Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

Police likely to rule on possible charges against Cardinal ‘fairly quickly’ Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The head of Victoria Police has indicated a decision is likely in the next few weeks on whether to charge Catholic Cardinal George Pell in relation to sexual abuse allegations dating back to the late 1970s. Key Points A decision on possible charges would be made based on the evidence, the likelihood of conviction The Read more

Clerical abuse survivor has it out with Cardinal Müller Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, resigned from the Pope’s panel on clerical sex abuse a fortnight ago. She cited “shameful” resistance within the Vatican to the group’s efforts to protect children. Collins has now written an open letter about her resignation to Cardinal Gerhard Müller. In it she responded to an interview he gave an Read more

Curia blocking Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors Comments 0

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Curia is blocking Pope Francis’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, says Marie Collins. Collins is the only clerical sex abuse survivor serving as an active member on the Commission. She said she is stepping down because the group’s work is being “hindered and blocked by members of the Curia.” She cited lack of 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

Confession in Australia may not remain sealed Comments 3

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Whether what is heard in confession stays in confession is being considered by the Australian Royal Commission investigating sexual abuse. Throughout the hearings the Royal Commission has heard a number of perspectives on this issue. For example, a priest (later jailed) said while continuing to abuse his victims he confessed his paedophilia several times. When asked Read more

Australian Catholic leaders contract to protect children from pedophiles Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Australian Catholic leaders will sign professional standards contracts holding them accountable for protecting children from pedophiles. This is the first time the church has taken responsibility for protecting children in this way. Through the contracts, the leaders will agree to abide by the professional standards and to be monitored, audited and subject to public reporting. Read more

Pressure mounts on Cardinal Pell to return and face criminal charges Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Australian Senate has endorsed the Green Party’s call for Cardinal Pell’s return from Rome to face allegations of criminal misconduct. In reply, Pell says the Green Party’s actions show it is “anti-religion”. A spokesperson for Pell said the move is really about political point scoring. “The Greens have opted for an obvious political stunt Read more

Distorted view of celibacy leads to abuse Comments 0

Monday, February 13th, 2017

With the release of a shocking report from Australia on accusations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, the old question is bound to arise: “Is the discipline of celibacy to blame for sexual abuse of minors?” The complicated question is dealt with in historian Philip Jenkins’s excellent study on the problem. Published in 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

Vatican website launched to help protect from clerical sexual abuse Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

A  Vatican website showing the efforts being made to protect people from clerical sexual abuse was launched this week. Children, teens and vulnerable adults are those the Vatican particularly aims to protect. Set up following recommendations from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the  website offers a suite of resources. Among these are Read more