Tag Archives: Pontifical-secrecy

Kieran Tapsell: The Holy See’s Newly Found Sensitivity to National Sovereignty

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Sex abuse: the de facto privilege of clergy. Kieran Tapsell

On 29 December 1170, four armed knights from the Court of King Henry II of England entered Canterbury Cathedral. They had previously heard the King complain about the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a’Becket, who was in dispute with Henry over … 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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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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