Posts Tagged ‘Smacking’

Sydney priest appeals assault ruling, denies smacking boy

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

A Sydney priest is appealing against being found guilty of common assault after he allegedly smacked a child who was misbehaving in church. Fr Terrence Millard denies smacking a nine-year-old boy at St John Vianney church in Greenacre last year. No conviction was recorded against the priest, but Fr Millard went on leave from the Read more

Sydney priest found guilty after smacking boy in church

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

A Sydney Catholic priest has been found guilty of common assault after he smacked a child in a church. Fr Terrence Millard of St John Vianney and St Thomas More parish in Greenacre was found guilty in Bankstown Local Court, but no conviction was recorded against him. The priest denied having hit eight-year-old “Peter” (not his Read more

The Pope is right – smacking your kids is sometimes OK

Friday, February 13th, 2015

One good thing has come out of the fuss over the pope’s comments about it being ok to smack your children (so long as their dignity is maintained); it has flushed out the former Irish president, Mary McAleese, as tiresomely conventional in much the same way as her predecessor, Mary Robinson – the very incarnation of PC. Read more

Pope’s remarks on smacking children cause a stir

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Pope Francis has seemed to back parents who smack their children, providing the child’s “dignity” is maintained. He made the remarks during his weekly general audience at the Vatican on February 4, which was devoted to the role of fathers in the family. The Pope outlined the traits of a good father, as someone who Read more

NZ born advisor criticises Pope’s support of smacking

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A New Zealander who advises Pope Francis on combating sexual abuse has criticised the pontiff’s support of smacking children. Dr Krysten Winter-Green, who is based in Boston and works with abused young people, said there was no type of corporal punishment for children that was acceptable. Dr Winter-Green has served in dioceses around the world Read more