Even as Pope Francis has sought to reform the Vatican’s safeguards against child abuse, a yearlong investigation reveals how the Catholic Church has allowed allegedly abusive priests to slip off to escape to parts of the world where they would face less scrutiny from prosecutors and the media.
Four child abuse cases were settled as part of a $10 million deal while the man who helped protect the offender was in Rome helping elect God's next Catholic representative on earth.
A study conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice examines the root causes of sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic clergy, debunking celibacy and homosexuality as causes while glossing over the church's failure to humanely address the crisis. (more)
Pope Benedict XVI's official investigators at the Vatican have been inundated with claims of abuse by Catholic priests and nuns, all to be handled by a small team of 10 at the Holy See's in-house operation To offset some of the public discontent, the pope is writing (continued).
It would make sense that the Vatican would have an official head exorcist, and indeed it does. He's 85-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, and after wrangling many an unclean spirit in his time, he now has a book out with the catchy title "Memoirs of an Exorcist" and thinks he's seen you-know-who in the details of recent sex scandals in the Holy See.