Tag Archives: sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

Evan Williams. Film review ‘Spotlight’

Evan Williams recently reviewed Spotlight. This film has now won the Best Film at the recent Oscars. This review is reposted below. Evan Williams will soon also write on the Oscar awards in general.  John Menadue. The other night I … Continue reading

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John Menadue. How the Australian Bishops and Rome ignored the warnings.

Current Affairs.  We were warned about events such as in the Ballarat Catholic Diocese. But they were even worse than what we expected. Bishops have been warned for a long time but they have ignored the warnings. See article below … Continue reading

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Kieran Tapsell. Rolf Harris and the Vatican.

Rolf Harris, aged 84, was found guilty of sexual assaults on children in the long distant past, and was sentenced to 5 years jail. The judge took into account his age in determining the sentence. Many people still thought it … Continue reading

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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses of Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church.

Yesterday, in Eureka Street, Fr Frank Brennan SJ commented on the first interim report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses of Child Sexual Abuse. He said: ‘Before Prime Minister Gillard announced the commission, I said that the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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Chris Geraghty. Appropriate responses to the scandal in Newcastle

  After Bishop Bill Wright appeared on television to register his reaction to the findings of the special enquiry into the Church’s and the Police response to the paedophile activities of two priests in the Newcastle diocese, and to express … Continue reading

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Michael Kelly SJ. Where does the buck stop in the Church?

You could be forgiven for not knowing where the buck stops in the Catholic Church these days. In any society, organization or Church community, it is important to know who is ultimately responsible in decision making; otherwise, chaos or worse … Continue reading

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Pell before the Parliamentary Enquiry. Guest blogger: Chris Geraghty

I watched Cardinal George Pell give his evidence to the Victorian Parliamentary Committee on Monday and thought that he was fortunate to be questioned across the polished table by a team of amateur interrogators. The members of the committee were, … Continue reading

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Mea Maxima Culpa. Guest blogger Chris Geraghty

If you are a pious, conservative member of the Catholic Church, stay away from any movie theatre showing the documentary Mea Maxima Culpa. You will be exposed to scenes of diabolical evil, revolting details of lives destroyed, to corruption, institutional … Continue reading

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Judge Murphy and Sexual Abuse in Ireland. John Menadue

The Australian Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commences its hearings in Melbourne on April 3. If the experience of the four enquiries in Ireland is any guide individuals and intuitions in Australia face ordeals. Judge Murphy … Continue reading

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Normalising Crime

There is a tendency to normalize crime in our own group, church or community by saying that the rate of crime in our own group is no worse  than in other groups. It is a view I have heard expressed … Continue reading

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Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

‘There is nothing on this earth as ugly as the Catholic Church And nothing so beautiful’ (Cardinal John Henry Newman) A letter to fellow members of St Mary Magdalene’s Parish, Rose Bay I have found great beauty in the Catholic … Continue reading

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