Posts Tagged ‘Clergy Abuse’

Abuse survivor outraged it took 15 years to laicise paedophile priest Comments 0

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Former Dunedin priest Magnus (Max) Murray has been removed from the priesthood following a formal church judicial process. While some have welcomed the laicisation, others say it’s too little and too late. Read more Related Posts:Victims relieved paedophile priest laicisedFormer Cardinal McCarrick faces laicisation. What…Call to defrock 91-year-old NZ priestMagnus Murray: The Church response

Victims relieved paedophile priest laicised Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Victims of a paedophile priest from Dunedin are pleased Father Magnus Murray had been laicised. The Catholic Bishop of Hamilton Steve Lowe said he laicisation had been  “a complicated process because of Murray’s age and health”.. Continue reading Related Posts:Call to defrock 91-year-old NZ priestMagnus Murray: The Church responseFormer Cardinal McCarrick faces laicisation. What…Paedophile priests are Read more

Poland doubles jail time for paedophiles after clergy abuse doco goes viral Comments 0

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Poland is planning to double jail terms for convicted paedophiles after a documentary on priest sex abuse sparked outrage in the country. The documentary includes harrowing testimonies from victims and has been viewed more than 18 million times. Convicted paedophiles could now face up to 30 years or even life in prison. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Read more

Abuse victims suing Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Five sexual abuse victims of priests will sue the Vatican to get names and details of the priests involved, an attorney for the group says. The lawsuit in the US federal court aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and “release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican Read more

Bishops criticised for attending funeral of abusive priest Comments 0

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of clergymen are outraged three senior bishops attended a funeral celebrating the life of an abusive priest. In 2003, Laffey admitted he had sexually assaulted Mike Phillips in the mid 1960s, when Phillips was a 13-year-old altar boy at St Mary of the Angels Church in Wellington. Laffey retired from his Read more

No religion is safe if priests are forced to violate confessional seal Comments 0

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

If priests are forced to violate the confessional seal, no religion is safe a Dominican priest says. A proposed change in law in California would legally require priests to violate the sacramental seal of confession in suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Fr Pius Pietrzyk OP, who is an assistant professor of canon law, Read more

Catholic Church sex slave doco pulled Comments 0

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

A hit documentary, “Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church”, has been pulled from the Franco-German television channel Arte after a priest complained to a German court. The big-budget media investigation, about the way some Catholic priests have abused nuns and used them for sex, was broadcast in March and sold widely internationally since. The abused Read more

Vatican finds former Guam archbishop guilty of child sex abuse Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019

The Vatican has upheld its decision convicting the former Archbishop Anthony Apuron in the U.S. territory of Guam for sexually abusing minors. “Our church on Guam can now continue with certainty, our collective journey toward healing and reconciliation. Most importantly, the victims, survivors and their families who have suffered greatly can have some measure of Read more

Cardinal Barbarin may not be innocent, says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Pope Francis says it’s possible French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin “is not innocent.” His comment was made in response to questions from French media about the Cardinal of Lyon during an in-flight press conference after his visit to Morocco last weekend. Last month Barbarin was found guilty on one count of failure to report a charge Read more

Sexual immaturity, poor formation behind abuse crisis Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Sexual immaturity and poor formation are to blame for the sex abuse crisis the Church is facing, says a Canadian nun with a doctorate in clinical sexology. The crisis does not mean “the end of faith” but rather “the end of a lack of formation and the end of deviance,” and a call to return Read more