Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

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

Argentine bishop at heart of phone porn scandal charged Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, one of Pope Francis’s first episcopal appointments in his home country, has been formally accused of sexually abusing seminarians and could face 3 to 10 years in prison. The information was released on Friday by the prosecutor’s office in the Argentine northern province of Salta. The bishop was charged with “aggravated Read more

Power, celibacy and sexual morality links hammered home Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

A professor of dogmatic theology told a recent episcopal conference to face up to the destructive link that is ‘now impossible to deny’ between ‘power, celibacy and sexual morality in the Church’. German theologian Julia Knop said a “leaden silence” descended on the assembly from the moment she began to speak. At the Plenary Assembly Read more

Abuse victims suing Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Five sexual abuse victims of priests will sue the Vatican to get names and details of the priests involved, an attorney for the group says. The lawsuit in the US federal court aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and “release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican Read more

Pope’s sexual abuse reporting rules will be ‘fully implemented’ in NZ Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
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The president of the NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Patrick Dunn, has told the New Zealand Herald that the Motu Proprio on the reporting of sexual abuse cases will be studied to make sure that the recommendations it contains are fully implemented. On 9 May Pope Francis issued the Motu Proprio making it mandatory for priests and Read more

Let the sinless organisation cast the first stone Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019
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A little less hysteria and a lot better collective memory would help us pope-watchers settle down. The Catholic Church – and the Pope – don’t have a nasty history on their own. Over much of the world, the concept of children’s rights is still non-existent, and child prostitution and slavery is a fact of everyday Read more

Nuns too – sexually abusing minors could be next scandal Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Nuns are also guilty of sexually abusing minors, say survivors. Women who were sexually abused by nuns say while the abuse of boys by priests is being widely documented, their trauma is being overlooked. “It’s a spiritual rape, it really is,” one says. “It steals your faith. I envy people who have faith.” “Nuns kind Read more

NZ researchers argue Jesus may have suffered sexual abuse Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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A study published earlier this month by two theologians resident in  New Zealand suggests that Jesus himself was a victim of sexual abuse. Dr Rocio Figueroa Alvear is a Peruvian theologian currently lecturing in systematic theology at Good Shepherd College in Auckland and an external researcher at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at Otago Read more

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