Category Archives: abuse

Collins’s resignation doesn’t mean pope’s anti-abuse body is not working

[Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The resignation of the Irish abuse survivor, Marie Collins, from the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors (see statements below), is doubtless a major blow to the perception of the pope’s commitment to creating a safeguarding … Continue reading

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Abuse scandal in Lyon: the truth will set everyone free

[Amicie Pelissie Du Rausas in Paris] While the French Church does not always live harmoniously with its anticlerical state and culture, it has been mostly spared the accusations of financial mismanagement and sexual abuse that the Church in other European countries has known. Our régime … Continue reading

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Ballarat survivors meet with Pope’s anti-abuse commission

Three Australian victims of clergy sexual abuse who have been in Rome this week for the Cardinal George Pell hearings (see CV Comment) have met with a senior member of the Pontifical Commission for Minors, the Commission said today. Fr. Hans … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell statement following meeting with abuse survivors in Rome

Australian abuse survivors who have been in Rome this week listening to Cardinal George Pell give testimony via video link met with him today in a private meeting of just over an hour. The dozen survivors are from the cardinal’s former diocese of … Continue reading

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What is missing from the coverage of Cardinal Pell’s Lenten testimony on abuse

[Austen Ivereigh] It is a remarkable coincidence that Cardinal George Pell, one of the Vatican’s most senior figures, should be giving evidence to an Australian child abuse enquiry in the week that the Spotlight movie received an Oscar, and not long after … Continue reading

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When institutions collude, the rot spreads. Lessons from ‘Spotlight’

[Aaron Taylor] In a scene near the beginning of Spotlight – the highly-praised movie about The Boston Globe’s exposure of clerical sex abuse that comes out in UK cinemas next week – the new editor Marty Baron is invited to visit Cardinal Bernard Law. It was the … Continue reading

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‘Spotlight’: a reminder of what had to change

[From Christopher White in New York] This month’s US release of the film Spotlight — the UK release will not be until January — is a time for Catholics to recall the devastation that sexual abuse in the Church has caused. But in telling the story … Continue reading

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New Vatican tribunal to deal with bishops who cover up abuse

[By Aaron Taylor] Following this week’s announcement that the Holy See will establish a tribunal to punish bishops who cover up child abuse, Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two bishops from the United States accused of just that. … Continue reading

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Saunders-Pell: Vatican statements and CV comment

There have been two responses from Rome to media coverage of the criticism of Cardinal George Pell made by a British member of the Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, Peter Saunders. (The story is dealt with by CV Comment … Continue reading

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Saunders accusation highlights need to tighten abuse commission brief

Pope Francis’s advisors will be in a difficult position this morning, following accusations over the weekend by one of his hand-picked abuse commissioners against the man he chose to head up his reform of Vatican finances. Peter Saunders, chief executive … Continue reading

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