Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

Church must follow, accept local laws on abuse Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Local laws and court decisions regarding clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up must be respected, Fr Hans Zollner says. Zollner, who is a leading expert in child protection and one of the chief organisers of February’s summit on child protection, says the Church’s responsibility to obey the laws of the land was clarified several years Read more

‘Reverential fear’: The only reform that could tackle clerical sexual abuse Comments 0

Thursday, March 7th, 2019
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News of George Pell’s conviction was a fitting end to a papal summit on child abuse which achieved nothing and began with other cardinals attributing the problem to homosexuals in the priesthood. The reality is that priests abuse small boys not because they are gay but because they have the opportunity. Most are not even Read more

Bullied, sexually abused kids more likely to smoke, drink Comments 0

Monday, March 4th, 2019

A new study has found children who were bullied and sexually abused are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol excessively as adults. The findings were published recently in BMC Public Health. Few studies have explored this phenomenon in Australia, according to Dr David Alejandro González-Chica, senior lecturer and research supervisor at the University of Read more

Thousands of migrant children suffer sexual abuse in government custody Comments 0

Monday, March 4th, 2019

United States federal documents show thousands of migrant children have been exposed to abuse while in government custody. The U.S. government has received more than 4,500 complaints over the last four years alleging that children who are under government custody because of immigration matters faced sexual abuse. Read more Related Posts:Detained migrant children numbers skyrocketMore Read more

Cardinal Pell verdict: The law must be allowed to do its work Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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The suppression order in relation to Cardinal George Pell has been lifted. In December, a jury of 12 of his fellow citizens found him guilty of five offences of child sexual abuse. No other charges are to proceed. Cardinal Pell has appealed the convictions. The verdict was unanimous. The jury took three days to deliberate Read more

“All-out battle” to eradicate sexual abuse needed Comments 0

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended and the Church’s future direction is set. In his final address at the Summit, Pope Francis committed the church to do everything possible to eradicate sexual abuse. He said he wants it gone – not just from the church itself but from society as a Read more

Pope to abusers: “Hand yourselves over to human justice” Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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Shortly before Christmas, Pope Francis declared in response to the sexual abuse crisis that “the church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes.” He promised that “the church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case.” For decades, people Read more

Cardinal Pell found guilty of child sex offences Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty on five counts of historic sex offenses. The jury in a County Court of the State of Victoria, delivered a unanimous verdict on Tuesday. The verdict came after three days of deliberation and sentencing will take place in early February. Until then Pell is released on bail. This Read more

Lay movements ‘next frontier’ in abuse crisis, NZ ex-Vatican official says Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
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Rocio Figueroa Alvear is a theologian, an abuse survivor and a consecrated woman-turned-whistle-blower on scandals in her former community. After trying unsuccessfully to raise the alarm both in her order and in the Vatican, she left, and is now a researcher and activist pushing for a change in Church structures that allow abuse and cover-up Read more

Guam’s Catholic Church to file for bankruptcy Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Guam’s Catholic Church says it is going to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. This chapter allows the debtor to propose a plan of reorganisation to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time. Multitudes of sexual abuse claims against clergy have driven the Church to take this step. Read more