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News and Views about catholic clergy sexual abuse and related issues
     
Why only terrorists? Hang Catholic Rapist Priests too, deliver justice!

This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.

They lie in the name of their 'Lord',
let us speak out in the name of TRUTH
Catholic clergy Bible thumpers having trouble remembering
Let us tell them
WE HAVE TROUBLE FORGETTING

Friday, 18 August 2017

Full story: Father Ridsdale's life of crime — and the church's cover-up

  • Background article by a Broken Rites researcher, updated 15 August 2017

Australia's most notorious pedophile priest, Father Gerald Ridsdale, has already been in jail for 24 years (so far) for sexual crimes against 54 of his victims. Now, in 2017, he has pleaded guilty regarding another eleven of his victims (ten boys and a girl) with charges including rape, buggery and indecent assault. On 15 August 2017, a judge began pre-sentence proceedings in the Melbourne County Court regarding these additional crimes. This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about how the Catholic Church harboured Father Ridsdale during his life of crime.
The remainder of this Broken Rites article gives the full background of the church's Ridsdale cover-up.
By 1982, Father Ridsdale had been committing child-sex crimes in Victorian parishes for 20 years while his colleagues and superiors took no notice. In 1982, a clergy committee (of which Father George Pell was a member) noted in its minutes that Ridsdale was being evacuated to New South Wales. According to Broken Rites research, Ridsdale continued to commit child-sex crimes in NSW. In the early 1990s, some of Ridsdale's Victorian victims began to report his crimes to the Victoria Police. So, in 1993, Victorian detectives laid the first charges against Ridsdale in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. He was accompanied to court by his support person, George Pell, who had become an assistant bishop in Melbourne. However, no bishop accompanied the victims. Encouraged by Broken Rites, more victims spoke to the detectives between 1993 and 2017.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/55

Abuse commission may need secret volumes

The royal commission into child sex abuse may need to have separate public and confidential volumes in order to avoid prejudicing Cardinal George Pell's legal case.
The final report is expected to be in the order of 15,000 pages long and goes to the federal government on December 15.
AAP understands the commission and government are grappling with potential legal issues over the Pell case.
The royal commission has only examined Pell's handling of abuse allegations against other clergy in the church while he was Melbourne Archbishop and a Ballarat priest and not claims against him personally.
Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic official and ranked number three in the Vatican, was charged in June with multiple historical sex offence charges involving multiple complainants.
There has been speculation in legal circles that the public release of the final report and Melbourne and Ballarat case studies may have to be delayed.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/36761632/abuse-commission-may-need-secret-volumes/

Besieged Catholic Church is wounded, but will not fall

Have things ever seemed worse for the Catholic Church in Australia? If it were a boxer, it would look tangled in the ropes, sliding towards the canvas and spitting blood. The past four years have been horrendous. Endless, horrifying accounts of historical child abuse. A royal commission relentlessly critiquing failures of bishops and processes. The media baying for yet more blood. Cardinal ­George Pell charged with abuse offences. The cardinal has the full presumption of innocence, but the communal trauma is palpable.
And now, a report from the commission eviscerating the Catholic sacrament of confession. How much worse can this get?

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/greg-craven/besieged-catholic-church-is-wounded-but-will-not-fall/news-story/03a4a3a7392ce08522472cf1613990dd

Sex abuse and the seal of the confessional

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has just released its Criminal Justice Report in which it deals with many matters relating to the way child sexual abuse within institutions is handled by the Australian criminal justice system. In the course of that report, it recommends mandatory reporting of all suspected child sexual abuse within institutions and the creation of new offences of failing to take proper care to prevent such abuse.
One recommendation that understandably created some media interest is that there should be no exemption to the reporting requirements for information provided in confession.
The commission’s report produces convincing evidence, not only in Australia, but also overseas, that priest sex abusers used confession as a means of assuaging their guilt. It made it easier for them to repeat their crimes because confession was always available.

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/sex-abuse-and-seal-confessional

Sexual abuse: Catholic priests must confess to regain our shaken faith

Father Michael McArdle was reportedly so distressed by his acts of child sexual abuse in Queensland that he would often seek the succour of the confessional. Over a 25-year period, before he was convicted in 2002, he confessed to sexually assaulting children an estimated 1500 times to 30 different priests. In keeping with Catholic tradition in Australia, the priests did not report his crimes to authorities, but moved him on to different parishes, to greener pastures.
McArdle's case resonates this week because on Monday the royal commission into child sex abuse released 85 recommendations on improvements to the criminal justice system. Among them was the proposal that the seal of the religious confessional be broken and that clergy who fail to report child abuse revealed in confession face criminal prosecution, just as anyone else in Australia would. Since the Catholic Church is the only major religion in Australia that still insists its canon law be held above secular law in this regard, this was rightly seen as a challenge, and the Catholic Church, defensive of its significant privileges, responded.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/sexual-abuse-catholic-priests-must-confess-to-regain-our-shaken-faith-20170818-gxz0ln.html

Child safety trumps sanctity of Catholic Church's confessionals

It is understandable that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Australia is resistant to the recommendation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that priests be legally compelled to report to police information received via the confessional. But the church's hostility is not reasonable, and legislators should implement this and other recommendations in the commission's Criminal Justice Report, one of the publications flowing from the four-year investigation.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/child-safety-trumps-sanctity-of-catholic-churchs-confessionals-20170818-gxzgtv.html

Bishop says sanctity of confession must be upheld

The region’s highest-ranking Catholic does not believe priests should be compelled to report child abuse admissions made during the sanctity of Confession.
Bishop Peter Ingham, head of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong – which encompasses the entire Macarthur region – says Catholic faith dictates the Seal of Confession “cannot be broken” and it is equally important to “preserve the sanctity” of confession and “protect, defend and help children”.
He said it was not an “either or” situation, but rather a “both and”.
The Bishop has clarified his position in response to a recent recommendation out of the Royal Commission into child abuse within the Catholic church.
The recommendation suggested priests should be compelled by law to report to authorities any instances of child abuse admitted to them during Confession.

http://www.wollondillyadvertiser.com.au/story/4865549/bishop-says-sanctity-of-confession-must-be-upheld/

When I was 16, I went to confession. I wish the priest had reported what I'd told him

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian
Mary-Rose MacColl
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has said he’ll risk going to jail rather than report what’s said to him in the sacrament of confession, even if what’s confessed relates to child sexual abuse.
His latest comments, made on ABC radio, were responding to a recommendation from the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse to make reporting child sexual abuse allegations mandatory in institutions including when an allegation is made in religious confession. Failure to report would be a criminal offence.
The recommendation is one of a suite of proposed reforms to improve transparency and reporting of sexual abuse and improve the law’s effectiveness to apprehend sexual abusers and protect children.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/18/when-i-was-16-i-went-to-confession-i-wish-the-priest-had-reported-what-id-told-him

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Evil hid behind handy seal of confession

AUSTRALIA
The Australian
CHRISSIE FOSTER
The Australian
August 18, 2017
This week saw the publication of the Criminal Justice report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It calls for sweeping change to the Catholic Church’s seal of confession.
The confessional seal can be hideous: it has been proven to be so in the case of former Catholic priest Michael McArdle and shows emphatically why change is needed.
This case is not from some far-away Third World country; it is from here in Australia, in Queensland. It is an expose of blatant criminal behaviour that can be hidden by the confessional seal — a noxious secret between a priest and a pedophile colleague that facilitates and enables heinous crimes to continue and be swept under the carpet at the expense of children, their lives and their wellbeing, all of which neither sinner nor holy forgiver give a damn about.
It is rare to obtain powerful insight into a pedophile’s private, secret confessions because the “good” priest will not tell and neither will the criminal priest … usually. That’s what makes the Mc­Ardle case gold; this one example we have needs careful examination because it exposes what happens behind the private and closed seal of the confessional for criminal child clergy rapists.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/evil-hid-behind-handy-seal-of-confession/news-story/abc1cf167f34b79554f6a32052798be2

A Hunter child sex offender priest and the price of power

Joanne McCarthy
17 Aug 2017
IN October, 1995 a Hunter Catholic priest took down a short statement from a woman who had been sexually abused by a priest from when she was eight, once while he was hearing her confession.
The child sex offender priest was Denis McAlinden, an Irish cleric sent to Australia at the age of 26.
The woman told of repeated sexual abuse over three or four years.
I’ve spoken with her many times. I’ve spoken with two other McAlinden victims who were also sexually assaulted by him while in the confessional.
If you go to the Vatican website and find the Code of Canon Law it includes Canon 1387. It says that a priest who “under the pretext of confession solicits a penitent to sin against the sixth commandment” – thou shalt not commit adultery – “is to be punished . . . by suspension, prohibitions and privations”. In graver cases “he is to be dismissed from the clerical state”.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4861234/church-and-power/

Ridsdale has served enough time in prison, lawyer tells court

Notorious paedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale has served enough time in prison, his Legal Aid defence lawyer says.
The claim comes despite Ridsdale admitting this week that he sexually abused 12 more children while a priest in regional Victoria.
The 83-year-old has now pleaded guilty over the course of five court cases to abusing 64 children.
He has been in jail since 1994, serving an effective total sentence of 28 years.
On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to 23 charges, including rape and buggery, for sexual assaults against 11 boys and a girl between 1962 and 1988 while he was a priest in Ballarat, Mildura, Horsham, Edenhope and other locations.

http://www.standard.net.au/story/4860503/ridsdale-has-served-enough-time-in-prison-lawyer-tells-court/

Catholic Church unlikely to change, abuse review head Elizabeth Proust says

The senior Australian businesswoman appointed to supervise the Catholic Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis says she is "pessimistic" about the Church's willingness to reform.
Elizabeth Proust, the head of the Church's own Truth, Justice and Healing Council, fears the institution will emerge from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse only "partially cleansed and unreconstructed".

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-16/catholic-churchs-own-abuse-review-says-it-is-unlikely-to-change/8811764

Anglican Church abuse: Paedophile victim's suicide amplifies call for action against Philip Newell

A Tasmanian survivor of clergy abuse is demanding answers after his friend, a fellow victim, suicided before disciplinary action was taken against a senior Anglican Church figure.

Beyond Abuse spokesman and survivor Steve Fisher said his friend, a victim of convicted paedophile priest Louis Daniels, took his own life last week.
Mr Fisher said his friend's death increased frustration over the slow progress of an internal review into findings involving retired Tasmanian bishop Philip Newell.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-16/suicide-renews-anger-over-paedophile-priest-louis-daniels/8814224

‘The safety of children should outweigh religious freedom’

It’s little wonder an alarming tantrum by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has gone global this week.
The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said protections for confession should be respected – even if details of child abuse are raised.
The long-time supporter and friend of Cardinal George Pell said he would rather go to jail than break the holy “seal” of confession.

http://thenewdaily.com.au/religion/2017/08/16/catholic-confession-child-abuse/

Monday, 14 August 2017

Australia church abuse: Priests 'must report' confessions

Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they do not report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession, an Australian inquiry has recommended.
It is among 85 proposals to emerge from a landmark inquiry into institutional abuse in the nation.
The inquiry had heard harrowing tales of abuse, which were never passed on to the relevant authorities.
The Church has indicated it will oppose altering the rules around confession.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which began in 2013, was contacted by thousands of victims from both religious and non-religious organisations.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40920714

Report on Criminal Justice released

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released 85 recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.
The report Criminal Justice, which was released today, recommends a sweep of legislative and policy changes. It includes reform to police and prosecution responses, evidence of complainants, sentences and appeals, and grooming offences. It also recommends new offences, including ‘failure to report’ and ‘failure to protect’.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the criminal justice system is often seen as not being effective in responding to child sexual abuse cases and conviction rates are lower compared to other crimes.

https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2017-08/report-on-criminal-justice-released