Posts Tagged ‘safeguarding’

Safeguarding at risk due to COVID

Monday, June 8th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the risk elements in the Church’s sexual abuse response, says Fr Hans Zollner SJ. Zollner is the leading Rome based specialist in addressing the scourge of sex abuse in Catholic institutions. With less money in circulation, he is urging civil and church societies not to blur their focus nor cut Read more

Westminister Cardinal Nichols called on to resign

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Lawyers acting for almost 50 child sex abuse victims have called for the resignation of England’s Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The lawyers, Richard Scorer of Slater and Gordon, and David Enright of Howe and Co, made the call in a letter to The Tablet. In the letter, they say ‘the Catholic Church‘ is failing its safeguarding Read more

UK Cardinal more concerned about Church image than victims

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, stands accused of putting the Church’s reputation ahead victims of child sex abuse. The accusation, 20 June, came in a government inquiry report. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluded that children could have been saved had the Catholic Church not “repeatedly failed” to alert the police Read more

National Office of Professional Standards launches website

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The website for the New Zealand Catholic Church’s National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS) has just gone live. The website provides a platform for information on reporting abuse, safeguarding information and any related policies or documents. NOPS Director, Virginia Noonan, says “the website provides another channel for reporting abuse and providing information on safeguarding in the Read more

New Zealand to be represented at Vatican safeguarding conference

Monday, February 11th, 2019
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A representative from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops will attend the summit on safeguarding in the Vatican later this month. Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington and vice-president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC), will attend the meeting which will take place 21 – 24 February 2019. Because of recent eye surgery, Bishop Read more

Post abuse crisis, how can we get back to our Christian roots?

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Hans Zollner, S.J., is a licensed German psychologist and psychotherapist with a doctorate in theology and one of the church’s leading experts in the area of safeguarding minors. He is the president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a member on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Read more

Theologian: Church must be more than fortress of guidelines

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The Church has to be more than just a fortress of guidelines and norms keeping abusers out and those not abused safe within, a theologian has said. Jesuit Fr James Corkery, a theology professor at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, said the Church also must be an open, welcoming home for those who have been wounded Read more

New Sydney archbishop reaches out to disillusioned Catholics

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The new Archbishop of Sydney has urged disillusioned Catholic to return and “help us to be a better Church”. At his installation Mass last week, Archbishop Anthony Fisher vowed to improve the Church’s record on safeguarding children. He said the Church would emerge from a period of intense public scrutiny about clerical child abuse “humbler, Read more

Expert attacks Irish hierarchy’s attitude to child abuse

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The former head of the Church body set up to protect children in Ireland has attacked the Irish bishops’ efforts in this area. Ian Elliott has accused the bishops of “minimal responses and empty gestures” when dealing with clerical abuse. Mr Elliott headed the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland Read more

Catholic Church must change its theology and culture to protect kids

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Scotland’s Catholic Church must change its culture and theology to protect children in its care, says the Protestant minister asked to review its safeguards. Dr Andrew McLellan announced the remit and membership of a new commission to investigate how the Catholic Church handles abuse. The former Moderator of the Church of Scotland believes his own Read more