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Christian Rape-A-Babe News!

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

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Churches want child sex abuse compensation extended to criminals

Church and religious organisations have told the federal government it should extend its compensation scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse to include those who have been convicted of serious crimes.
A joint submission by the Anglican Church, the Uniting Church and the Salvation Army to a federal government committee examining the scheme said extending it would mean "all survivors are eligible for redress".
"It is well known and recognised by the royal commission that some survivors - as a result of their abuse - have engaged in abusive conduct themselves, including criminal conduct. It would be unfair that such persons are ineligible for redress," the submission said.

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/churches-want-child-sex-abuse-compensation-extended-to-criminals-20180218-p4z0r5.html

Friday, 16 February 2018

Court likely to withdraw charge of key accuser in Cardinal Pell abuse case

.- The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Wednesday that a charge related to a key witness in the case against Cardinal George Pell, accused of historical sexual abuse, is likely to be withdrawn.
In the Feb. 14 hearing, the director of prosecutions for the Melbourne Magistrates Court said that while they had not decided on the matter, the charge of a key complainant who died in January would likely be withdrawn.
Defense attorney Ruth Shann argued against the man's credibility, saying Pell's legal team would be examining the credibility of the “unreliable” witness when the formal four-week committal hearing begins March 5.
The witness, Damian Dignan, who died of leukemia in early January, and a fellow classmate at St. Alipius school in Ballarat accused Pell in 2016 of inappropriate sexual behavior when they were minors. The cardinal had previously been accused of acts of child sexual abuse dating as far back as 1961.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/court-likely-to-withdraw-charge-of-key-accuser-in-cardinal-pell-abuse-case-67033

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Catholic Church's misconceived wealth and power, and its growing weakness

The Catholic Church is a wealthy institution, but Archbishop Anthony Fisher is right that to compare its type of wealth to that of Westfield or Wesfarmers is crude and simplistic. Nevertheless, that wealth, however calculated, stands in stark contrast to the resistance and mean-spiritedness that, it has now been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt, has characterised its leaders' treatment of those who were sexually abused while in the church's care.
This injustice has compounded the crimes that happened on its watch and its criminal cover-ups. Most of the victims were Catholics themselves at the time.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/catholic-churchs-misconceived-wealth-and-power-and-its-growing-weakness-20180214-h0w2b0.html

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Australian cardinal blames abuse inquiry for sex allegations

MELBOURNE, Australia - Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges, told an Australian court on Wednesday that the allegations stemmed from publicity surrounding a national inquiry into child abuse three years ago.
Pope Francis’s finance minister was charged last year with offenses involving multiple complainants in his native Australia. The exact details and nature of the charges have not been disclosed to the public, though police have described them as “historical” sexual assaults, meaning they are alleged to have occurred decades ago.
Pell’s lawyers failed in his application in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday to gain access to his alleged victims’ medical records.

 https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2018/02/14/australian-cardinal-blames-abuse-inquiry-sex-allegations/

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Australian bishops dedicate start of Lent to abuse victims

.- The bishops of Australia have called on the faithful of the country to begin the season of Lent with four days of fasting and reparation for victims of sexual abuse within the Church.
One suggested prayer for the penitential period asks God: “May all those who have been abused physically, emotionally and sexually by your ministers be respected and accompanied by tangible gestures of justice and reparation so that they may feel healed with the balm of your compassion.”
It adds: “We pray that your Church may be a secure home where all children and vulnerable adults are brought closer to your Beloved Son.”
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in a Feb. 5 message asked Catholics to dedicate Feb. 14-17 as days of fasting and reparation for cases of sexual abuse within the Church.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/australian-bishops-dedicate-start-of-lent-to-abuse-victims-50665

Survivors respond to Ballarat Diocese meeting abuse compensation

Clergy abuse survivors are pushing for a more comprehensive redress model as the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat reveals it is confident in being in a financial position to meet all compensation claims.

The Ballarat Diocese has paid more than $4.9 million in compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse and more than $1 million in pastoral support to abuse survivors so far. 

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/5224111/survivors-respond-to-ballarat-diocese-meeting-abuse-compensation/

Monday, 12 February 2018

Catholic Church asked to acknowledge priest's daughter

Kathleen* holds the rosary that was her mother's.
On the living room wall behind her is the wooden cross that was her father's.
Her father was a Catholic priest.
He took Holy Orders. He had a high profile in the Auckland diocese, said Kathleen. He was meant to be celibate.
"He was a very good priest, a wonderful person, much loved, respected," she told RNZ, in what's believed to be the first time a New Zealander who is the child of a Catholic priest has spoken out.
"And unfortunately the journey that he took meant that he felt that he couldn't acknowledge me when he was alive, which is very sad in itself but it's my reality.
"He must have struggled in his daily life to continue doing what he did and not be able to be a father as he may have liked to have been."
While Kathleen had her suspicions, a half century of secrecy came to an end only about two years ago when she sought and received scientific evidence.
She carried on believing she was virtually the only one, then last year came across the fledgling online support network Coping International, which in three years has been contacted by hundreds of people like her around the world.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/350173/catholic-church-asked-to-acknowledge-priest-s-daughter

How the Ballarat Diocese is paying for abuse survivors compensation Rochelle Kirkham

The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat has revealed it is confident it will be in a financial position to meet all compensation claims for survivors of abuse.
The Ballarat Diocese has paid over $4.9 million in compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse and over $1 million in pastoral support to abuse survivors so far. 
Diocecan business manager Andrew Jirik said the diocese would continue to meet compensation claims from its assets and insurance. 
“The Diocese of Ballarat has drawn these funds from its own resources, including its insurer where its policies apply, without recourse to the assets of its 51 parishes which belong to local parish communities across the diocese,” Mr Jirik said. 
“The diocese has been able to meet all claims to date and is confident that it will be in a position to continue to do so.”

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/5224111/how-the-ballarat-diocese-is-paying-for-abuse-survivors-compensation/

With $30b in wealth, why is the Catholic Church struggling to pay for justice?

After a lifetime contributing to the Catholic Church, Neil Ormerod could give no more.
Following a Sunday mass in 2014, the Australian Catholic University theology professor told his parish priest he no longer trusted the church to use its resources in a way Jesus Christ would approve.
The trigger for his rebellion was the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2014 - in particular, Cardinal George Pell’s testimony about the church’s brutal legal assault on John Ellis, a former altar boy abused by a priest in the 1970s.
When Ellis finally confronted the Sydney archdiocese in 2002, then led by Pell, it offered him $25,000 in compensation, which he rejected.
The church then dismissed Ellis’s proposal for a $100,000 settlement, instead spending $800,000 fighting him in court, successfully arguing it could not be sued because it did not exist as an entity.

How the Catholic Church vastly understated its true wealth

The Catholic Church has vastly understated the value of its multi-billion-dollar property portfolio, amid claims it cannot afford to pay compensation to abuse victims, according to an investigation of its assets.
An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday found that the church owns more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.
Fairfax estimated the church’s total wealth in Victoria alone to be about $9 billion, almost 82 times larger than the the $109 million it revealed to the royal commission in 2014 as the estimated value of its Victorian property portfolio.
The investigation makes the church Victoria’s largest non-government property owner, casting serious doubt over its claims that it would be forced to cut back on social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Catholic Inc. What the Church is really worth

An Age investigation reveals for the first time the value of the Catholic Church’s wealth in Australia and raises serious questions about compensation payments to victims of child sex abuse.
The Catholic Church in Victoria is worth more than $9 billion, making it the biggest non-government property owner in the state and much wealthier than it has admitted in evidence to major inquiries into child sexual abuse.
A six-month investigation by The Age has found that the church misled the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by grossly undervaluing its property portfolio while claiming that increased payments to abuse survivors would likely require cuts to its social programs.
Figures extrapolated from a huge volume of Victorian council valuation data show the church has more than $30 billion in property and other assets, Australia wide.

https://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2018/catholic-inc-what-the-church-is-really-worth/

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Cardinal Pell's lawyers want access to his accusers' medical records

Pell’s legal team denies their request for access to records of those who have accused the Cardinal of sexual offences is a “fishing expedition”
Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers want access to the medical records of people who have accused him of sexual offences, denying it is “a fishing expedition”.
Prosecutors oppose the defence application for access to the complainants’ treatment information.
The crown Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC said there was no substantial probative value in the material being provided.
“It’s tantamount to a fishing expedition rather than having a legitimate forensic purpose,” Gibson told Melbourne magistrates court on Friday.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/09/cardinal-pells-lawyers-want-access-to-his-accusers-medical-records

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers seek access to complainants' medical records

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell are seeking access to the medical records of complainants in the case against him.
Cardinal Pell, 76, is set to face a four-week committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court next month as he fights historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.
No other details of the case against him can be reported for legal reasons.
One of Cardinal Pell's defence barristers, Ruth Shann, made what she described as a "responsible and considered" application to access the medial records of complainants in the case.
Ms Shann told the court the records would have substantial probative value, meaning they would contain important evidence to the case.
She said a complainant may not be in the best position to describe their own mental health.
"A particular complainant may, or may not know, the exact name of the therapy or treatment which they were subject to," Ms Shann told the court.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-09/george-pell-lawyers-seeking-access-complainants-medical-records/9416814

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Australia to apologise to institutional child sex abuse victims

SYDNEY: Australia will apologise to survivors of institutional child sex abuse by the end of the year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday (Feb 8) after a five-year inquiry detailed harrowing stories from victims.
A royal commission established in 2012 to investigate abuse was contacted by more than 15,000 survivors with claims - some decades-old - involving churches, orphanages, sporting clubs, youth groups and schools.

Turnbull told parliament he would consult with survivors before making the apology on behalf of the nation "before the end of the year".
"As a nation, we must mark this occasion in a form that reflects the wishes of survivors and affords them the dignity to which they were entitled as children, but which was denied to them by the very people who were tasked with their care," he said.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/australia-to-apologise-to-institutional-child-sex-abuse-victims-9939816

Important to confront the dark secrets of child abuse

Like in so many other nations, children in Australia have suffered at the hands of men in positions of moral, educational and administrative authority, subjected to systemic sexual, emotional and physical abuse by dark figures in the Roman Catholic church and its hierarchy.

The pattern of abuse is similar, whether it be in schools in Australia, residential institutions for First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, in parishes across Ireland, or where depraved and criminal minds were able to carry out their dark deeds under the veneer of doing charitable or spiritual work.

The issue of child abuse is something that impacts societies around the world.

In India, for instance, a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes, according to the latest government figures.

http://gulfnews.com/opinion/editorials/important-to-confront-the-dark-secrets-of-child-abuse-1.2170592

Malcolm Turnbull to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse victims

Prime minister says ‘survivor-focused’ group will be appointed to help craft the apology
Malcolm Turnbull will make a national apology before the end of the year to victims of institutional abuse in the wake of the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
The prime minister confirmed the government’s intentions in a statement to parliament on Thursday.
“We owe it to survivors not to waste this moment and we must continue to be guided by their wishes,” Turnbull said. “As a nation, we must mark this occasion in a form that reflects the wishes of survivors and that affords them the dignity to which they were entitled as children – but which was denied to them by the very people who were tasked with their care.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/08/malcolm-turnbull-to-deliver-national-apology-to-child-sexual-abuse-victims