Victoria passes law forcing confessors to report child abuse

Sep 12, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: Priests who fail to report child abuse revealed in the confessional will be jailed, according to a new law passed by the government of Victoria on Tuesday. The Children Legislation Amendment Act 2019 carries a sentence of up to three years for a priest who fails to break the seal of confession in the case of a child abuser. The Australian law begins by categorically stating that its “main purposes” are “to include persons in religious ministry...

read more

Hundreds of grooming gang victims are suing Yorkshire authorities

Sep 8, 2019 by

by Chris Burn, The Christian Post: Hundreds of grooming gang victims in Yorkshire are suing the authorities that failed them when they were being abused. Seven Yorkshire councils are currently facing compensation claims from child sexual exploitation victims, while dozens of cases are being brought against South Yorkshire Police for its part in the Rotherham scandal. Using Freedom of Information laws, The Yorkshire Post has uncovered 212 outstanding legal claims against Barnsley, Bradford,...

read more

What Jeffrey Epstein Got Right

Aug 21, 2019 by

by Rev Ralph Smith, Theopolis: Jeffrey Epstein called our bluff. Writing in the New York Times, James B. Stewart reports Epstein’s opinion that “criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable.” What’s wrong with what Epstein reportedly said? To begin with, he was too generous. What we now condemn as statutory rape didn’t just occur “at times in history.” The unpleasant truth is that, historically speaking, using children,...

read more

Suffer the little children: Guarding Children and Young People against Spiritual Abuse

Jul 31, 2019 by

by Robin Barfield, Church Society: Children and young people are the most likely to be spiritually abused, since spiritual abuse is most likely to occur in a relationship between a significantly more powerful individual (most likely an adult) and a less powerful individual (often a child or young person). The only successfully prosecuted criminal case of spiritual abuse in the UK so far was between a vicar and a teenage boy.  This means that those of us with responsibility for the care of...

read more

American College of Pediatricians Urges Surgeon General to Investigate Medical Transgendering of Children

Jul 22, 2019 by

by Quentin van Meter: The American College of Pediatricians was joined today by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Catholic Medical Association, and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice in urging the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Jerome Adams, to issue a call to action regarding transgender medical interventions for children. The full letter may be read here. Dr. Cretella, executive director of the ACPeds stated, “Harmful hormonal and surgical...

read more

Parents’ anger as child sex change charity puts private emails online

Jun 16, 2019 by

by Andrew Gilligan, Sunday Times: Mermaids reports itself to information watchdog after Sunday Times investigation finds families’ personal data on internet. They were some of the most private emails any mother of a nine-year-old could write. Her son, she said, had fully transitioned from girl to boy but was not coping — fighting fellow pupils, stealing from his parents and in emotional turmoil. “I have wondered if we have done the right thing — allowing him to transition before accessing the...

read more