Posts Tagged ‘Clergy Abuse’

Catholic Church leaders welcome inclusion in Royal Commission Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops and Catholic religious orders have welcomed the inclusion of faith-based institutions in the New Zealand Government’s expanded inquiry into the historical abuse of children. On Monday the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced the scope of the inquiry will include faith-based institutions. It will be called the Royal Commission into Historical Read more

Dunedin priests attend seminar on safeguarding protocols Comments 0

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
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About 30 priests from across the Dunedin Diocese gathered in Dunedin on Wednesday as part of a push to upskill clergy in response to the sexual abuse crisis engulfing the Church. Speakers included Virginia Noonan, director of the Catholic Church in New Zealand’s National Office of Professional Standards which handles sexual abuse complaints involving clergy. Read more

Catholics face choices in midst of ‘demonic storm’ Comments 0

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A senior Vatican cardinal believes Catholics face two choices as the Church experiences a “perfect demonic storm” due to sexual abuse. “We are at a moment of serious crisis, probably the greatest crisis our Church has faced in many centuries,” said Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, who visited New Zealand from September 13 to 16. Continue reading Read more

Bishops set the record straight on Royal Commission Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are seeking to set the record straight in response to recent reporting that the Church is backing away from actively seeking inclusion in the Government’s Inquiry. The Bishops and representation from Catholic Religious orders wrote to Prime Minister Ardern, Minister Martin and Sir Anand Satyanand in March this year. That Read more

Calls for name change at Kavanagh College Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Tears mixed with calls for healing as more than 50 people gathered in Dunedin to demand a new name for Kavanagh College. The meeting was organised by former Kavanagh College pupils Christian McNab and Sam Murphy following ODT Insight revelations about sexual offending within the Dunedin diocese. Continue reading Related Posts:Magnus Murray: The Church responseDunedin’s bishop admits Read more

Priest critical of church’s response to abuse Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Fr Vaughan Leslie says the church’s response, within New Zealand and overseas, had helped fuel the “abuse crisis” now engulfing the church. Leslie is the parish priest of Alexandra, a town in Central Otago, New Zealand. The Church had failed to remove men from ministry when credible complaints were received, and “misguided protectionism” had occurred Read more

Top cardinal denounces Viganò Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Cardinal Marc Ouellet has written an open letter to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò about the endemic corruption Viganò says has invaded the Church’s hierarchy. Noting Viganò had urged him to tell the truth about Archbishop Emeritus Theodore McCarrick, Ouellet – with Pope Francis’s permission – offered Viganò his “personal testimony, as the Prefect of the Congregation Read more

Sex abuse complainant remains dissatisfied Comments 0

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Communication confusion between a sex abuse complainant and the Catholic Church has the victim further distrusting the Catholic Church. “The process has upset me and re-traumatised me on certain levels too. The people who are involved in it tend to not be implementing their own protocols,” the man told Radio NZ (RNZ). RNZ on Tuesday Read more

Repeat news: Dutch abuse article first published 2011 Comments 0

Monday, September 24th, 2018

A recycled news story published earlier this month that accused over half of Dutch bishops of complicity in sexual abuse was first published in 2011. The Dutch bishops’ conference said “much of the information” provided by NRC Handelsblad had been “public knowledge” since 2011. “The time for praying and apologizing is clearly over; we’re in Read more

The Church may consider publishing names of abusers Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
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The Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Paul Martin, has released a file on child abuser Cornelius O’Brien to one of his victims, a Christchurch man in his 50s. Martin was asked by RNZ’s Phil Pennington if he thought the church should start publishing the names of clergy whom it had found guilty of abusing children even Read more