The organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses is currently embroiled in a major legal battle that involves child molestation, religious secrecy, and (possibly) the Supreme Court. The entire story is bananas, and both sides have now made their arguments as to why their case should (or should not) be taken up in the Court’s next term.
While we await the Court’s decision, it’s worth summarizing what this is all about.
The case centers around an incident that took place on July 15, 2006.
J.W., a nine-year-old girl with Jehovah’s Witness parents, was invited to her first slumber party at the home of Gilbert Simental. He had a daughter her age, so that wasn’t too weird. Two other girls (sisters) were also at the party. These families all knew and trusted Simental because, while he was no longer a local Witness leader, he had spent more than a decade as an elder in the faith. He was a religious leader who stepped down, he said, to spend more time with his son. They believed him. They all respected him. It’s why they allowed their girls into his home.
The federal Child Abuse Royal Commission is a farce. It was implemented to gather information, cover up any evidence of Australia’s massive, integrated pedophile network, and to give the public a false sense of security that something is being done to remedy the epidemic of pedophilia. I can prove the Royal Commission is corrupt, with the following single example:
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner leads a briefing for journalists in Rome to prepare for the Feb. 21-24 Vatican meeting on the protection of minors in the church. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
One way Pope Francis could move ahead with his aim of curbing clergy sex abuse in the worldwide Catholic Church would be to insist that the Holy See comply with the international human-rights treaty it signed to protect the rights of the child. Since nearly every country in the world (other than the United States) has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 1989 treaty sets a clear international standard for Catholic bishops everywhere.
Written by Natasha Robinson and Alison Branley - ABC National News
Denise, whose report of abuse was de-identified, says she feels let down.
Hundreds of cases of child sex abuse going back decades may be reopened after the Catholic Church publicly abandoned a controversial practice known as blind reporting.
Organisations reported abuse but removed name, meaning police unable to investigate
Over past eight years, NSW Police received 1,476 blind reports
Many reports relate to Catholic Church
Child abuse victims are now speaking out
Blind reporting occurs when an organisation passes on an allegation of child sex abuse, but strips the report of the name of the victim, meaning police are unable to investigate the report.
NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge has obtained documents under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws that, for the first time, reveal the extraordinary extent of blind reporting, which has potentially allowed hundreds of perpetrators to continue to abuse children.