Former trainee priest who exposed Vatican secrets challenges Pope Francis
Former trainee priest, Kieran Tapsell, has claimed the Catholic Church can heal if Pope Francis is up for the challenge.
The Royal Commission heard evidence from Mr Tapsell proving church law required sex offender priests to be stripped of their status and handed over to authorities for punishment over fifteen centuries ago.
In 1917, the Vatican imposed blanket secrecy provisions over all aspects of child sex allegations in the church.
In 2014, Pope Francis rejected requests from the United Nations’ human rights committees to abolish the secrecy provisions.
In a commentary piece, Mr Tapsell said the Royal Commission’s final report of “catastrophic institutional failure” by the Catholic Church was damning but the church “can be fixed” if Pope Francis can accept their recommendations.
Mr Tapsell predicts a strong political response in Australia if Pope Francis rejects the Commission’s recommendations.
Churches are being sold to compensate sexual abuse victims
Former Hunter priest and Bathurst Anglican Bishop Ian Palmer has angered his parishioners by selling their 127-year-old church to compensate sexual abuse victims.
St Aidan’s Church is a historical site located near Oberon, New South Wales.
Anne Wilson, a longtime parishioner at St Aidan’s, claims selling the church dishonours the important process set up by the Royal Commission to support survivors.
“It’s very important that the diocese provide redress for child sexual abuse survivors but if the bishop is serious about it, he would sell off the rectory in Oberon because they have no minister there now.”
A number of Bathurst diocese parishes are set to be closed and sold to meet child sexual abuse compensation.
Disgraced Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law dies, aged 86
Former Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law has died. He was 86-years-old.
Law was infamous for covering up child abuse committed by hundreds of paedophiles in the Boston Archdiocese. He moved serial paedophile, John Geoghan, from parish to parish despite knowing he abused children.
Geoghan was convicted of the indecent assault and battery of a 10-year-old boy in 2002. Law resigned as Cardinal of Boston and the Pope rewarded him with the position of Archpriest of the Papal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.
His promotion insulted abuse survivors in Boston.
“Every single Catholic should ask Pope Francis and the Vatican why… Why was Law promoted when Boston’s Catholic children were sexually abused, ignored, and pushed aside time and time again?” a survivors’ group said.
The group has asked the Vatican to keep survivors in mind while organising Law’s funeral.
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