U.S. Bishop Robert Finn, the Catholic prelate in the U.S. heartland who
became a symbol internationally of the church's failures in addressing the
sexual abuse crisis, has resigned. He was the first bishop criminally convicted
of mishandling an abusive priest yet remained in office for another two and a
half years. ....
The Vatican on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a Missouri bishop
who failed to report suspected child abuse and who became the
highest-ranking American church official found guilty of a crime related
to the church’s child sexual abuse scandal. The Vatican said that Bishop Robert W. Finn, who leads the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in northern and western
Missouri, had offered his resignation under a provision in canon law
that allowed bishops to resign early for an illness or if they are unfit
to carry out their duties. ...
Over the past few days we've been hearing horrific details of child
sex abuse at St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol near Rockhampton in the
1950s and 1960s. The details have emerged in hearings held by the
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual
Abuse. The Truth, Justice and Healing Council, a Catholic
organisation, has been calling on the Government to introduce a
compensation scheme. ...
One of Sydney’s most illustrious private schools has been forced to send a
letter to parents informing them a child sex abuse allegation has been made by
a former student. Paul Hine, principal of Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview
delivered the letter to students yesterday, stating he had been made aware of
the allegation from 30 years ago by the Professional Standards of the
Australian Province of the Society of Jesus. He said the allegation had been
reported to the police and the school was assisting with the investigation. …
Opposition from the Weatherill Government appears to have helped damage hopes
for a $4.3 billion national fund to compensate victims of child sexual abuse. A
Commonwealth submission to the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission says
establishing a single national redress scheme would be extremely complex and
require significant time and resources. …
Generous financial payments, ongoing care and support and a meaningful
apology should be key elements of a national child sexual abuse redress scheme
according to the Catholic Church submission to the Royal Commission. The Truth
Justice and Healing Council’s submission to the Royal Commission’s redress and
civil litigation consultation has supported Commissioner Peter McClellan’s call
for Governments to establish an independent national redress scheme funded by
the institutions responsible for the abuse. …
… For a tiny country at the ass-end of the world, Australia occasionally
punches well above its weight. It did so yesterday, making world headlines in
the process. In a day that may just end up, in years to come, overshadowing the
anniversaries of other Australian world firsts such as the much-celebrated
invention of cask wine, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson (pictured above) was
yesterday formally charged with a “charge of concealing a serious indictable
offence” (The Australian, 17 March, 2015). …
The ghost of “Vatileaks” hung in the Vatican air yesterday following the
publication by Italian news weekly, L’Espresso, of a report critical of
Australian cardinal George Pell, the point man for Pope Francis in the
“clean-up” of the Vatican’s finances.
L’Espresso alleges that in its first six months, the Secretariat for the
Economy, an organisation established by Pope Francis to oversee the
restructuring and rationalisation of the Holy See’s economic affairs, has
already run up more than half a million euro in expenses.
The implication is that while Cardinal Pell, the prefect of the secretariat,
has been busy preaching to the Curia about the steep and thorny path to fiscal
rectitude, he himself has been treading the primrose path of dalliance.
To support these claims, L’Espresso provides an inventory of costs which
include airline travel, lavish interior design renovations, job appointments
and real estate rentals as well as computers and printers. In particular, it
lists €2,508 worth of purchases made from Gammarelli, the clerical tailors, on
behalf of the secretariat.
Furthermore, the magazine alleges that shortly after his appointment to the
new secretariat, Cardinal Pell appointed Danny Casey, the former business
manager to the archdiocese of Sydney, as a sort of project manager for the
secretariat on a tax-free salary of some €200,000 per annum.
The secretariat also provides Mr Casey with accommodation in central Rome at
a cost of €2,900 per month, while almost €90,000 was spent on renovation of the
Cardinal Pell’s travel costs come in for scrutiny, too, with L’Espresso
pointing out that he spent €1,293, €1,150 and €1,238 last year on flights to
London, Dresden and Munich respectively. The implication here is that the
cardinal likes to travel business class. Somewhat improbably, the magazine also
suggests that he likes to “buy champagne and canape for everyone”. ...
The Australian cardinal handpicked by Pope Francis to cut outlays and shed
light on the Vatican’s murky finances has been accused of spending about
$560,000 in six months by flying business class and using large sums on
salaries and office furniture.
The allegations, contained in leaked figures published by Italian magazine L’Espresso
on Friday, suggest Cardinal George Pell also spent $2,800 on religious robes at
a tailor and about $5,200 on kitchen sink fittings.
Despite Francis’ decision to move into humble dwellings at the Vatican, Pell
has spent more than $3,200 a month to rent an office and apartment at an
upmarket address where he spent nearly $53,000 on furniture, according to the
After his move to Rome to spearhead Francis’ mission to free up Vatican
funds for the poor, the former archbishop of Sydney said he would try to save
the Vatican “millions, if not tens of millions” of dollars a year.
Since then, he has flown business class and paid an assistant he brought
from Australia a $16,860-a-month salary, the magazine reported, citing leaked
Vatican documents. ...
You can get jaded reading too much news, especially too
much religion news. Muslims murdering innocents in creative new ways … Jews
kicking more non-Jews out of their Palestinian homes … Evangelicals squashing
the teaching of basic science … the umpteen millionth manifestation of the
Catholic sex abuse saga. Enough already!
though, an item is astonishing enough to command attention amid the squalor.
Such is the case with the report of Australia’s “Royal Commission into
Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse” released earlier this
month. This document is not the work of some quick-buck plaintiff’s lawyer or
on-the-make journalist. It is a comprehensive, thoughtful investigation of how
the response to these abuses unfolded, authored by the most respectable people
in the land. The evil it reveals, at the highest levels, is hard to believe.
Jesus was Jewish, not Catholic. He said child abuse
was a serious evil that should be punished severely. After Roman Emperor
Constantine and his Fourth Century successors began the transformation
of the Catholic Church into a “top down absolute monarchy”, too many
popes, up to and including Pope Francis, lost their way on following
Jesus’ Jewish mandate to protect children. Pope Francis and his
Cardinals are this week working on the pope’s top priority — fine tuning
the top down and unaccountable management structure apparently to
maximize papal power and wealth. This structure is clearly contradicted
by Jesus’ mandate for a leadership that serves, not dominates, that was
mainly followed by early Christians for over three centuries.
THE CATHOLIC ANSWER FIRST. The Australian Royal Commission
into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found (2/11/15)
that Cardinal George Pell and the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese
repeatedly failed in their dealings with Sydney abuse victim John
Ellis. After Pell testified before the Royal Commission, Pell
moved quickly to Rome to become the top money man in the Catholic
Church. Pope Francis had rewarded his Australian service by making him
head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. He lives in luxury in
his palatial Roman “guest house”, Domus Australia, renovated with $30
million of Australian donations.
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