- Jan 28, 2020
In a decision that will undoubtedly create shockwaves around the globe, Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Church official to stand trial for sexual abuse, has been found guilty on Tuesday by a Melbourne Court.
The Catholic bishops of New Zealand have countered reports that say they are backing away from an upcoming government inquiry into sexual abuse cases in state and religious institutions in the country.
The inviolability of the seal of the confessional may be the most obvious thing in the world seen from inside Catholic faith and practice, but in today’s crisis atmosphere it can be a tough sell.
Just months after the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse issued its final report, New Zealand is beginning its own royal commission – and the nation’s Catholic bishops are asking its institutions not to be excluded from scrutiny.
Cardinal George Pell, the prelate brought in by Pope Francis to reform the Vatican’s financial systems, has vigorously rejected accusations of sexual abuse reportedly being investigated by Australian police, saying that they amount to a “scandalous smear campaign.”