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Kenya:

In 2009 several people accused an Italian priest, Fr. Sesana, working in the country of sexual molestation. The Church assured them it was investigating the case, but that did not appear to happen. Kenyan police said they found no evidence and believed Sesana is innocent.

In 2010 a young woman alleged that a Catholic priest had raped her but the police and Church authorities had failed to follow up the allegations.

The 2011 Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) documentary “A Mission To Prey” publicized Kenya’s clerical abuse cases, saying they should have been handled with more transparency. It was discovered that this program mistakenly alleged that Fr. Kevin Reynolds was an abuser, causing him to be removed from his home and his parish ministry. RTÉ has subsequently apologized for this program and has stated that Fr. Reynolds was innocent of the charges stated. RTÉ has allowed continued access to this program online, while upwards of 32 slander and libel cases are pending in reaction by alleged abusers.

In 2011 a Dutch bishop in Kenya was reported to be under probe over alleged sex abuse. He was alleged to have abused a minor 18 years before while serving as a priest in Ngong diocese.He was retired by the church.

Tanzania

St Michael’s Catholic Boarding School, Soni, Tanzania

A prominent United Kingdom member of the order, Fr. Kit Cunningham, together with three other priests, were exposed after Cunningham’s death as pedophiles. While at Soni, Cunningham perpetrated sexual abuse that made the school, according to one pupil, “a loveless, violent and sad hellhole”. Other pupils recall being photographed naked, hauled out of bed at night to have their genitals fondled, and other sexual abuse. Although known about by the Rosminians, a Roman Catholic religious institute founded by Antonio Rosmini, before Cunningham’s death in 2010, the abuse was not reported by the media until 2011. Formal action was launched by a group of former pupils who filed a civil suit at the civil court in Leicester, UK on 20 March 2013.

2018-04-27T17:08:35+00:00April 25th, 2018|0 Comments

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