Topic / Abuse

Inquiry exposes widespread child abuse in Northern Ireland

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA), headed by Sir Anthony Hart, above, reveals that children’s homes run by churches and charities in Northern Ireland were the scene of widespread abuse and mistreatment of young residents. Sir Anthony, according to the BBC, said the largest number of complaints received related to four Sisters of Nazareth homes. […]

Argentine abuse case: Pope Francis ‘lives outside of reality’

The Pope and the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are keeping schtum about the arrest in Argentina of a priest arrested on suspicion of child rape. The Independent reports that Pope Francis had been told as early as 2014 that the Rev Nicola Corradi, 82, had been reassigned to a school in […]

Sadistic US pastor and son accused of beating a boy of 12

Dong Wook Kim and his 19-year-old son Joo Seong Kim, above, of the  Good News Church in Minneapolis, have been charged with assault and malicious punishment of a child. The sadistic pair, according to this report, are now in custody and are being held on $50,000 bail. Their arrest arises out of alleged beatings inflicted […]

Church law loophole allowed a paedophile to keep his job

Paedophile Catholic priest Fr Kevin Gugliotta, 54, above, is currently languishing in jail, awaiting trial on charges of downloading and sharing images and videos of children involved in sex acts. Now here’s a thing: according to this report, the Vatican was informed around 13 years ago that Gugliotta was alleged to have molested a 16-year-old […]

Catholics sorry that a priest abused a disabled woman

The Catholic Church today publicly apologised to a disabled woman who was abused over a period of 14 years by one of its priests, Father Tom Knowles, above, the first priest in Australia to be defrocked for having a ‘long-term inappropriate sexual relationship with a woman.’ According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the apology to […]

Catholic Church in Norway fined over membership fraud

Last year it was reported in Newsweek that Bernt Ivar Eidsvig, the bishop of Oslo, above, had been charged with ‘gross economic fraud’. He and his diocese was accused of overstating their membership numbers, thereby claiming state funding to which it was not entitled. This week, according to the Independent, the case culminated with the […]

Staff abused over school’s plan to charge £1 for nativity play

A plan to charge a £1 entrance fee for three performances of a nativity play at a Catholic primary school in Worcester has angered some parents, who have reportedly subjected staff to abuse. The money raised, according to head teacher Louise Bury, of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, would be spent on books and equipment, […]

A Survivor’s Conversation with Christianity

[An earlier version of this article appeared on the website No Longer Quivering] SIX years ago I sent a letter to the husband-and-wife authors of a well-known Christian parenting guide. Criticized for its emphasis on corporal punishment and for being circumstantially linked to at least two child-abuse deaths, their book has nevertheless attracted a faithful […]

Former Anglican priest on trial in Perth for molesting boys

Raymond Sydney Cheek, above, is facing charges of molesting five boys, one of whom was told that it was ‘church tradition’ for a priest to dress altar boys. According to this report, Perth District Court was told that Cheek, 84, warned one of his victims not to tell anyone about being molested because: God doesn’t […]

Turkey to free child rapists if they marry their victims

If passed, a draft bill in Turkey law will free prisoners guilty of sexually assaulting a minor if the act was committed without ‘force, threat, or any other restriction on consent’ and if the aggressor ‘marries the victim’. The proposed bill has caused widespread fury throughout the Muslim country, according to the Guardian, which published […]