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Abuse crisis Europe

Independent commission releases report on abuse in Church in Portugal

At least 4815 children were sexually abused by members of the Church in Portugal over the past 70 years, according to a report by the commission investigating the issue. Source: Reuters.

Abuse crisis

L’Arche publishes Vanier abuse report

An independent commission set up by L’Arche International has released a report on the abuse carried out by Jean Vanier, the founder of the first L’Arche communities where people with and without learning disabilities live together. Source: The Tablet.

Abuse crisis Victoria

Hundreds of sexual abuse claims at Victorian state schools

Almost 400 civil claims have been made against the Victorian Government for historical child sexual abuse in state schools in the past 12 years. Source: The Guardian.

Abuse crisis Europe

Investigation into Northern Ireland’s forced adoptions reaches Australia

Australian Federal Police are searching for women and children who may have been affected by the practice of forced adoption in Northern Ireland. Source:

Abuse crisis

NZ Church leaders make commitments to abuse survivors

The bishops and the leaders of religious orders of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand have published a statement of commitments adopted in response to the continuing work of the Royal Commission on Abuse in Care. Source NZCBC.

Abuse crisis Opinion

Five years on from royal commission, we must recognise legacy of abuse

Five years on from the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the lived experiences of “forgotten Australians” must be recognised and acknowledged, writes Ursula Stephens. Source: ACSL.

Abuse crisis

Jesuit’s spiritual abuse excommunication causes ‘shock and sorrow’

An eminent Jesuit priest and artist, Fr Marko Rupnik, was excommunicated after being found guilty of “one of the worst forms of spiritual abuse” just two years before the Vatican decided to take no action on further abuse allegations. Source: The Tablet.

Abuse crisis

Abuse expert wants transparency from Vatican in Jesuit case

A leading Jesuit adviser on preventing clergy sexual abuse has urged Church authorities to shed more light on the case of a famous Jesuit artist who wasn’t sanctioned by the Holy See after he was accused of spiritually abusing women during confession. Source: NCR Online.

Abuse crisis Safeguarding

Former Federal Court justice to chair appeals panel

Former Federal Court justice Duncan Kerr has today been announced as the new chair of the Church’s National Appeals and Review Panel. Source: Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd.