Editors of Vatican women’s magazine quit after exposing abuse of nuns and allege male campaign to silence them

The entire board of a Vatican women’s magazine that blew the whistle on the sexual abuse of nuns by Catholic priests resigned en masse on Tuesday, citing editorial interference.

The magazine, Women Church World, said last month that the abuse of nuns around the world had led to many having to have abortions or giving birth to children who were not recognised by the priests who fathered them.

It prompted a startling admission a few days later from Pope Francis, who said that the sexual abuse of nuns by priests was a problem and recounted one case in which nuns had been kept as “sex slaves” in a religious order in France.