“Il cardinale Mueller pronto a lasciare”

La Stampa

[According to two sites, Rorate coeli (United States) and Corrispondenza Romana (Italy), internet channels Catholic groups tradizionialisti and conservatives, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller will leave office when his term expires on July 2.]

Secondo due siti, Rorate coeli (Stati Uniti) e Corrispondenza Romana (Italia), canali internet di gruppi cattolici tradizionialisti e conservatori, il prefetto della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede, il cardinale Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, che il 2 luglio prossimo compie i suoi cinque anni di nomina canonica, lascerà l’incarico.

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Papst Franziskus trennt sich von Kardinal Müller als Leiter der Glaubenskongregation

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

[Pope Francis has separated himself surprisingly from one of his senior staff. The term of office of Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller as head of the Roman Congregation for the Doctine of the Faith was not extended. It ends after five years on time 2 July. This is reported by the Catholic News Agency (KNA) and thus confirms corresponding media reports.]

Papst Franziskus hat sich überraschend von einem seiner ranghöchsten Mitarbeiter getrennt. Die Amtszeit von Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller als Leiter der Römischen Glaubenskongregation werde nicht verlängert. Sie ende nach fünf Jahren fristgerecht am 2. Juli. Das berichtet die Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA) und bestätigt damit entsprechende Medienberichte.

Müller, ehemals Bischof von Regensburg, verdankte den Posten dem damaligen Papst Benedikt XVI, der ihn 2012 nach Rom holte. Zwei Jahre später erhob ihn Papst Franziskus zum Kardinal.

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El Papa avanza en la renovación y relevaría al guardián de la ortodoxia


[In the Vatican corridors one speaks in a low voice or whispering of a change in the Roman Curia, the central government of the Church which could arrive sooner than many expect. The pope would take advantage of the fact that on July 2 he fulfills his five-year mandate at the head of the strategic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who will turn 70 in December, is said to be replaced by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the 73-year-old Boston archbishop. He is said to be a favorite to replace Mueller. It is not by chance that Pope Francis recently appointed O’Malley as a member of the CDF and thus training him in the mechanisms of the congregation over which he would preside. Cardinal O’Malley chairs the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.]

Julio Algañaraz

En los pasillos vaticanos se habla en…

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Church Militant

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • June 30, 2017

Speculation that Boston’s Cdl. Sean O’Malley will replace him

VATICAN (ChurchMilitant.com) – The Vatican’s chief doctrinal watchdog has been dismissed from his post. Reports claim Cdl. Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) — and outspoken critic of the agenda to open Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried — is being removed by Pope Francis at the end of Müller’s five-year term, July 2, 2017. Speculation is that Boston’s Cdl. Sean O’Malley may replace him.

The news follows months of rumors that Müller’s time at the CDF was nearing an end, as he became increasingly vocal about his denunciations of attempts to change Church discipline and doctrine on marriage and the sacraments. …

Spanish newspaper Clarìn speculates Cdl. O’Malley of Boston is being eyed to…

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Vatican silent in response to reports of Müller’s dismissal from C.D.F.


Gerard O’Connell
June 30, 2017

Editor’s note: This story will be updated as events develop.

Late Friday evening, as multiple news outlets were reporting that Pope Francis has not reconfirmed Cardinal Müller as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the end of his five-year mandate, the Vatican remained silent.

The news was first reported by the blog Rorate Caeli, which has frequently criticized Pope Francis. Despite queries to the Vatican press office, neither a statement nor a denial has been issued, and church officials are uniformly refusing to comment.

Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Müller as head of the C.D.F. in 2012 for a period of five years. The 69-year-old German cardinal, who has remained close to the emeritus pope, was due for reconfirmation in that position on July 2 and had a meeting with Pope Francis on the morning of…

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SUORE INDAGATE PER STALKING/ Roma, Superiora costretta a rassegnare le dimissioni: aggressioni e minacce

Il Sussidiario

[SISTERS INVESTIGATED FOR STALKING, ROME: LIANA SISTER FORCED TO RESIGN, INVOLVED TWO PRIESTS – It ‘an incredible story that would take place in the Institute of the Society “Queen of the Lilies” in Rome where four religious, namely two nuns and two priests, werey were investigated for stalking. To tell the story is the daily La Repubblica that reveals the suspicions of the prosecution against the two nuns and their colleagues.]

SUORE INDAGATE PER STALKING, ROMA: SUOR LIANA COSTRETTA A DIMETTERSI, COINVOLTI ANCHE DUE PRETI – E’ una storia incredibile quella che sarebbe avvenuta nell’Istituto della Compagnia “Regina dei Gigli” a Roma, dove quattro religiosi, precisamente due suore e due preti, sarebbero stati indagati per stalking. A raccontare la vicenda è il quotidiano La Repubblica che rivela i sospetti della procura nei confronti delle due monache e dei loro colleghi. Secondo l’accusa, i quattro religiosi avrebbero…

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Celia Wexler explores women’s struggles to be feminist and Catholic

National Catholic Reporter

Gail DeGeorge | Apr. 5, 2017

By Celia Viggo Wexler
Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 216 pages, $34

The central question explored in Celia Viggo Wexler’s engaging and thought-provoking book is one that no doubt many millions of women have struggled with: Is it possible for a woman to be both a feminist and a Catholic?

For Wexler, an award-winning journalist and Huffington Post blogger, this is not an academic question. She had reached a juncture in which she had to “find a way to stay Catholic that made sense to me and respected my intellect and feminism, or I would have to leave the church.”

She is not a theologian or historian, she writes, nor does she intend the book to be a definitive work about the views of Catholic women….

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Pope Francis may be about to dismiss Vatican’s doctrinal chief

Religion News Service

By Josephine McKenna

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis may be about to dismiss his enforcer of orthodoxy, one of the most powerful cardinals at the Vatican, according to unconfirmed media reports.

The Italian Catholic website Corrispondenza Romana reported Friday (June 30) that Francis would not renew the term of Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, a conservative German cardinal who heads the powerful department responsible for church doctrine.

Mueller’s five-year term as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was due to expire on Sunday. He is 69, which is six years short of the normal retirement age of bishops. Under normal circumstances, his five-year contract would be renewed.

If the reports are correct, Mueller’s ouster would cap one of the most tumultuous weeks at the Vatican since the election of Pope Francis in 2013.

On Thursday, Cardinal George Pell announced he would take…

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Divisive Cardinal Pell faces his day in court over abuse charges

Irish Times

Pádraig Collins in Sydney

For years, Cardinal George Pell was dogged by questions of what he knew about the child sexual abuse that happened under his watch in his home state of Victoria. Only his alleged victims knew that he might one day be charged with sexual assault offences himself – allegations Pell denies.

Born to a father, also called George, of English Anglican heritage, and a mother, Margaret (nee Burke), of devout Irish Catholic descent, Pell was always marked for success. Academically bright (he has a PhD from Oxford) and athletically gifted (he is 6’4” and to this day looks more like the retired Australian rules footballer he could have been than what you might expect a 76-year-old cardinal to look like), he was drawn inexorably to the church.

A portrait of the Cork-born Melbourne archbishop Daniel Mannix hung in the family home in Ballarat…

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Cardinal George Pell’s sex-assault charges will ripple through the Vatican

The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Michael W. Higgins is a distinguished professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. He is the co-author of Suffer the Children Unto Me: An Open Inquiry into the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal.

It couldn’t have happened at a more inauspicious time: on the very day when Pope Francis is celebrating with his most recently “created” cardinals and his newly appointed Metropolitan Archbishops in Rome, news came that his Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, has been charged with multiple counts of historical sexual assault by police in the Australian state of Victoria.

Cardinal Pell is a senior-ranking prelate who enjoys the pontiff’s confidence on all matters fiduciary. Francis put him in command of a new dicasterial or governance structure designed to clean house among the…

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Investigator: Former Columbus youth pastor shares inappropriate photos through email


[with video]

By Sharifa Jackson, Reporter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – New details were released Friday morning after a former youth pastor appeared in court on an attempted sodomy charge.

Jay Singleton, 45, pleaded not guilty to attempted aggravated child molestation and criminal attempted sodomy and guilty to contempt of court.

Singleton was arrested Wednesday when Columbus Police Department’s Special Victims Unit was investigating an individual for attempted aggravated child molestation.

His bond was set at more than $50,000 including $25,000 for criminal attempt sodomy, $25,000 for attempted aggravated child molestation and $1,000 for driving while license suspended/revoked.

According to investigators, an undercover sting revealed that more than 400 emails were shared between the investigator and Singleton. Investigators say he was engaged in a plan to meet with a 14-year-old girl, however, no juvenile was actually involved.

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Are Catholic Clergy more Likely to Be Paedophiles than the General Public?

The Tippling Philosopher

June 30, 2017 by Jonathan MS Pearce

This is a question that has been kicking around ever since the child sex abuse scandal involving the Catholic church came to the fore. In around 2010, loads of articles came out, citing some data, that the priesthood was broadly in line with national averages, some people claimed it was actually worse in Protestant churches/organisations, and many claiming (as a result) that this was not a Catholic problem per se, and that other denominations rate the same.

The reality could be, as Andrew Brown surmised, that the notoriety of the scandal and public perception might be skewed because of the institutional cover-up of the Catholic church. Let’s have a brief look.


The Royal Commission, an investigation started by the then Australian PM Julia Gillard into historic sex abuse, has thrown this data wide open.

The research has shown that,…

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‘Cardinal Rambo’ has the Kangaroo Cardinal George Pell in his sights

The Weekend Australian

July 1, 2017

Foreign correspondentEurope

When George Pell swaps his Rome apartment overlooking the Vatican for a Melbourne courtroom later this month, Italians will be saying a firm adieu, not expect­ing him to return.

Eighty-year-old Pope Francis, who placed extraordinary belief in Cardinal Pell to reform and instit­utionalise the tangled web of the church’s multi-billion-dollar fin­an­ces and rich assets, has already foreshadowed his retirement in 2019.

If all goes well for Cardinal Pell, his anticipated return to an influential position — for he knows the church always looks after its own — will have been vastly watered down and almost impossible to enact if the Pope is gone.

Cardinal Pell has a string of enem­ies inside the Vatican, includin­g one whose penchant for owning guns earned him the moniker “Cardinal Rambo’’.

This cardinal, real name Dom­enico Calcagno, heads the APSA…

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Cardinal Müller to Be Dismissed?

National Catholic Register

Reports say prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will not have his five year mandate renewed on Sunday.

Edward Pentin

Three Vatican sources, including one close to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have told the Register this evening that Cardinal Gerhard Müller is to be imminently dismissed as prefect of the dicastery, although the Vatican itself has not officially confirmed the news.

If true, an announcement is likely tomorrow.

The Italian Catholic website Corrispondenza Romana and the Rorate Caeli blog were the first to break the news, with Corrispondenza Romana sending out an email this evening with the definitive message: “His Eminence Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from July 2, 2012, has been fired by Pope Francis on the exact date that his 5-year mandate expires.”

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St. Paul’s School investigating new allegations of ‘concerning’ behavior

Boston Globe

By John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF JUNE 30, 2017

Administrators at St. Paul’s School are once again turning to an outside investigator after students reported “concerning” behavior at the elite private boarding school, just weeks after the school admitted that 13 staffers engaged in sexual misconduct with students over four decades.

In a statement provided Friday by the school’s public relations department, Rector Michael G. Hirschfeld said an outside investigator has been hired to “get to the bottom of what took place. The investigation is ongoing and we do not yet have a final report.’’

According to Hirschfeld, the investigation at the Concord, N.H., school started earlier in June when “students came forward and alerted SPS faculty to behaviors that were concerning to them.” He did not specify what the “behaviors” were.

But the Concord Monitor reported Thursday that about eight boys in the same…

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Guide to the Pell Case: What processes has he faced and what are the accusations?

Rome Reports

[with video]


Cardinal George Pell gave a press conference in the Vatican before traveling to Australia, where he is due to testify on July 18 since he is accused of alleged sexual abuse. The cardinal explained that it is a crime that he abhors and has vigorously denied the accusations.

Prefect, Secretariat for the Economy
“These matters have been under investigation and now for two years. There have been leaks to the media. There has been relentless character assassination. I’m innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”

Cardinal George Pell has testified in various interrogations and commissions established by the Australian authorities in recent years.

Now the cardinal will take a leave of absence to attend a new judicial process in which he now appears as the one accused of…

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Clerical abuse survivor says Pell leave “comes too late


Source: Xinhua 2017-07-01

Editor: Mu Xuequan

ROME, June 30 (Xinhua) — Clergy sexual abuse survivor Marie Collins told Italian newspaper La Repubblica in an interview Friday that the placing on leave of Cardinal George Pell, a senior adviser to Pope Francis, had “come too late.”

The Pope placed Pell on leave Thursday, after the Cardinal announced at a Vatican press conference that he was leaving to fight sexual assault charges in Australia.

In an official statement, the Vatican Press Office said Thursday that the Vatican “has learned with regret the news of charges filed in Australia against Card. George Pell for decades-old actions that have been attributed to him.”

“The Holy Father, having been informed by Card. Pell, has granted the cardinal a leave of absence so he can defend himself,” the Vatican press statement said.
In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Pell as Prefect of the…

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The Pope’s Pedophile?

New York Magazine

By Andrew Sullivan

Well into Pope Francis’s pontificate, one of his closest aides, the third-highest official in the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell, has now been credibly accused of several acts of sexual assault, including one of rape. Australian police have concluded that the evidence they have is sufficient to move forward, even in cases that happened long ago. Yesterday, Pell was allowed to hold his own press conference at the Vatican to tell us that he spoke with the Pope only a few days ago about a campaign of “character assassination” against him: “I’m very grateful to the Holy Father for giving me this leave to return to Australia.” The Pope’s spokesperson defended the Cardinal by saying that “it is important to recall that Cardinal Pell has openly and repeatedly condemned as important and intolerable acts of abuse committed against minors.” And, of…

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Pell case shows poor judgment, will stain Pope Francis legacy, victims say


By Philip Pullella | VATICAN CITY

The charging of a top Vatican official, Cardinal George Pell, with sex-abuse crimes this week will permanently stain the legacy of Pope Francis, exposing poor judgment in his appointment, victims of sexual abuse said.

Francis’ appointment of Pell, dogged for many years by victims’ allegations that he shielded abusers and had himself molested two young boys in the 1960s, underscores a lack of sufficient vetting for top Vatican posts, Vatican sources said.

Pell, appointed as Francis’ economy minister in 2014, has always strongly denied he molested children or turned a blind eye to abuses. On Thursday, Australian police charged him with historical sex crimes after a two-year investigation.

The charges bring the Church’s global abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican and, according to victims and their advocates, weaken the pope’s credibility in tackling a decades-old crisis against which…

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Cardinal’s sex abuse charges raise questions about pope’s record

Religion News Service

By Josephine McKenna

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As the Vatican reeled from news that one of its top officials was taking a leave to fight historical sex abuse charges in Australia, the spotlight quickly turned to Pope Francis, with his critics slamming him for failing to do enough to tackle the vexing issue.

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior figure in church history to face child sex abuse charges, is the Vatican’s financial czar and a trusted adviser to the pope.

Pell, 76, is facing “multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences,” said police in the Australian state of Victoria. …

“There is a deep disconnect between the pope’s words and his actions,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of the advocacy group Bishop Accountability.

Barrett Doyle was critical of the pope for keeping Pell in his post until now, despite knowledge of the allegations…

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Licenziato da papa Francesco il cardinale Müller

Corrispondenza Romana

[Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller , prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since July 2, 2012, was dismissed by Pope Francis at the exact expiration of his term of 5 years. Cardinal Müller is one of the cardinals who have sought to interpret the ‘ Amoris Laetitia, according to a hermeneutic of continuity with the tradition of the Church. This was enough to count him among the critics of the new course imposed by papa Bergoglio.

Licenziato da papa Francesco il cardinale MullerLicenziato da papa Francesco il cardinale Muller
Sua Eminenza il Cardinale Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefetto della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede dal 2 luglio 2012, è stato licenziato da papa Francesco allo scadere esatto del suo mandato di 5 anni.

Il cardinale Müller è uno dei cardinali che hanno cercato di interpretare l’Amoris laetitia, secondo un’ermeneutica di…

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Paedophilia scandals sully merciful Pope’s reputation

The Times (UK)

Tom Kington, Rome

The sexual abuse charges against Cardinal Pell will further sully what critics say is the Pope’s inadequate record of tackling priestly abuse.

Francis has won praise around the world for his focus on mercy over doctrine, but many believe he still does not comprehend the gravity of abuse in the Church. In 2014 he appeared to be on the right track in creating a commission to advise on weeding out predator priests but, three years on, two of the commission members, Peter Saunders and Marie Collins — themselves victims of abuse by clergymen — have left amid frustrations over its perceived inaction.

In 2015 the Pope provoked an outcry when he described as “lefties” the opponents of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up for an abuser. The same year, Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop accused of paying shoeshine boys for sex…

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ANALYSIS: Charges against Cardinal Pell bring taint of abuse to the top of the Catholic Church

The Local

30 June 2017

Australia’s move to bring sexual assault charges against Cardinal George Pell is the latest chapter in a damaging saga of abuse that the Catholic church has struggled to draw a line under.
Pell has been ordered to appear on July 18th before a Melbourne judge to answer unspecified multiple counts arising from his country’s extensive inquiry into decades of abuse in institutions dealing with children.

The 76-year-old is the most senior cleric yet to be directly implicated in a multi-faceted scandal that has plagued the Church for decades but has never before come so close to its highest ranks.

As head of a powerful economic department, Pell is one of Pope Francis’s closest advisors, his point-man on cleaning up Vatican finances and the number three in the Holy See’s hierarchy.

As such he is a much higher-profile figure…

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Sex offence charges against George Pell have put Pope Francis’ vision for the Church under pressure

Herald Sun

Ellen Whinnett in Vatican City, News Corp Australia Network
June 30, 2017

THE police decision to lay historic sex offence charges against Australian Cardinal George Pell has triggered a scandal within the Vatican and will further fuel criticism of Pope Francis’ vision for the future of the church.

News of the charges — lodged on the holy day of the Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul — sent shockwaves through the Vatican, the independent city state in Rome which is the global headquarters of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Thirty minutes before Pope Francis led a feast-day Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, Pell did something never done before by such a senior Vatican official.
The former Archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney, now the third highest-ranked official in the Vatican, faced the world’s media and confirmed he was returning to Australia to fight charges…

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Cardinal George Pell in hiding as Vatican opponents move to exploit his sex offence charges

Daily Telegraph

Ellen Whinnett in Vatican City, News Corp Australia Network

CARDINAL George Pell has gone to ground, disappearing from his apartment outside the walls of the Vatican as he prepares to return to Australia to fight sex offence charges levelled against him.

The 76-year-old has not been seen at his apartment since he issued a press statement on Thursday morning confirming he would return to Australia in order to clear his name in court.

While staff came and went throughout Thursday and into Friday morning, there was no sign of Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, prompting speculation he had moved into a temporary apartment inside the walls of the Vatican, or even to one of the country retreats owned by the church.

He has been granted a leave of absence by Pope Francis from his job as Vatican treasurer while he returns to Australia to defend…

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Peter Saunders on the George Pell charges

ABC – 7.30

[with video]


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Peter Saunders is a member of the Papal Child Abuse Commission. It advises the Catholic Church on how to better deal with abuse allegations and victims.

To give us a bit more context about this issue within the church and the significance of the Pell charges, Peter Saunders joined me from London.

Peter Saunders, a priest being charged with sexual offences is nothing unique. Why is this case making such an impact?

PETER SAUNDERS, VICTIM ADVOCATE: I think this is a massive story because there has certainly has never been anybody of the seniority and the position within the Vatican having been charged before, so this is huge and unlike many other places around the world where there have been accusations against very senior clerics, but the power of the church, sometimes the local or the corruption of local…

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Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a CNN posted piece by Heidi Schlumpf:

CNN has every right to post the commentary of any author it chooses, but is it too much to ask that someone fact check the submissions?

The recent attacks on Cardinal George Pell, which I debunked on June 29, gave Heidi Schlumpf the opportunity to write “Why the Catholic Church Must Continue Soul-Searching.” It is more than tendentious, it is factually wrong. She writes for the National Catholic Reporter, a dissident publication that rejects the Church’s teachings on sexuality.

The title of her article accurately conveys her thesis: the abuse scandal is on-going. That is why she says that the charges against Cardinal Pell are “a reminder that the church’s sex abuse crisis is not over.” She adds that Pell’s case “shows that the decades long sex abuse crisis is…

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Will priests discuss George Pell at Sunday Mass?

Brisbane Times

Emily Woods Neelima Choahan

Tens of thousands of Victorians will go to mass this weekend, just days after Australia’s highest ranking Catholic was charged with historical sex abuse.

But how will Catholic priests address the allegations against Cardinal George Pell, if they address them at all?

Father Brendan Reed, from Our Lady of Good Counsel and All Hallows in Balwyn, said he would discuss the news, as “you can’t pretend it’s not happening”.

“I think people want to know what their priests are thinking when things like this come out in the public,” he said.

“I’ll be saying that I think we should have faith and trust in our judicial and legal system, that a just outcome is what everybody is hoping for, for all parties concerned.”

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Canadian bishops to issue new sexual-abuse prevention document

Catholic Register

June 30, 2017

OTTAWA – Twenty-five years after becoming pioneers in establishing protocols for the protection of minors, Canada’s bishops are poised to issue an updated document on sexual-abuse prevention.

The new document by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops was approved in principle at the bishops’ plenary last September and is slated for publication later this year, said CCCB communications director Rene Laprise. The document is in the final stages of translation into French and English and proofreading of both texts, he said.

The new document — with a working title of Moving Towards Healing and Renewal: the Canadian Experience — will update and replace the 1992 document From Pain to Hope.
The CCCB initiative comes amid reports of a pilot program in the Montreal archdiocese that requires digital fingerprints and background checks for priests and pastoral…

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La sombra de los abusos sexuales llega por primera vez a la cúpula vaticana

El Pais (Espana)

Roma 30 JUN 2017


Las dos principales áreas de reforma del papa Francisco se vieron ayer golpeadas en la misma persona. George Pell, superministro de Finanzas del Vaticano, consejero directo del Pontífice y máxima autoridad eclesiástica de Australia, ha sido imputado por un caso múltiple de abusos a menores. A ello se suma su presunto encubrimiento masivo a sacerdotes. Es la primera vez que un escándalo de este tipo afecta a una autoridad vaticana de tan alto rango.

El día no podía ser peor. A las 8.30, justo antes de la gran misa oficiada por el Papa con motivo del día de San Pedro y San Pablo y con la mayoría de cardenales del mundo llegados al Vaticano para el Consistorio del día anterior, Pell comparecía ante los medios. Se sabía que había sido imputado por un caso múltiple de abusos a menores….

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Cardeal George Pell acusado de abuso sexual de menores na Austrália


O cardeal George Pell, que dirige a Secretaria da Economia do Vaticano, foi hoje acusado de crimes de abuso sexual de menores na Austrália e intimado a comparecer em tribunal dentro de dias, anunciou a polícia.

George Pell, o principal conselheiro financeiro do papa Francisco e o mais alto representante da Igreja católica na Austrália, é o mais alto membro do Vaticano a ser formalmente indiciado por crimes relacionados com abuso sexual de menores.

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Vatikan-Finanzchef legt Amt vorübergehend nieder

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Eiiner der ranghöchsten Kardinäle im Vatikan, Finanzchef George Pell, legt angesichts von Missbrauchsvorwürfen in seiner Heimat Australien sein Amt vorübergehend nieder. Papst Franziskus habe ihm die Erlaubnis für die Auszeit gegeben, um in Australien seine Unschuld zu beweisen, gab der Papst-Vertraute am Donnerstag in Rom bekannt. Die Anschuldigungen seien komplett falsch.

In Australien war kurz zuvor ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen den 76-Jährigen wegen Missbrauchsverdachts eingeleitet worden. Wie die Polizei im Bundesstaat Victoria mitteilte, muss Pell am 18. Juli zu einer Gerichtsanhörung in Melbourne erscheinen. Es ist das erste Mal, dass gegen einen derart ranghohen Würdenträger im Vatikan wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen ermittelt wird.

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Marie Collins

Cardinal Pell.is facing criminal charges of sex abuse in his home country of Australia.
I have been asked if I think he will be found guilty of these charges. As I have always believed in justice for all it would not be right for me to pre judge any criminal case before it is tried in a court, the law will take it’s course.

What I have no hesitation in saying is that it has been proved that Cardinal Pell is guilty of the appalling mishandling of cases of abuse when still in place in Australia and causing untold pain to the victims in those cases. He should never have been allowed to hide out in the Vatican to avoid having to face those in his home country who needed answers. The fact that Cardinal Pell was appointed to a very senior post in the…

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Associated Press


ATLANTA (AP) — A key provision of a Georgia law meant to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse is set to expire Saturday.

State law says victims must file lawsuits seeking damages before they turn 23. The 2015 Hidden Predator Act provided a two-year window during which victims older than that could sue their alleged abusers.

While a law to help victims of childhood sex abuse may seem like a no-brainer, advocates say they often meet resistance from powerful groups that say they could lead to a flood of lawsuits, false claims and ruined reputations.

The law’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Jason Spencer, is trying to get his colleagues in the General Assembly to extend the measure and go even further in the legislative session that begins in January.

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Franziskus in Bedrängnis?


[For the first time, a Vatican cardinal is investigated for sexual abuse. This could also bring the Pope into an unpleasant situation.]

Nun hat der Skandal um sexuellen Missbrauch endgültig auch die Führungsetage im Vatikan erreicht: Die australische Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt gegen Kardinal George Pell, den vatikanischen Finanzchef und Berater von Papst Franziskus. Dem früheren Erzbischof von Sydney wird sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen. Pell wies die Anschuldigungen am Donnerstag zurück. Es ist das erste Mal, dass gegen einen Kurienkardinal wegen eines solchen Verdachts ermittelt wird. Zwar gab es auch früher bereits Ermittlungen gegen vatikanische Kardinäle. Dabei ging es aber stets um weniger schwerwiegende Delikte, oft hatten sie mit Geld zu tun.

Wie heikel die Angelegenheit für den Vatikan ist, zeigte sich auch daran, dass das Presseamt zu ungewohnt früher Stunde, um 8.30 Uhr, kurzfristig eine Pressekonferenz mit Pell anberaumte. Die offizielle Mitteilung war vorsichtig formuliert. Auffällig war, dass sich…

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Papst Franziskus in der Bredouille


[Critics accuse the Vatican of doing too little for the enlightenment of sex scandals.]

Von Matthias Drobinski

Die Sensation kommt in dürren Zeilen daher: Kardinal George Pell sei mit jahrzehntealten Vorwürfen aus Australien konfrontiert, heißt es im Bulletin des päpstlichen Pressesaals in Rom, und “in vollem Respekt vor den staatlichen Gesetzen” habe der Kardinal entschieden, sich in seiner Heimat den Anschuldigungen zu stellen und bei der Wahrheitssuche zu helfen. Papst Franziskus habe Pell deshalb die “Erlaubnis für eine Auszeit” gegeben. Der Vorwurf, mit dem sich Kardinal Pell, der Finanzchef der Kurie und Beauftragte des Papstes für die Kurienreform, nun auseinandersetzen muss, lautet: sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen. Noch nie hat es ein Verfahren gegen einen derart ranghohen Vertreter der katholischen Kirche gegeben: Pell gilt als Nummer vier in der Kurie, nach Papst, Kardinalstaatssekretär und Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation.

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Anklage gegen Ex-Pfarrer wegen Missbrauchs


[The public prosecutor’s office Deggendorf today protested against a 53-year-old ex-priest. He is accused among other things of several sexual injuries, especially in children.The formerly convicted ex-priest is said to have attempted to rape an 18-year-old woman in Austria. Furthermore, he was accused of having sexually abused five children of male sex on more than 100 occasions for the period before and after his imprisonment.The extensive investigations have also revealed that the 53-year-old has made the ordination of priests by submitting false documents on a really non-existent school and university degree in Poland.]

Von: Harald Mitterer
Stand: 29.06.2017

So soll der einschlägig vorbestrafte Ex-Priester versucht zu haben, in Österreich eine 18-jährige Frau zu vergewaltigen. Weiter wird ihm für die Zeit vor und nach dem Haftvollzug aus seiner Vorstrafe vorgeworfen, fünf Kinder männlichen Geschlechts bei insgesamt über 100 Gelegenheiten sexuell missbraucht zu haben.

Die Missbrauchstaten wurden im…

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Missbrauchsvorwurf gegen Tiroler Ordensbruder


[A member of the Tyrolean Servites province is said to have sexually abused a teenager.]

Innsbruck, 29.06.2017 (KAP) Die Polizei in Tirol ermittelt gegen einen Tiroler Ordensbruder, dem sexueller Missbrauch eines Jugendlichen vorgeworfen wird. Die Tiroler Servitenprovinz bestätigte am Donnerstag einen entsprechenden Bericht der Tiroler Tageszeitung. “Als Provinzleitung sind wir zutiefst betroffen und bedauern den Vorfall ausdrücklich. Wir verurteilen entschieden jede Form sexuellen Missbrauchs. Wir vertrauen jetzt auf eine rasche und vollständige Klärung der Vorwürfe und hoffen, dass auf diese Weise dem mutmaßlichen Opfer Gerechtigkeit widerfahren kann”, teilte der stellvertretende Provinzial P. Martin M. Lintner mit und sicherte die volle Kooperation der Ordensgemeinschaft in dem Fall zu.

Nach Angaben der “Tiroler Tageszeitung” hat ein mittlerweile 18-Jähriger Ende Mai bei der Polizei Anzeige wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen ein Mitglied der Tiroler Servitenprovinz erstattet. Der Ordensmann – er ist ein Servitenbruder ohne Priesterweihe – leitete offenbar einen Gastronomiebetrieb, in…

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Archbishop Philip Wilson will face a two-week hearing in November on a conceal crime charge

Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
30 Jun 2017

ARCHBISHOP Philip Wilson – the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with concealing the child sex offences of another priest – will face a two-week hearing in November.

Newcastle Local Court magistrate Ian Cheetham confirmed the November 27 special fixture hearing at Newcastle during a brief mention on Friday.

The matter is expected to be heard by a Hunter magistrate brought in for the hearing.

Confirmation of the date followed three unsuccessful appeals by Archbishop Wilson to have the charge against him quashed or permanently stayed.

He was charged in March, 2015 with failing to report information he knew or believed about Hunter priest James Fletcher to police between April 2004, when Fletcher was charged with child sex offences, and 2006 when Fletcher died in jail after his conviction.

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Victims advocates: Case against Vatican official should send a message


By Dave Sutor

Robert Hoatson, an advocate for victims of child sexual abuse, thinks the multiple charges of sexual assault filed against Cardinal George Pell in Australia can send a message to organizations that have allegedly protected abusers within their ranks, including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

Pell, the third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been ordered to appear in court next month, having been accused by police officials of committing vaguely described historical sexual assault offenses.

“I hope it sends the message that law enforcement is watching very carefully,” said Hoatson, founder of the advocacy group Road to Recovery, who has offered support to many victims of alleged abuse perpetrated by priests and other religious leaders in Altoona-Johnstown. “No longer is the church going to be treated differently than any other organization or person.”

Mitchell Garabedian, a nationally known Boston attorney who has…

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At last Cardinal Pell can—sort of—face his accusers

Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler Jun 29, 2017

If you’re surprised by the criminal charges against Cardinal George Pell, you haven’t been paying attention.

For two years now the Australian cardinal has been the primary focus of an aggressive media campaign, with rumors about a police investigation constantly leaking into the press. Now at last the charges are out in the open—more or less. We know that prosecutors will bring formal charges against Cardinal Pell; we still don’t know exactly what those charges will be.

The cardinal himself was obviously not surprised by the announcement. He had already made arrangements to take a leave of absence from his Vatican duties; he had consulted with doctors about his trip back to Australia to defend himself. (Notice, by the way, that if he chose to duck the prosecution, he could stay at the Vatican, since the Holy See does…

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Gelzinis: Cardinal O’Malley urged to speak up on abuse

Boston Herald

Peter Gelzinis Friday, June 30, 2017

Did cops in Australia take more decisive steps to address alleged sex abuse by the hand of a top Vatican prelate, Cardinal George Pell, than either Pope Francis, or Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley?

Anne Barrett Doyle of Milton, founder of Bishop­Accountability.org, believes they did.

“Accountablity is happening,” Doyle told me yesterday. “The problem is, it’s happening outside the church at the hands of civil authorities looking to solve a crime and secure some justice.

“This pope and our cardinal should be leading the way,” Doyle said.

Yesterday she urged both Pope Francis and Cardinal Sean O’Malley to seize this particular moment to weigh in forcefully on the humiliating scandal of a prince of the church facing sex abuse charges.

“I think Pope Francis and especially Cardinal Sean need to speak up, and speak out loudly about what has happened. They…

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Rabbi Greer Seeks New Trial

New Haven Independent

A prominent Edgewood rabbi is asking a court to throw out a $20 million verdict against him and order a new trial on sexual abuse allegations.

Attorney David Grudberg filed the motion Wednesday in U.S. District Court on behalf of the rabbi, Daniel Greer.

A federal jury last month awarded a former yeshiva student named Eliyahu Mirlis $15 million in damages, and his lawyers another $5 million, based on testimony that Greer repeatedly sexually abused him and another student over a period of years.

Grudberg’s motion asks the court the court either to throw out the case and order a new trial; or, barring that, reduce the award to under $1 million.

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Catholic priest’s alleged inappropriate conduct kept hidden from school nearby his residence for ‘privacy reasons’

ABC News

By Jesse Dorsett

The Catholic Church decided not to tell a Canberra primary school a priest living next door had been accused of inappropriate conduct with children because it was concerned about his privacy, an independent report has found.

The historical allegations involve two girls, and include the priest putting his arms around an 11 or 12-year-old from behind and nibbling her ear when they were alone in a Tumut church in the Riverina.

While the alleged victims decided not to press charges, a church report found the complaints were sustained and the man was removed as the parish priest.

But his lawyers denied he was guilty of any misconduct.

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George Pell highlights the Vatican’s failure to act


Sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell have been a long time coming.

He has been charged with multiple historical sexual abuse offences, which he will face in a Melbourne court next month.

Pell is Australia’s most senior Catholic and the third ranking official at the Vatican.

Boston Globe investigative reporter Michael Rezendes told Rachel Smalley it comes as no surprise.

“This is the direct result of the Vatican’s failure to come to grips with this issue. After all it’s been 15 years more than 15 years since my colleagues and I on the Boston Globe broke this story.”

Rezendes said the Vatican has made many fine statements about victims of clergy sex abuse and its plans to do something about it, but says really nothing has happened.

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‘This must not distract us’

The Border Mail

Derrick Krusche and Rachel Browne
30 Jun 2017

Ballarat clergy sexual abuse survivors hope Cardinal George Pell’s trial will not distract from implementing the royal commission’s recommendations.

Peter Blenkiron, who was abused by disgraced Christian Brother Edward Dowlan, said whether Cardinal Pell was guilty or not was a red herring.

“If we focus on one person, on one issue, then that can distract the whole community and eclipse what really needs to change,” he said.

“We must not take our eyes off the ball and we must make sure all recommendations are implemented.”

The $500 million inquiry is Australia’s longest royal commission, starting in 2013 and due to finish with a final report to the federal government in December.

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Pope Francis faces worst ‘crisis’ as shockwaves at Cardinal Pell charges spread around the world


Andrew Koubaridis

THE historic sexual offence allegations made against Cardinal George Pell have plunged Pope Francis into the greatest crisis of his papacy, a Vatican watcher says.

Christopher Lamb, the Rome Correspondent for Catholic newspaper The Tablet, said the news of the charges against Cardinal Pell — the third most powerful figure in the church and the most senior Australian — created “shockwaves” when it came through yesterday.

“It’s fair to say it has had a huge impact on people who work in the Vatican … obviously [it was known] there was a possibility the Cardinal would be charged and the police were about to make a decision, but when it came through it really sent shockwaves through the global headquarters of Catholicism and the church is still coming to terms with this news,” he told ABC’s Lateline last night.

Lamb said The…

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No stranger to child abuse scandals, cardinal now finds himself in firing line

Irish Independent

Annette Blackwell
June 30 2017

The Pope is likely shaking the dust off a letter of resignation from one of his top men, Australian cardinal George Pell.

The letter has been gathering dust in a Vatican file for just over a year – Pell submitted it, as obliged, when he turned 75 last year.

Francis, if truly committed to reassuring the faithful a reforming Church had zero tolerance for a culture of silence, or worse, a wilful and deliberate cover-up of child sex abuse, would have said a year ago, “Thank you, George”, and breathed a sigh of relief.

This is because controversy and George Pell have been inseparable from the time he was a priest in the Australian diocese of Ballarat in the 1970s to his ascension in 2014 as a chief adviser to the Pope and the Holy See’s main beancounter.

And much…

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Why the Catholic Church must continue soul-searching


[with video]

By Heidi Schlumpf

Heidi Schlumpf is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and teaches communication at Aurora University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)The news that a high-ranking Vatican official has been charged with sexual abuse is a reminder that the church’s sex abuse crisis is not over — and that it has potential to affect the entire church, across so-called liberal or conservative lines, even to the top echelons of the church hierarchy.

Cardinal George Pell, former archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne and current head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, denied the allegations that will require him to return to Australia from Rome to face multiple charges of sexual assault.

Speculation about Pell’s abuse is detailed in a recent book, which the publisher has now pulled from the shelves in the Australian state…

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Archdiocese says it won’t fund George Pell’s defence

The New Daily

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney will house Cardinal George Pell when he returns to Australia to face historic sexual assault allegations.

But Archbishop Anthony Fisher said the Archdiocese would not pay for his legal fees as the Cardinal prepares to face a Melbourne court next month.

“While the Archdiocese will assist with the Cardinal’s accommodation and support as it would for any of its bishops or priests, it is not responsible for the Cardinal’s legal bills arising from these matters,” Archbishop Fisher said, ABC reports.

Victoria Police charged Cardinal Pell on Thursday with “multiple charges” relating to “multiple complaints”, sending shockwaves to the top of the Vatican.

Cardinal Pell, the third most powerful person in the Catholic Church, has been put on leave while he defends the charges and immediately ceased public duties.

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Cardinal George Pell: Charges of historical sex offences will define Vatican official’s legacy

The Age

Barney Zwartz

Five years ago, the news that Australia’s most famous Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, was to be charged with historical sex offences would have been like a tsunami inside the church. Not now.

Today the mood is numbed acceptance, the feeling that this is the inevitable last act in the drama of a man who authored his own tragedy.

It was his appearances before the child abuse inquiries by the Victorian Parliament and the Royal Commission that really savaged his reputation, both because of the deficiencies they uncovered and because of his wooden, cold responses.

But in the Australian Catholic Church, the damage from clergy abuse was done long ago, and the latest development is merely cause for more disappointment. For years, most ordinary Catholics have focused on their local parishes and ignored the hierarchy, as dismayed as anyone by the shocking revelations of official…

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Italian newspaper brands Australia ‘a paradise of the orcs’ in its coverage of ‘controversial kangaroo’ George Pell’s historical sex offences charges

Daily Mail

By Australian Associated Press and Kate Darvall For Daily Mail Australia

Sex charges laid against Cardinal George Pell are getting heavy coverage in the Italian media, with one newspaper branding him ‘controversial kangaroo’ and Australia ‘a paradise of the orcs’.

The Italian media attacked Australia’s record of sexual assault, and claimed seven per cent of priests had been accused of the offences.

Cardinal Pell was on Thursday charged by Victorian Police with historical sexual assault offences.

He’s the most senior Catholic Church cleric to face such charges in the world in modern times.
Italian newspaper websites on Thursday ran prominent pictures of the 76-year-old and television networks carried long segments with footage of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

They also broadcast footage of Australian sexual assault survivors who attended the Rome end of a Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing when…

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Protected Church, not children: Victim on Cardinal Pell child sex abuse charges

The Asian Age


Sydney: From country priest to trusted top Vatican aide, the rise of Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric George Pell has been plagued in its twilight by sordid controversies from the past.

To his admirers, the 76-year-old cardinal embodies the orthodox traditions of Australian Catholicism, but to his critics he represents an institution that has failed to properly deal with child sex abuse allegations.

Pell, who was charged Thursday with historical sex abuse, strongly denies the allegations, details of which were not given by police.

He also says he had no knowledge of widespread paedophilia in the church in Australia, even suggesting a conspiracy to bring him down.

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George Pell: How Italian media reacted to the historical sexual offence charges

ABC News

The charges against George Pell have been heavily covered in the Italian media, with the Cardinal described as a “controversial kangaroo” and Australia’s record on sexual abuse criticised.

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric has been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 26, after Victoria Police served charges on his legal representatives.

Pell strongly denied the charges, saying he had been the victim of “relentless character assassination” and looked forward to returning to Australia to clear his name in court.

As head of the Vatican’s finances, Pell is considered number three in the Catholic hierarchy, making him the most senior Catholic Church cleric to face such charges in the world in modern times.

The significance of the charges — and Pell’s senior position — has seen the story heavily covered by Italian media.

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Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Times Live (South Africa)


Australia’s Catholic leaders have spoken out in support of Cardinal George Pell describing the Vatican finance chief as a “thoroughly decent man” after he was charged with historical sexual offences.

Pell, who has been ordered to face a Melbourne court hearing next month, said Thursday he would return to Australia “as soon as possible to clear his name” after consulting with his doctors.

The pre-eminent cleric rose through the ranks to the highest offices of the church in Australia before leaving to manage the Vatican’s powerful economic ministry.

The Australian’s successors spoke warmly of his legacy and reputation.

“The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others, a man of faith and high ideals, a thoroughly decent man,” the Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said in a statement.

Pope backs Australian cardinal in fight against sex abuse…

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Cardinal Pell’s situation may be unique, but there are plenty of parallels



Although Cardinal George Pell of Australia is the first cardinal and Vatican official to face criminal charges related to sexual abuse, he’s hardly the first Catholic bishop to be prosecuted on those grounds, and also not the first Vatican official to face a criminal indictment. A rundown of several such recent cases allows one to compare and contrast with the Pell situation, including the fact

Given news that Australian Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and a member of Pope Francis’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers, has been criminally charged with sexual abuse in his native Australia, the question naturally arises of whether such a situation is unprecedented.

Unsurprisingly for an institution with a history as long as the Catholic Church, the answer is “yes and no.”

In fact, no cardinal, and no sitting Vatican official, has…

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The Pope’s ‘blind spot’ on sexual abuse

Gant Daily

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by CNN in International News

Last December, Pope Francis wrote a letter to bishops around the world, lamenting the pain his church has caused sexually abused children.

“It is a sin that shames us,” the Pope said. “The sin of what happened, the sin of failing to help, the sin of covering up and denial, the sin of the abuse of power.” He pledged to take “all necessary measures” to assure that “these atrocities” never again occur in the church, where there would be “zero tolerance” of anyone who hurts children.

That’s the kind of straight talk Catholics expected when the College of Cardinals elected Francis in 2013. He was an outsider, had never worked in Rome and earned a reputation as incorruptible while serving as an archbishop in Argentina.

But as the sexual abuse crisis continues to swirl…

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Catholic priest now faces 9 years in prison for sexual abuse

The Courier-Journal

Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal June 29, 2017

A Catholic priest is facing an additional two years in prison after a sentencing hearing in Meade County Thursday for sexually abusing a boy at a summer camp in the 1970s.

Father Joseph Hemmerle, 74, who was serving seven years for the sexual abuse of another victim, was sentenced to an additional two years in prison as well as eight years of probation.

Hemmerle pled guilty to his charges on May 17 in Grayson Circuit Court. The case involved allegations by a man who said Hemmerle sexually abused him while he was a boy at the camp in the summers of 1977 and 1978, according to a copy of the plea agreement.

Hemmerle’s additional charges come seven months after he was convicted in Meade County of sexually molesting a boy in the 1970s at the same location, Camp Tall…

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Pope problems: Pell charges plunge Vatican into crisis

Warwick Daily News

Andrew Koubaridis | 30th Jun 2017

THE historic sexual offence allegations made against Cardinal George Pell have plunged Pope Francis into the greatest crisis of his papacy, a Vatican watcher says.

Christopher Lamb, the Rome Correspondent for Catholic newspaper The Tablet, said the news of the charges against Cardinal Pell – the third most powerful figure in the church and the most senior Australian – created “shockwaves” when it came through yesterday.

“It’s fair to say it has had a huge impact on people who work in the Vatican … obviously [it was known] there was a possibility the Cardinal would be charged and the police were about to make a decision, but when it came through it really sent shockwaves through the global headquarters of Catholicism and the church is still coming to terms with this news,” he told ABC’s Lateline last night.


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Real-Life “Spotlight” Stars Speak Out On New Charges Against High-Ranking Vatican Official


[with video]

June 29, 2017


Cardinal George Pell is heading back to his home country of Australia to face multiple sexual assault charges, from multiple accusers. Officials are not releasing details of the charges, nor the accusers — including their ages — but Pell has denied the complaints, calling them part of a “relentless character assassination.”

“I can’t possibly be surprised,” said attorney Mitchell Garabedian when he joined Jim Braude on “Greater Boston,” along with investigative journalist Mike Rezendes, who was part of The Boston Globe Spotlight team that first broke the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in the ’90s. Garabedian has represented thousands of victims of church abuse and both men were portrayed in the 2015 film “Spotlight.”

“I have cases around the world where children were abused by priests and some of them were high-ranking priests,” said Garabedian.

Pell is the third-ranking official…

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Senior Catholic Church officials have rarely faced charges in the sexual abuse of children. Here are a few who did.

Los Angeles Times

By Alexandra Zavis

Victims rights groups have long complained that criminal accountability for the sexual abuse of children by members of the Roman Catholic clergy has rarely extended above the level of priests, despite evidence that bishops and archbishops knew about many of the suspected crimes — and in some cases played a role in the abuse.

On Thursday, Cardinal George Pell became the highest ranking Vatican official to be formally charged with sexual assault in connection with the scandals that have dogged the church for decades.

Pell, Pope Francis’ top financial advisor, had already faced questioning last year by a royal commission in his native Australia over accusations that he mishandled cases of clergy abuse when he was archbishop of Melbourne and, later, Sydney. More recently, accusations surfaced that he himself had abused boys going as far back as the 1970s, when he…

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Jet ambulance from Rome to Melbourne would cost more than $350,000

The Australian

June 30, 2017

Greg Brown

The Catholic Church could be forced to fork out for an expensive trip from Rome to Melbourne if doctors decide George Pell is too ill to fly on a standard plane.

Cardinal Pell could take a lengthy boat trip from Europe to Australia or be “medivacced” on a private jet at a cost of about $15,000 an hour.

Cardinal Pell gave evidence at the child sex abuse royal commission last year via videolink from Rome, with his lawyers arguing his heart condition was not compatible with a long flight.

He said yesterday he would return to Melbourne to fight historical sex abuse charges but his mode of transport is unclear. “I’ve spoken to my lawyers about when this will be necessary. And I’ve spoken to my doctors about the best way to achieve this,” he…

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Vatican Sex Abuse Scandal Reveals Blind Spot for Francis

The New York Times

JUNE 29, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis came to power promising not only to create a more inclusive church and to clean up an ossified Vatican bureaucracy, but also to remove the stain of child sex abuse.

A global pedophilia scandal plagued his two immediate processors. With Francis’s election in 2013, many expected progress. Francis talked about powerful committees to safeguard children, tribunals to try bishops and a “zero tolerance” policy for offending priests.

It hasn’t exactly worked out that way.

On Thursday, the Vatican announced that Francis had granted a leave of absence to Cardinal George Pell, now the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be formally charged with sexual offenses, and one the pope had brought into his inner circle even as a cloud of allegations swirled over the cardinal in Australia.

“We talked…

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Abus sexuels : le cardinal George Pell inculpé par la justice australienne

La Croix (France)

La Croix (avec AFP), le 29/06/2017

Le numéro trois du Saint-Siège, le cardinal australien George Pell, a été inculpé jeudi 29 juin pour de multiples agressions sexuelles en Australie. Le plus haut responsable catholique d’Australie s’est dit jeudi au Vatican totalement innocent avant d’annoncer son intention de rentrer en Australie pour se défendre. Le Vatican a accepté le « congé » du cardinal Pell sans exiger sa démission.

Le ministre de l’économie du Saint-Siège, le cardinal George Pell, a été inculpé jeudi 29 juin en Australie pour de multiples agressions sexuelles, des accusations anciennes qu’il a de nouveau démenties catégoriquement. Il s’agit du plus éminent ecclésiastique mis en cause dans une affaire d’abus sexuels.

Mis en cause dans le livre-enquête d’une journaliste australienne en mai dernier, il avait récusé toute accusation d’abus sexuels sur mineurs.

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Le cardinal australien George Pell, argentier du Vatican, inculpé pour sévices sexuels sur enfants

Le Figaro (France)

Le cardinal George Pell, préfet du secrétariat pour l’économie du Vatican, a été officiellement inculpé d’abus sexuels. L’ecclésiastique de 76 ans doit se présenter le 18 juillet devant le tribunal de première instance de Melbourne pour y être entendu. «Le cardinal Pell doit répondre de multiples accusations liées à des crimes sexuels anciens», a déclaré le commissaire adjoint de la police de l’Etat de Victoria, ajoutant lors d’une conférence de presse que “de multiples plaignants” étaient liés à cette affaire.

Selon l’archidiocèse de Sydney, le cardinal rejette “vigoureusement” les accusations de pédophilie et rentrera en Australie pour se défendre. Les faits présumés remontent aux années 1970, 1980 et 1990.

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«Il cardinale Pell incriminato per gravi reati sessuali». Le accuse della polizia australiana

Corriere della Sera

Il cardinale australiano George Pell, già arcivescovo di Melbourne e poi di Sydney e ora prefetto degli Affari economici del Vaticano, è stato incriminato per gravi reati sessuali. Stando a indiscrezioni giornalistiche i reati contestati potrebbero essere fino a tre, fra cui un’accusa di stupro. L’annuncio è destinato a suscitare violente reazioni nella Chiesa cattolica d’Australia e del mondo, osserva il quotidiano. Lo scorso ottobre tre funzionari della polizia del Victoria si erano recati a Roma per interrogare Pell, che non si sottrasse alle domande degli investigatori. L’arcidiocesi di Sydney ha detto che l’alto prelato farà ritorno in Australia per contestare le accuse. Non solo. Pell farà una dichiarazione giovedì mattina alle 8.30 nella sala stampa vaticana. Lo fa sapere la stessa sala stampa vaticana in una nota, precisando che non ci sarà diretta streaming, e che fotografi e cameramen saranno ammessi.

Le notifiche di…

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Pedofilia, cardinale Pell incriminato per gravi reati sessuali: “Andrò in Australia a difendermi”

La Repubblica


CITTA’ DEL VATICANO – L’ombra della pedofilia e dello stupro torna ad oscurare la Chiesa. Il cardinale australiano George Pell, già arcivescovo di Melbourne e poi di Sydney e ora prefetto degli Affari economici della Santa Sede, è stato incriminato per presunti reati di abusi sessuali su minori quando era sacerdote a Ballarat (1976-1980) e, poi, arcivescovo a Melbourne (1996-2001). Si tratta del più alto esponente ecclesiastico mai finito sotto accusa per abusi sessuali.

La notizia piomba sul Vaticano in una data solenne, quella della festività dei Santi Pietro e Paolo. Oggi è il giorno in cui il Papa consegna agli arcivescovi metropoliti appena nominati il pallio, simbolo del giogo pastorale da prendersi sulle spalle. Una cerimonia alla quale sono presenti anche i cinque cardinali che hanno ricevuto ieri la berretta. “Lo Spirito di vita non soffia se…

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Extensive Italian press coverage for Pell

7 News

By Lloyd Jones, AAP London Correspondent – AAP on June 30, 2017

The charges laid against Vatican finance chief and Australian Cardinal George Pell are getting heavy coverage in Italian media, which have attacked Australia’s record on sexual assault.

Cardinal Pell was on Thursday charged by Victorian Police with historical sexual assault offences.

He’s the most senior Catholic Church cleric to face such charges in the world in modern times.

Italian newspaper websites on Thursday ran prominent pictures of the 76-year-old. Television networks carried long segments with footage of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

They also broadcast footage of Australian sexual assault survivors who attended the Rome end of a Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing when Cardinal Pell gave evidence last year.

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Cardinal’s sex abuse case is test for Francis’ papacy

Los Angeles Times

Tom Kington, Laura King and Victoria Kim

Charges of sexual offenses against one of the Vatican’s top-ranking prelates have placed new pressure on Pope Francis to make good on pledges to root out, punish and prevent abuses that have shaken the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior church official to be implicated in a far-flung scandal of decades’ standing, said Thursday that he would return to his native Australia to face the charges against him.

He dismissed the charges as “relentless character assassination.”

The cardinal, who is a senior advisor to Francis, told reporters in Vatican City that the pontiff had granted him a leave of absence to contest the charges, which bring the globe-spanning abuse allegations directly to the gates of the Vatican.

Although cases of priest-committed pedophilia and their wrenchingly long-lasting repercussions remain an open wound in dozens of…

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Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue speaks to the controversy over Cardinal George Pell:

Cardinal Pell has been charged by Australian police on multiple counts of sexual abuse. He will appear before a Melbourne court on July 18. He says the charges are false and is “looking forward finally to having my day in court.”

Actually, Cardinal Pell has been in court before, and the charges against him went nowhere. It is worth discussing them now, especially given the current media frenzy over the latest accusations.

In 2002, allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Pell were thrown out of court by the Victorian Supreme Court. A Melbourne man said he was abused by Pell in 1962 at a camp when he was 12; Pell was studying for the priesthood. The judge ruled that there were “some valid criticism of the complainant’s credibility.” That was a gross…

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Knesset petitioned over Leifer

The Australian Jewish News

THE Victorian Parliamentary Friends of Israel (VPFI) has launched a petition to help bring alleged child sexual abuser Malka Leifer back to Australia.

David Southwick, the co-convenor of the VPFI, is going to Israel next month and will present the petition to the Knesset.

“Victims of the alleged sexual abuse by Malka Leifer deserve justice,” Southwick told The AJN.

“She must be extradited back to Australia immediately to be questioned by Victoria Police.”

Leifer, a former Adass Israel principal, fled Australia in 2008 amid accusations she abused Adass students. She has remained in Israel ever since. Last year, an Israeli judge ruled she is too mentally unstable to face extradition proceedings relating to 74 counts of alleged abuse.

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Cardinal Pell returns to Australia ‘to clear his name’. But what are his chances of a fair trial?

The Spectator

Damian Thompson

Cardinal George Pell, the head of the Vatican’s finances, has been charged with historic sex offences in his native Australia. He is returning there ‘to clear his name’. ‘I look forward to my day in court’, he said at a press conference in Rome this morning.

If I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t be looking forward to it. I believe – on the basis of the very sketchy evidence we’ve seen so far, and also my personal encounters with him – that the Cardinal is innocent of these charges. But what are his chances of a fair trial in Australia?

Let me quote at length from an article by Angela Shanahan in The Australian, published on June 11. It seems to be behind a paywall, but this is what she had to say:

Pell can never receive a fair trial. The “vibe”…

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Bad day for Pope Francis: Sexual-assault charges against Cardinal Pell fuel media firestorm


Terry Mattingly

This answers the question that, behind the scenes, some Catholic church insiders have been asking in recent years.

That question: What will it take to get tough-as-nails, straightforward coverage of a news story closely linked to Pope Francis?

Clearly, the historic criminal sexual-assault charges against Cardinal George Pell of Australia is such a story. As the Vatican’s “financial czar,” Pell is one of the most powerful men in the Catholic hierarchy. Some rank him No. 2 in terms of clout, a notch behind the pope. He is also a member the pope’s nine-member special advisory council.

The announcement was made on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul – a highly symbolic day at the Vatican. Did that make it into many news reports? Not that I saw.

However, there are strong news stories everywhere. However, the strong, blunt nature of the coverage –…

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Cardinal George Pell unlikely to return to Vatican City

Coffs Coast Advocate

Jacquelin Magnay and Ellen Whinnett | 30th Jun 2017

POPE Francis on Thursday night offered guarded support for Cardinal George Pell, while expressing respect for the Australian judicial system that will decide his fate.

But Vatican insiders are already preparing to pension off Cardinal George Pell, regardless of the outcome of the case involving historic sex offences.

The Herald Sun has been told it is highly unlikely that Cardinal Pell, who was promoted to the Vatican three years ago to reform its multi- billion euro real estate and financial portfolio, will return to Rome in his high-profile role.
Pope Francis, while supportive of Cardinal Pell, is seeking to fend off his harshest critics and minimise any reputational damage to the church.

In a statement read by his media officer, Greg Burke, Pope Francis said: “The Holy See expresses its respect for the Australian…

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George Pell charges: The view from the Vatican

ABC News

RN By Noel Debien for The Religion and Ethics Report

The wheels of the Australian justice system have begun to turn in potentially world-changing ways.

Victoria Police has summonsed a sitting cardinal from the Vatican. In the free world, a cardinal has never been charged with criminal offences before.

Cardinal Pell strenuously denies the charges, and we need many more details yet to understand what they may involve. But the astonishing fact remains that a man who could yet be Pope has been told he must stand trial in Australia, and he has agreed to do so.

‘We must avoid a media verdict’

When asked directly by journalists about the Cardinal Pell matter last year, Pope Francis answered: “We must avoid a media verdict, a verdict based on gossip.”

“It’s in the hands of the justice system and one cannot judge before the justice…

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Louisville Priest Sentenced in Sex Abuse Summer Camp Case

U.S. News

BRANDENBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic priest has been sentenced to serve two years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse charges brought by a victim who says he was abused in the 1970s at a church summer camp.

R. Joseph Hemmerle was sentenced on Thursday in Meade County. The two-year sentence will be served in addition to a seven-year sentence Hemmerle received in February on another abuse case. Both victims say they were abused by Hemmerle at Camp Tall Trees, a now-closed Catholic summer camp about an hour west of Louisville.

The 74-year-old Hemmerle has been on administrative leave from the church since 2014.

In November, the priest testified at a trial that he would sometimes apply calamine lotion to the genitals of child campers, but denied abusing anyone.

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Papa Francesco dà la berretta rossa a Jean Zerbo: il monsignore “con 12 milioni in banca” è diventato cardinale

Il Fatto Quotidiano

[Pope Francis gave the red hat to Jean Zerbo: the monsignor “with 12 million in the bank.”]

Nel concistoro in cui sono stati nominati i 5 nuovi porporati è stato stravolto il protocollo per non far parlare il presule del Mali, accusato da un’inchiesta di Le Monde di essere l’unico referente di vari conti correnti in un istituto di credito svizzero, per un ammontare colossale e diametralmente opposto ai principi di povertà su cui si basa tutto il pontificato di Bergoglio

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Man charged with attempted child molestation, sodomy in downtown Columbus



A 45-year-old man was accused of trying to molest a child on Broadway in downtown Columbus, authorities said.

Homer Jay Singleton was arrested at 12:37 p.m. Wednesday and charged with one count each of attempted aggravated child molestation, sodomy, driving while license suspended and contempt of court. He was booked into the Muscogee County Jail for a 9 a.m. Friday hearing in Recorder’s Court.

Members of the Columbus Police Department’s Special Victims Unit were called to Broadway around 12:37 p.m. Wednesday to speak with an individual about a child molestation attempt.

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Columbus police arrest former youth pastor for sodomy, child molestation


COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus police have arrested a former youth pastor at Edgewood Assembly of God on several charges including child molestation and sodomy.

Homer Singleton, 45, known as Jay, was arrested on Wednesday, June 28 around noon after the Columbus Police Department’s Special Victims Unit was investigating an individual for attempted aggravated child molestation.

Singleton was recently a volunteer worker with the children’s ministry at The Refuge Church, which is a satellite of North Highland.

He was arrested near the area of Broadway and 8th St.

The former youth pastor was charged with child molestation, aggravated child molestation, criminal attempt child molestation, criminal attempt sodomy, and driving while license suspended or revoked.

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Former Bishop Carroll house parent sentenced for sexual assault


By Jocelyn Brumbaugh

EBENSBURG – A former house parent for international students at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School was sentenced to be under the supervision of probation for the next 11 years, 11 months and register under Megan’s Law for the next 25 years for sexual assault charges filed last August.

Charges against John Bowman Thornberry, 29, of Mills River, North Carolina, were announced by then-Attorney General Kathleen Kane last July.

He was originally charged with one count each of institutional sexual assault, criminal attempt at sexual assault, attempted indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators said the alleged incidents warranting the charges occurred while Thornberry was a house parent in a dorm-style residence hall for students at Bishop Carroll between December 2014 and February 2015.

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Former Catholic School House Parent Sentenced in Abuse Case

U.S. News

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former house parent at a Pennsylvania Catholic school accused of molesting two international students he supervised has been sentenced to probation.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2tpd6NN ) that 29-year-old John Bowman Thornberry will be released from a county jail where has been held since last year and placed under probationary supervision for 11 years and 11 months. He will also register as a sex offender under Wednesday’s sentencing by a Cambria County judge.

Thornberry pleaded guilty in March to institutional sexual assault.

He was removed last year from his job overseeing Chinese international students at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg. One student said Thornberry fondled him. Another boy said he fought off a molestation attempt.

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George Pell case: Ballarat’s deep sense of relief

The Australian

June 30, 2017

Victorian Chief ReporterMelbourne

In the more than 30 years since George Pell left Ballarat, the Victorian gold rush town where he was born, schooled and served as a priest, he has travelled further and soared higher than any Australian clergyman, rising to a position of immense power and authority within the Vatican. Yet, through all those years, no matter how high he climbed, Pell has never ­escaped the broken community he left behind.

On a cold, winter’s day in Ballarat, news that Cardinal Pell had been charged by Victoria Police with historical sex offences was greeted, overwhelmingly, with a sense of relief. For the best part of two years, the prospect of Australia’s most senior Catholic winding up in the dock has dangled before an abused generation with the promise of ultimate vindication and perhaps, a healing…

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Charges against Vatican cardinal revive questions about Pope Francis’s handling of child sexual abuse by priests

Washington Post

By Stefano Pitrelli, Michael Birnbaum and A. Odysseus Patrick June 29

ROME — The Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal ensnared one of Pope Francis’s top lieutenants on Thursday, underlining the halting progress the reformist pontiff has made in addressing decades of abuse by the clergy even as Cardinal George Pell declared himself innocent of the charges against him.

Pell, one of the most powerful officials in the Vatican, said he would return to his native Australia to fight multiple charges of sexual assault. He became the highest-ranking Vatican official to be formally accused by law enforcement when Australian police charged him earlier Thursday.

Advocates for victims of child abuse said that allowing Pell to face charges in Australia, rather than keeping him inside the Vatican City’s walls, was already a major step for a church that might have shielded him in earlier years. But they…

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Professor Alexis Jay OBE, Chairwoman of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Rochdale Online

Professor Alexis Jay OBE, Chairwoman of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’ explains her role and the stpes being taken to encoruage victims to share their expreience with the Truth Project.

“In Rochdale, successive generations of children have been sexually abused, and failed by our society. The BBC’s moving and accurate drama Three Girls highlighted just one horrifying example from this small town.

“As chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, it is my job to consider the extent to which institutions have failed in their duty to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation, including right here in Rochdale.

“To get a full and accurate picture of what is really going on, I need to hear from victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. The Truth Project helps the Inquiry to do this, and I am pleased to announce that we will…

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George Pell case: around the world, Cardinal has become major news

The Australian

June 30, 2017


Major international news outlets have reacted to news of the charges against George Pell, who has been accused of counts of sexual abuse.

In the US, The New York Times reported an “aide to the Pope” had been charged with sexual abuse. “It is rare for a cardinal, a prince of the church, to be accused of sexual abuse,” the newspaper wrote. “The case will test the credibility of Francis’s initiatives to foster greater accountability after abuse scandals that have shaken the church around the world.”

CNN reported that SNAP, the US-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, had released a statement lauding the decision. “We are always grateful and encouraged when law enforcement works hard to gather evidence to build a case against a powerful and influential man,” it said.

The Washington Post wrote that the charges…

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Sexual abuse survivors group raises pressure on Pope Francis following charges against Cardinal Pell


Victoria Craw

A GROUP of sexual abuse survivors has put pressure on Pope Francis to respond to the child sex abuse charges levelled against Australian Cardinal George Pell.

The US-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called for the leader of the Catholic Church to respond and said “sexual abuse thrives when it is allowed to flourish in secrecy”.

“We await Pope Francis’ response to this development. As the head of the Catholic Church, he has promised to work to end the scourge of abuse by his clergy. We expect him to give proof of this by sending Cardinal Pell home immediately to face these charges,” Joelle Casteix said in a statement.

“We are always grateful and encouraged when law enforcement works hard to gather evidence to build a case against a powerful and influential man. We hope that anyone…

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Pope likely to abandon Pell as sex-abuse charges rock Vatican: experts

The Globe and Mail (Canada)

ROME — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jun. 29, 2017

Not long ago, Cardinal George Pell of Australia was being talked up by Vatican cardinals as a potential successor to Pope Francis. Today, he is best known as the highest-ranking prelate, and only Vatican insider, to face criminal charges for sex offences in the Catholic Church’s seemingly endless child-abuse scandals.

Defiant and bluntly outspoken as ever, Cardinal Pell used a Thursday news conference in Rome to deny the charges laid against him by police in the Australian state of Victoria, where the cardinal was born and worked in the 1970s. “I am innocent of these charges,” he said. “They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”

Cardinal Pell, 76 – the Vatican’s effective financial clean-up man who is widely…

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Rev. Felix R. Colosimo – Assignment History


Summary of Case: Ordained for the Syracuse diocese in 1965, Felix R. Colosimo worked as an assistant priest in Rome, Syracuse, Norwich and Utica, New York, before being named pastor in a Holland Patent parish in 1981. That pastorship was followed in 1987 by another in Utica and, in 1998, he was assigned as pastor to a parish in New Hartford.

In December 2013 a man reported to the diocese that Colosimo had sexually abused him beginning when the man was four years-old in the late 1970s, and continuing until the man was in his mid-teens. The diocese deemed the allegations ‘credible,’ and Colosimo was quietly removed from active ministry in July 2014. His accuser filed a lawsuit in June 2017 in Connecticut, having been unable to do so in New York due to the statute of limitations. According to the lawsuit, Colosimo abused the boy…

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VOTF Public Statement: Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal reaches inside the Vatican

Voice of the Faithful

VOTF appplauds actions taken thus far

Jun. 29, 2017―The Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal today reached into the heart of the Vatican. Pontifical advisor and prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy Cardinal George Pell of Australia has been granted leave by Pope Francis to return to Australia to answer charges over allegations of historical child sexual abuse.

Allegations of abuse and coverup have dogged Pell for years, at least since 2002, but he was never charged with historical child sex abuse until now. The Australian police have released no additional information about the present charges.

Voice of the Faithful applauds the actions taken thus far: Pell’s return to Australia and leave of absence from his position in Rome. Our regret is that such steps are, like so many responses to charges of clergy sex abuse, long-delayed by past reluctance of both…

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Road to Recovery and Catholic Whistleblowers


What and Why

A press conference applauding Cardinal George Pell’s seeming voluntary removal as the Vatican‘s financial czar while charges of sexual abuse of children against him are addressed in his native Australia. The press conference will also ask three very important and timely questions of the Vatican through the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations:

1) What did Pope Francis know…

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Friends and foes of Cardinal Pell weigh in on charges of abuse



As news breaks around the world that Australian Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican’s Secretary for the Economy, has been charged criminally with historical sexual offenses, reactions have poured in from around the globe. Pell’s accusers say they’re elated, even as their attorney tries to dampen their expectations, while longtime Pell friends are emphasizing his decency and integrity.

ROME – News of criminal charges against Cardinal George Pell, the third-ranking official in the Vatican, for historical sexual offenses by police in the Australia state of Victoria has produced a wave of reactions across the globe, from the archdiocese of Melbourne to Rome.

Statements on the issue have varied from skepticism and condemnation, to support and calls for fairness. Crux has collected some of the most salient reactions to the criminal indictment of Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be charged…

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Cardinal George Pell denies sex offense accusations: Church sex abuse by the numbers

USA Today

Sean Rossman , USA TODAY June 29, 2017

The Catholic Church’s decades-long sex abuse scandal inched closer to the Vatican on Thursday, when Australian officials charged Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser with sexual offenses.

The case of Cardinal George Pell sheds more light on the ongoing crisis involving thousands of allegations, accused priests and millions if not billions in legal settlements.

The cases at the center of the Oscar-winning film Spotlight are only one part of the story. Here’s what we know about the Catholic sex abuses in the U.S.

6,528 clerics accused

BishopAccountability.org, a Massachusetts-based website dedicated to documenting Catholic sex abuse cases, calculated 6,528 clerics have been accused of sexually abusing minors from 1950 to 2015.

The statistics were compiled by reports posted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The accused clerics make up 5.6% of priests who served from 1950 to…

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The Persecution of Cardinal George Pell

National Review


June 29, 2017

Could this have anything to do with Vatican financial reform? Let’s get the “full disclosure” out of the way up front: Cardinal George Pell and I have been friends for 50 years, and collaborators in different projects for 25.

The Victoria police in his native Australia have now announced that they are filing “multiple charges in respect to historic sexual offenses” against Pell.

This has come as no surprise to those familiar with the fantastic campaign of false allegations of sexual abuse that has been conducted against the cardinal: allegations of which he has been consistently exonerated.

But despite that fact — or perhaps because of it — the campaign has recently intensified Down Under, creating a thoroughly poisonous public climate exacerbated by poorly sourced but widely disseminated allegations, no respect for elementary fairness, and a curious relationship between…

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Marie Collins: Cardinal Pell’s leave from Vatican service comes ‘far too late’

National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Jun. 29, 2017

A former member of Pope Francis’ commission on clergy sexual abuse has responded to news that Australian police are pursuing charges against Vatican financial chief Cardinal George Pell over allegations of historic sexual abuse against minors.

Marie Collins, an Irish clergy abuse survivor, said she will not pre-judge Pell’s guilt or innocence regarding the charges against him. But she said Francis should not have appointed the cardinal the prefect of the new Secretariat of the Economy in 2014.

“I have no hesitation in saying is that it has been proved that Cardinal Pell is guilty of the appalling mishandling of cases of abuse when still in place in Australia and causing untold pain to the victims in those cases,” said Collins, writing in a comment on her personal website.

“He should never have been allowed to…

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Archbishops in shock as Pell charged


JUNE 29, 2017

Perry Duffin
Australian Associated Press

Archbishops across Australia have expressed shock after Cardinal George Pell, a man they laud for his “integrity”, was charged with historical sexual abuse.

Cardinal Pell, the Vatican’s 76-year-old finance chief, was charged by summons on Thursday with several historical offences.

The accused cardinal announced he would fly back to Victoria to clear his name.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher, who succeeded Cardinal Pell in the role and has known him for almost three decades, says he’s shocked to hear about the charges against the “honest man”.

“The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others, a man of faith and high ideals, a thoroughly decent man,” Archbishop Fisher said in a statement.

He urged people to pray for truth and justice in the case and added no person should be prejudged because of…

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George Pell – and the Catholic abuse scandal that is driving the faithful away

The Guardian

Catherine Pepinster

When the reforming Pope Francis set up an advisory council of cardinals soon after his election in 2013 and appointed, alongside his fellow liberals, the arch-conservative Cardinal George Pell, it caught the Catholic church by surprise. So did Pell’s later appointment as the pope’s chief financial adviser. But it also made sense: Pell is a bruiser and if the byzantine workings of the Vatican and its mired-in-scandal financial operation needed sorting out, then Pell could be the prelate to knock heads together.

Now, though, Pope Francis may well regret his choice of attack-dog-in-chief. For Australian Pell’s place at the side of the pontiff has brought the church’s child sex abuse scandal right into the heart of the Vatican. Cardinal Pell has been charged with alleged historical sexual assaults on children.

Police in the Australian state of Victoria, where Pell was a rural priest 40…

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Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Vatican Cardinal George Pell being charged with sex offenses in Australia (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Vatican analysts say Pope Francis is now facing pressure to make good on promises to forcefully confront the sex abuse crisis after his top financial adviser was charged in his native Australia with multiple criminal counts of sexual assault years ago.

Cardinal George Pell says he is taking a leave of absence as the Vatican’s finance czar after Australian police charged him with multiple counts of “historical” sexual assault. Pell appeared before reporters on Thursday to deny the accusations and denounce what he called a “relentless character assassination.”

Anne Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability.org, an online archive of clerical sex abuse documents, said she was surprised by the charges “simply because of their boldness.”

In an email to The Associated Press, she said:…

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The Incidents Of Sexual Abuse Of Children Around The World By The Members Of Catholic Church

The Logical Indian

Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest ranking Catholic and third-highest ranking member in the Catholic Church, has been charged with historical sex offences.

The sexual abuse of minors by members of the Catholic Church is an open secret. For decades, priests and nuns have been sexually abusing minors – some as young as three years old.

Over time, after victims came out to accuse the perpetrators in public and thanks to the investigative reporting of various newspapers around the world, it became clear that child abuse in the Church was not only widespread, it was also organised and well-known to senior members of the clergy.

The problem with these cases was not just the abuse; it was also the covering-up of these cases by senior members of the Church. The problem was also the Church’s unwillingness to take action against those convicted. In some places, the…

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