Tag Archive: The Catholic church

Apr 10 2014

You’re in good hands with the Vatican

From last week – Cardinal George Pell is leaving Australia for a new job in the Vatican, and for a good-bye present he told a royal commission that priests should be insured against being sued for child sexual abuse. Elizabeth Farrelly is…shall we say, taken aback. Our man in purple, our alpha priest, moral paragon. …

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Apr 04 2014

Clergy aren’t obliged to tell magistrates

A week ago the Italian Bishops’ Conference published guidance saying that they don’t have to report suspected sexual abuse of children to the police. Fair enough. They agreed it among themselves, so it’s none of anyone else’s business, right? That’s democracy. The Italian Bishops’ Conference said the guidelines published Friday reflected suggestions from the Vatican’s office that …

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Apr 04 2014

Improper use of social media

A word of advice for schoolteachers: don’t ever seek a job in Cincinnati Catholic Archdiocese schools. You’d have to sign a contract that makes you their slave. The Archdiocese has a new contract for teachers, one that’s twice the size of previous contracts, to accommodate the many things it tells you not to do. The contract …

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Feb 14 2014

Strong bars on strong cages

Jennifer Collins at Religion News reports on Ireland’s little problem with Catholic saturation of the public state-funded schools. The Catholic Church runs 90 percent of primary schools in Ireland. The rest are mainly Protestant, and about 4 percent are managed by the nonprofit Educate Together, which is nonsectarian. The arrangement is unsettling to some parents who …

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Dec 11 2013

Special tickets

There’s a hearing on institutional responses to child sexual abuse in the Catholic church going on in Sydney now. It started off with a bang on Monday… Victims of child abuse and their supporters walked out of a public hearing at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse after the Catholic church’s legal …

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Jul 06 2013

Cardinal Dolan caught lying about the church funds

Timothy Dolan again. Remember Timothy Dolan? Former archbishop of Milwaukee? Now archbishop of New York? Also a cardinal? The Timothy Dolan who whined and complained, in March 2010, about the unfair and meany way journalists would keep reporting on the Catholic church’s habit of protecting priests who rape children. He seems to have removed that …

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Apr 27 2013

Catholic schools have “general principles about ethos and values”

Oh, brilliant – another encroachment by the Catholic church on a secular bit of society. High-performing Catholic schools are to be given considerable influence over the running and performance of struggling secular schools under plans being drawn up by the Church and government.

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Mar 03 2013

The cardinal tripped and fell below the standards

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, after saying “I never!!” for several days, has given a delicate admission that he was sexually…well he doesn’t say exactly, apart from admitting that it wasn’t quite the done thing. Well he’s a Catholic priest, and a high-ranking one, you can’t expect him to just come right out and say he fucked …

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Feb 12 2013

One final verdict

Frank Bruni wrote a pretty blistering op-ed in the NY Times last week on the Catholic church’s funny way of veering between theocracy and secularism depending on which is most convenient at any particular moment. He pointed out things that don’t get pointed out nearly often enough, especially by hyper-respectable newspapers like the Times. On the one …

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Feb 03 2013

Like many others

Janet Heimlich casts a cold eye on a bishop’s “apology.” You know what’s coming. We could all write the “apology” in our sleep. “I wish to acknowledge and apologize for those instances when I made decisions regarding the treatment and disposition of clergy accused of sexual abuse that in retrospect appear inadequate or mistaken.” Curry …

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