Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Monday, 6 February 2017

7 per cent of Australian Catholic Priests Accused of Child Sex Abuse

There is no reason to believe that the Australian wing of the
Catholic church is any worse than any other wing.
Therefore, it is time for ALL countries to investigate the incredible
damage done to generations of children by this pedophile cesspool.

Investigators reveal for first time extent of crisis spanning decades
The Associated Press

Members of the Catholic clergy walk to the stage during World Youth Day, in Sydney in July 2008. Investigators found that between 1980 and 2015, 4,444 people reported they had been abused at more than 1,000 Catholic institutions across Australia. (Mick Tsikas/Reuters)

Seven per cent of priests in Australia's Catholic Church were accused of sexually abusing children over the past several decades, a lawyer said Monday as officials investigating institutional abuse across Australia revealed for the first time the extent of the crisis.

'As Catholics, we hang our heads in shame.'
— Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council

The statistics were released during the opening address of a hearing of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The royal commission — which is Australia's highest form of inquiry — has been investigating since 2013 how the Catholic Church and other institutions responded to the sexual abuse of children over decades.

The commission has previously heard harrowing testimony from scores of people who suffered abuse at the hands of clergy. But the full scale of the problem was never clear until Monday, when the commission released the statistics it has gathered.

Commissioners surveyed Catholic Church authorities and found that between 1980 and 2015, 4,444 people reported they had been abused at more than 1,000 Catholic institutions across Australia, said Gail Furness, the lead lawyer assisting the commission. The average age of the victims was 10.5 for girls and 11.5 for boys.

Overall, seven per cent of priests in Australia between 1950 and 2010 were accused of sexually abusing children, Furness said.

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, which is co-ordinating the Catholic Church's response to the inquiry, said the data reflected "a massive failure" by the church to protect children.

"These numbers are shocking, they are tragic and they are indefensible," a tearful Sullivan told the commission. "As Catholics, we hang our heads in shame."

I wish you had done that many decades ago when pervert priests were first reported instead of hiding their crimes and transferring them to new venues to continue their evil. You thought you were protecting the church, but you were really about protecting evil and allowing it to grow and destroy generation after generation of faithful Catholic children. 

Every single priest, Bishop or Cardinal who has ever either molested a single child or has turned a blind eye to such abuse, or has enabled the abusers, must resign from the priesthood immediately and spend the rest of their miserable lives seeking repentance and forgiveness. Remember, you will have to stand before Jesus Christ one day soon - will you do so with a guilty conscience?

The Vatican has watched the proceedings closely. Cardinal George Pell, who was Australia's most senior Catholic before becoming Pope Francis' top financial adviser, has testified at previous hearings about how church authorities responded to allegations of child sex abuse during his time in Australia.

Several senior Australian Catholics will be testifying over the next few weeks. The commission's final report is due by the end of this year.

A man who claims to have been sexually abused by the Catholic Church holds a placard outside the venue for Australia's Royal Commission in Sydney, in February 2016. (David Gray/Reuters)