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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.
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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.


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As a priest in 1975 Cardinal Sean Brady was at meetings where children signed vows of silence over complaints against paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth.


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The possibility has been raised that Pope Benedict XVI should resign over the snowballing paedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church.


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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.


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Picture the pope awaiting trial in British prison, and you begin to grasp the implications of the radical idea that has never been applied: equality before the law.


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Gay rights activists have criticised a Vatican official who sought to link homosexuality to paedophilia when commenting on child sex abuse scandals.


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A man who says he was the victim of an American paedophile priest is bringing a lawsuit against the Pope and the Vatican in a US federal court.


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The bishop of the Belgian city of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, has resigned after admitting sexual abuse of a boy earlier in his career.


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Pope Benedict has joined mounting Vatican criticism of raids by Belgian police investigating alleged child sex abuse, calling them "deplorable".


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Belgian authorities have raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church during an investigation into child sex abuse claims.


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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...


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A Belgian court has ruled that recent raids by police investigating alleged child sex abuse by Catholic priests were illegal.


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Cases of abuse, mostly involving minors, had been found in nearly every diocese, and 13 alleged victims had committed suicide.


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The new head of Belgium's Catholic Church has pledged to focus on the victims of alleged sexual abuse in a first attempt to rebuild public trust.


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