Pope Francis has said reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. In an interview with the Italian La Repubblica newspaper, the Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church.
Parents are being banned from playing with their children in council recreation areas because they have not been vetted by police. Mothers and fathers are being forced to watch their children from outside perimeter fences because of fears they could be paedophiles.
Allegations have surfaced in the US that Pope Benedict failed to take action before his election as pontiff in yet another serious case of clerical paedophilia which has just come to light, this time at a school for deaf children in the state of Wisconsin.
Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates. ... The raid last month on the offices of a Church commission investigating the abuse claims led to some of the country's leading clergy being detained for nine hours. Police took away their mobile telephones to prevent them communicating with their staff or with the Vatican. They were also...