Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

Cardinal offers resignation over Church’s mishandling of sex abuse

Thursday, June 10th, 2021
Crux Now

German cardinal Reinhard Marx has offered his resignation as archbishop over the Church’s mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases. The Church is at a “dead end” and the reputation of  its bishops has, possibly, never been lower, his resignation letter says. The pope gave Marx permission to make his letter of 21 May public. “It Read more

Auckland Catholic Cathedral’s former choir director’s abusive past

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
James Tibbles

Auckland’s St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral was unaware that its former choir director’s abusive past had led him to resign from two previous jobs. James Tibbles, a well-known early music specialist, was the choir director and organist at St Patrick’s from 2014 until last December. At that time the church said he had resigned “to pursue Read more

Principal urges Pompallier College survivors to come forward

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Survivors of sexual abuse at Pompallier College, Whangarei are urged to come forward if they wish to receive help. Principal of Pompallier College, Whangarei, Richard Stanton told RNZ, Friday, that a former pupil approached him saying he had been raped by a priest at the college in the late 1970’s early 1980’s. The former pupil Read more

A new approach to helping abuse survivors

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Dealing with the impact of sexual abuse has been largely outsourced by the Church. Now an initiative is being launched, with the support of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, taking a fresh pastoral approach to the welfare of survivors “You took away my faith”; “The Church cheated me out of my relationship Read more

The searing report linking popular NZ brands to sexual abuse and slavery

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Some of New Zealand’s most popular cosmetic products are linked to severe abuse, sexual assault, and endemic health problems among Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil workers, according to a new investigation by the Associated Press. It’s the follow-up to another investigation in September which revealed that many of the same palm oil plantations made use Read more

Boy Scouts sex abuse: where to from here?

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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The Boy Scouts of America bills itself as a high-profile “values-based youth organization” aimed at moulding impressionable children into upstanding citizens. But thousands of boy scouts say they were preyed upon by the scoutmasters who were supposed to be their role models—and that Boy Scouts leadership long covered up their crimes. Time has confirmed that Read more

Boy Scouts sex-abuse claims approach 100,000

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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More than 95,000 people have come forward with sex-abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The claims, which lawyers said far eclipsed the number of abuse accusations filed in Catholic Church cases, continued to mount. The figure revealed the scale of alleged abuse committed over decades by scout leaders. It dwarfs the roughly Read more

Independent investigation into Dunedin Catholic Bishop John Kavanagh

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

An independent investigation into the way Dunedin Catholic Bishop John Kavanagh handled sexual abuse complaints has begun. The New Zealand bishops’ conference (NZBC) says these concerns involved a number of victims of abuse in the Dunedin Diocese who had complained that Kavanagh had not properly dealt with their complaints of sexual abuse by priests. The Read more

Still saintly? McCarrick report complicates JPII’s legacy

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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A new Vatican report’s revelations that Pope John Paul II disregarded reports about ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct had Catholics on Wednesday debating the legacy of one of the modern church’s towering figures. The report triggered questions about whether John Paul was rushed through the saint-making process, and whether the author of contemporary Catholic teaching Read more

Fighting abuse: What Pope Francis has done during his pontificate

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

In more than seven years as leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has issued numerous new laws and guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up by church officials. He also has insisted that church leaders must take the lead as true shepherds and guardians to protect the vulnerable out of Read more