Posts Tagged ‘clergy sex abuse’

Cardinal Pell’s appeal wanes Comments 0

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
George Pell

An  ageing and dishevelled Cardinal George Pell, Wednesday, returned to his cell in solitary confinement at the Melbourne Assessment Prison. The journey follows the Court of Appeal’s split 2-1 decision handed down by Chief Justice Anne Ferguson. Both she and Justice Chris Maxwell experienced no doubt about Pell’s guilt. “The Chief Justice and Justice Maxwell Read more

Lay advisors want Vatican to release McCarrick files Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Lay advisers to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) want the Holy See to be more open about former archbishop Theodore McCarrick. They want the USCCB to ask for all the relevant documents and the results of diocesan and archdiocesan investigations about McCarrick to be released. Both the National Advisory Council to the US Read more

Church volunteers strike over male-only priests, celibacy, sex Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Church volunteers who are members of the German Catholic women’s movement Maria 2.0 have launched a week-long strike. They are holding rites without priests outside churches and suspending voluntary church work and ministries in 50 parishes in protest over the male-only priesthood, celibacy and the church’s slow response to sex scandals. Masses and committees will Read more

Archbishop Scicluna says February meeting start of ‘global approach’ to fighting sex abuse Comments 0

Monday, November 26th, 2018
sex abuse

In a decision highlighting the great importance he gives to next February’s summit meeting on “the protection of minors in the church,” to which he has called the presidents of all the Catholic bishops conferences, Pope Francis has appointed a high-powered steering committee to oversee the project. The committee is composed of two cardinals, Blase Read more

Wellington priest ‘mends fences’ with sex abuse survivors Comments 0

Monday, November 5th, 2018
sex abuse survivors

A Wellington parish priest changed tack on Sunday, joining his congregation in supporting sex abuse survivors, and tied a ribbon to the church fence. The move by the parish priest of St Mary of the Angels, Fr Kevin Conroy SM, came after helpful conversations with Liz Tonks, an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, and Read more

Priest who testified against bishop accused of rape found dead Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

A Catholic priest who testified against an Indian bishop accused of rape has been found dead. His family suspect foul play. However, local medical staff said he had a series of health problems. Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, 67, was found dead inside his room a week after Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar was granted bail by Read more

Facing John Paul II’s legacy in sex abuse crisis Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018
John Paul II

After the Vietnam War ended, U.S. military leaders recognized that they could not grasp what went wrong and begin to fix it unless everyone could speak with absolute candor. Every crisis demands the same, including the sex abuse crisis. So, while it is always a mistake to try and figure out what the crazies at Read more

The elephant in the sacristy, revisited Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018
elephant in the sacristy

Sixteen years ago, at the height of the 2002 clergy sex scandals in the Catholic church and on the eve of a meeting of bishops in Dallas, The Weekly Standard published an essay of mine called “The Elephant in the Sacristy.” It included an in-depth look at some of the most notorious clergy abuse cases Read more

Women should help train priests says Bishops head Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Canadian cardinal Marc Ouellet says women should assess seminarians’ suitability for the priesthood and help with their training. This would help prevent future sex abuse, says Ouellet the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. He also thinks bishops should also be chosen more carefully. “We are facing a crisis in the life of the church… Read more

Archbishop Chaput wants pope to cancel youth synod Comments 0

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

American Archbishop Charles Chaput is asking Pope Francis to cancel the youth synod set for this October. The synod will gather bishops from around the world to discuss matters about “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.” “I have written the Holy Father and called on him to cancel the upcoming synod on young people. Read more