Category: Kieran Tapsell

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Kieran Tapsell

Pope Francis finally makes bishops accountable for cover-ups

Kieran Tapsell Vademecum Analysis Title: Pope Francis finally makes bishops accountable for cover-ups Author: Kieran Tapsell Publisher: John Menadue-Pearls and Irritations Date:  24JUL2020 On 16 July 2020, the Vatican published a manual for dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse against Church personnel. It marks a significant change in culture expressed in canon law for

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George Pell’s logic on child sex abuse is flawed

George Pell Trucking Company Title: George Pell’s logic on child sex abuse is flawed Author: Kieran Tapsell Publisher: Sydney Morning Herald Date: 24AUG2014 When it comes to the Catholic Church’s response to priests’ sex abuse crimes, the parable of the Good Samaritan is apposite, writes Kieran Tapsell. In his video appearance before the Royal Commission

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Final Reports and Publications

Final Public Hearing into the Catholic Church in Australia

Royal Commission Kieran Tapsell Title: Final Public Hearing into the Catholic Church in Australia Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Date: 11JAN2017 Canon Law on Reporting: In contrast to the Church’s canon law since at least the 12th century, Pope Pius XI in 1922 imposed the strictest secrecy

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Canon Law

A Response to Dr Rodger Austin’s Report

Kieran Tapsell Canon Law Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Date: 24JAN2017 Executive Summary 1. Dr Austin’s report of 28 November 2016 to the Royal Commission states that bishops and religious superiors have an obligation to report child sexual abuse to the civil authorities where the civil law

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Child Abuse Royal Commission

Kieran Tapsell: Summary of Response to Dr Rodger Austin and Sr Moya Hanlen

Kieran Tapsell Pontifical Secret Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Date: 24JAN2017 Dr Austin in par 293 of his Report states that the 1962 Instruction Crimen Sollicitationis: “…required the strictest confidentiality to be observed in the matters which it regulated, including the sexual abuse of minors. Likewise, the

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Kieran Tapsell

The Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse: It’s Time To Come Clean

Tapsell Child Sexual Abuse Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: CatholicsForRenewal.org Date: 20OCT2014 Historically, the Church’s canon law for 1500 years reflected a serious and consistent attitude to child sexual abuse. It was always a sin, but by the 4th century the Church started to regard it as a crime punishable in this life. The first Church

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Child Sexual Abuse

Canon Law a Systemic factor in Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church submission to The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Kieran Tapsell Royal Commission Title: Canon Law a Systemic Factor in Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Date: 10AUG2015 1 Student for the Catholic priesthood at St. Columba’s College, Springwood, and St. Patrick’s College Manly from 1962 to 1967. Studied Canon

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Pope Francis abolishes pontifical
Canon Law

Kieran Tapsell. The Cunneen Report’s Comments on Canon and Civil Law

Kieran Tapsell Cunneen Report Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations blog Date: 02JUN2014 On 30 May 2014, the Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Matters relating to the Police Investigation of Certain Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland–Newcastle (“Cunneen Report”) was published by the New

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Canon Law

Kieran Tapsell: Has the Pontifical Secret Been Secretly Buried?

Pontifical Secret Secretly Buried? Author: Kieran Tapsell Title: KIERAN TAPSELL: Has the Pontifical Secret Been Secretly Buried? Publication: John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations blog Date: 12JUN2019 After the criticisms of the pontifical secret at the February summit conference in Rome on child sexual abuse, it was widely expected that it would be abolished. It

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