Posts Tagged Philip Pullella

Top cardinal demands Vatican get tough with bishops on sex abuse / Reuters

(Cardinal Sean) O’Malley said he was “deeply troubled” by the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and that it and others “raise up the fact that when charges are brought regarding a bishop or a cardinal, a major gap still exists in the Church’s policies on sexual conduct and sexual abuse.” (Reuters)

A leading Roman Catholic cardinal and key adviser to Pope Francis called on Tuesday for the Vatican to ‘swiftly and decisively’ adopt strict policies for cases of sexual abuse involving bishops and top clergy.

“Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston issued the appeal with the Church in the United States still reeling from allegations that another cardinal was involved in abuse of minors and sexual improprieties with adult seminarians years ago.

“O’Malley said he was ‘deeply troubled’ by the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and that it and others ‘raise up the fact that when charges are brought regarding a bishop or a cardinal, a major gap still exists in the Church’s policies on sexual conduct and sexual abuse.’

“His forceful statement also comes as the Vatican has been hit by a major scandal that has engulfed the Church in Chile.

“Last month, the Vatican ordered McCarrick, 88, the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., to cease public ministry after finding that allegations he sexually abused a teenager almost 50 years ago were credible.”

By Philip Pullella, Reuters — Read more …

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Vatican studying ways to speed up sexual abuse cases / Reuters

(Vatican spokesman Greg) Burke said that among the options discussed was to decentralize procedures by setting up regional tribunals that would hear cases under the auspices and guidance of the CDF. (Reuters)

The topic was a main point of discussion in three days of meetings between the pope and a group of nine cardinals from the around the world who gather four times a year at the Vatican to discuss reform, Church finances and other issues.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said they had discussed “various options” to shorten procedures in cases of abuse.

They are currently handled by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican’s doctrinal department.

Burke said that among the options discussed was to decentralize procedures by setting up regional tribunals that would hear cases under the auspices and guidance of the CDF.

The CDF hears canonical cases, applying Church laws that could lead to the defrocking of accused priests if found guilty. The Church procedures are distinct from criminal procedures in civilian courts in places where the crime is committed.

By Philip Pullella, Reuters — Read more …

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Pope reminds bishops of zero tolerance for clergy abuse in 2017 letter, but cover-ups continued in 2016

Pope tells bishops to have zero tolerance for sexual abuse
“Pope Francis has told bishops around the world they must adhere to a policy of zero tolerance for clergy who sexually abuse children and begged forgiveness for ‘a sin that shames us.’ In a letter sent on Dec. 28 but released by the Vatican only on Monday (Jan. 2), Francis said: ‘I would like us to renew our complete commitment to ensuring that these atrocities will no longer take place in our midst.’ Since his election in 2013, Francis has taken some steps to root out sexual abuse in the Church and to put in place practices to protect children. But victims’ groups say he has not done enough, particularly to hold to account bishops who tolerated sexual abuse or covered it up.” By Philip Pullella, Reuters, Jan. 2, 2017

Top 10 of 2016 – No. 1: Report alleged diocese covered up sex abuse
“The Tribune-Democrat is counting down the top stories of 2016, as determined by the newsroom staff who covered them. One story appeared each day in print and e-editions through the end of the year. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown allegedly covered up the sexual abuse of children for decades. Victims were violated by at least 50 priests and other religious leaders, while the church, led by former Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec, reportedly took steps to protect the accused from facing justice, according to a grand jury report released by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in March. The report, culled from ‘secret archives’ and interviews, rocked the diocese and local Catholic community.” By Dave Sutor, Tribune-Democrat, Dec. 31, 2016

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Arrested Prelate Tells Magistrates of Secret Accounts in the Vatican / Reuters

The Vatican department in charge of paying salaries and managing real estate acted improperly as a parallel bank, providing accounts to outsiders, an arrested prelate who worked there for 22 years has told Italian prosecutors. The latest allegations of misdoings come as Pope Francis struggles to tackle years of financial scandals involving the Vatican bank, which has long been in the spotlight for failing to meet international standards against tax evasion and the disguising of illegal sources of income. By Philip Pullella, Reuters

Read Pullella’s entire article by clicking here.

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A Message from Pope Francis for Clergy to Be Humble Servants?

Pope Francis spoke recently to the heads of religious orders of nuns gathered in Rome from around the world. In his address, he admonished the clergy for their ambitions. Philip Pullella, a writer for Reuters, said this is a call from Pope Francis for servant leadership from all the clergy. Other writers have had different opinions about the Pope’s address, but we are greatly in favor of servant leadership. As a speaker at a Voice of the Faithful® event once said — Every sacristy should have a sign above the door reading “Servants Entrance.” Here is a link to Pullella’s story as it appeared in The Washington Post, “No Room for ‘Careerists’ or ‘Social Climbers’ among Clergy, Pope Says.”

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Pope Francis Says Church Needs to Act Decisively on Clergy Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to ‘act decisively’ to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said on Friday (May 3). Francis, in a meeting with the Holy See’s doctrinal chief, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was important ‘for the church and its credibility.'”

You can read this entire article by Philip Pullella in the Huffington Post online by clicking here

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Cardinals Address Long-time Voice of the Faithful Concerns Before International Press, As They Prepare for Conclave

U.S. Cardinal Forcefully Addresses Sex Abuse Scandal

Insists new pope must commit to ‘zero tolerance’

The next pope must commit himself to ‘‘zero tolerance’’ of the sexual abuse of minors by clergymen, a senior US cardinal said Monday, the first day of deliberations by the princes of the Catholic Church ahead of the papal election. The statement by Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago, was a rare mention of the scandal in the context of discussing ‘‘papability’’ — the qualities and attributes desired by the cardinals in the man who will succeed the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, who relinquished the position Thursday (Feb. 28).” By Daniel J. Wakin, The New York Times, in The Boston Globe

Women Deserve Bigger Role in Church, Says Key Cardinal

The Roman Catholic Church must open itself up to women in the next pontificate, giving them more leadership positions in the Vatican and beyond, according to a senior cardinal, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who will be influential in electing the next pope.” By Philip Pullella, Reuters

 

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