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Australian archbishop charged with concealing child abuse

| March 17, 2015 at 07:24 am

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Australia was charged Tuesday with covering up for a pedophile priest during the 1970s.

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson said he was disappointed that New South Wales state police had decided to charge him with concealing a serious child sexual abuse offence. Wilson said he would fight the charge, which carries a potential two-year prison sentence.

The charge alleges the 64-year-old failed to report child sex abuse carried out by priest James Fletcher during the 1970s when they both served in the town of Maitland, north of Sydney. (more…)

Catholic Church offered MOU on child abuse despite mandatory reporting laws, Police Integrity Commission hears

| October 15, 2014 at 07:37 am

The Catholic Church drafted a Memorandum of Understanding to share information with the NSW Police Force in 2004 despite being told a year earlier that the agreement breached child abuse mandatory reporting laws, an inquiry has heard.

The Police Integrity Commission had previously heard the MOU was designed to open up lines of communication between the church’s Professional Standards Office and the Child Protection Enforcement Agency, to facilitate the sharing of information relating to allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy. (more…)

UN watchdog grills Vatican over child abuse

| May 5, 2014 at 08:34 am

A UN anti-torture watchdog on Monday began a two-day grilling of the Vatican over its efforts to stamp out child sex abuse by priests.

The hearing is the Vatican’s first since 2002, when it signed up to an international convention banning torture as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. (more…)

Child abuse inquiry: Priest told boy he was ‘product of evil and satanic relationship’

| January 28, 2014 at 07:08 am

A priest told a former resident of a church-run children’s home in Northern Ireland that he was the product of an evil and satanic relationship, an inquiry has heard.

The son of an unmarried mother said he became a zombie, introverted and fearing the next beating, lying soaked in urine at night in an attempt to dissuade any sexual abusers from “dropping the hand”.

He was a resident at St Joseph’s in Termonbacca, Londonderry, run by the Sisters of Nazareth order of nuns, in the 1950s and complained about his treatment to a priest after leaving the home.

The response was: “You must never speak about this, you must understand… you and the other orphans are bastards. You are the product of an evil and satanic relationship. You never had a chance.” (more…)

Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests

| January 23, 2014 at 07:47 am

Papers documenting allegation of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archdiocese were released to the public today by victims’ attorneys.

The documents cover only 30 of at least 65 priests for whom the Chicago church says it has substantiated claims of child abuse.

The papers, put online, were made available through settlements between Church and victims’ lawyers. Church officials said most of the abuse occurred before 1988, none after 1996, and that all were ultimately reported to authorities. (more…)

Diocese of Winona releases names of priests accused of child abuse

| December 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Priests accused of abuse were parish priests, high school teachers.

The Diocese of Winona disclosed the names Monday of 14 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with children, a list that was compiled a decade ago but never before made public.

The priests listed were parish priests and/or teachers in the diocese high schools or the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona. Unsealing the list was ordered by a Ramsey District Court judge earlier this month in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who said he was abused by former priest Thomas Adamson, who had been accused of molesting a number of boys in the Winona diocese before being transferred to the Archdiocese of St. Paul- Minneapolis. (more…)

Vatican envoy faces child abuse claims

| September 5, 2013 at 07:52 am

Child abuseVatican City – The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused him of paedophilia, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church said on Wednesday.

The Dominican Attorney General later announced that a special prosecutor had been appointed to investigate Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, who has been nuncio, or ambassador, in the capital Santo Domingo for nearly six years. (more…)

Too little, too late: the archdiocese of Milwaukee releases child sex abuse files

| July 4, 2013 at 08:07 am

The documents demonstrate yet again that the Catholic church is more concerned with its money and reputation than children

On Monday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee released 6,000 pages of documents pertaining to the church’s handling of decades of allegations of child sex abuse by priests. In a blog post on his website, the current archbishop of Milwaukee, Jerome Listecki, said he hoped that by “voluntarily making the documents public” they will help abuse victims and their families to understand the past, review the present and allow the church to move forward. The documents certainly offer a unique insight into the past and present, but are far more likely to confirm what survivors have long suspected: that the church is far more interested in protecting its assets and reputation than it was or is in protecting them. (more…)

Priest Child Abuse Investigative Journalist, Joanne McCarthy, Receives ‘Bizarre’ Police Requests

| June 25, 2013 at 08:07 am

Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald reporter, admitted in the Newcastle Supreme Court that NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell had summoned her for a “bizarre” request that “threw” her off and made her wish she was not there.

Ms. McCarthy said that the Commissioner requested for some tips on how to handle allegations of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church’s Maitland-Newcastle diocese. She said that during the meeting, the Commissioner probed for names and numbers of all the abused victims. (more…)

Catholic Church reveals names of 29 priests it acknowledges are guilty of child sex abuse

| May 30, 2013 at 09:14 am

The Catholic Church has released the names of 29 Melbourne priests who it acknowledges are guilty of sexually abusing children.

Last week the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, told Victoria’s child abuse inquiry the church had paid compensation to the victims of 59 priests who had worked in the archdiocese.

The church revealed the names of 29 of those priests on Thursday, including repeat offenders Desmond Gannon and Michael Glennon.

However, it says it will not name the remaining 30 priests because several were dead when allegations were made and they did not have a chance to respond. (more…)