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Portugal’s Catholic Church to compensate sexual abuse victims

Fatima, Portugal Reuters Portugal’s Catholic Church said on Thursday it will financially compensate victims of child sexual abuse within the church, setting the amounts to be paid on a case-by-case basis, an approach survivors’ groups have criticised. Members of Portugal’s Bishops’ Conference (CEP) have been meeting since Monday at the Shrine of Fatima in central […]

Kenya court sentences priest convicted of abuse to preach on sexual crimes

Nairobi, Kenya RNS In a rare ruling, a Kenyan high court has sentenced a Catholic priest found guilty of assaulting a 16-year-old girl to spend the next three years preaching about the country’s sexual crimes law. Rev Dominic Muli Nzioka, a priest who served a parish in Mivumoni, in the Archdiocese of Mombasa, was ordered […]

Pope expels disgraced former bishop, says Belgian church

Brussels, Belgium Reuters The Pope has expelled from the priesthood a disgraced former Belgian bishop who admitted more than a decade ago to sexually abusing two nephews, the Belgian church said on Thursday. Roger Vangheluwe, 87, resigned as Bishop of Bruges in 2010 after admitting he had abused one nephew for 13 years. A year […]

Nearly 500 victims of church sex abuse in France have received financial compensation

Nice, France AP Hundreds of victims of child sexual abuse by priests or church representatives have received financial compensation so far from France’s Catholic Church under a sweeping reparations program, an independent body in charge of the process said Thursday. An annual report by the Independent National Authority for Recognition and Reparation said 1,351 victims came […]

Hungarian President Novak resigns over sex abuse case pardon

Budapest, Hungary Reuters Hungarian President Katalin Novak resigned on Saturday after coming under mounting pressure for pardoning a man convicted of helping to cover up sexual abuse in a children’s home. Novak, a close ally of conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, resigned a week after her presidential pardon was first reported by local news site […]

Audit of Spanish Church abuses finds more than 2,000 victims

Empty pews are seen inside a Catholic church in Madrid, Spain, on 27th October, 2023.

Madrid, SpainReuters An investigation commissioned by the Spanish Catholic Church into child sexual abuse by members of the clergy and non-clerical staff has so far identified 1,383 complaints and 2,056 victims, an audit of the inquiry showed on Thursday. The Spanish Church has been grappling with an abuse scandal since a 2021 investigation by El […]

Spain’s bishops apologise for sex abuses but dispute the estimated number of victims in report

The president of the Spanish Bishops Conference, Cardinal Juan Jose Omella, attends a press conference in Madrid, on Tuesday, 31st October 2023

Madrid, SpainAP Spain’s Catholic bishops on Monday apologized again for sex abuses committed by church members following a report by Spain’s Ombudsman that accused the church of widespread negligence. But the bishops dismissed as “a lie” media interpretations of the official report that put the number of victims involving the church in the hundreds of thousands. They […]