Posts Tagged ‘Abuse’

Clergy need better tools to help domestic abuse survivors

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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“I don’t get it. My husband and I have been in couples counseling for nine years already, but life at home is getting worse,” says a woman to her clergyperson, her fingers fidgeting with her phone. “First, the constant sarcasm, then the silent treatment and not knowing what’s really going on with our finances. When Read more

Vatican’s McCarrick report forces debate on power and abuse

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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The Vatican’s report into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has raised uncomfortable questions the Holy See will have to confront going forward, chief among them what it’s going to do about current and future clergy who abuse their power to sexually abuse adults. Priests, lay experts and canon lawyers alike say the Vatican needs to revisit how Read more

Magazine report is aimed at silencing nuns on sex abuse, says Vatican critic

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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An article in a Jesuit magazine describing alleged exploitation of nuns in Catholic convents has been criticized as an attempt to silence members of women’s religious orders who have begun to speak out against sexual abuse by priests. “I think there is a possibility of a revolt of religious sisters,” said Lucetta Scaraffia, the former Read more

Hundreds of abused men rescued from Nigerian Quranic school

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Police have freed more than 300 young men from torture and abuse in a Quranic school in northern Nigeria. A police raid on Oct. 14 found them chained and subjected to various physical abuses inside the boarding school based in Katsina. Katsina’s police chief Sanusi Buba told reporters that the house had more than 300 Read more

Does the lifting of immunity in France mark a shift in the Vatican’s handling of abuse?

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Holy See has announced it will lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of inappropriate touching and groping by numerous men. As a result, the path is cleared for Archbishop Luigi Ventura to be prosecuted by the French authorities over the allegations, with one incident said to have taken Read more

6 principles for government response to Royal Commission

Monday, May 13th, 2019
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The government has agreed on six principles to guide how its agencies and the Crown respond to the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions. The Minister for State Services, Chris Hipkins, said setting out the principles was an important step in rebuilding trust between the government Read more

Changes to scope of Royal Commission require further clarification

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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A lack of clarity surrounding key terms of the Historical Abuse in State Care Royal Commission is raising serous concerns around the Commission’s scope. The terms causing concern are “faith-based institutions” and “in care”. The confusion emerged after the Government announced the Royal Commission will look into both state and faith-based institutions. On Tuesday commission Read more

Sinead O’Connor converts to Islam, changes her name

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor (51) has converted to Islam and has changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt. She announced her conversion via her Twitter account. Davitt’s new name means “one who bears witness” in Arabic. Shuhada’ comes from the Arabic word Shahada. Shahada is the Islamic declaration of faith in which Muslims state (or bear Read more

Church now facing its own #MeToo moment

Monday, June 25th, 2018

The Catholic Church is experiencing its own #MeToo moment, following allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up coming to light in countries throughout the world. Australian archbishop Mark Coleridge says the Church is facing the same challenge that has brought a reckoning to those who used their authority to abuse or silence victims. Read more Related Read more

No papal apology for Canadian First Nations People

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Survivors of a Canadian system that forced generations of indigenous children into mainly Catholic-run boarding schools won’t be getting an apology from Pope Francis. The Canadian Council of Bishops (CCB) said last week “after carefully considering the request” for an apology, Francis “felt that he could not personally respond”. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed Read more