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The morning of Election Day, Joseph R. Biden Jr prayed during Mass at the Catholic parish near his home in Delaware. Late that night, when it became clear that no […]

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Nearly 4,000 new students at Catholic schools in Boston, 700 in Springfield as they field calls from parents wanting in person learning | #Education | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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Child sex abuse royal commission hears of Catholic brothers’ secrecy culture

A secrecy culture of “don’t ask, don’t tell” could explain historical allegations of child sex abuse within a religious order, the royal commission has been told.

The commission’s investigation into the response of the Catholic Church into alleged abuse heard from the De La Salle Brothers, an order which had one of the highest number of alleged perpetrators ministering between 1950 and 2010.

The order was subject 328 claims of sexual abuse, including 219 claims at its BoysTown facility in Beaudesert in Queensland.

Brother Ambrose Payne told the hearing that throughout the 20th century: “A sense of secrecy was part and parcel with the culture.

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Australia’s Catholic Church pays €200m to child abuse victims

Australia’s Catholic Church has paid 276 million Australian dollars (€200 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard on Thursday.
This is the first time the total compensation paid by the church’s schools, orphanages and residences has been revealed.
A report at a royal commission into institutional abuse said 3,066 victims had received some form of compensation from a Catholic body in the 35 years to 2015.
Cash payments of 258.8 million Australian dollars amounted to an average 91,000 Australian dollars per person. Some compensation was in non-cash payments.
The institution which paid the most was global order the Christian Brothers, which paid 45.

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1 in 14 Catholic priests accused of child abuse in Australia

SYDNEY Australia — Seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, “shocking and indefensible” data showed Monday during an inquiry into pedophilia in the church.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard that 4,444 alleged incidents of pedophilia were reported to church authorities and in some dioceses, more than 15 percent of priests were perpetrators.

Australia ordered the Royal Commission in 2012 after a decade of growing pressure to investigate allegations of child abuse across the country, with the inquiry now in its final phase after four years of hearings.

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Spotlight review – Catholic church child abuse film decently tells an awful story

“If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one,” is how one character here summarises the issues. This high-minded, well-intentioned movie, co-written and directed by Tom McCarthy, is about the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting team Spotlight, and its Pulitzer-winning campaign in 2001 to uncover widespread, systemic child abuse by Catholic priests in Massachusetts.

The film shows that in the close-knit, clubbably loyal and very Catholic city of Boston, no one had any great interest in breaking the queasy, shame-ridden silence that made the church’s culture of abuse possible, and even tentatively suggests that the Globe itself was one of the Read More

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Terminally ill retired Catholic Bishop to give evidence at child abuse royal commission

A Sydney Catholic Bishop who is dying of cancer and has been an advocate for a more compassionate approach by the church to victims of clergy abuse is to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday.

“I have cancer and it’s terminal. It’ll be better they take the evidence now than wait for later,” retired bishop Geoffrey Robinson told the ABC.

Bishop Robinson was a key player in the response of the Catholic Church to child sexual abuse by members of the clergy between 1994 and 2003.

“I’ll be telling the royal commission what I know of the story of the Catholic Church’s response, the good and the bad,” he said.

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