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New Zealand: Political claptrap skirts real solutions to child abuse

| August 11, 2011 at 01:35 pm

National Party John Key Decades of Govt reports and good intentions have done nothing to help vulnerable children

I had a bit of spare time earlier this week so I decided to browse through the Government’s Green Paper on Vulnerable Children – all 13,000-odd words of it. And having done so, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is just another way of making us think the Government is doing something when in fact it can’t make up its mind what to do.

It’s a procrastination ploy common to politicians of all stripes, and in this case it ensures that the festering sore of child poverty, deprivation, abuse and illiteracy will be conveniently shelved until well after the general election. (more…)

US: Pedophile priest appeals diocese bankruptcy plan

| at 01:26 pm

Church DOVER, Del. (AP) — A pedophile priest is appealing a Delaware bankruptcy judge’s approval of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s reorganization plan.

Kenneth J. Martin, identified by the diocese as a child abuser, filed a notice of appeal Wednesday.

The diocese’s bankruptcy plan is based on a $77 million settlement with nearly 150 alleged victims of child sexual abuse. (more…)