Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

Abuse fiasco in Minneapolis sees two prelates resign

Friday, June 19th, 2015

An archbishop and an auxiliary bishop of the same US archdiocese have both resigned after the archdiocese became mired in sex abuse controversy. The resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt, 68, and Bishop Lee Piché, 57, of St Paul-Minneapolis were announced by the Vatican on Monday. The move came 10 days after prosecutors brought criminal charges Read more

US archbishop unsure if he knew child abuse was a crime

Friday, June 13th, 2014

An American archbishop has testified that he is unsure whether he knew in the 1980s that sexual abuse of a child by a priest was a crime. But a statement from St Louis archdiocese has hit out at coverage of Archbishop Robert Carlson’s remarks, saying they were taken out of context. During a court deposition last Read more

After the California shooting

Friday, May 30th, 2014

On Friday night I felt like I was playing a part in a movie. I’d come to Santa Barbara six months ago from Wellington on a student exchange. I was really excited to become immersed in the Californian lifestyle. I wanted to go surfing, to drink Californian wine, and have fun at the “Number Two Read more

The fall of Rome

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Leonardo Express rumbles from Rome’s airport right to the city centre. After 32 minutes, it arrives at its final destination, Termini, the city’s central station. An ad in a pedestrian tunnel at the station reads, “Roma Termini — a Place to Live.” Some have taken the message quite literally. It’s 11:10 p.m. Stranded people Read more

Mob prosecutor warns Mafia ‘interested’ in Pope Francis

Friday, November 15th, 2013

One of Italy’s best known anti-mob prosecutors is warning the Mafia is considering Pope Francis as a target. Nicola Gratteri says the Mafia is upset by the Pope’s efforts to make the Church more financially transparent. For years the Mafia has laundered money and made investments, taking advantage of the connivance of the Church, he said. Gratteri’s comments Read more

New Vatican criminal code will apply worldwide

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Pope Francis has revamped the Vatican criminal code, extending it to apply to employees of the Holy See anywhere in the world. The revised code includes provisions covering the theft and publication of confidential documents and money-laundering, and provides for the freezing of financial assets. It also strengthens provisions against child abuse, specifying that Vatican Read more

Hell believers are not criminals

Friday, September 7th, 2012
Belief in hell means there less likelihood of crime

Those who believe in Hell are less likely transgress again leading to lower crime rates. So concludes a study by by Azim Shiraf at the University of Oregon and Mijke Rhemtulla at the University of Kansas who compared rates of crime with rates of believe in heaven and hell in 67 countries. The study acknowledged Read more

Belief in hell keeps crime rates down, according to new study

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

A University of Oregon psychologist has found that a country’s belief in heaven and hell is related to its crime rates, and that a belief in a punitive God equals less crime while a belief in a forgiving saviour means more crime. “It seems like there is a case to be made for the causal Read more

Pacific youth advocates tell leaders to put their money where their mouth is

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

THE 42nd Pacific Islands Forum came and went, but Pacific youth advocates are pleading with leaders to wake up to the increasing number of young people involved in crime and violence in the Pacific.

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Failing to protect a child – MPs’ opinions

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

A new parliamentary bill that creates a new offense with a maximum of 10 years in jail for failing to protect a child or vulnerable adult from serious harm by a member of the same household as the victim has passed its first reading. Speaking to the Bill Simon Power said “We need legislation that gives a Read more