from The Human Impact:

India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

September 19, 2014

Bride Kalpana and groom Bhavin Munjpara exchange wedding vows inside a hospital in Ahmedabad

The customs and traditions of our forefathers - performed during festivals and on special occasions such as births, weddings and funerals – can be beautiful, reminding us of a life past.

from The Human Impact:

How old is old enough to be jailed for gang rape and murder?

September 3, 2013

The crime was horrific, the case shocking, and the trial long. Yet when the much anticipated first verdict in the high-profile Delhi gang rape case was pronounced in India over the weekend, there was no jubilation, just outrage.

from The Human Impact:

Child rape victim jailed in India: A journalist’s “immunity” breaks down

July 4, 2013

Her story is like so many I have heard in my years of reporting on the plight of girls and women in India.

from The Human Impact:

Public fury over gang-rape in India: Let’s keep up the pressure

December 21, 2012

So perhaps at last India has woken up to the daily abuse that its girls and women face.

from FaithWorld:

Vatican condemns Canadian ex-bishop over child porn

May 5, 2011

(Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives at a police station in Ottawa October 1, 2009 to face child pornography charges/Chris Wattie )

from FaithWorld:

Guestview: “Trifecta” of bad news launched Catholics4Change blog

By Guest Contributor
April 8, 2011

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(Protesters near the courthouse before a hearing on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sexual abuse scandal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 14, 2011/Tim Shaffer)

from FaithWorld:

German abuse victims humiliated by compensation sums

By Reuters Staff
December 13, 2010

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German victims of abuse in foster homes say the 120 million euros proposed as compensation was "humiliatingly" small compared with damages awarded in other countries, and vowed to fight for more. After a two-year inquiry, a government-appointed panel on Monday recommended 120 million euros be set aside for an estimated 30,000 victims expected to file abuse claims.

from FaithWorld:

Inquiry cites almost 2,000 Dutch Catholic sex abuse reports

December 9, 2010

deetmanAlmost 2,000 people have declared themselves this year victims of sexual and physical abuse while they were minors in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, an independent commission said on Thursday.

from FaithWorld:

London marchers confront Pope Benedict in biggest protest of any of his trips

September 18, 2010

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Pope Benedict faced the biggest protest of his 17 trips abroad on Saturday when more than 10,000 people marched in London attacking his treatment of the abuse scandal in the Church, women priests and homosexuality. Some of the demonstrators were dressed in costumes, including black leather nuns’ habits and red cardinals’ robes. Posters bore the message: "Pope Go Home."

from FaithWorld:

Papal envoy to run scandal-plagued Legion of Christ Catholic order

May 2, 2010

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Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30, 2004/Tony Gentile