Posts Tagged ‘Child sexual abuse’

Child sexual exploitation rife in Fiji Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Sexual exploitation of children has become rife in Fiji. And the problem is largely hidden from authorities and the public. These are findings in a joint survey by the NGOs Save the Children, and End Child Prostitution and Trafficking International. A recent UN report also revealed that abuse of children in Fiji is usually performed Read more

Guilty former archbishop still celebrating Mass Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Although Guam’s former Archbishop Apuron has been found guilty of child sexual abuse, he is still celebrating Mass. While the Vatican’s ruling following its guilty verdict has banned Apuron from returning to Guam and has removed him permanently from his post, he is still a priest. His successor, Archbishop Michael Byrnes, has apologised and pledged Read more

Vatican – Australian Royal Commission’s report requires serious study Comments 1

Monday, December 18th, 2017

The Australian Royal Commission’s report into child abuse has made 409 recommendations, 15 of them directed at the Catholic church. In an initial response to the report, a Vatican Press Office released a statement saying the report is a thorough effort that “deserves to be studied seriously.” It reiterated the commitment of the Holy See Read more

Kilgallon makes a presentation to Pope at Rome meeting Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Mr Bill Kilgallon, director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, has been attending a meeting in Rome of The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He was one of three people to speak when Pope Francis met with the commission face-to-face for the first time. Together Read more

Catholic celibacy, secrecy and child abuse Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Celibacy and secrecy are the major reasons child abuse is so prevalent in the Catholic Church, a new report says. The report, Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: An Interpretive Review of the Literature and Public Inquiry Reports, was co-authored by Prof Des Cahill and theologian Dr Peter Wilkinson. Cahill, who helped the Australian Read more

Three American Franciscans charged in alleged abuse cover-up Comments 1

Friday, March 18th, 2016

A US grand jury report released this week indicted three Franciscan friars for alleged mishandling of members of the order who were accused of child sexual abuse dating back to the 1960s. Charged for endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy were Giles A. Schinelli, 73, Robert J. D’Aversa, 69, and Anthony M. Criscitelli, Read more

Child sexual abuse: are churches covering up or opening up? Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Recent media coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s recall to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has ignited public debate on whether churches are willing to face up to child sexual abuse. Tim Minchin’s “musical attack” on Cardinal Pell has been a lightning rod for debate on social media. Against a background Read more

Aussie abuse inquiry head pushes for victims’ compensation Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

The Australian government and other bodies should pay towards compensation for victims abused as children in institutions, a royal commission head says. Justice Peter McClellan said some Australian institutions where children were abused either have no money or no longer exist. He chairs the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Justice McClellan Read more

Aussie church suggests national redress plan for abuse victims Comments 1

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The Catholic Church in Australia has proposed a national redress scheme for survivors of child sex abuse, funded by institutions responsible for the harm. The Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council told Australia’s Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that such a scheme should be run by the federal government. The council’s Read more

Aussie archbishop says abuse victims are new missionaries Comments 0

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Sex abuse victims who tell their stories are the new missionaries to the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn says. In an interview with the Canberra Times, Archbishop Christopher Prowse said the Church is going through an “unprecedented crisis”. “There is so much shame, there is so much humiliation with the criminal acts Read more