Posts Tagged ‘Bishop accountability’

The Conscience of the Catholic Church

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
anne barrett-doyle

Anne Barrett Doyle is a devoted mother, practicing Catholic, and one of the fiercest crusaders against clergy sex abuse. Are you Catholic?” Anne Barrett Doyle smiled at me expectantly with kind, sea-green eyes. It was months before the pandemic hit, and Barrett Doyle had invited me over to the Boston loft she and her husband Read more

Crisis is a call to a new vision of the priesthood

Monday, August 27th, 2018

A Jesuit priest who has been on the frontline of advocating for survivors of clerical sexual abuse and developing detailed programs to prevent abuse said the crisis unfolding, again, in the United States is a summons to a new way of envisioning the church and taking responsibility for it. “I am not surprised” by the Read more

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God

Monday, August 20th, 2018

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated Read more

Archbishop Wilson’s victims want apologies

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Victims want apologies and answers from former Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson. Wilson (67) has been convicted of concealing paedophile priest Jim Fletcher’s abusive behaviour in the 1970s. As Wilson was leaving the Newcastle Local Court after being sentenced on Tuesday, a group of victims was waiting for him. Peter Gogarty, who was one of Fletcher’s Read more

Pope Francis accepts Archbishop Philip Wilson’s resignation

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide’s resignation. In May this year Wilson was convicted of covering up the sexual abuse of minors in the 1970s. Read more Related Posts:Twelve bishops under investigation by Church in Mexico for…Pope cautions over ‘interpretation’ of sexual abuse reportPope: gossip the reason for Paris archbishop’s resignationPope quick Read more

Archbishop Wilson: Fair cop or foul?

Monday, July 16th, 2018
Archbishop Wilson

Archbishop Philip Wilson has gone from church leader with a reputation for dealing professionally with sex abuse cases to being stoned by all and sundry in the national village square. The calls to resign come not only from victims, anti-church crusaders and commentators of every ilk, but also eminent Catholics who fear he may cause Read more

John Laws talks ‘Archbishop Wilson’ with “the meddling priest” Fr Frank Brennan

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
John Laws

Legendry Australian broadcaster, John Laws, July 4, interviewed Fr Frank Brennan SJ on 2SM. The interview concerned Archbishop Philip Wilson’s refusal to stand down as Archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction for concealing child sex abuse. One of Australia’s leading radio personalities, the ever-popular Laws comments regularly on issues impacting life in Australia. Frank Brennan Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson says he’ll resign if appeal fails

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson has appealed his 12-month detention sentence for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse. The allegations involved two altar boys who were abused by a paedophile priest. They disclosed the abuse to him in the 1970s. Wilson, who is 67, is the most senior Catholic official in the world to Read more

The sentencing of Archbishop Wilson

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Cardinal Pell

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been sentenced to 12 months’ detention for concealing child sexual abuse. Magistrate Robert Stone adjourned the matter to 14 August while Wilson’s home detention order is assessed for suitability. It’s very likely that he will appeal his conviction and sentence. An appeal may well succeed, but that’s not the end Read more

Archbishop will appeal his conviction, 12 month sentence

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Archbishop Philip Wilson says he will appeal his conviction of concealing child sex abuse in the church. Wilson was sentenced to 12 months’ detention in a magistrate-only trial in a Newcastle, Australia on Tuesday. He will be eligible for parole after six months. He is the most senior Catholic cleric in the world found guilty Read more