Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

Confession in Australia may not remain sealed Comments 2

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

Australian court may prosecute archbishop if he hid sex abuse Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

An Australian court may prosecute an archbishop if can prove he hid sex abuse The archbishop failed for a second time last Friday to stop a criminal prosecution against. He is defending allegations he covered up for a pedophile priest. Archbishop Philip Wilson, 66, was charged in April last year with concealing serious child sexual Read more

Day of prayer for clerical sexual abuse survivors Comments 1

Friday, September 16th, 2016

A clerical sexual abuse survivor’s suggestion has led the Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors to adopt a Day of Prayer for victims of sexual abuse. Pope Francis announced the Day of Prayer on Monday, following a week-long meeting of the Commission. The Commission, has a mandate to develop and educate the church about Read more

Priest wrongly accused of abuse calls Catholic Church to account Comments 0

Friday, September 16th, 2016

False accusations of child abuse have led a priest to ask why Catholic Church authorities give any credence to anonymous allegations such as were presented against him. Fr Tim Hazelwood, parish priest at Killeagh in east Cork, explained how “in May of this year I was successful in securing an apology and an admission that Read more

St. Louis Priest Falsely Accused by Sex-Abuse Watchdog Group Comments 0

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Sexual abuse claims that have not been substantiated make it impossible for alleged perpetrators to litigate the claims against them. A group for clergy sex-abuse victims made false statements “negligently and with reckless disregard for the truth” against a St. Louis priest to try to convict him on abuse charges, a federal judge has ruled. Read more