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Exclusive: Clergy lead the way in safeguarding capabilities

Clergy are leading the way in their awareness and knowledge about keeping children safe in church and related environments according to new research led by Australian Catholic University. 

“Little Pebble” cult leader William Kamm arrested following police investigation

Police allege Kamm, 73, who for decades has referred to himself as the “Little Pebble,” allegedly groomed a young girl to be his future partner through phone calls, letters and gifts with the aid of Sandra Susan Mathison, 58.

Cardinal John Dew faces church inquiry after New Zealand police close...

The church has opened an inquiry into a “distressing” allegation of an historical offence against New Zealand’s emeritus Cardinal Archbishop of Wellington John Dew after a police investigation closed without any charges laid.

Monica Doumit: Nobody wins if the church gives up on its...

Had the church had considered the case of Bishop Christopher Saunders to be closed when the police did, he would not have faced court. We still have something to offer the justice system, writes Monica Doumit

Retreats open a pathway from grief to grace for abuse survivors

A faith-based retreat program called Grief to Grace is offering healing to people who have experienced physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual abuse and trauma within church, family, workplace or other contexts

Joseph Ratzinger, a heart of love and compassion

A chance meeting ... On 31 December, the Vatican announced the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who left a lasting legacy over the course...

Retired Pope asks for forgiveness in response to Munich abuse report

Former Cardinal Ratzinger 'not aware' of priest's abuse At the age of 94, retired Pope Benedict XVI said he knows he will soon stand before...

New Zealand bishops publish report on abuse cases

A report released by the New Zealand bishops’ conference found allegations of abuse were made against 14 per cent of diocesan clergy who have ministered in the country since 1950. The report, published 1 February, said that “a total of 1,680 reports of abuse were made by 1,122 individuals against Catholic clergy, brothers, nuns, sisters […]

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Philippa Martyr: We’ve got the data; now we need to use...

I was chatting with a US-based friend about a recent Church sex scandal there. A priest ordained in 2017 catfished* two teenage boys whose families loved and trusted him. But he was also using the gay dating app Grindr to find teenage males for paid sex.

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Pope prays for victims of abuse in France

New report is a cause for 'intense shame' said Pope Francis this week.

Fr Frank Brennan: Anatomy of a travesty

A case that should never have happened It’s time to declare that George Pell is innocent of the preposterous charges he faced in the County...

Pope unveils canon law reforms on abuse

Major reform of canon law toughens abuse regulations A series of laws and procedures promulgated by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI and, especially, by Pope Francis...
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