The UK’s Catholic Church has faced intense criticism over its handling of the pap smear controversy.
The Church has denied that it was involved in any cover-up of the scandal, and has repeatedly defended its actions.
But many people have taken issue with the way the Church has handled the issue.
What’s the difference between pap smear and ‘false allegations’ of abuse?
The Catholic Church in the UK is an umbrella organisation for the worldwide Catholic Church, and is governed by a set of guidelines known as Code of Canon Law (CCL).
The CCL was introduced in 1988 to protect the Catholic Church from accusations of cover-ups, and to address complaints about clerical misconduct.
In the UK, the CCL provides for strict separation of church and state, which is the most fundamental principle of the Church’s teachings.
The code states that the Catholic faith “requires the faithful to respect the law of God, the dignity of the human person and the dignity and rights of all human beings”.
It also prohibits the use of coercion in relation to the interpretation of scripture.
What are the main allegations of abuse against the Catholic church?
The most common accusations against the Church in recent years are the use or misuse of Catholic doctrine in the treatment of gay and lesbian people, the persecution of women, the denial of contraception and the treatment or exclusion of women and girls from the priesthood.
There are also allegations of fraud and money laundering, although the Church denies these.
Critics argue that the Church is guilty of abuse of power and that it has used abuse of the Catholic doctrine to gain political power.
What happens next?
The Church will hold its annual general meeting on November 18, and the Pope will be in attendance.
This will be followed by a major conference of bishops, which will see the Pope discuss issues relating to the Church.
It is likely that the Pope’s remarks will be made public.
The Pope’s decision on the Church will be controversial.
While the Church remains a major centre of power in the world, it is not without its critics.
The UK Catholic bishops have called for the pope to withdraw from the papal conclave, saying it is a sign of the times that the Holy Father has not taken up the task of leadership and has become the head of a small and isolated group.
They also argue that his comments on the matter may encourage the abuse of women by priests.
The Catholic church has said that it will not comment on specific allegations of clerical abuse, but has acknowledged that there have been instances of abuse in the Church, particularly in the United States.
The bishops’ conference said in a statement that the Vatican should also not allow itself to be used as a tool for “false accusations and a cover-all for the abuse perpetrated against Catholics in other parts of the world”.
They called for an independent investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse and the removal of clergy who have been found guilty of abusing children.
What can be done to protect children?
The US government has announced that it is launching a global inquiry into the allegations against priests in the US, including allegations of sexual abuse against children.
The Vatican has also announced plans to build a dedicated shelter for victims of abuse, in a bid to help them recover from the abuse.
In a statement, the Vatican said that “the Catholic Church and the Vatican have been victims of numerous scandals over decades”.
What are some of the consequences of this scandal?
In 2016, the Pope told a special meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences that he would no longer be able to perform the rituals of the priesthood, saying that it had become an “attractive target” for “a lot of men”.
This has led to an outpouring of criticism from human rights groups, Catholic charities, and human rights organisations, who have urged the Pope to reconsider his decision.
There have also been calls for the Pope not to hold the conclave at all, and for the Church to make public statements condemning the alleged abuse of minors and the use and abuse of Catholic teaching to justify its own actions.
Are there any other Catholic organisations that are under investigation?
There are no known investigations into the Catholic hierarchy in the rest of the United Kingdom.
What is the response of the UK Catholic Church to these allegations?
A spokesman for the UK’s Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said in an interview with the BBC: “The Holy Father made clear in his address that he does not support the use, by anyone, of any forms of abuse.
We have a culture and a tradition of respecting human dignity and human autonomy.”
He said: “We have a responsibility to ensure that all of our clergy are safe and free from abuse.
This includes ensuring that there are no children in any situation where they have been abused or mistreated.”
The Archbishop added: “I don’t think that there is any excuse for any priest to use the priestly profession for any form of sexual behaviour or any other sexual behaviour.”
He added that he did not believe there were any paedophile priests among the clergy.