You’ll need a strong stomach to digest Revelation’s insights into child sexual abuse in the Catholic church

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Brigid Delaney

ABC’s documentary about a convicted paedophile priest is difficult to watch, but perhaps it’s necessary to bear witness

The inside of Ballarat cathedral.
The inside of Ballarat cathedral. The ABC’s new three-part documentary Revelation sees journalist Sarah Ferguson interview criminal priests and brothers of the Catholic church in Australia. Photograph: ABC TV

Despite an extensive royal commission, scores of criminal trials and excellent books such as Louise Milligan’s Cardinal and David Marr’s The Prince, there are still some unanswered questions about child sexual abuse in the now-tattered narrative of the Catholic church in Australia.

These include: why did these priests do such horrible things? How did they justify their crimes to themselves and to God? What kind of conversations may they have had with, say, their archbishop or monsignor, once they were rumbled by a parent or teacher or victim?

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Almost 1,700 priests and clergy accused of sex abuse are unsupervised

An Associated Press investigation found that those credibly accused are now teachers, coaches, counselors and also live near playgrounds.

Image: Roger Sinclair
Roger Sinclair was removed by the Diocese of Greensburg in Pennsylvania in 2002 for allegedly abusing a teenage boy decades earlier.Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office / via AP

Oct. 4, 2019,

By Claudia Lauer, Associated Press and Meghan Hoyer, Associated Press

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found.

These priests, deacons, monks and lay people now teach middle-school math. They counsel survivors of sexual assault. They work as nurses and volunteer at nonprofits aimed at helping at-risk kids. They live next to playgrounds and daycare centers. They foster and care for children.

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The Catholic Church and Sexual Abuse, Then and Now

ORIGINS
Current Events in Historical Perspective
Published by the History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University

by WIETSE DE BOER 

The Catholic Church and Sexual Abuse, Then and Now

Graffiti in Lisbon, Portugal of a priest chasing two children, from 2011.Editor’s Note:

For more than two decades, the Catholic Church has been reeling from sexual abuse scandals. Stories of predatory priests have emerged around the world. While some have attributed the abuses to problems in contemporary society, this month historian Wietse de Boer takes a much deeper look. He argues that the way the Church has responded to these outrages has its roots 500 years ago when the Catholic Church faced its first major crisis of sexual abuse.

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‘Women’s rights are being trampled’

Voices from a protest march in Warsaw over Poland’s near-total abortion ban

By Kuba Kaminski, Antonia Mortensen and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

January 31, 2021

Editor’s note: The people photographed and interviewed by CNN did so on the condition that they are only identified by their first names to preserve their anonymity.Warsaw, Poland — The protesters who marched through the Polish capital’s icy streets on Friday night had a clear message for the government over its imposition this week of a near-total ban on abortions: We will stand up for women’s rights.It was the third day of protests since the ruling came into effect — and marked 100 days of protests since Poland’s constitutional tribunal court first handed down its controversial ruling, sparking weeks of mass demonstrations.Following those protests, the government had signaled it was open to dialogue. But on Wednesday it unexpectedly published the law enforcing the court’s ruling, which states that abortions may only be permitted in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is in danger and bars the termination of pregnancies with fetal defects.

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Instead of feast day and New Year’s greetings

Let’s become aware of them and let’s come closer to them at least for a moment; them who are deprived of their rights, distrained upon, discriminated against, also the so-called different, victims of extremism, aggression, unscrupulousness, intolerance, the so-called coloured, poor, homeless, refugees, hungry, displaced and victims of falsified religious teachings, children and women victims of religious and other types of violence – exploited children and women who live in captivity – as slaves, ill people suffering pain in any degree of intensity!

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In Shift for Church, Pope Francis Voices Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions

The New York Times

The comments, shown in a new documentary, are the strongest yet from a pontificate that has taken a more tolerant and inclusive tone.

By Jason Horowitz – Published Oct. 21, 2020

Pope Francis arriving for the weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Pope Francis arriving for the weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.Credit…Angelo Carconi/EPA, via Shutterstock

ROME — Pope Francis expressed support for same-sex civil unions in remarks revealed in a documentary film that premiered on Wednesday, a significant break from his predecessors that staked out new ground for the church in its recognition of gay people.

The remarks, coming from the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, had the potential to shift debates about the legal status of same-sex couples in nations around the globe and unsettle bishops worried that the unions threaten what the church considers traditional marriage — between one man and one woman.

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” Francis said in the documentary, “Francesco,” which debuted at the Rome Film Festival, reiterating his view that gay people are children of God. “I stood up for that.

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You’ll need a strong stomach to digest Revelation’s insights into child sexual abuse in the Catholic church

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Brigid Delany

ABC’s documentary about a convicted paedophile priest is difficult to watch, but perhaps it’s necessary to bear witness

The inside of Ballarat cathedral.
The inside of Ballarat cathedral. The ABC’s new three-part documentary Revelation sees journalist Sarah Ferguson interview criminal priests and brothers of the Catholic church in Australia. Photograph: ABC TV

Despite an extensive royal commission, scores of criminal trials and excellent books such as Louise Milligan’s Cardinal and David Marr’s The Prince, there are still some unanswered questions about child sexual abuse in the now-tattered narrative of the Catholic church in Australia.

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Pope Francis declares “gossiping is a plague worse than COVID”

CBS NEWS, SEPTEMBER 7, 2020

Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican bureaucracy.

Francis didn’t give specifics during his weekly blessing, but went on at some length to say the devil is the “biggest gossiper” who is seeking to divide the church with his lies.

Vatican Pope
Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, September 6, 2020.GREGORIO BORGIA / AP

“Please brothers and sisters, let’s try to not gossip,” he said. “Gossip is a plague worse than COVID. Worse. Let’s make a big effort: No gossiping!”

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The Lie Runs Deeper than we Know: Acceptable Dissent versus Night and Fog in Canada

by Kevin D. Annettwww.republicofkanata.ca

A few thousand people showed up on Parliament Hill last week to give their support to a guy named Norman Traversy. Norm is suing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Canadian court, charging him with “obstructing justice and taking bribes”. I guess nobody told Norm that Canadian courts aren’t actually courts, but military-style tribunals outside the Rule of Law; and that they are restrained from and incapable of charging any Crown official with anything.  

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Trump’s brandishing of the Bible plays into a cultural legacy of racism and colonialism

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Katie Edwards – Helen Paynter

  • Wednesday 3 June 2020

On Monday, after vowing violent state action against protestors across the US, Donald Trump took time out for a photo opportunity. Did he talk to people of colour, heartbroken, enraged and exhausted by police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by officers of the state? Did he listen to the black mothers terrified that the next time they see their son leave the house will be the last time?

No.

Police launched smoke grenades and shot rubber bullets at protestors to pave the way for Trump’s publicity stunt outside the St John’s Episcopal church.

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