Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

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

Georg Ratzinger contributes to culture of silence Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger contributed to a “culture of silence” at a prestigious German boys boarding school. More than 500 boys suffered abuse at the hands of dozens of teachers and priests at the school that trains the Regensburg Cathedral boys’ choir reports, Ulrich Weber. Weber, an independent investigator, was appointed by the Regensburg diocese to look into Read more

Pell says he is looking forward to finally having his day in court Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
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At a brief appearance before journalists in Rome on Thursday Cardinal George Pell said he will return to Australia as soon as possible to clear his name. Pell is due to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18 for a filing hearing of the charges of historic sex offences that have been laid against Read more

Police likely to rule on possible charges against Cardinal ‘fairly quickly’ Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The head of Victoria Police has indicated a decision is likely in the next few weeks on whether to charge Catholic Cardinal George Pell in relation to sexual abuse allegations dating back to the late 1970s. Key Points A decision on possible charges would be made based on the evidence, the likelihood of conviction The Read more

Clerical abuse survivor has it out with Cardinal Müller Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, resigned from the Pope’s panel on clerical sex abuse a fortnight ago. She cited “shameful” resistance within the Vatican to the group’s efforts to protect children. Collins has now written an open letter about her resignation to Cardinal Gerhard Müller. In it she responded to an interview he gave an Read more

Curia blocking Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors Comments 0

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Curia is blocking Pope Francis’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, says Marie Collins. Collins is the only clerical sex abuse survivor serving as an active member on the Commission. She said she is stepping down because the group’s work is being “hindered and blocked by members of the Curia.” She cited lack of Read more

Sexual abuse: Let’s get real Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Sex abuse let's get real by Chris McCloughen

The victims of clergy and religious sexual abuse are not historical cases they are people who, as it were, were abused by God himself. Some of these victims perceive that both humanity and God abandoned them in the formative parts of their lives. Most of those who haven’t committed suicide or died at the end of Read more

Confession in Australia may not remain sealed Comments 3

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