Tag: Popes

Pontifical Secret The Biggest wart of all
Canon Law

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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Pope Francis abolishes pontifical
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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Pope Francis abolishes pontifical
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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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Pope Francis abolishes pontifical
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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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Pope Francis abolishes pontifical
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Popes ordered silence, former judge Kieran Tapsell claims in book

Popes ordered silence Title: Popes ordered silence, former judge Kieran Tapsell claims in book Author: Joanne McCarthy Publication: Newcastle Herald Date: 09JUN2014 A FORMER NSW judge who studied to be a priest with a future notorious Hunter child sex offender has launched a devastating critique of the Catholic Church’s six popes, including two new saints, who

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Pope Francis abolishes pontifical
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OPINION: Pontifical secret allows abuse to go unpunished. Kieran Tapsell

OPINION: Pontifical secret Tapsell. Title: OPINION: Pontifical secret allows abuse to go unpunished Author: Kieran Tapsell Publication: Newcastle Herald Date: 09JUN2014 THE Catholic Church for some 1500years recognised that simply stripping a priest of his status as a priest was not a sufficient punishment for the sexual abuse of children. Canon law from the 12th

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