Posts Tagged ‘clerical abuse’

Plan for halting mass exodus from church underway Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

German bishops are looking for ways to halt the massive exodus from the Church in Germany caused by the clerical abuse crisis. The bishops’ conference launched a two-year “synodal procedure” for church reform last weekend, on the first Sunday of Advent. Working together with the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), special synodal candles Read more

Archdiocese fully compliant with safeguarding policies Comments 0

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

A new report says the archdiocese of New York is fully compliant with the U.S. bishops’ safeguarding policies. The U.S. bishops have a zero tolerance policy in relation to abuse. They aim to have no priests or deacons in active ministry that have had claims of abuse substantiated. The report was prepared by Judge Barbara Read more

Clericalism’s day coming to an end Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Clericalism is coming to an end, says Marie Collins, who is a clergy sexual abuse survivor from Ireland. However, Vatican officials needed “a safeguarding policy” in place ages ago to prevent abuse and address it when it occurs. Collins says a policy of this sort was promised at the Vatican summit on child protection in Read more

Paris archdiocese agrees to report abuse allegations Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

The archdiocese of Paris has agreed to report all credible cases of sexual abuse by clerics or lay Church employees. This rule will apply even if the victims do not file a complaint. Archbishop Michel Aupetit has signed a protocol with agreed with Paris’s judicial authorities as an experiment for a year. The agreement mirrors Read more

When a priest is falsely accused of sexual abuse Comments 0

Thursday, May 9th, 2019
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Until last year, online search results for the Rev. Gary Graf would include stories about his liver donation to a parishioner, his scaling a border wall so he could understand more intimately the experiences of his immigrant parishioners and a hunger strike he staged to draw attention to the plight of Dreamers. Today, however, the Read more

Pope signs child sex abuse law for Vatican and its embassies Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Pope Francis has made it compulsory in law within the Vatican and in Vatican diplomatic missions worldwide to report child sex abuse. Francis, who is both the Vatican head of state and the head of the Church new law, wants the new law to be a model for the church globally. The legal changes reflect Read more

Pope replaces cardinal during worsening sex abuse cover-up Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Pope Francis has accepted Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati’s resignation and immediately named a temporary replacement. Ezzati’s resignation came after he was placed under criminal investigation in the country’s spiralling church sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Spanish-born Capuchin friar and current bishop of Copiapo, Chile, Monsignor Celestino Aos Braco will replace Ezzati in the interim. Ezzati, Read more

Equal rights campaign wants more women in Church leadership roles Comments 0

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

A women’s group aimed at promoting equal rights within the Church and more leadership roles for female Catholics has launched a new campaign. The Overcoming the Silence campaign encourages women to be more assertive in making their voices heard. The Church must elevate women to leadership positions if it is to restore trust following sexual Read more

Catholic nuns denounce culture of silence and secrecy Comments 0

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Catholic nuns throughout the world are denouncing the culture of silence and secrecy surrounding sex abuse in the Church. The Rome-based International Union of Superiors General, which represents more than 500,000 sisters worldwide, is urging nuns who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors. They have promised to help nuns Read more

Short-change Catholic funerals for priests accused of sex abuse Comments 0

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Catholic funerals for priests who die while facing accusations of sexual abuse are now subject to new rules in Ireland. The National Board for Safeguarding Children’s guidelines to church authorities include ways to discreetly conduct the funerals of clerics who had allegations made against them. Some dioceses have added to these guidelines. They say funerals Read more