Posts Tagged ‘clerical abuse’

Given abuse reforms, expert says bishops have ‘no excuse’ for failure

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
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A leading Catholic child protection expert says bishops have ‘no excuse’ for failure, given the abuse reforms being developed by the Church. Father Hans Zollner SJ said progress is being made to deal with the problem of clerical sexual abuse. Speaking of recent reforms ahead of this week’s three-day summit on child protection taking place Read more

Activist priest reinstated

Monday, May 31st, 2021

A US priest has been reinstated in his parish after a four-month investigation found “insufficient reason to suspect” he sexually abused children. The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago confirmed Chicago priest Michael Pfleger has been released and will be reinstated. Pfleger is a nationally known activist. Four months ago when the archdiocese asked Pfleger to step Read more

Institute of Anthropology to broaden understanding of abuse in Catholic Church

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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The Center for Child Protection (CCP), founded in 2012, is to have a new name with a broader focus on understanding abuse cases in the Catholic Church. The Institute of Anthropology: Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care (IADC) will open next September at the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. Its purpose is to Read more

Royal Commission reveals details of its inquiry into the Catholic Church

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
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The Royal Commission has just made public the details of its inquiry into the Catholic Church. During its investigation, the Royal Commission will select themes, settings or institutions as case studies of abuse. It may conduct research and examine relevant matters in public hearings, roundtables, hui and fono. What happened and why? In considering the Read more

Fiji’s Archbishop offers an apology for abuse

Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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The head of the Fiji Catholic Church has made an apology for the behaviour of  Catholic priests, religious and teachers who allegedly abused Fijian children. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong was responding to a news report on TVNZ by pacific correspondent, Barbara Dreaver. For the last year, 1 NEWS has been investigating claims of historic sexual Read more

Polish priests defy bishop amid pedophilia scandal

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Priests in the Polish diocese of Kalisz have refused to sign letters of loyalty to their bishop after a child abuse cover-up. More and more Catholics in Poland are calling on the Church to properly investigate crimes. The documentary “Hide and Seek” by Marek and Tomasz Sekielski, which was watched by almost 7 million people Read more

Paternalistic attitude is worse than clericalism

Monday, March 16th, 2020

A paternalistic attitude within the Church that devalues laypeople and puts clergy on a pedestal is worse than clericalism says German Jesuit priest Hans Zollner. Zollner is one of the Church’s leading experts in child protection. There are two sides to this problem, Zollner says. One is with “the hierarchy not involving the gifts of Read more

Ireland’s former president threatens Pope

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has written to the Pope saying she’ll leave the the Catholic Church if it is found the Vatican “failed to act to protect members of the L’Arche community” from the community’s founder Jean Vanier. In her letter to the pope (which she published on her personal website on 26 February) Read more

Clergy abuse survivors mark summit anniversary with protest at Vatican

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

A group of clergy abuse survivors gathered in Rome on Feb. 21, one year after the Vatican summit of bishops on clerical sex abuse, to accuse Pope Francis of knowing about the abuse of Argentine deaf children by an Italian priest but not acting to stop it. The group, who included some of the Argentinian Read more

Indian bishop charged with rape faces allegation from second nun

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

It has emerged that a second nun of the Missionaries of Jesus has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur of sexual harassment. The bishop has been charged with raping a nun repeatedly over the course of two years, allegations he denies. The first nun, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, has said Read more