Priests’, bishops’ sexual abuse of nuns


This 2009 video from India says about itself:

Unholy secrets: A nun’s autobiography

Sister Jesme in Kerala has written a book to reveal the sexual abuse in the cloisters, of how she was abused by priests and even fellow sisters during her years in convent.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 5 February 2019:

Pope Francis is determined to end the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops. He said this on a question from a journalist during a flight from Abu Dhabi to Rome.

The reason for the question was an article in a monthly magazine of the Vatican about abuse of nuns within the Catholic Church. “It is true”, said the Pope. “There are priests and even bishops who have done this. I think it is still going on because something does not stop just because you have become aware of it.”

He pointed out that priests were suspended because of the abuse of nuns and that his predecessor Pope Benedict in 2005 disbanded a female monastic order because of sexual abuse and corruption. A spokesman for the Vatican told Reuters news agency that this was a French monastic order.

The French monastic order with abuse and corruption problems was the Contemplative Sisters of Saint John (the United States branch of that order, founded after its French origin, still exists). Nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy: here.

Catholic nuns protest alleged rape by a bishop in the southern state of Kerala in India [File: AP]

This photo shows Roman Catholic nuns protesting alleged rape by a bishop in the southern state of Kerala in India.

Pope says priests’ abuse of nuns went as far as “sexual slavery“: here.

Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery: here.

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Clerical rape survivors speak


This February 2018 video says about itself:

Megan Peterson Goes Public About Being Raped By A Priest

Priest Jeyapaul‘s survivor Megan Peterson goes public and speaks to Real Women Real Stories: Church ignores crimes against children, or worse, hides them. Megan Peterson was assaulted by priest Joseph Jeyapaul when she was 14 years old. The Vatican and its lack of respect for victims of sexual abuse continues.

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Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“You do not know what happens to you.” The now 74-year-old Theo Bruyns was raped around the age of 12 in a seminary, an ecclesiastical school. He therefore filed a complaint against the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope last month.

“This has been going on for centuries“, says Bruyns in the De Dag podcast. “It is organized crime.” From the statement ‘Wir haben es nicht gewußt’ by Cardinal Simonis he also got the jitters. “Everyone has always known and the church gets away with it.”

News-hour reporter Marijn Duintjer Tebbens, who traveled with the Pope during the World Youth Days in Panama, thinks that Francis has underestimated the issue. “The will to tackle it is there, but it stumbles upon resistance within the walls of the Vatican.”

Sexual abuse drives Catholics out of church, pope says


This video from Germany says about itself:

Catholic Church in Germany releases sex abuse report

24 September 2018

It’s believed to cover a 70 year period and follows various reports of sexual abuse in Germany.

A four-year investigation into the sexual abuse of children in the German Catholic Church is to publish its findings. Our Berlin Correspondent Jessica Saltz gives us more details about this scandal.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Pope: abuse scandals drive people out of the church

The abuse scandals in the Catholic Church shock believers and drive them out of the church. That is what the Pope said today on the last day of his visit to the Baltic states. The church must change if it wants to keep future generations, he said.

The Pope’s statements coincide with a new report on decades of sexual abuse and its cover-up in Germany.

To a large group of young people in Estonia, the Pope said that he knows that many young people feel that the church has nothing to offer them and does not understand their problems. “They are furious about the sexual and economic scandals without clear condemnation, and about the fact that we are not willing to really understand the lives and sensitivities of young people.”

“We ourselves must be converted”, said the Pope. “In order to be able to stand next to you, we have to realize that we have to change a lot.”

Report

With these pronouncements, the Pope recognizes for the first time publicly the failure of the approach to sexual abuse.

Today, a report was published at the German bishops’ conference showing that almost 3700 people in Germany were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014. More than half were 13 or younger at the time, and nearly a third of them were altar boys.

According to the report, evidence in these cases has been destroyed or manipulated. Many cases have never been brought to justice and abusers have been transferred, without their past having been made known.

Cardinal Marx, as the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, said at the presentation of the report that things are not finished right now, but are just beginning.

“For far too long there have been lies about abuse in the church, looking away and cover-ups, and for all these failures and pain I apologize”, said Marx. “I am ashamed of destroying trust and of the crimes that people have been subjected to by church officials.”

Most Dutch bishops knew about clerical sexual abuse


This December 2011 AFP video says about itself:

Dutch Catholic Church abused ‘tens of thousands’

An independent Dutch inquiry into child sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests said Friday it found “tens of thousands” of victims since 1945, identifying 800 alleged perpetrators.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

More than half of the 39 Dutch bishops and cardinals between 1945 and 2010 knew of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. NRC daily reports this on the basis of its own research. According to the newspaper, the clergy covered up the abuse, allowing the perpetrators to make even more victims.

NRC has made an inventory of known and less well-known abuse cases within the church that have come to light since 2010. The newspaper has linked a list of names of senior church administrators to these cases, based on information from the church’s child abuse committee, reports by the Deetman Commission and its own research.

Of the twenty cardinals, bishops and auxiliary bishops named by NRC, four are said to have abused children themselves. Sixteen others are said to have transferred pedophile priests to other parishes, where they then often continued abusing, writes the newspaper. None of the bishops is still active and all cases are barred according to NRC.

In a reaction, a spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands says that the NRC story is broadly correct. “The newspaper has put the reports the Deetman research, of the Complaints Committee and its own research together well”, she says.

Representatives of abuse survivors point out that this situation is distressing for victims who in recent years complained to the church about abuse, and who were told that the church authority was not aware of that abuse. “They have been abused again”, says a spokesman.

The Women’s Platform on Child Abuse (VPKK) says that victims think that the cardinals and bishops are complicit and that their policies have made more victims.

Moreover, says the VPKK, there are still places within the Catholic Church in the Netherlands where abuse is not mentionable. Victims who want to tell their stories feel pressured to remain silent.

Regret

The Dutch bishops’ conference says it is regrettable that bishops in the past have not taken their responsibility or even have committed abuse themselves.

The still living clergy mentioned in the inventory are aware of the list, but have not yet responded, writes the newspaper.

Cardinal blames LGBTQ people for clerical child abuse


This video from the USA says about itself:

1000+ Reports Of Sexual Abuse By Catholic Priests In PA | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

15 August 2018

A bombshell Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania reveals a shocking level of abuse and cover-up by Catholic priests. Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi are joined by Shaun Dougherty, a Catholic sexual abuse survivor, and Mitchell Garabedian, who is representing six victims from this Pennsylvania case to discuss this two-year long investigation and the church’s efforts to cover up the crimes.

Translated from (right-wing) Dutch daily De Telegraaf today:

Abuse in Roman Catholic Church: ‘gays are guilty

Boston – American cardinal Raymond Burke believes that the homosexuals are mainly tp blame for abuse by clergy.

The cardinal said this in an interview with the president of the Christian organization Catholic Action for Faith and Family. The conversation took place after it became known that thousands of children in the USA had been abused for years by some three hundred priests in the state of Pennsylvania.

According to him, the church is not to blame for the abuse, but it is “acts that are caused by homosexual culture. That has influenced the church and must be exterminated.”

“Sexuality is only between the man and the woman.” Burke also advises parents to keep children away from homosexuals and homosexual family members.

The cardinal does not think that the church should undergo a drastic reform or that stricter controls are needed.

Child abuse, ‘Roman Catholic ecclesiastical law not working’


Pope Francis I and child abuse survivor Peter Saunders when he joined papal commission in 2014

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Although the Roman Catholic Church has its own legal system, it is “unsuitable to prosecute suspects of sexual violence“, says Peter Saunders. He was one of the two victims of abuse who took part in the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, set up by Pope Francis.

Last year he and the other victim resigned, partly because they got obstruction from the Vatican. “Ecclesiastical courts do not take the victims into account, and if they come to a conviction, then they impose far too light penalties, eg, a life of repentance“, says Saunders. A prison term is not an option. …

In Pennsylvania, for the first time in history, from outside the church the seriousness and extent of ecclesiastical abuse has been established in a United States American state. It is only one of the fifty states, but it is a beginning. …

Soon, the powerful cardinal George Pell will also have to stand trial in Melbourne. Recently, the Australian was the number three man in the Vatican, and he seemed untouchable. …

Many Chilean clergy are accused of absuse and the covering up of it. Recently, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of five Chilean bishops for an abuse scandal. But one of the protagonists in the cover-up, Cardinal Ezzati, is still at his post as Archbishop of Santiago. He will soon have to testify before a judge about the long-term cover-up of abuse. The parliament is considering annulling his Chilean citizenship, which the Italian born in 2006 received because of his “good works for the country”.