Rape

NYC baptist pastor, 44, is charged with raping his 14-year-old daughter over SIX YEARS

January 16, 2019

 

Matthew Gibson (pictured), 44, has been charged with the sexual abuse of his own daughter, over a period of six years at a New York Church

 

  • Matthew Gibson, 44, has been accused of sexually abusing his daughter, 14
  • The abuse allegedly began in 2012, shortly after the death of the victim’s mom
  • The victim’s twin brother was present at the church during the repeated abuse 
  • Gibson’s father is the bishop at the Progressive Baptist Church, in Brooklyn
  • The victim’s guardian says she tried to revoke Gibson’s visitation rights before

 

The pastor of a New York City baptist church has been charged with the sexual abuse and rape of his own young daughter over six years.

Son of the bishop at the Progressive Baptist Church of Brownsville in Brooklyn, Matthew Gibson was arrested on Thursday and accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting his now 14-year-old daughter.

The abuse is alleged to have been taking place on the church’s grounds since 2012, shortly after the victim’s mother died.

‘He should rot in hell,’ said the victim’s grandmother, Josephine Maples. ‘How can a father do this?’

Myia Maples, the victim’s sister-in-law, says the victim confided in her about the abuse last week, blurting it out in a moment of emotion.

Maples and her husband have had full custody of the victim and her twin brother for seven years, with Gibson only having bi-weekly weekend visitation rights.

The victim’s twin brother says he was present at the church when the assaults were taking place, but had no idea what was going on.

‘He would make me play on the drums, and when it was happening, I wouldn’t be nowhere around,’ he said in an interview with NBC New York.

‘I feel like, in the moment, I let my sister down.’

Gibson, 44, was arrested on January 10 and charged with criminal sexual abuse and forcible touching of a female victim, aged between nine and 14.

Already in jail for rape, disgraced Indian guru found guilty of murder

January 12, 2019

 

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh (pictured in 2015), who is already serving a 20-year sentence for rape, is also on trial for castrating 400 of his followers

Ram Rahim Singh, murderer and rapist

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January 18, 2019

Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced to life in prison.

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An Indian court Friday convicted a disgraced but still-powerful religious sect leader of murdering a journalist after he exposed rampant sexual abuses by the guru.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who headed the powerful Dera Sacha Sauda sect with millions of followers worldwide, is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape.

The court on Friday found 51-year-old Singh and three of his close aides guilty of killing local newspaper journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati in 2002.

Chhatrapati was shot outside his house after his local newspaper published an anonymous letter describing rampant sexual abuse by Singh at his sprawling and luxurious sect headquarters.

Public prosecutor H.P.S. Verma said sentencing would be pronounced on Thursday. The maximum sentence is the death penalty.

When Singh was convicted in 2017 of raping two of his disciples, his followers went on the rampage leaving nearly 40 people dead.

To avoid a repeat, Friday’s court proceedings were conducted via video link from his jail cell in the northern state of Haryana.

Riot police patrolled outside the special court in the city of Panchkula.

Since 2015, Singh has also been on trial for castrating 400 of his followers, who alleged that they were promised spiritual gains.

His Dera defended the sterilsation claiming it was done to “safeguard female followers from possible sexual advances”.

But apparently the guru himself escaped castration. Now we know why.

 

Singh is also accused in the murder of his former manager after he threatened to expose his wrongdoings.

 

Police arrest Nebraska priest on sexual assault charge

January 6, 2019

 

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John Kakkuzhivil, charged in sexual assault

 

ORD, Neb. — A Valley County priest is now behind bars after being charged with first degree sexual assault of an adult.

The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church in Ord posted on their Facebook page on Thursday saying father John Kakkuzhivil was placed under arrest on Wednesday by the Nebraska State Patrol.

This follows a November protection order against the priest.

According to court documents, a journalist said he invited her over for an interview, poured her a drink or two and then she said she blacked out.

The woman claims she woke up to him sexually assaulting her and when he saw that she was awake, he continued to make advances.

After fleeing the home, she said he messaged her more than a dozen times saying that he loved her.

ORD, Neb. — A Valley County priest is now behind bars after being charged with first degree sexual assault of an adult.

The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church in Ord posted on their Facebook page on Thursday saying father John Kakkuzhivil was placed under arrest on Wednesday by the Nebraska State Patrol.

This follows a November protection order against the priest.

According to court documents, a journalist said he invited her over for an interview, poured her a drink or two and then she said she blacked out.

The woman claims she woke up to him sexually assaulting her and when he saw that she was awake, he continued to make advances.

After fleeing the home, she said he messaged her more than a dozen times saying that he loved her.

 

Clearly this is the way to a woman’s heart.

Women Describe Abuse By Nuns

January 3, 2019

 

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Catholic bishops from across the U.S. are gathering Wednesday for a weeklong retreat on the clergy sex abuse crisis at a seminary near Chicago. Organizers said the retreat, which was requested by Pope Francis, will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not policy-making.

The gathering comes as CBS News has also learned of several cases involving nuns accused of sexual misconduct. The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests – or SNAP – said it doesn’t keep count of sexual abuse allegations, but CBS News’ Nikki Battiste has spoken with several women who recently reported misconduct, ranging from forceful kissing to molestation, all carried out by nuns.

When Trish Cahill was 15 years old she said she confided in Sister Eileen Shaw at a convent in New Jersey. Cahill said she told Shaw things she’d never revealed to anyone about her now-deceased uncle – a priest – whom she claims sexually abused her, starting at age five.

“I would have done anything for her. I would have died for her,” Cahill said. “She gave me everything that was lacking that I didn’t even know I was lacking. I was so broken. She filled in all those pieces.”

She now describes that process as “grooming,” saying Shaw plied her with drugs and alcohol while teaching her how to have sex with a woman.

“I’m with my friends during the day. And I’m with this pedophile nun on the evenings and on the weekends, and in the summer,” Cahill said.

The Catholic Church has been plagued with high-profile abuse scandals but “pedophile nun” is a phrase many people have probably never heard before.

“That’s really a shame. Because there’s a lot of them out there … it’s the secret not yet told,” Cahill said.

Mary Dispenza is trying to change that.

“The demands of chastity and celibacy are unrealistic demands for many of us,” Dispenza said.

Dispenza, a former nun from another congregation, remembers what happened when a superior summoned her to her room.

“I knelt down right next to her and she kissed me all over softly, my face … and I want to say, ‘Oh but it wasn’t bad,’ but it was. And I’ve carried it with me until today,” Dispenza said.

Through her work with SNAP she said she would occasionally hear about abuse or cover-ups by nuns but since the publication of a grand jury report identified hundreds of pedophile priests in Pennsylvania, at least 18 people have contacted her to share stories of abuse by religious sisters.

Asked why we haven’t heard much about abuse by nuns until recently, Dispenza said, “A lot has to do with the culture of nuns which are, they are very, very private by nature.”

Cahill reported her abuse to the sisters of charity of St. Elizabeth in 1994. The congregation paid her a $70,000 out-of-court settlement.

“They had canon lawyers on retainer just for people like me. Shut her up, pacify her, tell her you love her and you’ll pray for her, and send her on her way,” Cahill said.

In a statement, the congregation told CBS News, “The case was investigated immediately when it was reported in 1994 and a settlement was reached that was mutually agreed on by all parties. We believe that the Sisters of Charity acted in a responsible manner.”

We reached out to Sister Eileen Shaw who Cahill said she continued to see for years as an adult. She hung up on Battiste.

The Sisters of Charity removed her from her role as a grade school principal but reports she remains a nun. They’re providing her with food and housing while restricting her from outside ministry. In the meantime, Cahill said the settlement she signed wasn’t enough to help her deal with a lifetime of trauma. But she hopes that her voice can help prevent this from happening again.

“That this is the beginning of many, many times more that I get to speak and I get to educate, and I get to, possibly, prevent this from happening to anyone ever again,” Cahill said.

Cahill said she believes other nuns had to have known what was going on with her. She’s struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, along with alcohol and drug addiction that she said began with her abuse. The Sisters of Charity said they’re willing to meet with her to address her continuing concerns.

Catholic priests have been preying on nuns for sex and raping them for decades in churches across India, investigation finds

January 3, 2019

  • Nuns told reporters about years of sexual pressure and rape by priests 
  • One woman, 44, said she was raped 13 times over two years by a bishop
  • Attacks are seldom reported for fear of reprisals for breaking vow of chastity 
  • Many said abuse is widespread within the church, but full scale remains unclear

 

Women said attacks were often carried out against naive, younger nuns who were living away from home and struggling to adjust to their new life

 

The stories spill out in the sitting rooms of Catholic convents, where portraits of Jesus keep watch and fans spin quietly overhead.

They spill out in church meeting halls bathed in fluorescent lights, and over cups of cheap instant coffee in convent kitchens. Always, the stories come haltingly, quietly. Sometimes, the nuns speak at little more than a whisper.

Across India, the nuns talk of priests who pushed into their bedrooms and of priests who pressured them to turn close friendships into sex.

They talk about being groped and kissed, of hands pressed against them by men they were raised to believe were representatives of Jesus Christ.

‘He was drunk,’ said one nun, beginning her story. ‘You don’t know how to say no,’ said another.

At its most grim, the nuns speak of repeated rapes, and of a Catholic hierarchy that did little to protect them.

 

The Vatican has long been aware of nuns sexually abused by priests and bishops in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, but it has done very little to stop it, The Associated Press reported last year.

Now, the AP has investigated the situation in a single country – India – and uncovered a decades-long history of nuns enduring sexual abuse from within the church.

Nuns described in detail the sexual pressure they endured from priests, and nearly two dozen other people – former nuns, priests and others – said they had direct knowledge of such incidents.

Still, the scale of the problem in India remains unclear, cloaked by a powerful culture of silence. Many nuns believe abuse is commonplace, insisting most sisters can at least tell of fending off a priest’s sexual advances.

Some believe it is rare. Almost none, though, talk about it readily, and most speak only on the condition they are not identified.

But this summer, one Indian nun forced the issue into the open.

When repeated complaints to church officials brought no response, the 44-year-old nun filed a police complaint against the bishop who oversees her religious order, accusing him of raping her 13 times over two years.

Soon after, a group of her fellow nuns launched a two-week public protest in India’s Catholic heartland, demanding the bishop’s arrest.

It was an unprecedented action, dividing India’s Catholic community.

Inside the accuser’s convent in rural Kerala state, she and the nuns who support her are now pariahs, isolated from the other sisters, many of whom insist the bishop is innocent.

The protesting nuns get hate mail and avoid going out.

‘Some people are accusing us of working against the church, of being against the church. They say, ”You are worshipping Satan,” ‘ said one supporter, Sister Josephine Villoonnickal. ‘But we need to stand up for the truth.’

Villoonnickal has been a nun for 23 years, joining when she was a teenager. She scoffs at the idea that she wants to harm the church.

‘We want to die as sisters,’ she said.

Some nuns’ accounts date back decades – like that of the sister, barely out of her teens, who was teaching in a Catholic school in the early 1990s.

It was exhausting work, and she was looking forward to the chance to reflect on what had led her – happily – to convent life.

‘We have kind of a retreat before we renew our vows,’ she said, sitting in the painfully neat sitting room of her big-city convent, where doilies cover most every surface, chairs are lined up in rows and the blare of horns drifts in through open windows.

‘We take one week off and we go for prayers and silence.’

She had travelled to a New Delhi retreat center, a collection of concrete buildings where she gathered with other young nuns. A priest was there to lead the sisters in reflection.

Nun arrested for helping five priests sexually abuse dozens of deaf children at Argentinian Catholic school

December 16, 2018

 

Roman Catholic nun Kosaka Kumiko is escorted out of a police station to attend a court hearing in Mendoza. Photo / AP

Kosaka Kumiko aided in the rape of dozens of children

 

A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina.

Kosaka Kumiko, 42, was charged with helping the priests with anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex, which were allegedly committed in the bathrooms, dormitories, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 1000km northwest of Buenos Aires.

The case against Kumiko began after a former student accused her of making her wear a diaper to cover up a hemorrhage after she was allegedly raped by priest Horacio Corbacho.

“I am innocent,” she told judicial officials, who ordered her to be taken into custody at a local women’s prison while detectives investigate the alleged crimes.

The nun, who has Argentine citizenship, has also been charged with physically abusing the students – whose torments could only be heard by those abusing them since the other children were deaf – at the Antonio Provolo Institute for children with hearing impairment in northwestern Mendoza province.

But she denied any wrongdoing during an eight-hour court hearing late Thursday.

At least 24 students from the Provolo Institute have come forward to accuse Corbacho, fellow priest Nicola Corradi and three other men.

The children said the two Roman Catholic priests continuously raped them, beside the image of the Virgin Mary.

Police arrested the five accused men last November, finding a slew of pornographic magazines and about $34,000 in Corradi’s room.

“They always said it was a game: ‘Let’s go play, let’s go play’ and they would take us to the girls’ bathroom,” one of the women who was abused at the Argentine school alleged.

Corradi and Corbacho were arrested last year after they were charged with sexually abusing at least two dozen students at the Provolo Institute.

They are being held at a jail in Mendoza and have not spoken publicly since their arrest.

If found guilty, the accused face up to 50 years in prison. Corradi had earlier been accused in Italy of abusing students at the Provolo Institute in Verona, a notorious school for the deaf where hundreds of children are believed to have been sexually assaulted over the years by two dozen priests and religious brothers.

Advocates for clerical sex abuse have expressed anger that Corradi wasn’t sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis’ native Argentina.

Three school employees, Jorge Bordon, Jose Luis Ojeda and Armando Gomez, were also arrested and remain in custody.

Investigators are looking into more than 30 testimonies against the priests and teaching staff.

Father severs rapist preacher’s penis after rape of man’s nine-year-old daughter

November 16, 2018

Rough justice in South Africa.

A father partially castrated a preacher he believed had carried out a sex attack on his nine-year-old daughter, a court in South Africa heard.

Preacher Mase Malgas, 66, (no photo available) died after being attacked on September 30 by the girl’s father, the East London courtroom was told.

Constable Lundi Nqwelo was called as a witness by the state prosecutors and testified that the defendant had been told by his ex-wife that their daughter had been raped, and that Mr Malgas was the perpetrator.

The defendant, his ex-wife and a friend of the couple then tracked down Mr Malgas, who was based at St Philips Church in Gompo, and burst into his home intent on revenge, the court heard.

Preacher Mase Malgas, 66, died from the injuries inflicted on him on September 30 by the girl’s father. He was based at St Philips Church in Gompo.

Nqwelo said the accused, who cannot be named as it would also reveal his daughter’s identity, then severely beat Mr Malgas and attempted to sever the preacher’s penis.

He did not complete the castration, but left the man with ‘grievous’ wounds, the court heard.

The trio then escorted him, by now in a life-threatening condition, to the Scenery Park Police Station, where they hoped he would be arrested.

East London police officers immediately called for medical assistance, but Mr Malgas died in hospital.

It has not yet been established whether Mr Malgas was the perpetrator, but medical reports confirmed that the defendant’s daughter had been raped, Nqwelo said.

The accused was denied bail and sent to a cell yesterday ahead of the resumption of his trial, in a case which has split the East London community and sparked an emotional debate on vigilante justice, The South African reported.

The defendant was denied bail yesterday after East London bail magistrate Joel Caesar said the court could not sanction vigilante justice. The trial will resume at a later date

The courts are waiting on DNA evidence which will prove pivotal in the case. If the preacher is found to be guilty, the defence case will be strengthened.

East London bail magistrate Joel Caesar said the suspect was denied bail because the court cannot sanction vigilante justice, although he expressed sympathy with the daughter.

The trial will resume at a later date.

Ohio Catholic priest arrested for having sex on church property with a 17-year-old girl who is now pregnant with his baby – and cops found a used pregnancy test at his home

November 1, 2018

 

Rev. Christopher Foxhoven, 45, (pictured) was charged with face eight counts of sexual battery

Christopher Foxhoven, keeping up the Catholic tradition of child rape

 

  • Rev. Christopher Foxhoven was charged with face eight counts of sexual battery 
  • Foxhoven, 45, admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, who is now pregnant with his child
  • Diocese of Steubenville say they notified the police as soon as they found out 
  • The priest is now barred from church property, held on $1 million cash bond

 

An Ohio priest is facing charges after his diocese said he admitted to having a relationship with 17-year-old girl who is now pregnant.

Father Christopher Foxhoven, 45, was the pastor at Holy Cross and St. Mary of the Hill parishes in the Diocese of Steubenville near Pittsburgh, 10TV reports.

According to the Athens County prosecutor, the teen was an altar girl at Holy Cross in Glouster.

Both Foxhoven and the girl told her parents that she was pregnant.

Foxhoven is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with the girl between August and October of this year, however the prosecutor said their relationship lasted three years. Which means she was 14 when he started fucking her.

The Diocese in Steubenville reported the allegations to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office when they became aware of them on October 27.

Foxhoven was immediately suspended from taking any kind of religious service and was barred from coming into the church.

Catholic bishop in India arrested for repeatably raping nun

October 10, 2018

 

 

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Franco Mulakkal, raped a 44 year old nun 13 times

But he looks so holy with in that costume, doesn’t he?

 

New Delhi (CNN)A Catholic bishop in India’s southern state of Kerala was arrested Friday in the alleged rape of a nun, according to a police official.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been accused of raping a nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016 in a case that has drawn widespread attention in India, where it remains rare for members of the church to accuse senior clergy of wrongdoing publicly.
Vijay Sakhare, inspector general of police of Kochi Range, Kerala, confirmed the arrest.
CNN has reached out to Mulakkal’s diocese for comment but has not received a reply. Representatives for Mulakkal told CNN last week the bishop is innocent.
“It is a fake allegation. We are all with the bishop,” the Rev. Peter Kavumpuram, a spokesman for the diocese, told CNN. “There is an anti-Christian movement; people are trying to manipulate the truth.”

The news comes after days of protests by nuns calling for Mulakkal’s arrest.
Police had earlier said they were looking for more evidence before making an arrest.
“After our investigation, we have enough evidence that the bishop, prima facie, has committed the crime,” Sakhare said, adding that Mulakkal, who has not been charged, will appear in magistrate court Saturday.

The Joint Christian Council, an umbrella organization of independent church groups, accused the police of deliberately putting the investigation on a slow track under pressure from church leaders and state politicians.
The 44-year-old nun, who has not been named, first filed a police report in June, accusing Mulakkal of raping her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. She alleged the abuse occurred while Mulakkal was staying in Kerala in a guest house belonging to the St. Francis Mission Home.

Pennsylvania Church Pastor, Fire Marshal Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Boy

August 17, 2018

 

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Mark Alan Feeney and David John Croyle accused of sexual assault of a minor

 

 

KITTANNING (KDKA) — A church pastor and a fire marshal in Armstrong County are accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

State police say 55-year-old Mark Alan Feeney, of Applewold, Pa., and 60-year-old David John Croyle, of Kittanning, are facing statutory sexual assault charges.

The two men allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy multiple times between April and September of 2016.

Croyle is a church pastor, Kittanning newspaper publisher and the vice president of the Kittanning City Council.

Feeney is a former fire chief and the present fire marshal for two Buffalo Township volunteer fire companies. He has been suspended pending the outcome of the criminal case. Feeney also was on the Applewold Town Council at one time.

 

Investigators tell KDKA the victim first met Croyle when he applied for a job at the Kittanning Paper.

Croyle allegedly sexually assaulted the teenager inside his apartment.

Troopers say they have text messages and other digital evidence to back up the victim’s account.

Feeney allegedly assaulted the teenager at his home on Ridge Avenue.

Investigators say Feeney and Croyle are acquaintances and they are not ruling out the possibility that Croyle may have introduced the victim to Feeney. They also say there’s no mistaking that both suspects knew the victim was minor.

“It was no accident. There was no mistake of age. It was an intentional act. They knew what they were doing,” Trooper Robert Rottman said.

Croyle and Feeney are in the Armstrong County Jail, both held on $150,000 bond.

C of E Sex abuse bishop backed by Prince Charles tries to start a new life as a Catholic

August 4, 2018

 

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  • Peter Ball has moved to Somerset to start a new life after sex abuse conviction  
  • Ball, 86, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for historic abuse against boys 
  • The former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester was a friend of Prince Charles 

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A sex abuser bishop who was supported by Prince Charles has started a new life in the West Country where he hopes to become a Catholic.

Peter Ball, 86, moved into an 18th century property in a Somerset village after his release from prison last year for abusing 16 young men.

The revelations come days after it emerged Charles had described him as the victim of ‘monstrous wrongs’.

The supportive relationship was detailed in a series of letters given to the child sex abuse inquiry, which heard new claims of an alleged Establishment ‘cover up’ of Ball’s behaviour.

Despite his offences, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester is still the recipient of a generous Church of England pension.

Ball last night said he had been forbidden from discussing the ongoing inquiry, which is investigating how he escaped prosecution for decades after his offending came to light.

And Another One Bites The Dust

July 28. 2018

 

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Philip Wilson in his magic penis hat

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary Catholics, priests and even the Australian prime minister.
It was the second major announcement of a sex abuse-related resignation in as many days, after Francis’ dramatic sanctioning this weekend of a U.S. cardinal, suggesting he is keen to clean house before he heads to Dublin next month for a big Catholic family rally. The sex abuse scandal is likely to dominate the trip given Ireland’s devastating history with predator priests and the bishops who covered for them.
In Australia, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson was convicted in May of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest in the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney during the 1970s. He became the highest-ranking Catholic cleric ever convicted in a criminal court of abuse cover-up.
Wilson, who denied the accusations, had immediately stepped aside after he was convicted but refused to resign pending an appeal. Francis had appointed a temporary administrator to run the diocese in the meantime.
As recently as last week, though, Wilson acknowledged that calls for his sacking were increasing, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull added his voice to the chorus July 19 in urging Francis to fire him.
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Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson was found guilty of concealing historical child sexual abuse on May 22, 2018, in Newcastle, Australia.
In a one-line statement Monday, the Vatican said Francis had accepted Wilson’s resignation. At 67, he is well under the normal retirement age for bishops of 75.
In a statement issued by the archdiocese, Wilson said he had submitted his resignation to Francis of his own will on July 20 — a day after Turnbull’s call — and said he hoped his decision would help abuse victims and the rest of the Catholic community heal.
“I had hoped to defer this decision until after the appeal process had been completed,” Wilson said. “However, there is just too much pain and distress being caused by my maintaining the office of archbishop.”
Wilson was sentenced by the Newcastle court to 12 months in detention.
Francis’ decision to accept the resignation is significant given he has previously refrained from taking action against accused bishops that might be perceived as prejudicing outcomes in civil or criminal cases.
Another Australian prelate, Cardinal George Pell, for example, has been on leave as the Vatican’s finance czar while he faces criminal trial on accusations of sexual abuse. But Pell, who denies the charges, remains a cardinal, head of the Vatican’s economy secretariat and a member of Francis’ core group of nine cardinal advisers.
Francis, though, is under increasing pressure to sanction bishops who have abused, botched handling abuse cases or otherwise covered them up. There are calls for a full-fledged church investigation in the United States, and criminal probes underway in Chile as the next phase of the abuse scandal — accountability for bishops who failed to protect their flocks from abusive priests — is gaining momentum.
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