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Jakarta Post

Child abuse puts Catholic Church in spotlight

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti, Ivany Atina Arbi and Alya Nurbaiti


Jakarta   /   Tue, June 30 2020   /  01:00 am
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A recently uncovered case of child molestation at a Catholic church in Depok, West Java, has put a spotlight on sexual abuse in the wider Indonesian Catholic Church, causing adherents throughout the country to call for justice and reform.  On Sunday, the Catholic Women Human Rights Activists, a group made up of 194 Indonesian Catholic women, condemned the sexual assaults allegedly carried out by 42-year-old church caretaker Syahril Parlindungan Marbun, who has been accused of molesting at least 20 altar boys between the ages of 11 and 15 since 2012.  The group said the parents of one of the victims had reported the assault to St. Herkulanus Church in 2014.  “However, at that time, the issue was solved through mediation by the church, and the suspect was not removed from his position as the altar boys’ mentor but was instead promoted to head of the ment...