Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

Archbishop of Canterbury ashamed of the Anglican Church Comments 0

Monday, March 26th, 2018

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says he has “learned to be ashamed again of the Church”. He made the statement while giving evidence on the second-last day of a clergy sex abuse inquiry. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is looking into the Diocese of Chichester, where dozens of clergy have been accused Read more

The spiritual wounds of sexual abuse Comments 0

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
sexual abuse horror

In a meeting with Pope Francis, a victim of sexual abuse said with profound sadness and desperation: “Jesus had his mother nearby when he faced suffering and death. But my mother, the Church, left me all alone in my time of pain.” These few words express the horror of abuse, especially the sexual abuse of Read more

Marie Collins shocked at Kilgallon’s omission Comments 0

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Marie Collins

Church-abuse-survivor, Marie Collins, says she’s shocked that Pope Francis dropped a Kiwi from his sex-abuse inquiry. Ms Collins resigned her membership of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. She says she left in frustration last March at what she saw as a lack of progress. The commission’s 3-year term ended late last year. Read more

Australian Church assets: What Fairfax media omitted Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Fairfax

The Fairfax media (The Age) published a big story on the Australian Church’s wealth, highlighting the property assets. Fair’s fair. Just as the Church is being held to account for its behaviour, Fairfax media also needs to be held to account for the standard of their reporting. So in this light, should we be surprised Read more

Mothball clerical collar to help prevent clergy sexual abuse Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
clerical collar

About 15 years ago, I was editing the Catholic Church’s online news service CathNews Australia, when stories about clerical sexual abuse were beginning to appear in significant numbers. It was usually difficult to find a photograph or other visual image to illustrate the abuse stories. But eventually I settled on one generic image that I Read more

Pope’s briefing system under scrutiny after Chile gaffe Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018
Chile bishop barrios

Just how well informed is Pope Francis about the goings-on in his 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church? That question is making the rounds after the pope seemed completely unaware of the details of a Chilean sex abuse scandal, a failing that soured his recent trip there and forced him to do an about-face. It also came Read more

Chilean sex-abuse victim to have Vatican interview Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

A Chilean sex-abuse victim will be interviewed personally by the Vatican’s sex-crimes expert, Archbishop Charles Scicluna. Scicluna will travel to New York next week to interview the victim, Juan Carlos Cruz. The victim is at the centre of a scandal involving Pope Francis. Cruz says a letter he wrote in 2015 asking Pope Francis to Read more

False allegations – apology to priests Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has issued an apology to the Archdiocese of St Louis and two of its priests, Father Joseph Jiang and the late Mgr Joseph D. Pins. SNAP admitted allegations against the priests were false. Read more Related Posts:SNAP founder and director resigns amid claims of collusionScores of Read more

Adelaide’s Archbishop misses court Comments 0

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Adelaide’s Archbishop, Philip Wilson, has been unable to appear in court in a trial about his alleged covering up of child sexual abuse. Wilson’s lawyers say he is medically unfit to give evidence because of physical and mental health issues. In 2015 he was charged with covering up a Hunter Valley priest’s abuse, which took Read more

Australian bishops return from Rome crisis talks Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, who is Vice President of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, says Australia is facing the biggest crisis in its history. Coleridge has just returned from Rome where he and other bishops have been discussing how to address the fallout resulting from Australia’s clerical sexual abuse crisis. Of particular importance in Read more