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December 22 2014

surveyork
11:02

Priests’ vows of celibacy may have led to paedophilia, the Roman Catholic Church in Australia has said, in what is believed to be the first such admission by Catholic officials worldwide.

A group advising the Australian Church on how to deal with thousands of cases of child sex abuse said celibacy may be psychologically damaging for some priests.

“Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse in some circumstances,” said a 44-page report from the group, called the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

November 08 2013

surveyork
15:54
BOULDER, Colo. - Five officials at Vinelife Church in Longmont are accused of failing to report that a youth pastor had allegedly sexually assaulted a church member since she was 15 years old.
7NEWS - Longmont church officials are accused of failing to report alleged child abuse by youth pastor - Local Story

April 03 2013

surveyork
14:24

The probe will look into institutional responses to the sexual abuse of children.

Its formation was announced by Ms Gillard in November following pressure from lawmakers amid police claims that the Roman Catholic Church had concealed evidence of paedophile priests.

March 11 2013

surveyork
23:36
The BBC has seen evidence that bishops in the Catholic Church in Scotland knew of 20 allegations of child sex abuse by priests between 1985 and 1995.

February 12 2013

surveyork
00:18
There are two separate but related matters here: First, the individual responsibility of the pope in one instance of this moral nightmare and, second, his more general and institutional responsibility for the wider lawbreaking and for the shame and disgrace that goes with it. The first story is easily told, and it is not denied by anybody. In 1979, an 11-year-old German boy identified as Wilfried F. was taken on a vacation trip to the mountains by a priest. After that, he was administered alcohol, locked in his bedroom, stripped naked, and forced to suck the penis of his confessor. (Why do we limit ourselves to calling this sort of thing "abuse"?) The offending cleric was transferred from Essen to Munich for "therapy" by a decision of then-Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger, and assurances were given that he would no longer have children in his care. But it took no time for Ratzinger's deputy, Vicar General Gerhard Gruber, to return him to "pastoral" work, where he soon enough resumed his career of sexual assault.

January 15 2013

surveyork
00:32

January 11 2013

surveyork
14:12

Germany’s justice minister said on Thursday the country’s Roman Catholic Church appeared to be shrinking from independent scrutiny after bishops sacked a top criminologist they had hired to investigate clerical sexual abuse.

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said the German bishops had initially committed to an outside study after devastating abuse revelations in 2010 which saw 600 people file claims against priests, but said they now seemed to want to control which findings would be published.

surveyork
02:38
LOS ANGELES -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of church leaders and pedophile priests identified in thousands of pages of internal documents recounting sexual abuse allegations dating back decades, a judge ruled Monday.

January 01 2013

surveyork
01:44

Contrary to the Pope’s claim, there are millions of atheists who are not just good without god, but often times act more morally than the godly. The Pope’s track record of trafficking sex offenders around the globe so that they can hide from prosecution, enabling them to repeat their crimes is an excellent example of that. It doesn’t appear that his holiness is defending the human persons (often children) who are victims of these sex crimes.

In contrast, there are humanist associations, societies of ethical culture, and atheist groups all over the world who care and actively fight for human dignity not because of the threat of eternal torture or the lore of a blissful eternity, but because they have human empathy and compassion. They deny god and defend human dignity.

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December 17 2012

surveyork
17:25
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What religion has contributed to the world this month - Episode 1 (November/December 2012) - YouTube

November 29 2012

surveyork
22:58

The church is a petrified oligarchy, a dictatorship like the medieval monarchies it once existed alongside, and it's run by a small circle of conservative, rigidly ideological old men who make all the decisions and choose their own successors.

This means that, whatever individual Catholics may do, the resources of the church as an institution are bent toward opposing social progress and positive change all over the world.

50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church | Alternet

November 10 2012

surveyork
05:35

A GROUP of 15 religious brothers led by an "alpha paedophile" is suspected of the unreported deaths of two boys and the sexual abuse of more than 40 others.

The victims – abused over three decades – include wards of the state cared for by the brothers in homes for the mentally impaired, a state parliamentary inquiry into child abuse is expected to be told. Seven are believed to have committed suicide.

The suspected paedophile brothers from the Hospitaller Order of St John of God have never been charged in Victoria because of a lack of police resources, says the submission’s author, Dr Wayne Chamley, a researcher for Broken Rites, the support group for church sex abuse victims.

While  most of the suspected paedophiles are dead, Fairfax Media is aware of three who have left the Catholic order and moved away but are in roles where they could have access to children.

The allegations relate to the order’s operations at Cheltenham and Lilydale, where it provided homes for wards of the state, orphans, boys given up by their parents and those with intellectual disabilities from  the 1950s to the 1980s.

The order paid out more than $3.6 million in 2002 to 24 men who had alleged they were abused as children by brothers from the order.

October 29 2012

surveyork
09:36
A new report by the Dublin Archdiocese reveals one in every 14 priests has been the subject of child abuse allegations.

October 19 2012

surveyork
14:55
"There is obviously something wrong with an organisation which presents itself to tell the rest of society what is right and wrong, what is good and bad, what is moral and what is immoral ... should have this sort of most ugly taint and sin within it," he said.
surveyork
14:14
Catholic clergy the worst abusers, inquiry told

CATHOLIC clergy commit six times as much abuse as those in the rest of the churches combined, ''and that's a conservative figure'', a child protection expert says.

October 18 2012

surveyork
21:09

October 14 2012

surveyork
11:59
Ireland’s top cleric Cardinal Sean Brady is set to be axed in the fall-out from recent sex abuse scandals.

October 13 2012

surveyork
16:06
surveyork
16:06
surveyork
16:06

In an effort to start a global conversation about the devastating effects of early marriages, which are currently practiced in more than 50 developing countries, the United Nations designated October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child this year.

To mark the occasion and draw attention to the problem of child brides, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair teamed up with National Geographic to create  a series of heart-breaking photos depicting girls as young as five years old being married off to middle-aged men in countries like India, Yemen and Ethiopia.

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