Topic / Abuse

Priests who cover up sexual abuse are ‘shit’ says the Pope

Pope Francis referred to those who cover up abuse in the Catholic Church as ‘caca’ – the Spanish word for shit – during a meeting in Dublin with abuse survivors. Which is a tad ironic given that the Francis himself stands accused of covering up the sexual abuse of seminarians and priests by Archbishop Theodore […]

Crazed US missionary racially abuses Ugandan hotel workers

Screaming ‘You hate Jesus’, Jimmy L Taylor, above, went into meltdown in a Kampala hotel, and threw punches at staff. Police arrested the 69-year-old  Arizona missionary after reviewing security camera footage that showed him striking out at the Grand Imperial Hotel staff at and yelling racial slurs. Kampala Metropolitan Police’s Facebook page says: Upon police […]

‘Catholic Church must stop ordaining homosexual men’

Daniel Mattson, author of Why I don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace,  has weighed in over the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, saying that the church needs to admit that it has a homosexual priest problem and must stop ordaining men with homosexual inclinations to the priesthood. Mattson […]

New website names Catholic clergy who covered up abuse

A newly-launched website – ComplicitClergy.com – identifies ten American bishops who ‘should have known’ about the predatory behaviour of disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who recently resigned from the College of Cardinals after the Archdiocese of New York admitted that there were ‘credible allegations’ that he had sexually abused a minor. The website, created by […]

Awful week for the Vatican as more abuse allegations surface

The iter sabbati began with news that in Chile authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic church’s Episcopal Conference as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Catholic Marist Brothers. This coincided with reports that a grand jury yesterday revealed that more than 300 Catholic ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania […]

Church of England priest jailed for 12 years for abusing boys

Canon Terrence Grigg, 84, retired rector of St Mary’s Church, Cottingham near Hull, began a 12-year jail sentence this week after he was convicted of 12 indecent assaults and two other serious sex offences. The offences, according to this report, related to four young male victims, one of whom was just ten when Grigg began […]

‘Catholic Church is woefully incapable of policing itself’

That was the reaction of  lawyer Richard Scorer to a report published today about the ‘appalling’ abuse inflicted on pupils at two Catholic schools – Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset – over a period of 40 years. The report, published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), exposes a shocking cover-up […]

Boys removed from ‘horrific’ Christian camp in Texas

Eight boys, ages 10 to 17, have been removed from the Joshua Home in Bertram, northwest of Austin, following an investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect, labour violations, fraud, licencing violations, and human trafficking. According to this report, the authorities believe the operator of the Joshua Home, Baptist minister Gary Wiggins, above, may have been using […]

Come Alive Church pastor gets 18 years for sex offences

Harry Thomas, 75, former pastor at the Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford, New Jersey who helped create the popular Creation music festivals, has been jailed for 18 years for sexually assaulting five young girls. According to this report, Thomas also faced an outpouring of anger and contempt from his victims and their loved ones […]

Decision to allow Carey back in the pulpit is to be reviewed

Last year Lord Carey, above, former Archbishop of Canterbury, resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Oxford after a damning review found that senior Church of England officials colluded with Peter Ball, who abused young men. But earlier this month survivors of clerical abuse were horrified to learn that the Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven […]