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KIERAN TAPSELL. A Response to Francis Sullivan

I agree with what Francis Sullivan has said in the edited version of his speech to Catalyst for Renewal. But there is a recitation of history in the full version that cannot go unchallenged.  

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Kieran Tapsell. George Pell’s logic on child sex abuse is flawed

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Kieran Tapsell: The Nestor Case

The Catholic Church hierarchy has now accepted that its attempts to cover up the sexual abuse of children by clergy facilitated further abuse. But there was a second reason for the increase in the abuse – the canonical disciplinary system … Continue reading

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Kieran Tapsell. The Vatican at the UN: Who is fossilised in the Past?

The Holy See has found itself before the United Nations once again, this time in relation to the Treaty on Torture. According to Reuters, Archbishop Tomasi told critics of its sexual abuse record that it had developed model child protection … Continue reading

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The Revival of Misprision of Felony. Guest blogger: Kieran Tapsell

In the days before police forces, the State in the English speaking world relied on citizens to report serious crimes, called “felonies”. The posse in the Western movies is a reflection of the “hue and cry” that citizens were expected … Continue reading

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Putting the Jesuitical back into the Jesuit. Guest blogger: Kieran Tapsell

The Vatican has two hats. It is the mini-State of 44 hectares in Rome, and it is the “Holy See”, the governing body of the Catholic Church. When it suits, it puts on one hat and hides the other. At … Continue reading

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Cracks in the Church Dyke at the Royal Commission. Guest blogger: Kieran Tapsell

On 19March 2010, after the Murphy Commission in Ireland found that there had been widespread cover up of child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a “Pastoral Letter to the People of Ireland”.  The Murphy … Continue reading

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Flogging a dead horse at the Royal Commission on Sexual Abuse. Guest blogger: Kieran Tapsell

Whenever there has been an inquiry into the Catholic Church’s handling of child sex abuse by its clergy, the Church has claimed that child sex abuse was some sort of hidden problem that the whole world, including the Church, had … Continue reading

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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. John Menadue

On December 9 the Royal Commission will commence public hearings into the role of the Catholic Church in Australia on this issue. Francis Sullivan the Executive Director of the Truth Justice and Healing Council of the Catholic Church said on … Continue reading

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Bella Figura and the Vatican. Guest blogger: Kieran Tapsell

Bella figura, writes Bishop Geoffrey Robinson in his book, For Christ’s Sake, pervades the Vatican. In Italian, it means putting on a good appearance, and never admitting mistakes – what we might call “spin”.  Its opposite, bruta figura means looking … Continue reading

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