Abuse of minors

Fr. Sostenes Bahati Soka. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Priest in Tanzania Suspended Over Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors

Sep 30, 2022

Fr. Sostenes Bahati Soka, a member of the Clergy of Tanzania’s Catholic Diocese of Moshi, has been stopped from practicing his Priestly ministry over allegations of sodomizing a section of children who were preparing for their First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Pope Francis meets members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at the Vatican, April 29, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Asks for Annual Report on Church’s Efforts to Prevent Abuse

Apr 29, 2022

The pontiff was addressing the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Pope Francis on May 29, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Lifts Pontifical Secret From Legal Proceedings of Abuse Trials of Clerics

Dec 17, 2019

Pope Francis declared Tuesday that the pontifical secret will no longer apply in cases of accusations and trials involving abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, and in cases of possession of child pornography by clerics.