Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

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

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

Monday, February 12th, 2018
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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

Finn is dedicated to changing the world just one step at a time Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Finn Egan, a former Marist Challenge 2000 Gap Year Student and Youth Worker at Challenge 2000, has walked the 1600km of the Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Wellington to support Roar4PNG. Roar4PNG is an organisation devoted to preventing and healing sexual and domestic violence. This organisation wants to build a women’s refuge in Read more

Church retraumatises sex abuse victim Comments 0

Monday, September 11th, 2017

A woman has complained the Church retraumatises sex abuse victims through its compensation process. It is unnecessarily agonising” and sent her to “an absolute state of unwellness,” she says. Read more Related Posts:Clerical abuse is “an absolute…Australian Anglican Church: 1,100 abuse complaintsBallarat bishop’s estate to help victims of abuseCatholic Church of Guam sets up $1M Read more

Cardinal George Pell – the time of trial begins Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Cardinal George Pell appeared briefly at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with historic sex offences. No formal plea was entered although Pell’s legal team lead, Robert Richter, told the magistrate: “For the avoidance of doubt … Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty to all charges, and will maintain the presumed innocence that he Read more