Posts Tagged ‘Clergy Abuse’

Priest critical of church’s response to abuse Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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
publishing names

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

Christchurch bishop to release files on convicted priest Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
publishing names

RNZ has asked the Christchurch bishop, Paul Martin, to release files the church has on Father Cornelius O’Brien. Martin said he would, but first had to sort out privacy issues and, until then, turned down requests for an interview. O’Brien arrived in New Zealand from Ireland in 1963 and served at least seven parishes in Read more

Wuerl to discuss his resignation with Pope Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s possible resignation will be the subject of a discussion he plans having with Pope Francis, he wrote in a letter to the Washington archiocese bishops. He told them he will be going to Rome soon to discuss his possible resignation. Wuerl’s letter followed an extraordinary meeting at which he talked with archdiocesan Read more

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin to face trial Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

A French court has ordered Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, to face trial in early January on charges of failing to denounce a sexually abusive priest. The court says the trial will take place without the presence of co-defendant Vatican Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Read more

Prosecution appeals Wilson’s sentence; defence appeals conviction Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Two sides go head to head: the prosecution appealing former Adelaide archbishop Philip Edward Wilson’s “inadequate” sentence and his defence team appealing Wilson’s conviction. Wilson has been found guilty of concealing the crimes of paedophile priest James Fletcher who was convicted of child sexual abuse in 2004 and died in jail in 2006. Magistrate Robert Read more

New leadership for Washington archdiocese possible Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018

New leadership may be on the cards for the Washington archdiocese. Although he has not mentioned standing down, Cardinal Donald Wuerl has acknowledged calls from local priests and others for new leadership. Allegations he mishandled clergy sex abuse reports – such as in relation to the alleged sexually coercive behavior of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – Read more