This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Friday, 16 February 2018
In the Feb. 14 hearing, the director of prosecutions for the Melbourne Magistrates Court said that while they had not decided on the matter, the charge of a key complainant who died in January would likely be withdrawn.
Defense attorney Ruth Shann argued against the man's credibility, saying Pell's legal team would be examining the credibility of the “unreliable” witness when the formal four-week committal hearing begins March 5.
Thursday, 15 February 2018
This injustice has compounded the crimes that happened on its watch and its criminal cover-ups. Most of the victims were Catholics themselves at the time.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Pope Francis’s finance minister was charged last year with offenses involving multiple complainants in his native Australia. The exact details and nature of the charges have not been disclosed to the public, though police have described them as “historical” sexual assaults, meaning they are alleged to have occurred decades ago.
Pell’s lawyers failed in his application in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday to gain access to his alleged victims’ medical records.
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
One suggested prayer for the penitential period asks God: “May all those who have been abused physically, emotionally and sexually by your ministers be respected and accompanied by tangible gestures of justice and reparation so that they may feel healed with the balm of your compassion.”
It adds: “We pray that your Church may be a secure home where all children and vulnerable adults are brought closer to your Beloved Son.”
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in a Feb. 5 message asked Catholics to dedicate Feb. 14-17 as days of fasting and reparation for cases of sexual abuse within the Church.
The Ballarat Diocese has paid more than $4.9 million in compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse and more than $1 million in pastoral support to abuse survivors so far.
Monday, 12 February 2018
On the living room wall behind her is the wooden cross that was her father's.
Her father was a Catholic priest.
He took Holy Orders. He had a high profile in the Auckland diocese, said Kathleen. He was meant to be celibate.
"He was a very good priest, a wonderful person, much loved, respected," she told RNZ, in what's believed to be the first time a New Zealander who is the child of a Catholic priest has spoken out.
"And unfortunately the journey that he took meant that he felt that he couldn't acknowledge me when he was alive, which is very sad in itself but it's my reality.
"He must have struggled in his daily life to continue doing what he did and not be able to be a father as he may have liked to have been."
While Kathleen had her suspicions, a half century of secrecy came to an end only about two years ago when she sought and received scientific evidence.
She carried on believing she was virtually the only one, then last year came across the fledgling online support network Coping International, which in three years has been contacted by hundreds of people like her around the world.
Sunday, 11 February 2018
The Catholic Church in Victoria is worth more than $9 billion, making it the biggest non-government property owner in the state and much wealthier than it has admitted in evidence to major inquiries into child sexual abuse.
A six-month investigation by The Age has found that the church misled the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by grossly undervaluing its property portfolio while claiming that increased payments to abuse survivors would likely require cuts to its social programs.
Figures extrapolated from a huge volume of Victorian council valuation data show the church has more than $30 billion in property and other assets, Australia wide.
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers want access to the medical records of people who have accused him of sexual offences, denying it is “a fishing expedition”.
Prosecutors oppose the defence application for access to the complainants’ treatment information.
The crown Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC said there was no substantial probative value in the material being provided.
“It’s tantamount to a fishing expedition rather than having a legitimate forensic purpose,” Gibson told Melbourne magistrates court on Friday.
No other details of the case against him can be reported for legal reasons.
One of Cardinal Pell's defence barristers, Ruth Shann, made what she described as a "responsible and considered" application to access the medial records of complainants in the case.
Ms Shann told the court the records would have substantial probative value, meaning they would contain important evidence to the case.
She said a complainant may not be in the best position to describe their own mental health.
"A particular complainant may, or may not know, the exact name of the therapy or treatment which they were subject to," Ms Shann told the court.
Thursday, 8 February 2018
A royal commission established in 2012 to investigate abuse was contacted by more than 15,000 survivors with claims - some decades-old - involving churches, orphanages, sporting clubs, youth groups and schools.
"As a nation, we must mark this occasion in a form that reflects the wishes of survivors and affords them the dignity to which they were entitled as children, but which was denied to them by the very people who were tasked with their care," he said.
The pattern of abuse is similar, whether it be in schools in Australia, residential institutions for First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, in parishes across Ireland, or where depraved and criminal minds were able to carry out their dark deeds under the veneer of doing charitable or spiritual work.
The issue of child abuse is something that impacts societies around the world.
In India, for instance, a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes, according to the latest government figures.
Malcolm Turnbull will make a national apology before the end of the year to victims of institutional abuse in the wake of the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
The prime minister confirmed the government’s intentions in a statement to parliament on Thursday.
“We owe it to survivors not to waste this moment and we must continue to be guided by their wishes,” Turnbull said. “As a nation, we must mark this occasion in a form that reflects the wishes of survivors and that affords them the dignity to which they were entitled as children – but which was denied to them by the very people who were tasked with their care.”