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Abuse crisis Safeguarding Vatican

Vatican note clarifies abuse of ‘vulnerable adults’

In cases of a cleric sexually abusing a “vulnerable adult”, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith only investigates and judges cases involving “persons who habitually have an imperfect use of reason”, the Vatican said in a note published yesterday. Source: OSV News.

Abuse crisis Legal Matters

NSW to consider action over Church’s use of permanent stays

New South Wales Attorney General Michael Daley has ordered an urgent briefing on the landmark High Court decision over the Catholic Church’s legal approach in abuse cases. Source: The Guardian.

Abuse crisis

Spain’s bishops apologise for abuse but say estimated number of victims a ‘media lie’

Spain’s Catholic bishops have apologised for sexual abuses committed by Church members but have dismissed as a “lie” media interpretations of a report by Spain’s ombudsman that said there were hundreds of thousands of Church-related victims. Source: NCR Online.

Abuse crisis

Spain’s report on Church abuse estimates victims could number in hundreds of thousands

Spain’s first official probe of sexual abuse by clergy members or other people connected to the Church included a survey that indicated that the number of victims could run into the hundreds of thousands. Source: NCR Online.

Abuse crisis Safeguarding

All of society must address child sexual abuse: Pope

The scourge of child sexual abuse must be addressed by society at large, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Vatican News.

Abuse crisis Europe

Vatican investigating Swiss bishops’ handling of abuse cases

The Swiss Bishops Conference has revealed an ongoing Vatican-ordered investigation into the handling of sexual abuse allegations by Church officials, with the inquiry expected to run until at least the end of the year. Source: CNA.

Abuse crisis

Ridsdale’s jail term extended over 72nd victim

A magistrate has told paedophile Gerald Ridsdale he will “probably die in custody” as he increased the 89-year-old former priest’s jail term by one year for abusing his 72nd victim. Source:

Abuse crisis New Zealand

NZ abuse royal commission details abuse at hands of St John of God brothers

The nature and scale of abuse set out in a New Zealand abuse royal commission interim report is abhorrent and should never have happened, NZ Catholic Bishops Conference general secretary Archbishop Paul Martin SM said yesterday. Source: NZ Catholic.

Abuse crisis Religious Orders

Jesuits confirm expulsion of priest

The Society of Jesus has confirmed that Fr Marko Rupnik is definitively expelled from the religious order for sexually, spiritually and psychologically abusing women, lamenting they couldn’t prosecute him more vigorously under the Vatican’s internal procedures. Source: NCR Online.