Topic / Abuse

Convicted archbishop sparks fury with ‘pray for me’ letter

Australian Philip Wilson, the Archbishop of Adelaide who was found guilty this week  of concealing child sexual abuse, has caused outrage by sending a letter to Catholic schools in his home state, asking pupils to ‘please continue to pray for me’. Wilson’s letter, according to this report, first went viral on Twitter, and then Reddit, […]

‘Wonderful’ ex-pastor accused of breaking his infant’s legs

Matthew Everly, 25, of Bloomington, Illinois, faces 11 counts of child cruelty arising out of an incident in March this year when he allegedly broke both legs of his two-month-old daughter. According to this report, Everly was, until recently, a pastor at the Eastview Christian Church in the town of Normal in McLean County. The […]

Convicted Adelaide archbishop will leave his post this week

Philip Wilson, above, the Archbishop of Adelaide who had been found guilty of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest, will step down from his position on Friday. According to this report, Wilson announced his decision today (Wednesday) the day after he was found guilty by a Newcastle court judge of concealing the abuse […]

Missionary faces lengthy jail sentence for abusing orphans

Christian missionary Daniel Stephen Johnson, 40, above, faces a minimum of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year in Oregon for for sexually abusing children living at an unlicensed Cambodian orphanage that he operated in Phnom Penh over a period of years. A jury, according to this report,  found Johnson guilty […]

Cult leader Hopeful Christian, a ‘dirty old man’, dies aged 92

The founder of a New Zealand cult who changed his name from Neville Cooper to Hopeful Christian, died today, leaving behind a trail of controversy, a sexual abuse conviction, and questions over the future of the sect called Gloriavale, located in Haupiri Valley, on the South Island’s West Coast. According to this report, the current leader, […]

Outrage as teenage rape victim gets Islamic death sentence

Human rights groups around the world have expressed outrage over the fact that that a Muslim teen in Sudan, Noura Hussein, was sentenced to death this week for murdering husband after he had raped her. According to this report Hussein had no desire to get married. She was about 16, an aspiring teacher who hadn’t even […]

Abuse case: ‘crap’ sentences imposed on two Catholic friars

Pennsylvanian Franciscan friars Robert D’Aversa, 70, left, and Anthony Criscitelli, 63, have each been fined $1,000 and given five year periods of probation for enabling a paedophile priest. According to this report, Shaun Dougherty, a local victims’ advocate, described the sentences as “crap”. On one side of it, I’m happy to see that we’re putting […]

Glitzy Catholic fashion event in US attacked from all sides

On Monday night New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 70th Met Gala made Catholic fashion the theme of a new exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow, May 10. Pop idol Rihanna, above turned up at the gala launch looking like a pope, and other big names in fashion and music decked themselves out in […]

Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on sexual abuse charges

Australian magistrate Belinda Wallington ruled today that there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial against George Pell, 76, Australia’s most senior Catholic and treasurer for the Vatican. He was given a large police guard as he entered the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in front of dozens of media representatives and members of the public. […]

Hondurans ask ‘who will rid us of these Catholic scoundrels?’

The priests pictured above are Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle, left, and Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga – and right now people in Honduras are asking why no action is being taken against them following an investigation that revealed that the bishop had sexually abused seminarians and nicked almost a million pounds given to the […]