filed by Gareld Duane Rollins, is a wing of the Southern Baptist Convention. According to the Baptist Press, Pressler’s legal team released a […]

Christian music festival leader charged with child abuse

Harry L Thomas, who launched America’s largest and longest-running Christian music festival, has been “indefinitely suspended” from the ministry and his church following his arrest Wednesday on charges of child molestation. According to this report, Thomas, 74, who is senior pastor of Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford, New Jersey, has been accused of […]

Catholic school sheltered child abusers, says former abbot

A former abbot at Downside Abbey in Somerset, Aidan Bellenger, above, claims that a school attached to the monastery sheltered child sex offenders and tolerated abuse. According to this report, Downside Abbey is is being investigated by an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse after two of its monks were jailed for child sex offences. […]

Toddler allegedly killed at Florida House of Prayer school

Anna Elizabeth Young, above, who ran the House of Prayer for All People religious boarding school in Micannopy, Florida, has been arrested in Georgia on charges of torturing and killing a toddler in the late 1980s. The alleged killing, according to this report, came to light after a year-long investigation into the abuse suffered by […]

Women arrested for procuring young girls for S African pastor

Two women were arrested this week in South Africa for allegedly procuring sex partners, some as young 13, for Nigerian-born pastor Timothy Omotoso, above. According to this report, the televangelist and senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International Church in Durban, was arrested in April this year and faces charges of having sex with at […]

Abuse of children in Pakistan’s madrassas is rife, say report

The photo above, showing a distraught Pakistani mother, Kausar Parveen, comforting her nine-year-old son who had been raped in an Islamic school by a Muslim cleric, appears today in a shocking AP report about widespread sexual abuse of children in madrassas across the country. The AP investigation found that sexual abuse in the madrassas is a […]