Posts Tagged ‘Sex abuse’

French Cardinal convicted for not reporting abuse Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019

A French cardinal was convicted last week of not reporting clerical sex abuse. He says he will be offering Pope Francis his resignation. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, who was convicted by the Lyon Correction Court, received a suspended sentence of six months for not denouncing the sexually abusive acts of Father Bernard Preynat when Read more

National Office of Professional Standards launches website Comments 0

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

Vatican issues statement following Cardinal Pell’s conviction Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The Vatican is calling Cardinal George Pell’s conviction of sexual abuse of minors’  as “painful”, saying it “shocked many people”. In a statement, the Vatican acknowledges the “utmost respect for the Australian judicial authorities” and says the Vatican is waiting for the outcome of the appeals process. It says, (Pell) “has the right to defend Read more

New lay organisation wants a voice in church affairs Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

A new lay organisation, Catholics For Change In Our Church (CCOC), is asking for a voice in church affairs. The Diocese-wide group formed in Pittsburgh after last year’s grand jury report into Catholic Church sexual abuse in Pennsylvania. “There was really no venue for people to share that outrage, that pain, that disappointment and lack of Read more

What Catholics and Southern Baptists can learn from each other about sex abuse crisis Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
Southern Baptist

Seventeen years after the Boston Globe exposé of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, two Texas newspapers have published a similar exposé of abuse in Southern Baptist churches. Although the National Catholic Reporter had reported on sex abuse by priests since the mid-1980s, it was the Boston Globe reporting in 2002 that captured the attention Read more

Child sex abuse ‘serious and pervasive’ throughout all US society Comments 0

Monday, February 18th, 2019
child sex abuse

Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels. More than 60,000 children are reported to have been abused every year, outnumbering those killed by guns or cars. Those who survive are often left not only with physical wounds, but also with psychological wounds that may never heal. These wounds exact both a Read more

Anti-abuse summit – be realistic Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

A leading expert in the field of child protection, Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, says while one goal of the Vatican’s upcoming anti-abuse summit aims to get the world’s bishops on the same page about abuse prevention, a uniform solution to the clerical abuse issue doesn’t exist. Zollner says he believes the reason for calling the Read more

US Catholic Bishops’ Conference head’s office raided Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

US Catholic Bishops’ Conference head, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, has had his office raided by prosecutors investigating a sexual abuse case. The accused priest is from the Houston archdiocese which DiNardo leads. DiNardo is also heading the Church’s response to sexual misconduct in the US. The intensifying investigation has raised questions about how DiNardo and his Read more

Archbishop Scicluna appointed to top role Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Pope Francis has appointed Malta’s Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation is the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally and examines appeals (in matters of grave offence). The announcement came as the Vatican prepares for a summit meeting of the presidents Read more

72 percent of sex abuse trade perpetrators are parents Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Modern technology has provided a means for the live-stream sex abuse trade, which is rife in the Philippines. Christian churches in the Philippines are working with the government to shut down “all forms of child violence,” especially online sexual exploitation. Online sexual exploitation of children has become a major problem, says Bishop Ruperto Santos. “What Read more