Pope Francis asked Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, to stay in his post, despite a damning report that criticised his leadership and concluded that the church repeatedly prioritised its reputation over the welfare of child sex abuse victims. Nor did he demonstrate compassion towards victims in the recent cases which we examined. If there is any hope at all of real change it will require a relinquishing of power, and a will to treat survivors as human beings. Between and , the church in England and Wales received more than complaints involving more than 3, instances of child sexual abuse, made against more than individuals, including priests, monks and volunteers. One child estimated that between the ages of 11 and 15 he had been abused hundreds of times by a priest.
Catholic Church sex abuse cases in the United States
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Children have long suffered systemic sexual abuse within religious institutions all over the world — a centuries-old problem shrouded in secrecy, cover-ups, and a lack of accountability. The Catholic Church is one such institution which, in , came under international scrutiny. The State was questioned primarily on the global scale of sexual abuse against children within the church by its own clergy, the cover-ups that took place from the highest levels of authority, the denial of justice and compensation for victims, and the systemic failure to effectively protect children. How the Catholic Church has responded to its home-grown sex abuse scandal sets a dangerous tone for how powerful institutions view and treat children and their human rights. But obscure and rigid internal structures and a chronic lack of political will continue to delay any progress. These factors inevitably pave the way for some of the worst crimes against children to continue and for survivors to be denied justice. Transparency, access to justice for children, and protection from violence are crucial.
Catholic Church sexual abuse cases
Two Catholic priests have gone on trial in the Vatican, marking the first time the city state has prosecuted a case of alleged sexual abuse. Enrico Radice, 72, is charged with covering up the alleged assault while he was rector of the theological school where it is claimed the abuse happened. While scores of priests have faced abuse charges around the world, the Vatican has never held a trial concerning allegations of sexual abuse within its own walls. The trial, which began with a short hearing on Wednesday, is symbolic as the Vatican is home to the spiritual leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. He attended the seminary himself and later became a priest, and prosecutors claim Mr Radice did not block his ordination despite knowing about the allegations.
Catholic Church sexual abuse cases are cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests , nuns and members of religious orders. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the cases have involved many allegations, investigations, trials, convictions, and revelations about decades of attempts by Church officials to cover up reported incidents. The accusations of abuse and cover-ups began to receive public attention  during the late s. Many of these cases allege decades of abuse, frequently made by adults or older youths years after the abuse occurred.