Mdina, Malta - His missions begin with a phone call from the Pope. Within a church besieged by clerical abuse cases, Scicluna, 59, has become the Vatican's emergency investigator - a priest-and-lawyer-turned-sex-crimes specialist who is dispatched to scandal zones. Malta's Archbishop Charles Scicluna.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. The secret Vatican document Crimen Sollicitationis has again been at the centre of a public debate about clerical child abuse. The directive was issued in and sets out instructions for dealing with abuse allegations related to the Confessional, and more broadly any occasion of child abuse by a priest.
Home About Resources. The Issue: Throughout the world allocations of catholic priests molesting children have surfaced. This process of re-assignment as a strategy of covering up the crime committed by catholic clergy has led to a huge number of victims all over the world.
Sex Crimes and the Vatican is a documentary film 39 min filmed by Colm O'Gormanwho was raped by a Catholic priest in the diocese of Ferns in County Wexford in Ireland when he was 14 years old. It was filmed for the BBC's Panorama documentary series, and charged that the Vatican used a secret document, Crimen sollicitationisto silence allegations of sexual abuse by priests and that Crimen sollicitationis was enforced for 20 years by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger before he became the Pope. The Vatican refused repeated requests from Panorama to respond to any of the cases shown in the film.
Discovery Channel Conspiracy of Silence. Sex Crimes Cover-up by Vatican? Now it turns out the orders for this cover up were written in Rome at the highest levels of the Vatican.
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An Australian jury unanimously found Pell guilty in December on one count of sexual abuse and four counts of indecent assault against two boys at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the s. A wide-ranging suppression order from the presiding judge had prevented the media from reporting even the existence of court proceedings and the ensuing trials since May. The order was lifted during a court hearing on Tuesday when prosecutors decided against proceeding with a second trial for separate allegations against Pell dating from the s.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said on Saturday. Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by McCarrick, a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D. The year-old, who in July became the first Roman Catholic prelate in nearly years to lose the title of cardinal, has now become the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.
The cleric denied all the charges and an initial trial ended with a hung jury in September, but he was convicted on retrial on December A wide-ranging gag order from the presiding judge had prevented the media from reporting even the existence of court proceedings and the ensuing trials since May. The suppression order was lifted on Tuesday after prosecutors decided against proceeding with a planned second trial dealing with separate allegations against Pell. Pell has steadfastly denied all the allegations against him, and his defence lawyer said he intends to appeal the conviction.