Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

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

South Park to feature Catholic Church abuse crisis Comments 0

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Next season’s South Park story lines will be taking on the catholic church’s sex abuse scandal. Comedy Central has released a guide for season 22 of the satirical TV show, which includes themes encompassing sexual abuse and religion is on the agenda for a forthcoming second episode entitled A Boy and a Priest. Read more Read more

Pope Francis accepts Archbishop Philip Wilson’s resignation Comments 0

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide’s resignation. In May this year Wilson was convicted of covering up the sexual abuse of minors in the 1970s. Read more Related Posts:Archbishop Philip Wilson says he’ll resign if…Australia’s prime minister, clergy want pope…Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide found guiltyAdelaide’s Archbishop misses court

Victims’ advocates: Sexual abuse not just a ‘Catholic problem’ Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Christa Brown of Tennessee has for years called on Baptist churches to set up an independent panel to evaluate allegations of sexual abuse by clergy — such as the youth minister who sexually assaulted her as a teenager — and to keep predators from striking again at another church. Pastor Jimmy Hinton — a Somerset Read more

Wake-up call on sexual abuse for Asia’s bishops Comments 0

Monday, June 18th, 2018
sexual abuse asia

The investigation by into the disappearance of a priest from Bangladesh that uncovered evidence of sexual abuse follows a well-trodden path. It’s one that has been traveled in country after country for 30 years — in the United States, Canada, Ireland and Australia and now on full display in Chile. It runs like this: there Read more

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

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