Posts Tagged ‘Sexual abuse’

Parishes in trouble; the people have spoken Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Business Manager of the Ballarat Catholic Diocese, Andrew Jirik (pictured) is warning parish churches will not survive without more Catholics. In a ‘searing’ editorial in the diocesan newspaper, “Our Diocesan Community”, Jirik compared the challenge facing the diocese akin to the Protestant Reformation of some 500 years back. The Ballarat Catholic Diocese needs “more Catholics Read more

Guilty doctor to continue practicing Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Victims of a doctor found guilty of misconduct are appalled he will continue to practice. Despite being found guilty of performing unjustified breast examinations, making comments about patients’ looks and raising inappropriate sexual issues with a 15-year-old, the doctor will not be suspended. One victim described the Health Practitioner’s Tribunal decision as a slap in Read more

Bishop heading fact-finding mission in Buffalo diocese Comments 0

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has been appointed by the Vatican to conduct an investigation of the troubled Buffalo diocese in New York, where Bishop Richard Malone faces accusations of covering up sexual abuse by priests. The announcement was made late October 3 by the Brooklyn Diocese, following a request from the papal embassy in Read more

Priest on trial: accused of breaking confession seal Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The ecclesiastical trial for an Italian priest accused of breaking the seal of confession has begun. Orazio Caputoto is accused of informing members of a controversial lay group Catholic Culture and Environment Association (ACCA) of a police investigation into their leader for sexually abusing minors. If Caputo is found guilty of breaking the confessional seal, Read more

Argentine bishop at heart of phone porn scandal charged Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, one of Pope Francis’s first episcopal appointments in his home country, has been formally accused of sexually abusing seminarians and could face 3 to 10 years in prison. The information was released on Friday by the prosecutor’s office in the Argentine northern province of Salta. The bishop was charged with “aggravated Read more

Power, celibacy and sexual morality links hammered home Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

A professor of dogmatic theology told a recent episcopal conference to face up to the destructive link that is ‘now impossible to deny’ between ‘power, celibacy and sexual morality in the Church’. German theologian Julia Knop said a “leaden silence” descended on the assembly from the moment she began to speak. At the Plenary Assembly Read more

Abuse victims suing Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Five sexual abuse victims of priests will sue the Vatican to get names and details of the priests involved, an attorney for the group says. The lawsuit in the US federal court aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and “release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican Read more

Pope’s sexual abuse reporting rules will be ‘fully implemented’ in NZ Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
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The president of the NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Patrick Dunn, has told the New Zealand Herald that the Motu Proprio on the reporting of sexual abuse cases will be studied to make sure that the recommendations it contains are fully implemented. On 9 May Pope Francis issued the Motu Proprio making it mandatory for priests and Read more

Let the sinless organisation cast the first stone Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019

A little less hysteria and a lot better collective memory would help us pope-watchers settle down. The Catholic Church – and the Pope – don’t have a nasty history on their own. Over much of the world, the concept of children’s rights is still non-existent, and child prostitution and slavery is a fact of everyday Read more

Nuns too – sexually abusing minors could be next scandal Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Nuns are also guilty of sexually abusing minors, say survivors. Women who were sexually abused by nuns say while the abuse of boys by priests is being widely documented, their trauma is being overlooked. “It’s a spiritual rape, it really is,” one says. “It steals your faith. I envy people who have faith.” “Nuns kind Read more