NEW YORK (RNS) Hillsong founder Brian Houston said that the victim who came forward to him asked him not to tell the police about his father's sexual abuse. “I would’ve gone to the police,” he said, if he had known about abuse reporting laws.
(RNS) Brian Houston took the witness stand to answer questions on his handling of child sex abuse allegations against his late father.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal George Pell said the church was no more responsible for cases of child abuse carried out by church figures than a trucking company would be if it employed a driver who molested women.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “In fact if a child becomes a product to buy, it is obvious that as with any acquisition it must meet with the buyer’s approval," Italian feminist Lucetta Scaraffia wrote in the Vatican newspaper.
SYDNEY (RNS) Perhaps most remarkable is that a globally influential church like Hillsong could flourish at all in Australia, where in 2011 nearly a third of Australians said their religious affiliation was either ‘no religion’ or not stated.