Posts Tagged Towards Healing

George Pell criticized by Catholic bishop as ‘destroyer of unity’ on child sex abuse / The Guardian

“Pope Francis was yet to show strong leadership on the issue”

Cardinal George Pell ‘destroyed the unity’ of the Catholic church’s response to child sex abuse, an Australian bishop has told the royal commission.

“Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who played a key role in developing the Australian church’s response to child sex abuse, also said Pope Francis was yet to show strong leadership on the issue and one of his predecessors, John Paul II, responded ‘poorly’ to revelations of child abuse.

“Robinson worked with other bishops on an Australia-wide clergy response to abuse, Towards Healing, from 1994. When Towards Healing was close to finalization in 1996, Pell created the Melbourne Response, taking the country’s largest diocese out of a united response.

“Robinson said Pell, then the archbishop of Melbourne, created the rival program because he wanted to be seen as a leader on abuse.”

By Bridie Jabour, The Guardian — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Catholic church fought sex abuse victim’s claims to deter others, inquiry finds / The Guardian

Cardinal George Pell and the Sydney archdiocese fought a legal claim by an abuse victim, John Ellis, to discourage others from attempting the same, the royal commission has found. It also confirmed the Catholic church repeatedly failed in its dealings with victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy.

“In reports released on Wednesday (Feb. 11) the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse examined the Catholic church’s widely condemned Towards Healing program in dealing with four people, and the handling of complaints by Ellis. All matters had been examined in public hearings over the past two years.”

By Helen Davidson, The Guardian — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Australian Catholic Church Paid $43 Million to Keep Abuse Secret / The Herald Sun

The Catholic Church has admitted paying at least $43 million in hush money to victims of its pedophile priests, as the church’s barrister outraged victims yesterday (Dec. 9) by quoting from the Bible. In some cases, victims were not even allowed to tell their husbands, wives or children about the secret settlements negotiated through the church’s controversial Towards Healing process.” By Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph on HeraldSun.com.au — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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