Posts Tagged ‘Royal Commission Sexual Abuse’

Australia’s archbishops split over confessional secrecy Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Australia’s archbishops expressed very different views on whether information children “confess” about abuse should be kept private, last week. They were being quizzed at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. One of the questions they were asked related to a fictional child called ‘Sally’ who reported abuse to them in Read more

Sexual abuse: Let’s get real Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Sex abuse let's get real by Chris McCloughen

The victims of clergy and religious sexual abuse are not historical cases they are people who, as it were, were abused by God himself. Some of these victims perceive that both humanity and God abandoned them in the formative parts of their lives. Most of those who haven’t committed suicide or died at the end of Read more

Priests’ training dangerous and distorted Comments 2

Monday, February 13th, 2017

The Australian child sex abuse Royal Commission has heard seminary life and training of Catholic priests in the past was “dangerous and distorted”. It also heard the priests should have had ongoing formation and supervision. Diocese of Broken Bay vicar general Dr David Ranson also told the Royal Commission the changes in priestly formation over Read more

Extended Royal Commission on sexual abuse a challenge Comments 1

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been granted its sought two-year extension. It will run for five years. That is appropriate. I predicted on the night Julia Gillard announced the commission that it would take five years to do its work. I am still worried about this extended federal royal Read more

Christian Brothers pay out $20 million to Aussie abuse victims Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Christian Brothers have paid more than A$20 million to victims of sexual and physical abuse in Australia. The figure was revealed at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse at hearings in Perth on May 6. The payments by the order and Catholic Church insurance were made to 531 people, usually Read more

UN statement of child abuse: where does NZ Church stand? Comments 0

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In a recent statement the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said “tens of thousands of children worldwide” were abused systemically for years within the Catholic Church. In commenting on the report, the National Director of the Office for Professional Standards, Mr Bill Kilgallon  told Radio New Zealand that in New Zealand all Read more

Sex abuse: Church’s sorry too little too late Comments 0

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

An inquiry into how the Catholic Church in Australia dealt with victims of child sex abuse has heard how a flawed process re-traumatised some victims. Twelve years after being silenced by the Catholic Church, Joan Isaacs can now tell the world about the sexual and emotional abuse inflicted upon her as a schoolgirl. Ms Isaacs Read more

Australian child abuse inquiry a catalyst for change in the Church Comments 1

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The awful record of the institutional Catholic church’s leadership in dealing with the scandal of clerical sex abuse of minors has clearly, and rightly, been a trigger for the federal government’s Royal Commission into sexual abuse of children in Australia. This is a record that has already prompted other inquiries here and overseas. It would indeed be Read more

Church council will work with Aust. sex abuse commission Comments 1

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Australia’s Catholic bishops have decided to set up a special council — including bishops, religious and lay people — to work with the forthcoming royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse. At the end of their twice-yearly conference in Sydney, the bishops said they had formed a supervisory group of representatives from the Read more