Canadian Bishops Release their new Guide against Sexual Abuse
October 11, 2018 — On October 4, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) released its new policy on the prevention of sexual abuse. It’s really an update of their first policy on this topic, published in 1992, under tragic and dismal circumstances; namely, the pedophile scandal at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John’s, NL.
In 2012 the Canadian Episcopal Conference created an ad hoc committee chaired by the Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth, AB Anthony Mancini. The committee was asked to update the policy of the Catholic Church of Canada concerning the prevention of sexual abuse and the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. In an interview with the agency Présence: information religieuse (french) in 2016, AB Mancini was quick to recall the perspective that directed the work of the committee, “This is not a document against sexual abuse. It is a document that makes the protection of young people an essential responsibility of the bishops as part of their responsibility for the Gospel and the Church.” Nevertheless, the development of these directives was a very long process, because of the exhaustive nature of the episcopal document. Hence, the very long delay of six years in editing, revising and releasing the document.
Titled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation, the CCCB document is available on the website of the episcopal conference. One can find there a bibliography as well as 69 recommendations concerning the prevention of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable persons. Also presented are directives aimed at preventing abuse, punishing sexual misconduct, supporting victims, and promoting transparency in the matter of pedophilia and sexual abuse.
Father Jack Hall died peacefully on March 14, 2019 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering, Ontario. He was in his 73rd year and was in religious life for 45 years. His care for the Society and the Church was genuine; his storytelling brought raucous laughter on his part.
March 15, 2019 — Film maker Kevin Moynihan, with the financial help the Jesuits and a number of other religious orders, has produced a documentary on the residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
March 15, 2019 — Dr. Nadia Delicata has just been appointed Episcopal Delegate for the Evangelisation of the Archdiocese of Malta by Mgr Charles J. Scicluna. This is the highest position ever held by a woman in the archdiocese.
March 14, 2019 — The Province of Canada has just created a Service for Common Discernment to assist Jesuit missions and apostolates, but also other organizations that would like to use it in their community discernment efforts.
March 14, 2019 —The famous Jesuit theologian Christoph Theobald will be teaching in Montreal next week. From March 22 to 24, he will give a lecture at the Dominican Pastoral Institute, a teaching inspired by his book Urgences pastorales (Pastoral Emergencies).
March 8, 2019 — This collective work is the initiative of some twenty French-speaking women theologians, Protestants and Catholics from Europe, Africa and Quebec. In twelve powerful texts, these theologians offer us a feminist reading of certain passages of the Bible that speak of women.