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Pope responds to latest church abuse report

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/20/18, 11:28 am

In a letter to Catholics around the world, Pope Francis on Monday condemned the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up by church leaders. Scandal has once again embroiled the Roman Catholic Church following the release last week of a grand jury report on widespread abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses. Ahead of a trip this coming weekend to Ireland, where the sexual sin of priests has drained the church of much of its credibility, the pope called for change and accountability.

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Onize Ohikere

Far away from home

Sexual Abuse | A sex and financial abuse case in Nigeria raises questions of accountability for U.S. groups funding overseas ministries
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/16/18, 09:55 am

Deborah Bala was 9 years old when she arrived at the Stephens Center Group of Schools in 2007. She had lost her father to Islamist attacks in Kaduna state. With her mother and brother, Deborah moved to Kano, a majority Muslim city and the largest city in northern Nigeria.

Her mother soon sent her to Stephens Center, a boarding school in Abeokuta—the capital of southwest Ogun state—for children who survive religious violence in northern Nigeria. There she quickly became a favorite of Isaac Newton-Wusu, the director. This, she says, was not a positive development for her.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released Tuesday a grand jury report on sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in six of the state’s eight dioceses over seven decades, noting there were more than 300 “predator priests” and more than 1,000 child victims, while accusing the Roman Catholic Church of covering up known abuse and abusers. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led the 18-month investigation that led to the release of the report, which follows earlier reports on the state’s other two dioceses.

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