Posts Tagged ‘clerical abuse’

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests, including accusations from 20 years ago, officials said Thursday. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Japan said it has established a committee in each diocese to take claims and consultations related to sexual abuse but details of an 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

Indian priest who led nuns’ protest may be disciplined by Church Comments 0

Monday, November 26th, 2018

An Indian priest faces disciplinary action for supporting nuns’ struggle for justice for a colleague who claims she was raped by a bishop. Bishop Jacob Manathodath from Kerala has sought an explanation from Father Augustine Vattoly about his involvement in leading a protest against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar. Read more Related Posts:Priest who testified Read more

History will judge Francis on his actions, not his intentions Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

History will judge whether Pope Francis’s response to clerical abuse was appropriate, says Marie Collins. Collins, who is a clerical abuse survivor and former member of Francis’ papal commission on clergy sexual abuse, says while she believes Francis has good intentions in fighting abuse she is looking for actions as well. Rather than telling us Read more

Cardinal Sean O’Malley calls for consequences for the Church Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and head of the Vatican Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, says the Church and sexual abuse perpetrators need to be held accountable. In a video message posted on the Archdiocese of Boston website after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was released, O’Malley expressed his concern about the Read more

Why, despite everything, I am still a Catholic Comments 0

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
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Why on earth do we stay in a Church in which clerics commit sexual abuse? The easiest answer is realism. We tell ourselves that some sexual predators are drawn to seminaries, just as paedophiles seek out institutions that work with children, regardless of whether they’re religious or not. Public schools, choirs, scouts: the cancer grows Read more