Catholic Archbishop: ‘I’d Rather Go to Prison Than Report Child Abuse to Police’

On January 31, 2018: One of the highest-ranking officials in the Catholic Church has stated that he would “rather go to prison” than report pedophilia to police.

Australia’s most powerful clergy, Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, says he’s prepared to be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse by pedophile priests.

He made the shocking statement in response to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse saying there should be “no excuse, protection nor privilege” for clergy who failed to alert police of abuse.

Hart insisted that sexual abuse was “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” and was “of a higher order” than criminal law.

A new report by the commission proposed 85 sweeping changes to the criminal justice system and recommended that priests face criminal charges […]

2018-03-25T18:28:37+00:00March 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Pope’s Decision on Child Sex-Abuse Commission Members Criticized

File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Marie Collins, former member of the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors, said: “I saw the Vatican up close, and its resistance, the lack of priority [on clerical child sex abuse], lack of transparency, and the absolutely misleading statements issued.”

Reported in the Irish Times by Patsy McGarry Feb 19/18: Marie Collins fears working groups set up to address care of survivors may be scrapped.

Marie Collins, former member of the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors, said: “I saw the Vatican up close, and its resistance, the lack of priority [on clerical child sex abuse], lack of transparency, and the absolutely misleading statements issued.” File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Dublin abuse survivor Marie Collins has criticised a decision by […]

2018-03-25T18:54:33+00:00March 25th, 2018|0 Comments

To Fight Against Pedophilia in the Church, We Must Change our Logic

José Andrés Murillo: “To fight against pedophilia in the Church, we must change our logic”

Members of the “Laicos de Osorno” protest against sexual abuse in front of Santiago de Chile Cathedral, January 18, 2018. Esteban Felix AP

Interview with Marie Malzac of LaCroix Press: 1/22/2018

Founder of the Chilean association for the fight against sexual abuse “For confidence”, José Andrés Murillo expects the Pope to “reverse the logic of power” in place according to him in the Catholic Church.

LaCroix: You say that you expect more actions and less words from the pope. In concrete terms, what do you blame for the fight against sexual abuse in the Church?

José Andrés Murillo: Pope Francis has spoken on many occasions about the issue of sexual […]

2018-03-25T18:58:56+00:00March 25th, 2018|0 Comments

In Chile, Victims of a Pedophile Priest Satisfied with the Visit of the Pope’s Envoy

José Andrés Murillo José Andrés Murillo, director of the “Para la confianza” foundation, speaks to the press in Santiago, Chile February 21, 2018 / Luis Hidalgo / AP

Reported from La Croix Press 3-23-2018: In taking the defense, during his trip to Chile in January, of Bishop Juan Barros, Bishop of Osorno, who was accused of having covered the actions of Father Fernando Karadima, a sexual predator of whom he was very close, Pope Francis deeply shocked public opinion. A few days later, he explained himself before apologizing. In the process, he had appointed Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican advocate and known for his courageous work in the fight against pedophilia in the Church, to be his special envoy to Chile, where he […]

2018-03-25T18:27:28+00:00March 25th, 2018|0 Comments

First Woman to Denounce the Marist Case

Brother Germán Chávez Brother Germán Chávez, recently denounced in the Maristas case.

Reported in The Clinic 3/20/2018: On Monday, part of the Marist case reporters finally filed a lawsuit against five religious, including Cristián Precht, for the crimes of illicit association, improper rape and favoring the prostitution of minors, among others. The document includes the story of three new victims, among them, that of a woman who would have been abused by a Marist religious.

The woman who, despite not having been a student of a Marist school, did have a close relationship with the Alonso de Ercilla Institute because one of her brothers studied at that institution.

“It was a Sunday in December 1978, I was 15 years old. Together with her older sister, […]

2018-03-25T18:28:01+00:00March 25th, 2018|0 Comments

In the Name of God

Report by Lenka Carvallo, March 22, 2018: A pedophilia network that would involve well-known diocesan, Marist and lay priests. Sexual abuse committed through religious rites. Together with five IAE alumni, we reconstruct a plot that has this influential educational congregation in suspense, the second most important in Chile. A series of complaints will be made public these days. The Marists defend themselves.

Full Report: http://www.caras.cl/sociedad/en-el-nombre-de-dios/

Fotos Camilo Melús

2018-03-25T18:28:10+00:00March 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Child Protection and Activism in Poland

The Foundation ‘Nie lękajcie się “ meaning “Have No Fear”, is an offspring of the Victims of Priests Movement. It was thanks to its founder – Wincenty Szymański- that we met and accomplished a thing once thought to be impossible. It was from his initiative that the first meeting of the victims of the pedophile priests in Poland took place. Thanks to him we overcame our fear and gained courage to speak up and stand up for ourselves. Each day we take one step, then another.

For more information on the “Have No Fear” Foundation, please click on: http://nielekajciesie.org.pl
e-mail: info@nielekajciesie.org.pl

Infofolinia: Tel:  Marek Lisiński:  +48 512054916
E-Mail: media@nielekajciesie.org.pl

http://en.nielekajciesie.org.pl

2018-03-19T21:16:45+00:00March 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Groundbreaking Meeting in Chile

Child protection activists and concerned individuals over 5 continents met in Chile in January 2018 to brainstorm and create an action plan on how to end clergy sexual abuse. This was one of the pivotal meetings which led to the formation of ECA: Ending Clergy Abuse. ECA set the stage for a truth-telling media campaign first in Chile and then in Peru to let the world know about the global problem of clergy sexual abuse.

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2018-05-21T01:25:23+00:00March 19th, 2018|0 Comments

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2018-03-19T18:48:38+00:00March 19th, 2018|0 Comments
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