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Sex abuse by clerics, blow to church – Catholic Bishops

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria on Tuesday raised an alarm over cases of sexual abuse committed by a few clerics, saying such a behaviour had greatly wounded the church.
The organisation therefore demanded that priests, consecrated persons working in Catholic institutions in Nigeria should ensure the protection of every child and vulnerable adult.
While expressing concern over the recent global statistics that seven out of 10 children have gone through abuse of some kind, particularly sexual abuse, the CBCN recommended the teaching of sex education in Catholic schools in the country to check rampant cases of child molestation.
“Within our family of faith and our human families, the sins and crimes of sexual abuse of children must no longer be held in secret band in shame. We, bishops, all priests, consecrated men and women and all those who work in Catholic institutions in Nigeria must ensure that there is a safe environment for every child and vulnerable adults,” the CBCN stressed.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria on Tuesday raised the alarm over cases of sexual abuse committed by a few clerics, saying such a behaviour had greatly wounded the church.
The organisation therefore demanded that priests, consecrated persons working in Catholic institutions in Nigeria should ensure the protection of every child and vulnerable adult.
While expressing concern over the recent global statistics that seven out of 10 children have gone through abuse of some kind, particularly sexual abuse, the CBCN recommended the teaching of sex education in Catholic schools in the country to check rampant cases of child molestation.
“Within our family of faith and our human families, the sins and crimes of sexual abuse of children must no longer be held in secret band in shame. We, bishops, all priests, consecrated men and women and all those who work in Catholic institutions in Nigeria must ensure that there is a safe environment for every child and vulnerable adults,” the CBCN stressed.

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