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Abuse crisis

Vatican opens abuse investigation of French cardinal

The Vatican will open an investigation into French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, who admitted in a public letter that he had abused a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago. Source: CNS.

Abuse crisis Benedict XVI

Benedict to mount legal defence over accusation of abuse cover-up

Former Pope Benedict XVI plans to defend himself in a civil lawsuit lodged at a German court by a man who accuses him of helping to cover up historical abuse. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Abuse crisis Redress

Redress scheme to get extra staff to help clear huge backlog

Extra staff will be hired to handle applications to the National Redress Scheme for victims of child sexual abuse, as the program buckles under the weight of a huge backlog in cases. Source: ABC News.

Abuse crisis Europe

French cardinal admits to abusing teenage girl 35 years ago

French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, former head of the French bishops’ conference, has admitted to abusing a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago. Source: CNS.

Abuse crisis Western Australia

WA religious ministers must report abuse

Ministers of religion in Western Australia are now legally required to report child sexual abuse, including information from confessions. Source: AAP.