Category: Abuse

Archbishop Asks Abuse Victims to Come Forward

Archbishop Stephen Brislin has emphasised that there must be “zero tolerance for the abuse of children by consecrated persons [and] for those who cover up the abuse of children by others”, and invited those who have been abused to come forward.

A Truth Commission Is Needed

  Some Church leaders still find it difficult to acknowledge that the greater scandal in the distressing history of clerical abuse is the cover-ups and failure of diligence among bishops, the Vatican and other...

Council of Cardinals Expresses ‘Full Solidarity’ with Pope

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service – Members of Pope Francis’ international Council of Cardinals expressed “full solidarity” with him in the midst of questions about his handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandal...

Enough is Indeed Enough

  Roy Glover, Knysna– Wonderful, but it’s taken a courageous and intelligent woman, Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell of the Jesuit Institute, to say enough is enough regarding the Church’s sexual abuse crisis, and so it...

Companion Letters ask Pope for Answers on Abuse Crisis

A pair of open letters to Pope Francis asking him for answers to charges of cover-ups by him and others over abuse allegations against retired Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington were sponsored by...

Church in Freefall: Where to Begin?

Paul Traynor, Benoni – Maybe it’s not good to write something when emotions are heightened. I have been considering addressing various issues spiritual, theological and religious over the past weeks and months. However, having...

Prelates in Austria, Germany Offer Support to Pope Francis

Prelates in Germany and Austria have united to support Pope Francis in response to a former papal nuncio’s demand for his resignation. In Austria, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna published a column  in the...