A global look at the Catholic Church’s sex abuse problem

A global look at the Catholic Church’s sex abuse problem

Oran city, Argentina. Pope Francis’ high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. Francis’ home country is beginning to see an eruption of the scandal, with some cases even implicating the pontiff himself.
A cross sits on top of a church in Berlin, Germany. In September 2018, the German Catholic Church released a devastating report that concluded at least 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014. Pope Francis’ high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response.

A global look at the Catholic Church’s sex abuse problem

Oran city, Argentina. Pope Francis’ high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. Francis’ home country is beginning to see an eruption of the scandal, with some cases even implicating the pontiff himself.
A cross sits on top of a church in Berlin, Germany. In September 2018, the German Catholic Church released a devastating report that concluded at least 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014. Pope Francis’ high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response.

A global look at the Catholic Church’s sex abuse problem

A group gathers to protest with placards outside an inquiry into child sex abuse in Sydney. Pope Francis’ high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. Australia’s Catholic Church has a horrific abuse record, which in part prompted the government to launch a four-year national investigation into all forms of institutional abuse – Catholic and otherwise.

A global look at the Catholic Church’s sex abuse problem

Pigeons are fed in front of the Santiago Cathedral, in Santiago, Chile. Pope Francis’ high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. Francis discovered first-hand just how pervasive clerical sex abuse is – and how effectively it has been covered up by the Catholic hierarchy – when in January 2018 he branded as “calumny” accusations of cover-up against a Chilean bishop he had strongly defended.

A global look at the Catholic Church’s sex abuse problem

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin waits for the start of his trial at the Lyon courthouse, central France. Pope Francis’ high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. One of France’s most prominent cardinals, Philippe Barbarin, went on trial earlier this year on charges he covered up for a known pedophile.

A global look at the Catholic Church’s sex abuse problem

A group with Catholic Laity for Orthodox Bishops and Reform gathers to pray the rosary outside the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See in Washington. Pope Francis’ high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. After the abuse scandal erupted in Boston in 2002, U.S. bishops adopted the toughest anti-abuse norms in the Catholic Church, a “one strike and you’re out” policy that removes any priest from ministry if he commits a single act of abuse that is admitted to or established.
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