Posts Tagged ‘Clergy Abuse’

Cardinal Pell verdict: The law must be allowed to do its work Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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The suppression order in relation to Cardinal George Pell has been lifted. In December, a jury of 12 of his fellow citizens found him guilty of five offences of child sexual abuse. No other charges are to proceed. Cardinal Pell has appealed the convictions. The verdict was unanimous. The jury took three days to deliberate Read more

Network of Survivors of Abuse disappointed by Vatican conference Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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Dr Murray Heasley says the outcome of the Vatican conference on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis was a major let-down for the survivors. Heasley is an Auckland-based spokesperson for the Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions and their Supporters. He was speaking from Rome to the Otago Daily Times’ Insight. Read more

Former Brother admits to historical child abuse Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

A former Catholic Brother has admitted sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl in her home while her family sat in the same room, with their eyes closed in prayer. Michael Beaumont was due to face a jury trial at the Auckland District Court on Tuesday but pleaded guilty to the historical indecent assault charge. Continue reading Read more

NZ abuse survivor hopes to meet Pope Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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A New Zealand sexual abuse survivor, Darryl Smith, has gone to the Vatican to take part in survivor meetings, coinciding with a gathering of the leaders of bishops’ conferences from around the world. Smith is hopeful of an audience with Pope Francis while in Rome. With him he is carrying a letter of introduction from Read more

Anti-abuse summit – be realistic Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

A leading expert in the field of child protection, Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, says while one goal of the Vatican’s upcoming anti-abuse summit aims to get the world’s bishops on the same page about abuse prevention, a uniform solution to the clerical abuse issue doesn’t exist. Zollner says he believes the reason for calling the Read more

Priests banned from being alone with kids Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

A Brazilian archbishop has banned all priests in his archdiocese from being alone with children. Archbishop Manoel Delson signed the ban after the court ordered the archdiocese to pay almost £2.5 million in compensation over the sexual exploitation of minors. Read more Related Posts:Apuron appeals his conviction – Guam’s…Brazilian bishop, priests among others arrestedThe Catholic Read more

#Nunstoo – Pope admits priests abused nuns Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019

A #Nunstoo movement has gained momentum since Pope Francis last week admitted Catholic clergy’s sexual abuse of nuns. “There are some priests and also bishops who have done it,” the pontiff said last week in response to a journalist’s question during his return flight from the United Arab Emirates. Francis’s admission followed an outcry last Read more

Cardinal Pell found guilty of child sex offences Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty on five counts of historic sex offenses. The jury in a County Court of the State of Victoria, delivered a unanimous verdict on Tuesday. The verdict came after three days of deliberation and sentencing will take place in early February. Until then Pell is released on bail. This Read more

Summit ineffective unless “victim-centred listening” at its heart Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
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Three female survivors of sexual abuse by priests have called on church leaders preparing for a February summit at the Vatican to listen to the voices of victims and to end a “culture of cover-up.” One of the three is Dr Rocio Figueroa Alvear, a Peruvian theologian, who is currently a lecturer in Systematic Theology at Good Read more

Changes to scope of Royal Commission require further clarification Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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A lack of clarity surrounding key terms of the Historical Abuse in State Care Royal Commission is raising serous concerns around the Commission’s scope. The terms causing concern are “faith-based institutions” and “in care”. The confusion emerged after the Government announced the Royal Commission will look into both state and faith-based institutions. On Tuesday commission Read more