An Australian court found Pell guilty by a trial jury on one count of sexual abuse and four counts of indecent assault of two boys at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the s. Pell, now aged 77, was accused of cornering the boys -- then aged 12 and 13 -- in the cathedral's sacristy and forcing them to perform a sex act on him. The cleric, who has remained free on bail, denied all the charges and an initial trial ended with a hung jury in September, but he was convicted on retrial on December
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The police have obtained a warrant charging Derrick M. Decoste, 25, with murder and robbery in the killing of John Capparelli at his Nevada home in March. Five former Catholic priests have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, and Michigan officials are still examining hundreds of tips.
The Catholic Church is reeling after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania found that possibly more than 1, children in six dioceses had been sexually abused by about priests or higher ranking officials. Several days after the news broke and dominated U. But for many Catholics and long-time Vatican observers, the acknowledgment of the criminal behavior was too little, too late. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group that describes itself as agnostics and atheists including former Catholics are running a full-page ad later this week in The New York Times urging people to leave the Church.
The programme, aired in the UK in October, investigates the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. Italian journalist Michele Santoro has asked to purchase the rights to the film to broadcast it on his talk show. But Mario Landolfi, who heads Rai's parliamentary oversight committee, has asked Rai to prevent its transmission.
Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. Pete Suratos reports. Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.
Created ina now infamous document was issued in secret to bishops. Called Crimen Sollicitationis, it outlined procedures to be followed by bishops when dealing with allegations of child abuse, homosexuality and bestiality by members of the clergy. It swore all parties involved to secrecy on pain of excommunication from the Catholic Church.
VATICAN CITY AP — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. The law provides whistleblower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines internal procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.
Some days ago I was astonished to discover that in Italy priests who are alleged to be pedophiles and abusing young girls are not judged by the Italian justicebut by other priests please, note the disciplinary measures for a pedophile priest were a ban from hearing confession or celebrating Mass for five years, and every day for one year he must recite Psalm BisPensiero added Italian subtitles to the video and currently this is the most popular video on Google Video. Be aware the documentary contains the personal recording of a man who have been raped by a priest when he was 14 years old.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. The Vatican issued laws governing sex abuse of minors within the Vatican City State and offices abroad. Pope Francis personally signed off on the new legislation that includes mandatory reporting of potential sexual abuse cases to Vatican authorities and the automatic dismissal of any employee found guilty of sexual abuse against minors.