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Final Public Hearing into the Catholic Church in Australia

Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Date: 30DEC2019 Final Public Hearing into the Catholic Church in Australia 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 over information about child sexual

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A Response to Dr Rodger Austin’s Report

Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Date: 24JAN2017 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 requires it because of Church moral teaching

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

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 present law promulgated by

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

Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: CatholicsForRenewal.org Date: 20OCT2014 In 1904, Pope Pius X decided to create a code of canon law out of the 10,000 or so papal and council decrees. He appointed a commission headed by Cardinal Gasparri whose assistant was Eugenio Pacelli, the later Pope Pius XII. The Commission discarded the decrees that required

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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

Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: Submission to The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Date: 10AUG2015 In 1974, Pope Paul VI by his Instruction, Secreta Continere abolished the “secret of the Holy Office” and replaced it with the “pontifical secret”. He expanded the Church’s highest form of secrecy outside the confessional to cover

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

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 South Wales Government. The

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Kieran Tapsell: Has the Pontifical Secret Been Secretly Buried?

Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations blog Date: 12JUN2019 At the February summit of the heads of national Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Rome on child sexual abuse, three prominent speakers, Cardinal Marx, Professor Linda Ghisoni and Archbishop Scicluna criticized the pontifical secret, imposed by canon law over child sexual abuse by

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The ball is in Pope Francis’ court over the culture of cover-up

Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: National Catholic Reporter Date: 06JUN2018 Pope Francis’ condemnation of a culture of cover-up in the global Catholic Church is a welcome change to the attitude of Pope Benedict XVI in his 2010 pastoral letter to the Irish people in response to the Murphy Commission’s Report. Benedict blamed the Irish bishops for the cover up while ignoring

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Kieran Tapsell – Pope Francis Abolishes the Pontifical Secret Over Child Sexual Abuse

Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations blog Date: 20DEC2019 On 17 December 2019, Pope Francis abolished “Pontifical Secret” in a document entitled Instruction on the Confidentiality of Legal Proceedings. Archbishop Scicluna, who has been at the forefront of reforms, is reported to have said: “local dioceses and religious congregations have the

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Kieran Tapsell. Canon Law and the Truth, Justice and Healing Council

Kieran Tapsell. Canon Law Title: Canon Law and the Truth, Justice and Healing Council Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations Date: 16JUN2014 “Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council said it appears clear that canonical issues have struggled to keep pace with the realities of how to deal

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