Posts Tagged ‘Child sex abuse’

Western Australia recommends preserving the confessional seal Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

A committee from Western Australia’s Legislative Council recommends preserving the confessional seal. In its report on the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2019, the Council’s legislation committee says: “Ministers of religion be excused from criminal responsibility [of mandatory reporting] only when the grounds of their belief is based solely on information disclosed during religious Read more

Australian publishers and journos face trial over Pell reporting Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Many Australian publishers and journalists will be tried in November for breaking court suppression orders about Cardinal George Pell, when he was convicted of child sex abuse in December 2018. Prosecutors in the state of Victoria say 19 journalists and 21 publications aided and abetted contempt of court by overseas media and breached the trial Read more

Royal Commission: Dead abuse perpetrators not liable Comments 0

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Last week, the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and faith-based institutions announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with New Zealand Police, allowing incidents of abuse to be referred to police for investigation. However, responding to Otago Daily Times questions, an inquiry spokeswoman confirmed the ability to refer alleged abuses to Read more

Prosecutors respond to jailed George Pell’s appeal bid Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Victoria’s Office of Public Prosecutions has filed a summary of their argument against jailed cardinal George Pell’s “special leave to appeal” application. The director of public prosecutions, Kerri Judd QC, has challenged Pell’s grounds to appeal to the High Court. Background December 2018: Pell found guilty in the County Court of Victoria on five charges Read more

Pell’s last chance – special leave to appeal lodged Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

George Pell’s legal team has applied to Australia’s High Court for special leave to appeal the jailed cardinal’s child sex abuse conviction. Although special leave cases are not usually granted by the High Court, it’s possible Pell’s could be accepted. This is because judges at his appeal could not agree about Pell’s guilt or innocence. Read more

Law passed to chemically castrate paedophiles Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Ukraine government has passed new sex abuse legislation that clears the way for paedophiles to be chemically castrated, jailed for lengthier periods and monitored for life. The castration process – which is confined to offenders aged between 18 and 65 – will involve “coercive chemical castration” by injecting anti-androgen drugs to reduce libido and Read more

Oxfam ignored child sex abuse, employed predators Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Oxfam has been officially warned over “mismanagement” and criticised for allowing predatory staff to target and sexually abuse children in disaster zones. The charity has also been criticised for ignoring victims’ complaints. In a 150-page report, the Charity Commission (a UK watchdog organisation that reports directly to the UK parliament) laid out the outcome of Read more

Cardinal Pell’s prison sentence draws mixed reactions Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Reactions in Australia to Cardinal George Pell’s six-year prison sentence were mixed when was it broadcast live from Victoria’s County Court in central Melbourne. Some clerical sex abuse survivors were reported as saying “even a week would have been enough”. Others said the ruling is too lenient. Some described the prosecution as proof the church Read more

Former priest accused of abusing boys shot, killed Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

A former priest accused of sexually molesting dozens of boys in the 1970s and ’80s has been found shot dead at his Nevada home. Police are treating the death of John Capparelli, who was 70, as a homicide. According to the coroner’s office the former priest had been shot in the neck. Although police say Read more

Prosecutions won’t end child sex abuse crisis Comments 0

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

I can’t be the only Catholic sickened or shocked by this seemingly endless crisis. But if I could speak to the senior bishops gathered in Rome this weekend, I’d say that counsels to simply lift and shift current secular practice are not the answer. Historians are beginning to point out that secular practice to address Read more