Catholic Church in Malta reports six priests for child abuse in two years

Times of Malta

November 12, 2020

By Jessica Arena

Safeguarding commission receives 53 complaints

Six priests and two lay persons have had substantiated claims of child abuse made against them in the last two years, according to the Catholic Church in Malta’s safeguarding commission.

All eight were reported to the authorities and had “restrictions placed upon their pastoral duties” following an investigation, according to two annual reports on complaints of abuse published on Thursday.

In all, 53 complaints of abuse were made against diocesan priests, religious priests or lay people in 2018 and 2019. More than half of those, 35, were allegations of abuse against minors.

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