Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy, and a Vatican magazine last week mentioned nuns having abortions or giving birth to the children of priests. But Francis has never raised the issue until he was asked to comment during a news conference aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the United Arab Emirates. A top official in the Vatican office that handles sexual abuse allegations resigned last month after a former nun accused him of making sexual advances during confession.
Dear Sister Julie, I would like to tell you that I have nothing but the utmost respect for you. My question is not meant to offend you in any way shape or form. I know that nuns are human like the rest of us.
The outrage sparked by the program "Abused Sisters: The Other Scandal of the Church" on the Franco-German public television channel ARTE, which aired in early March, has led many French Catholics to raise their voices to call for new measures to make sure these crimes do not happen again. After Francis' admission of the issue of clergy abuse of nuns, Catholics are urging him to act firmly against abusers, especially in India, where supporters of a nun who has accused a bishop of rape find themselves censured by church authorities. As the Vatican grapples to devise stronger protocols and responses following a historic summit focused on clergy sex abuse of minors, five nuns in India complain of church repression for their support of a former superior general who was allegedly raped by a bishop.
People light candles during an Aug. Last year, Pope Francis made a degree turn concerning the sex abuse crisis in Chile. Both former priests had long been accused of abuse and fallen into disgrace when the extent of their crimes became more well-known. Karadima had been banned by the Vatican from publicly exercising ministry in and Precht had been — without explanation — suspended from ministry for five years by the then-archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. All eyes will turn to Rome between Februarywhen senior church clerics across the world meet to discuss how to handle the widening sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Until recently, this has been focused on the abuse of children.
LONDON, Nov 18 Thomson Reuters Foundation - An army of religious sisters who rescue victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes to infiltrate brothels and buying children being sold into slavery, is expanding to countries, its chairman said on Wednesday. John Studzinski, an investment banker and philanthropist who chairs Talitha Kum, said the network of 1, sisters currently operates in about 80 countries but the demand for efforts to combat trafficking and slavery was rising globally. Of those, 70 percent are women and half are aged 16 or younger.
Pope Francis acknowledged this week that some priests and bishops have sexually abused nuns. Pope Francis made history earlier this week as the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula. And, on the plane flying back to Rome, he made history again.
For at least eight years, victims of child molesting nuns and members of SNAP have repeatedly urged America's largest organization of nuns to expose the truth about child sex crimes and cover ups by women religious. Now more than ever, since they're being attacked by bishops like we have been and are beingnuns should be sympathetic to our plight. It grieves us to have to keep prodding them to take long-overdue, simple steps to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. But how can we do otherwise?
The International Union of Superiors General, which represents more thansisters worldwide, vowed to help nuns who have been abused to find the courage to report it, and pledged to help victims heal and seek justice. The statement, issued on the eve of the U. The Associated Press reported earlier this year that the Vatican has known for decades about the problem of priests and bishops preying on nuns, but has done next to nothing to stop it.
Updated February 18, All eyes will turn to Rome between Februarywhen senior church clerics across the world meet to discuss how to handle the widening sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. But now Pope Francis has admitted — for the first time — sexual abuse by priests against religious women exists and must be acknowledged. Twenty-five years ago, Irish nun Maura O'Donohue prepared an extensive report for the Vatican on the abuse of nuns internationally by priests.