Vatican Insider World News: Ecuador, the bishop’s choice: I’ll leave everything and live a monastic life

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Ecuador, the bishop’s choice: I’ll leave everything and live a monastic life LUCIANO ZANARDINI ROME Pubblicato il 17/09/2018 The humility of understanding the right moment to step aside or rather to put oneself at the service of the Church, in a different way. On Friday 14 September, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Monsignor Lorenzo Voltolini, Archbishop of Portoviejo in Ecuador. He is not resigning for health reasons or for an inner crisis, he simply intends to concentrate on prayer. “I feel a little tired, and I think that many have noticed it, especially after the 2016 earthquake that upset the rhythm of my life and that of the entire archdiocese”, the prelate wrote in a letter to his friends. “I think it is wise to leave others younger and capable of administering a local Church in a positive crisis of growth. At the age of 70, therefore, he will …

Catholic Herald: Chilean officials raid four dioceses in sex abuse investigation

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Chilean officials raid four dioceses in sex abuse investigation by Catholic News Agency posted Monday, 17 Sep 2018 A local prosecutor ordered the raids after multiple allegations As part of the investigation into sexual crimes against minors committed by members of the Catholic Church in Chile, the offices of the Archdiocese of Concepción and the dioceses of Valparaíso, Chillán, and Osorno all raided on Thursday. The Sept. 13 raids were carried out by prosecutors and police, and ordered by prosecutor Emiliano Arias. Among some the cases being investigated, in the Archdiocese of Concepción Fr. Reinaldo Méndez is accused of rape, and in Valparaíso, Bishop Emeritus Gonzalo Duarte is being investigated over accusations of cover-up and abuse. In Chillán there is a complaint against Bishop Carlos Pellegrín for an unspecified sexual crime. http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/09/17/chilean-officials-raid-four-dioceses-in-sex-abuse-investigation/

America Jesuit Review: Report: 3,677 sex abuse cases in German Catholic Church

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Report: 3,677 sex abuse cases in German Catholic Church Kirsten Grieshaber – Associated Press September 12, 2018 In this April 8, 2010 file photo a cross sits on top of a church in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) BERLIN (AP) — A report on sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church in Germany says 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014, two leading German media outlets said Wednesday. Spiegel Online and Die Zeit said the report they obtained — commissioned by the German Bishops Conference and researched by three universities — concludes that more than half of the victims were 13 or younger and most were boys. Every sixth case involved rape and at least 1,670 clergy were involved, both weeklies reported. Die Zeit wrote that 969 abuse victims were altar boys. The report also says that the actual number of victims was likely much higher, according …

LifeSite News: Leaked German abuse report shows manipulation from both bishops and scientists

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Leaked German abuse report shows manipulation from both bishops and scientists Sep 14, 2018 – 1:46 pm EST MAIKE HICKSON LifeSiteNews has obtained the 8-page summary of the German “MHG Study” on clerical sex abuse of minors that was leaked on September 12. The summary makes it clear that the German bishops have been gravely negligent with regard to the handling of the abuse cases. At the same time, the German abuse report itself appears to have its own flaws in that it tries to deflect the problem away from the aspect of priestly homosexuality. None other than Professor Christian Pfeiffer – the criminologist who first had this entire research project under his care, but then was excluded due to his refusal to allow his research to be censored by the German bishops before release – went public on September 12 with some critical remarks about the leaked abuse report. …

Channel NewsAsia: Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

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Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church 15 Sep 2018 11:58PM THE HAGUE: More than half of the Netherlands’ senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday (Sep 15), further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal. Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries “covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims”, the daily NRC reported. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sex-abuse-claims-rock-dutch-catholic-church-10725000  

Yahoo News: Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse ‘crisis’

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Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse ‘crisis’ Michel VIATTEAU 16 September 2018 Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse “crisis” that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said. More must be done within the church to tackle the root causes of the latest wave of global abuse scandals to rock the institution, said Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “We would need participation of more women in (training) of priests,” he told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of a meeting in the Polish city of Poznan. Better care must be taken when choosing bishops, he said, adding that more women should select candidates for priesthood and assess their suitability for the job. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cardinal-says-women-train-priests-fight-abuse-crisis-050804444.html

Crux: English cardinal begs forgiveness for ‘hurt, damage, and mistrust’ caused by bishops

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English cardinal begs forgiveness for ‘hurt, damage, and mistrust’ caused by bishops Charles Collins Sep 9, 2018 LIVERPOOL – Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster asked God for forgiveness for the actions of his fellow bishops on Saturday during the largest ecclesial event in England in nearly a decade. Nichols, who heads the bishops’ conference for England and Wales, acknowledged the failings of “my fellow bishops” – which he said “are there for all to see” – during the second day of the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress taking place in Liverpool. “We come before [Jesus] knowing our failings, sensing anger in many hearts, knowing the face of evil in our midst,” the cardinal said. “As bishops we are bound to each other, as one of this college of bishops I come before the Lord with little to offer, only to ask for a share in his new life. I come as a …

National Catholic Register: Extraordinary Synod on Clerical Life Proposed to Address Abuse Crisis

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Extraordinary Synod on Clerical Life Proposed to Address Abuse Crisis But some Church analysts suggest there are more effective ways to facilitate immediate action. Stephen Beale SEP. 7, 2018 Three bishops — one in England and two in the United States — are calling for Pope Francis to convene an extraordinary synod of bishops on the life and ministry of clergy to deal with the sex abuse crisis. The idea has drawn support from some Church analysts who spoke with the Register, but others caution that there might be better alternatives. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, published an Aug. 22 letter he wrote to the Holy Father calling for an extraordinary synod on the life and ministry of the clergy. Noting the sexual abuse scandals in Chile, Australia, Ireland and in England, Bishop Egan said he wanted to offer “a constructive suggestion.” “I suggest the Synod be devoted to …

ABC News Go International: Argentina: Raid at school for deaf in clerical abuse probe

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Argentina: Raid at school for deaf in clerical abuse probe By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, ASSOCIATED PRESS BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Sep 6, 2018, 5:48 PM ET Argentine authorities raided a Catholic-run school for youths with hearing disabilities Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of vulnerable children that has shocked Pope Francis’s homeland. A police official in Buenos Aires province said officers seized documents from the archives of the Antonio Provolo Institute in the city of La Plata dating back more than 30 years. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case, agreed to give details of the operation only on condition of anonymity. The raid was ordered by a local prosecutor investigating “possible crimes against sexual integrity,” the official said. The documents cover the 1987-2018 period. https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/argentina-raids-school-deaf-clerical-abuse-probe-57651180