Archive for May 5th, 2016
The Catholic Church has produced some of Australia’s worst pedophiles, and the child sex abuse royal commission wants to know why.
“The commission’s numerous investigations into child abuse in a number of Catholic institutions throughout Australia will culminate in a final hearing into the Catholic Church in February, 2017.
“The commission is seeking submissions about any factors that may have contributed to child sex abuse in Catholic institutions or affected the church’s response.
“The structure and governance of the Catholic Church and the Vatican’s role are among the issues that will be examined, along with what the church has done and plans to do to protect children and prevent abuse.
“Other issues identified by the commission include canon law, mandatory celibacy and the selection, screening, training and ongoing support and supervision of working priests.”
By Megan Neil, Australian Associated Press, on News.com.au — Click here to read the rest of this story.
The solution to this problem (of not reporting clergy sexual abuse) is for Pope Francis to agree to the demands of two United Nations Committees and the wishes of the Catholic Bishops Conferences of the United States, England and Wales, Ireland and Australia to impose mandatory reporting under canon law irrespective of whether there are civil reporting laws. Regrettably, in September 2014, Pope Francis rejected the requests of the United Nations Committees. He is an absolute monarch when it comes to canon law, and he can change it with the stroke of a pen. The problem of the cover up will continue to fester until he does so.”
By Kieran Tapsell, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this article. Kieran Tapsell is the author of the 2014 book Potiphar’s Wife: The Vatican’s Secret and Child Sexual Abuse.