- Dec 6, 2019
Pope Francis’s planned meeting with abuse survivors from Chile could mark a turning point in how the Catholic Church deals not just with prevention, but especially with how it responds to accusations.
The author of an independent review of the child protection policies of the Catholic Church in Scotland has said he is “disappointed” in the progress the bishops are making in meeting victims and survivors of clerical sexual abuse.
A lawyer for victims sexually abused by Boston-area ex-priest Paul Shanley has said Shanley should not have been released from prison on Friday, arguing that he should “be in a hospital being treated, and not in the outside world where he can easily gain access to innocent children.” Shanley, a key figure in the sexual abuse scandals that erupted in Boston in 2002/2003, was laicized by the Vatican.
An ethics commission created to investigate accusations of abuse against Luis Fernando Figari had released a report which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder” which was “forged on the basis of extreme physical demands, as well as physical punishments, constituting abuses which violated the fundamental rights of persons.”
ROME — Australian victims of clerical sexual abuse, who traveled this week to Rome to watch one of Pope Francis’ top advisors testify before a Royal Commission, have made a formal request to meet the pontiff. The group of approximately 20 people, including survivors and supporters, plan to return to