Tag Archives: Sex Abuse Scandal

Church of England Braced for New Sex Abuse Claims

Via the BBC: Fresh allegations of child sex abuse against the Church of England (CofE) are likely to surface, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. The Most Rev Justin Welby said he was braced for an abuse inquiry to reveal “bad … Continue reading

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Australia: Sex-abuse Victim Sentenced for ‘Revenge’ Burglaries at Catholic Churches

Sounds more like a copout: A man sexually abused by a priest as a six-year-old who exacted revenge – unleashing his “deeply entrenched hatred” for the Catholic order by burgling dozens of its churches across suburban Melbourne – was today … Continue reading

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Archbishop Phillip Aspinall: Priests ‘Can Report Child Abuse’

The spiritual leader of Australia’s 3.5 million Anglicans, Phillip Aspinall, believes that priests may be able to report child abuse revealed during the rite of confession without breaking the seal of the confessional, putting him at odds with Catholics.    The … Continue reading

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Australian Cardinal: Confessional Seal is Inviolable, Even in Abuse Cases

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, has said that while the Church will cooperate with a federal commission investigating child abuse, priests will not break the seal of confession. Someone who confesses sins involving abuse will not be reported to … Continue reading

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Hollywood Developing Movie About Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Over at The Deacon’s Bench: Details: Variety reports that Win Win director Tom McCarthy is directing an untitled drama about the reporters at the Boston Globe who uncovered the original conspiracy to keep these deeds quiet. Not exactly lighthearted material … Continue reading

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Archbishop John Hepworth the Martyr?

UPDATE:  Fr Smuts trashes Archbishop Hepworth by Deborah Gyapong. An interesting choice of words… But the gloves are mercifully not off… I must however add that I was simply responding to the flawed comments of a one ‘undisclosed Roman Catholic person’ on … Continue reading

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Archbishop John Hepworth to Ask Peter Slipper to Step Down

UPDATE:  Unbelievable: Peter Slipper Could Still Be Parish Priest (!) – Archbishop John Hepworth. We reported on the gross allegations of sexual harassment against Fr Peter Slipper yesterday. Archbishop John Hepworth – who has been very quiet of late – … Continue reading

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TAC Priest Accused of Sexual Harassment

UPDATE: Archbishop John Hepworth to ask Fr Peter Slipper to step down here. It is the Hon Fr Peter Slipper, who is also Federal Speaker in Australia. The Australian has the sordid details: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was today joined by Independent … Continue reading

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Vatican: Irish Catholic Trainee Priests Must Attend Child Protection Classes

The Guardian reports: Every trainee Catholic priest in Ireland must attend child protection classes, the Vatican has recommended in a major report on how the church handled the republic’s clerical abuse scandals. Vatican Radio released the findings of the Holy See’s … Continue reading

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The Truth About Falsely Accused Priests

The accused are often presumed guilty until proven innocent, while the media distorts the narrative of child abuse in the US. The Catholic World Report: Dave Pierre is a journalist who operates TheMediaReport.com, which examines anti-Catholicism and bias in today’s … Continue reading

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