- Oct 28, 2020
“On behalf of the entire Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, a sister or a lay church worker,” Bishop Michael Warfel said in a statement. “No child should experience harm from anyone who serves the church.”
Cardinal Desmond Connell, the retired archbishop of Dublin, died February 21 at the age of 90. He was a strong defender of traditional Catholic values, including those regarding divorce, contraception and abortion. Today the Church in Ireland is crippled by the scope and devastation of clerical sexual abuse scandals.
Ronald Paquin appeared before a judge via video conference from jail on Friday. The 74-year-old is now accused of assaulting two boys between 1985 and 1988 in Kennebunkport. He is back in jail after being ordered held on $50,000 bail.
After the departure from SNAP of two of its founders and a lawsuit filed last month alleging that the organization colluded with lawyers to refer clients and profit from settlements, the chair said they will not change course. “We’re really not talking about anything changing,” said Mary Ellen Kruger.
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, president of the Center for Child Protection at the Gregorian University, believes that the church’s typical top-down approach in handling sex-abuse allegations may not be enough. He proposes a global alliance comprised by individual priests, religious and laity along with Catholic universities, religious orders and bishops’ conferences.
A New York archdiocese program allows people to take claims, often too old for court, to a noted outside mediator while keeping painful details private. Since it was launched two months ago, 46 claims have been filed, and many more are likely to follow.