Posts Tagged ‘Paedophilia’

Protect children from ‘psychological murder’

Monday, May 17th, 2021
Pope Francis protect children

More than ever, Pope Francis is urging families, educational and public institutions to protect children and tackle the scourge of child abuse. He described child abuse, paedophilia and child pornography, as “psychological murder.” Speaking to members of the Meter Association in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on May 15, the pope noted that the Internet is Read more

Doco on Polish bishop who shielded paedophiles goes viral

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Bishop Edward Janiak of Kalisz ignored child sex abuse and shielded paedophile priests, a new documentary about paedophilia within the Polish Catholic Church claims. Tomasz and Marek Sekielsk’s documentary “Playing Hide and Seek”, went viral on YouTube after its release on Saturday. The documentary overshadowed centenary of the birth of popular Polish Pope, John Paul Read more

The church’s systemic problem of paedophilia

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Paedophilia is a systemic problem and the Church’s efforts to ensure the “accompaniment” of the victims were ‘insufficient,’ says French Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort. The president elect of the Conference of Bishops of France says the need to shed light on the Church’s sex abuse scandals “cannot be considered purely marginal. “It’s a systemic problem Read more

Pope regrets decision he made about sexual abuse case

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Pope Francis has told the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors he has been learning “on the job” better ways to handle priests found guilty of abuse. He admitted this during his first face-to-face discussion with the Commission on September 21. The Pope said he has come to regret agreeing to a more lenient Read more

Vatican denies Pope’s reported remarks on celibacy and abuse

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Vatican is disputing the accuracy of comments attributed to Pope Francis on priestly celibacy and the extent of paedophilia in the clergy. On July 13, Rome daily La Repubblica ran an article by its former editor Eugenio Scalfari, based on an interview he did with the Pope on July 10. The Pope reportedly described Read more

Cardinal apologises for saying paedophilia not criminal

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Durban has apologised for describing paedophilia as a “psychological disorder” and not “a criminal condition” that deserves punishment. The cardinal had told BBC Radio 5 live that people who were abused as children and became paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions in the same way as somebody “who chooses Read more

Judge bans Principal’s attacker from St Joseph’s school grounds

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The man accused of assaulting Peter Ahern, the principal of St Joseph’s School in Upper Hutt, has been told not to enter school grounds. Daniel Wilson, 39, appeared in Upper Hutt District Court on Wednesday 19 December, where he was remanded on bail until January. Wilson, the uncle of a pupil at the school, is not Read more

Protocols will be drafted to ensure schools informed

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The Catholic Education Office head Pat Lynch says some protocols will be drafted to ensure parishes inform schools if one of its volunteers or members has been convicted of paedophilia. He was responding to concern that pupils from an Upper Hutt Catholic primary school went to a prayer group that included a convicted paedophile St Read more

Irish Bishop: Paedophilia is a “friendship that crossed boundary line”

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The Bishop of Clonfert in Galway has said he thought paedophilia was “a friendship that crossed a boundary line”. John Kirby has made the comments as the Catholic Church publishes 7 reports into child safe-guarding practices. It is the second batch of reviews to be carried out by the National Board for Safeguarding Children which Read more

A new conversation about Church sex abuse

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Since my ordination to the priesthood 12 years ago, the millstone of sexual abuse revelations within the Catholic Church has weighed heavily. Indeed, such is the extent of the crisis, that in some circles priest and paedophile have become interchangeable words. It is as if we have moved from an unhealthy ‘A priest would never do that’ to an Read more