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 stories” about the Church. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that he dealt with…

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 Australian reports: The Anglican Primate says the sanctity of the confessional should be examined by the…

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 to help close out the week, but since it’s the “story behind the story” that’s…

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 Fr Anthony Chawick’s blog. Up until this point (his posting), the line had been drawn in…

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 – has now come out and is to ask Slipper to step down as Priest: Embattled MP…