Missionaries hit back at media accusations on sex abuse
The Union of Missionary Institutes has strongly criticised international media outlets for not making it clear that priests accused of sexual abuse of nuns in Africa are local clergy and not foreign missionaries.
It further claimed the media had treated African clergy and religious unfairly by making broad generalisations.
The Union's President and Vice-President, Sr Juana Pagan and Fr Salvador Romano, said: "There are in Africa more than 26,000 priests and religious who live their celibacy profoundly, serving the people, most of whom live in extreme conditions."
They continued: "The cases which have been verified of sexual abuses and which the very same missionaries were the first to denounce to the local bishops and to the Holy See, should be studied as regards their causes in order to deal with them with rectitude and to seek to rectify the situations in an effective manner".