Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope's First Year of Papacy Has Been a Failure on Child Abuse

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

Ahead of the first anniversary of his papacy, it's a good time to review the Pope's handling of the child abuse crisis, which so plagued the papacy of his predecessor. Few would dispute that clerical child abuse was the most pressing issue, given that his predecessor's lamentable performance on this was widely thought to be the main reason that a papal election took place.

Vatican Under Unprecedented Scrutiny Over Child Abuse

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

Perhaps the biggest question that this examination raises is the extent to which Francis wishes to - or indeed is able to - start coming clean over child abuse by requiring reporting to secular authorities, and cooperating with them by providing information which the Vatican has hitherto kept secret and instructed others to do likewise.

Keith O'Brien, Catholicism and Sexuality

Tim Whitmarsh | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tim Whitmarsh

I don't want to join the queue of ill-wishers wagging fingers at Keith O'Brien, the fallen leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland. The poor man is surely experiencing that kind of hell on earth that only Catholic guilt can generate.

Whichever Way You Look at - The Next Pope Is Screwed!

Nikki McWatters | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Nikki McWatters

Only last week, as part of my research for a new book, I became aware of the prophecies of Saint Malachy, made in 1143 AD. He fairly accurately predicted each and every pope from that time until... the end of time.

Pope's Resignation: Good Riddance

Balaji Ravichandran | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK
Balaji Ravichandran

Even the most neutral of observers would have to agree that his popedom has been a PR disaster for the Catholic Church.

Why Ireland's Religious Extremists Oppose Children's Rights

Peter McGuire | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Peter McGuire

The religious right is pushing the ludicrous scenario whereby the state gleefully rushes in and tears apart innocent families, forcibly placing children for adoption because it doesn't like the colour of mammy's rosary beads.

Saint Jimmy

Matt Carr | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK
Matt Carr

When Savile reportedly laughed in the face of one of his victims who threatened to report him, he had clearly come to regard himself as legally untouchable, and this impunity was due to at best an extraordinary willingness of the various institutions he was involved with to turn a blind eye to his crimes.

Time for the Catholic Church to Open its Secret Archives

Richard Scorer | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK
Richard Scorer

The Catholic church now maintains that it abhors child abuse and that it wants to root it out. If the Catholic church is serious about this then in my view it has a responsibility to come clean about past abuse. And there's a simple way for the Catholic church to do this - open its secret archives to the police.

Catholic Church Could Face Millions In Compensation For Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

The Catholic Church could be forced to pay millions of pounds to sex abuse victims following a landmark decision by the High Court. Following Tues...

Catholic Church Could Face Millions In Compensation For Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

The Catholic Church could be forced to pay millions of pounds to sex abuse victims following a landmark decision by the High Court. Following Tues...

Vatican Orders Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse Claims At London School

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Pope Benedict has ordered an investigation into child sex abuse claims dating back to the 1960s which have centred around a London school. The "apo...

The Catholics Fighting to Defect from the Church

Jessica Abrahams | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK
Jessica Abrahams

A group of disaffected Catholics in Malta have been forced to resort to civil law after they were unable to terminate their membership of the Church e...