Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

Safeguarding at risk due to COVID Comments 0

Monday, June 8th, 2020
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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

Cardinal Pell’s release stokes concerns about Australia’s plenary council Comments 0

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Cardinal Pell’s release has a number of influential Catholic figures across Australia expressing concern that the divisive atmosphere stoked by the recent quashing of Pell’s sexual abuse convictions could frustrate hopes for an upcoming once-in-a-generation assembly of the nation’s church. The assembly, a plenary council in preparation for two years and involving the direct input Read more

Love George Pell or loathe him, we should all be grateful that justice has been delivered Comments 0

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Some Australians, including many victims of child sexual abuse, revile George Pell. Others hold him in high esteem. Neither of these groups will have their minds changed about Cardinal Pell, ­regardless of what any court might determine. The majority of Australians fall into neither camp. Victorian Police In the midst of controversy and with allegations Read more

Cardinal George Pell awaits HIgh Court decision Comments 0

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
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The verdict on whether to overturn the conviction of Cardinal George Pell will come later, Australia’s highest court said on Thursday. Pell is seeking to appeal the Victoria Appeal Court’s two-to-one decision last year that came down in favour of sustaining his 2018 child sexual abuse conviction. Bret Walker, Pell’s lead barrister, outlined a case Read more

Catholics still don’t get it: sexual abuse is not about sex Comments 0

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
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We continue to hear of incidents that more than suggest that Catholics – and, in particular, their bishops – have learned very little from the clergy sexual abuse crisis. This is quite alarming and depressing because the Church in North America has been dealing with issues regarding priests who abuse children and teenagers for at Read more

Acquitted Cardinal acknowledges errors of governance Comments 0

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Acquitted Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France has admitted to errors in governance for not denouncing former priest Bernard Preynat’s sexual abuse of minors. A week after the Court of Appeal in Lyon acquitted him Barbarin spoke of his “errors of governance” and discussed the “media tsunami” that has surrounded him in the past four Read more

Parishes in trouble; the people have spoken Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Business Manager of the Ballarat Catholic Diocese, Andrew Jirik (pictured) is warning parish churches will not survive without more Catholics. In a ‘searing’ editorial in the diocesan newspaper, “Our Diocesan Community”, Jirik compared the challenge facing the diocese akin to the Protestant Reformation of some 500 years back. The Ballarat Catholic Diocese needs “more Catholics Read more

Guilty doctor to continue practicing Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Victims of a doctor found guilty of misconduct are appalled he will continue to practice. Despite being found guilty of performing unjustified breast examinations, making comments about patients’ looks and raising inappropriate sexual issues with a 15-year-old, the doctor will not be suspended. One victim described the Health Practitioner’s Tribunal decision as a slap in Read more

Bishop heading fact-finding mission in Buffalo diocese Comments 0

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has been appointed by the Vatican to conduct an investigation of the troubled Buffalo diocese in New York, where Bishop Richard Malone faces accusations of covering up sexual abuse by priests. The announcement was made late October 3 by the Brooklyn Diocese, following a request from the papal embassy in Read more

Priest on trial: accused of breaking confession seal Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The ecclesiastical trial for an Italian priest accused of breaking the seal of confession has begun. Orazio Caputoto is accused of informing members of a controversial lay group Catholic Culture and Environment Association (ACCA) of a police investigation into their leader for sexually abusing minors. If Caputo is found guilty of breaking the confessional seal, Read more