Don't miss




Tens of thousands bid farewell to Morgan Tsvangirai

Read more


Afrin: 'a war without images'

Read more


Syria on the Brink: Can Assad help the Kurds against Turkish forces?

Read more


Inside the murky business of cobalt mining in DR Congo

Read more


100% Pure Parisian: Comedian Julie Collas helps locals laugh at themselves

Read more


Chinese textile wholesalers open Marseille site

Read more


Meet Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Angela Merkel's 'mini-me'

Read more


Major French student union rocked by sexual assault claims

Read more


Photographer Pete Souza shares his ‘portrait’ of Obama

Read more

Americas france 24

Sex abuse scandal: 'The Vatican needs to hand over all files'

© Tiziana Fabi, AFP | Faithfull gather in St Peter's square before the arrival of Pope Francis for an audience to the Padre Pio Prayer Groups, on February 6, 2016 at the Vatican

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-03-03

A day after a grand jury in Pennsylvania revealed that bishops had covered up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by at least 50 Catholic priests over four decades, FRANCE 24 spoke with clergy abuse expert, Patrick J. Wall.

The report found that former Altoona-Johnstown Diocese Bishop James Hogan, who died in 2005, and his successor, Joseph Adamec, who retired in 2011, worked to cover up for the pedophile priests and that some local law enforcement agencies also turned a blind eye to the abuse allegations, said state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

“The allegations from [Altoona-Johnstown] are consistent with what we’ve been finding across the US and Ireland and various countries where we’ve worked on these cases – that six percent of Roman Catholic clergy in their lifetime will sexually offend against a minor,” Wall, who has worked on behalf of abuse victims since 2002, told FRANCE 24.

Clergy abuse expert Wall believes that, “The bishops honestly don’t care about the children, they have no empathy.”

Wall went on to say that the Vatican must hand over all its files on paedophile priests if they want to prove they are committed to ending abuse.

“They need to turn over all of the files that they have to civil authorities… One of the great tragedies from the [Altoona-Johnstown] grand jury report is that they found, even though there’s been a zero tolerance policy in the United States since 2002, there were perpetrators in ministry [still serving the church] all the way until October 2015,” said Wall.

Church sexual abuse broke into the open in 2002, when it was discovered that bishops in the Boston area moved abusers from parish to parish instead of defrocking them. Similar scandals have since been discovered around the world and tens of millions of dollars have been paid in compensation.

To watch FRANCE 24’s full interview with Catholic clergy abuse crisis expert Patrick J. Wall, click on the video player above.

Date created : 2016-03-02


    Cardinal admits 'scandalous' response to abuse allegations

    Read more


    First Vatican official facing sex abuse charges dies before trial

    Read more


    Pope Francis 'begs forgiveness' from sex abuse victims

    Read more