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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

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Victims call for Pell to stand down

The Age
July 1, 2013
Barney Zwartz
Cardinal George Pell has failed Australia's 5 million Catholics as a religious and moral leader and must be told to stand down as Sydney Archbishop, according to a petition by a clergy sexual abuse victims' group to the Pope's Australian ambassador.
''Cardinal Pell is a spiritually impotent leader, a leader who presents no empathy, no moral judgment and no felt deep concern for victims, a leader who is avoiding responsibility for the immorality and sodomy that has been breeding in his house of God,'' says the petition to papal nuncio Archbishop Paul Gallagher.
''It is time for the Roman Catholic Church in Australia to change, and the starting point is for Cardinal George Pell to stand down. He is part of the problem, not the solution.''
The request by victims' advocacy group COIN comes as another petition, launched last month by Sydney Catholic Bishop Geoffrey Robinson calling for a global church council to tackle the scourge of clergy sexual abuse, has passed 80,000 signatures.


Has a gay pedophile prostitution ring been discovered at the Vatican? (8 things you need to know)

National Catholic Register
by Jimmy Akin Saturday, June 29, 2013
This man is Patrizio Poggi, an ex-priest and convicted pedophile. When the Vatican refused to reinstate him to the priesthood, he tried to get various Roman priests and bishops in trouble with the law. What is the truth in this situation?
A few days ago, the Catholic blogosphere began buzzing with the sensational charge that a prostitution ring involving homosexual pedophiles had been discovered at the Vatican.
Is this true?
Or is it one more case of people running amok with rumors?
Here are 8 things you need to know . . .

1. What was initially reported?
The initial claim was that there was a former priest who applied to the Holy See to be reinstated to the priesthood, though he had been convicted of pedophilia and sent to prison.
When the Holy See refused to reinstate him, he got mad and began acting as a whistleblower on the existence of a prostitution ring involving pedophiles at the Vatican.
It was claimed that 10-20 members of the clergy were involved, possibly including 4 bishops.
Further, it was claimed that the procurer for the boy prostitution ring sold consecrated hosts to Satanists.

2. Who was the priest in question?
His name is Patrizio (Patrick) Poggi.
According to The Daily Mail:
Don Patrizio Poggi, 46, who served a five-year sentence for abusing five boys aged 14 to 15, at his parish outside Rome [St. Philip Neri]. . . .


Saturday, 29 June 2013

No 'typical' child sex tourist as 150 known offenders go offshore

More Australian sex offenders are travelling overseas than ever before, federal police have warned, with almost 150 registered offenders leaving the country since December 1.
Australians recently charged overseas for child offences include a man working in Indonesia who forced his daughters to pose for pornographic images.
If you're poor and starving, you'll sell off a child. 
Peter Mellor, the AFP Child Protection Operations acting national coordinator, said there were also troubling cases involving Australians who used global networks to scout for victims
He said some children were abused because their families felt they had no choice but to sell them for sex.
''If you're poor and starving, you'll sell off a child to get money for food and housing,'' Mr Mellor said.


Catholic teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Catholic school teacher, Brother Martin Harmata, who worked at Sydney's Patrician Brothers Blacktown College has pleaded guilty to eight charges of sexually abusing three children in his care in the 1980s.

Editor's Note: The Diocese of Parramatta has informed the ABC that it did not oppose the lifting of the suppression order on the school's name; that it did not pay for Br Martin Harmata's legal representation or costs; and that it did not authorise or pay for a hire car to pick up Br Martin Harmata from the court proceedings.
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: A Catholic school teacher who worked at Sydney's Patrician Brothers Blacktown college has pleaded guilty to eight charges of sexually abusing three children in his care.
The District Court revoked a suppression order that previously prevented publication of Harmata's name or the name of the school.
The abuse took place in the mid and late 1980s.
Brother Martin Harmata taught science and maths at Patrician Brothers college Blacktown for 30 years. He left the school in 2012 after one of his victims confronted him in the playground.
Brother Martin befriended many families in the local area convincing parents to let him take their sons away on school camps. He faced the Parramatta district court today to answer eight charges dating back to the late 80s.
Can you tell us how many teachers were involved in these crimes?
Martin Harmata: No comment.


More from the NSW Enquiry – Second Session (Or: Nothing To See Here)

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws recently revealed that NSW police officer Beth Cullen shredded documents from liaison meetings with Catholic Church officials from the Newcastle-Maitland diocese (see previous posting). The matter has been referred to the NSW enquiry, the Royal Commission, and the NSW Police Integrity Commission.
The head of the NSW enquiry, Ms. Cunneen, has now revealed that she will not consider the matter, as she claims it falls outside her terms of reference for the enquiry. She could have applied for her terms of reference to be widened to include this matter. She did not.
The NSW Police Minister has received his reports from police and, in response, has spoken to the State Parliament in defence of the officer, Ms. Beth Cullen. “I am informed that at no stage did the NSW police representative destroy any document which could be used in any investigation or prosecution,” he said. “I am also assured by the police force that the officer’s positive contribution to the field of child protection is unmatched.”


Pope aide lifted in €20m con

Irish Sun
ONE of the Pope’s top moneymen was behind bars yesterday over an alleged bid to smuggle €20million in cash across Europe.
Cops lifted Monsignor Nunzio Scarano on suspicion of fraud and corruption along with a financial adviser and an Italian secret service agent.
It’s claimed that the Vatican accountant, 61, who spent last night in a Rome prison, had been asked by wealthy pals to spirit in suitcases of money from Switzerland.
In phone calls tapped by police last July, he apparently offered the spook €600,000 to fly the cash into Rome on a private jet, and use his spy skills to avoid customs checks. Chief investigator Nello Rossi said the plane was to have been met on the runway and the wads of notes taken under armed escort to Msgr Scarano’s home.
In the event, the operation was abandoned when the alleged conspirators — who include the money owners’ broker — got cold feet.


Alleged 18-year spree of sexual abuse at Tweed Shire schools

A BANORA Point whistleblower has told a royal commission into child sexual abuse of an alleged 18-year sexual and physical abuse spree by a teacher working at three Tweed Shire primary schools, starting from the late 1980s.
Fiona Barnett said she was questioned for two hours by two commissioners and a lawyer in a Brisbane hotel room on Wednesday after submitting a 27-page report outlining accounts of abuse at Murwillumbah East Public School's Special Education Unit, Tweed Heads South Public School and Centaur Primary School.
The document included 12 signed witness statements from teachers, parents and former students, which Ms Barnett had gathered.
It also included a letter dated March 2006 from Jill Carlon, Chief Investigator for Employee Performance and Conduct of the Department of Education and Training, sent to concerned Tweed Shire parents stating that as a result of an investigation into the teacher "steps have been taken to ensure that the person will no longer be employed or involved in school, TAFE or student-related activities".
Ms Barnett said she knew of at least 20 victims of the teacher but that was likely to be the tip of the iceberg.


The Days of Impunity for Vatican Officials Are Numbered

Last week, for the first time ever, an international body asked questions about the Vatican’s handling of widespread and systemic rape and sexual violence.  Last Wednesday, survivors of rape and sexual violence by Catholic priests met with members of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in Geneva, calling the Vatican to account for its ongoing failure to abide by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a U.N. treaty that the Vatican long ago signed but, like the children it is designed to protect, has systematically neglected.
Wednesday’s historic meeting is the latest sign that a growing global movement is closing in on that day when Vatican officials will be held accountable for their systemic enabling of rape and sexual abuse. In March, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), submitted a report to the UN Committee outlining the myriad ways the Vatican is in perpetual violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Now the CRC has called on the Vatican to report on its implementation, or lack thereof, of its human rights obligations.


Shredding of church sex abuse documents referred to Police Integrity Commission

The New South Wales Government says it will refer claims about the shredding of police documents concerning child sex abuse cases within the Catholic Church to the Police Integrity Commission (PIC).
The ABC's Lateline program revealed details of a senior police officer shredding records of meetings she had with Catholic Church officials who had been assessing child abuse cases.
Inspector Beth Cullen allegedly destroyed all documents relating to her role with the professional standards resource group from 1998 to 2003, including meetings she had with Catholic Church officials during that period.


Church faces special inquiry blowtorch

IF anyone wondered what was at stake in this Special Commission of Inquiry, they needed to look no further than the rafts of tables stacked with barristers between Commissioner Margaret Cunneen and the public gallery.
Most days, more than 18. Highly skilled, highly paid and highly charged.
Some, such as Julia Lonergan, SC, and Warwick Hunt, were there to assist the commissioner and lead witnesses through the mountainous volumes of evidence submitted to the inquiry. The remainder represented individual interests - the police, the top brass, the church, the top clergy, the Newcastle Herald.
This was round one. At stake was the public credibility of a police force faced with damning allegations that a "Catholic mafia" existed within its ranks and that a key detective was shut out of investigations by forces wanting to protect the Church.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told the inquiry that he had become increasingly worried about collusion between senior police and senior clergy while investigating claims of child sex abuse within the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese.


Hunter church abuse inquiry moves to next phase

The police whistleblower who sparked an inquiry into an alleged cover-up of abuse in the Hunter Valley's Catholic Church says he is glad the first half of the probe is over.
It examined Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims police tried to cover-up allegations of abuse by two priests.
Newcastle Local Area Commander Superintendent John Gralton rejected the claims, yesterday revealing he was particularly keen to see clergy investigated because he was abused by his school priest.
Stage two gets underway on Monday and will investigate claims the church protected paedophile clergy.


Friday, 28 June 2013

Recommendations in Debelle report into sexual abuse of SA children

THE report into sexual abuse of children in South Australia's public schools contains more than 70 recommendations for the Government to improve its practices.
But the Education Department has not set up a compensation fund for families affected by the mishandling of child sex incidents.
In a parliamentary committee this morning, Education Minister Jennifer Rankine said there was no fund but she could not advise how many families were taking legal action against the department.
Ms Rankine confirmed she had received the report conducted by former Supreme Court Justice Bruce Debelle after it was handed to Attorney-General John Rau yesterday.
"I will be taking the next few days to brief parents directly involved," she said.
"We will be releasing the Debelle inquiry as soon as I have completed briefing parents. Our hope is that we are able to release the inquiry early next week.


Strike force did 'extremely good work', inquiry told

Newcastle Herald
STRIKE Force Georgiana had resulted in 11 people being charged with 440 offences involving 110 victims and the numbers were growing almost daily, strike force investigator Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber has told the special commission of inquiry in Newcastle.
In a session just before lunch on Friday Detective Sergeant Faber said the strike force had done extremely good work.
She said 13 detectives over five years had worked on Georgiana matters. Investigating child sexual abuse was physically hard, and mentally extremely hard.
Detective Sergeant Faber said no one in Georgiana was ever discouraged from investigating matters involving the church and she had never had ‘‘any resistance whatsoever’’ from her superior officers to such investigations.
Sergeant Faber was questioned about her account of a conversation with Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy, which took place on May 30, 2008.

The Nation Child abuse investigator told 'life in danger'

A DETECTIVE working with a police strike force that has charged 11 priests with hundreds of child abuse offences was warned by a colleague that her life was in danger from the "Catholic mafia", an inquiry has heard.
A DETECTIVE was warned by a colleague that her life was in danger from the "Catholic mafia", an inquiry has heard.
Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber told the NSW special commission of inquiry into church child abuse that another detective, Peter Fox, made the claim during a telephone conversation last year.
Detective Chief Inspector Fox told Ms Faber that her investigation into historic abuse committed by local priests meant she "would not be liked" and her "life was in danger from the Catholic mafia", she said.
In his own sworn evidence to the inquiry, Mr Fox has previously denied the conversation took place, although he has repeatedly used the phrase to describe serving officers who allegedly attempted to discourage investigations into the clergy.


An Old Copper Speaks Out (Or: The More Things Change)

It is not normally the practice, here, to give a book review. However, there has been a book just released which deserves wider attention than that afforded by the usual book review section of the popular media.
That book is “Unholy Trinity: the Hunt for the Paedophile Priest Monsignor John Day” by Denis Ryan (pictured above) and Peter Hoysted (Allen and Unwin).
Day died in 1978, without having ever been made to face charges. Ryan was a detective in the Victorian police, based in Mildura. He tells a tale of a “Catholic Mafia” within the force, at the time, which actively protected paedophile priests like Day, with collusion from the highest levels of the Catholic Church in Victoria.


Call for cover-up inquiry

A former police detective living in Mildura wants a government inquiry into what happened to him 40 years ago, after he uncovered hundreds of cases of sex abuse at the hands of a Catholic church priest and found himself confronted with a conspiracy to prevent investigation, damaging his career and leading ultimately to his resignation from the force.
Denis Ryan says his investigation into Catholic priest - Monsignor John Day - uncovered hundreds of cases of child sex abuse, but was smothered by Victoria Police and the church.
Mr Ryan has documented his quest for justice in a book released this week, and is telling his story for the first time.
Mr Ryan first came in contact with Father Day on the streets of St Kilda, in 1956, while on divisional van duties.
"(He was) semi naked from the midriff down to the ankles, lying across the front seat. He had his head in the driver's lap, and his feet in the other prostitute's lap.

Doubts cast on Fox interviews: inquiry

Newcastle Herald
By JASON GORDON June 27, 2013
PETER Fox might have exaggerated the number of church sex abuse victims and clergy he said he had interviewed in order to promote himself to the investigating team, an inquiry heard yesterday.
Giving evidence to the Special Commission of Inquiry into how police handled the investigation into the alleged cover-up of sex abuse within the Catholic Church, Detective Inspector Graeme Parker told the inquiry that he had "never been sure" that police received all the information that Mr Fox had collected during his own investigations, alleging that he may have secretly held on to some material.
Later, when cross-examined by Mr Fox's barrister Mark Cohen, Mr Parker said Mr Fox had spoken in public on numerous occasions and indicated that he had interviewed a number of alleged victims and members of the clergy.


UPDATE 2-Senior Vatican cleric arrested in corruption investigation

* Trio accused of trying to bring 20 million euros from Switzerland
* Vatican prelate was already involved in another investigation
* Arrests come after Pope sets up commission to look into bank (Adds details from lawyer, latest charges, Vatican response)
By Philip Pullella
ROME, June 28 (Reuters) - A senior Vatican cleric suspected of trying to help rich friends bring millions of euros into Italy illegally was arrested on Friday as part of an investigation into the Vatican bank, police sources and his lawyer said.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, worked as a senior accountant in the Vatican's financial administration and is already involved in another investigation by magistrates in southern Italy.
He was arrested in a parish in the outskirts of Rome and taken to the city's Queen of Heaven jail, his lawyer Silverio Sica told Reuters. Also arrested in the investigation were a member of Italy's secret services and a financial broker.
Sica said Scarano was accused of being involved in an attempt to help friends bring 20 million euros ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland by plane in league with the secret service agent and the financial intermediary.


Cleric and 2 Others Arrested in Vatican Bank Investigation

The New York Times
Published: June 28, 2013
ROME — Italian police on Friday arrested a prelate, a financial broker and an agent of the Italian Secret Service on corruption charges as part of a complex plot in which the priest — who is already under investigation for money-laundering involving the Vatican Bank — allegedly tried to repatriate millions of euros from Switzerland to Italy in a private plane.
The priest, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, had been suspended this spring from a position at one of the Vatican’s main financial departments. Those arrested were charged with fraud, corruption and slander as part of a broad investigation tied to the famously secretive Vatican Bank.
Prosecutors allege that the broker and the secret service agent helped the monsignor bring 20 million euros, or $26 million, into Italy from Switzerland in a private jet, the ANSA news agency reported. It said that the 20 million euros belonged to “some friends of the monsignor.”
The Vatican did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A Vatican official said that Monsignor Scarano had been suspended from his position as an accountant at APSA, a department that oversees the Vatican’s real estate holdings, after prosecutors in Salerno opened a separate investigation into money-laundering. The official indicated that the suspension was a sign that the Vatican was stepping up its internal vigilance.


Vatican bishop arrested on not-so-pure fraud charge

If Dan Brown's casting around for a plot twist for his next blockbuster tale, hopefully he's watching the news. Senior Vatican bishop, Monsignore Nunzio Scarano, has reportedly been arrested in an alleged plot to illegally bring $26 million into Italy on a government plane. It comes straight on the heels of Pope Francis ordering an unprecedented internal investigation into the uber-secretive Vatican Bank. (And we thought he was just busy with heart-warming stuff like offering kids rides on the popemobile and washing inmates' feet.) Scarano's been under police investigation, and his arrest, along with a secret service agent and a financial broker, could be a major step in Pope Francis' plan to purify the ailing reputation of the bank and its $7.1 billion in assets.


Police superintendent assaulted by priest: inquiry

VIDEO: Statement by Joanne McCarthy
COMMENT: From the inquiry - Ian Kirkwood
TRANSCRIPTS: Special Commission of Inquiry
IN an explosive burst of evidence superintendent John Gralton has told the special inquiry in Newcastle that he was assaulted in the class by a priest in front of 40 students.
Superintendent Gralton also said he knew of five or six friends who had been indecently assaulted by priests.
He gave information about this to investigators.
Asked about the idea of a cover-up by police of church crimes he said nothing could be farther from the truth and that he the found the idea fanciful and offensive.
He said the idea that the Lantle investigation would be anything other than complete was far from the truth.
He said every time he saw a paedophile in the dock he celebrated.
Asked about the term ‘‘Catholic mafia’’ Superintendent Gralton  said he had never heard it before this inquiry.
The inquiry continues.


I was abused by priest, cop tells child sex abuse inquiry

A senior policeman has told a New South Wales inquiry into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church he was abused by a priest.
Former Central Hunter Local Area Commander Superintendent John Gralton told the special commission of inquiry at Newcastle Supreme Court he was assaulted in front of 40 other students by a priest at his Catholic school.
He said he gave a statement to investigator Shaun McLeod as well as the details of five or six other students who were indecently assaulted at school.
Superintendent Gralton told the inquiry any suggestion there were efforts to stop investigations was "abhorrent", "offensive at the highest level" and could not be further from the truth.
One of the Hunter Valley's top female police officers, Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber, is also giving evidence at the inquiry today.
She was involved in several high-profile cases, including an investigation into child sexual abuse and drug supply by disgraced former Swansea MP Milton Orkopoulos.
The first stage of the commission is due to wrap up today after three weeks of public hearings.
It was examining claims by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox that Newcastle police tried to cover up allegations of child sexual abuse by Father James Fletcher and Father Denis McAlinden of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.


Church abuse inquiry reaching midway point

One of the Hunter Valley's top female detectives is today expected to give evidence at a New South Wales inquiry into child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church.
The first stage of the Special Commission is expected to wrap up this morning.
It is looking into claims by policeman Peter Fox that he was told by senior colleagues to stop investigating two Catholic priests.


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Who ordered search of Fox’s office?

Maitland Mercury
The Hunter’s most senior police are at odds over who ordered the search of whistleblower Peter Fox’s locked office in 2010.
Contradictory evidence has emerged before the Special Commission of Inquiry during the final week of examination into how Newcastle police dealt with allegations the church tried to cover up sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher – both now dead.
On Wednesday, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey told the special commission that the then Commander Carlene York’s staff officer, Inspector Fay Dunn, requested the search of Chief Inspector Fox’s office.
Chief Inspector Humphrey said he had received a “panicked” call from Inspector Dunn, who had been asked “hard questions” by Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy.


McCarthy’s Evidence (Or: When Silence is Abhorrent)

The case of Cardinal Bernard Law, in the U.S., came to light through investigative journalism. Similarly, the Newcastle-Maitland problems saw the light of day ultimately through the investigative efforts of Fairfax journalist, Joanne McCarthy, of the Newcastle Herald. For this she was awarded the title of Australian Journalist of the Year.
This week she gave evidence to the New South Wales enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse. There, she said that “It was about having the victims and their families looked after…I didn’t want to go the police…I wanted the police to investigate… It was my only aim.”
It is almost impossible for an investigative journalist not to become part of the story. It is much easier to cover the local school fete and similar low-involvement stories. Ms. McCarthy is not a hack. By the time she had heard a few victim stories, she could not avoid seeing the story through to its natural conclusion.


Fr Bob shocked by accusations against fellow priest

Courier Mail
HIGH-profile priest Fatherr Bob Maguire has been drawn into the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis after it was alleged an altar boy from one of his former parishes was the victim of abuse.
The 11-year-old was an altar boy where Fr Maguire was stationed in the early 1970s and says he was abused by another priest after doing odd jobs at his home for pocket money.
The alleged abuse did not happen at the parish church or home where Fr Maguire lived. There have been no allegations levelled at Fr Maguire.
A retired priest in his 80s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on Wednesday was committed to stand trial in the County Court over the allegations.
Fr Maguire last night told the Herald Sun he was rocked by the allegations levelled at a man he had known since the 1960s.


Julia Gillard’s legacy lives on in historic Royal Commission

Voiceless Victim
[Rudd returns as Aussie PM after ousting Gillard]
Many victims of child sexual abuse are mourning Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s overnight defeat at the hands of the smirking, conniving, grey haired boys club. I suspect she knew all along her time at the top would be short and that she had a limited opportunity to achieve real change before she would be taken down for the crime of being a successful, assertive woman.
Unlike many of our underachieving politicians, Julia did not waste her time in power. She made a genuine, positive difference to so many people’s lives and to our nation’s progress towards being a humane society.
The people she aided were not the ones who would help fund a privileged retirement from politics. Rejecting self interest for social justice, Julia Gillard stood up for the rights of the abused, the neglected, and the deserving. And she did it with grace, with conviction and with calm determination.


Officer questions whether child sex abuse whistleblower Peter Fox has handed over all documents

ABC News
By Dan Cox
A senior policeman has told a NSW inquiry he has never been sure whistleblower policeman Peter Fox handed over all documents relating to child sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley Catholic Church.
Detective Chief Inspector Fox says he was told by superiors to stop investigating two priests, and claims the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese did not cooperate with police.
In testimony to the special commission of inquiry at Newcastle Supreme Court, Detective Inspector Graham Parker said police were given an official direction at a meeting in December 2010 not to speak to media.
That contradicts earlier evidence from other police that it was an informal order.

Senior cop denies reluctance to investigate clergy

Maitland Mercury
By ELLE WATSON June 27, 2013
There was never any reluctance by Newcastle investigators to confront senior members of the church hierarchy over child sexual abuse concealment, a senior police officer has told a Special Commission of Inquiry this morning.
Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey denied suggestions from whistleblower Peter Fox's barrister Mark Cohen that detectives were discouraged from investigating the clergy.
Detective Chief Inspector Humphrey oversaw Strike Force Lantle - the Hunter investigation into sexual abuse concealment - after some of its officers left on sick leave.
Under heavy cross examination on his third day in the stand, the detective chief inspector denied claims the strike force had been abysmally managed by those officers.


Church process detrimental: former sex cop

WA Today
Daniel Fogarty
The Catholic Church's processes for clergy abuse victims were detrimental to police investigations and failed to protect communities from offenders, the former head of Victoria's Sex Crimes squad says.
The church processes actively and systematically dissuaded victims from reporting crimes to police and failed to make offenders accountable, Glenn Davies, a former Victoria Police detective inspector, said.
The Archdiocese of Melbourne was "inherently protectionist, elitist" and was dismissive of suggestions for change, Mr Davies said in a submission to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into clergy sexual abuse.


Investigations not deterred by church's might, inquiry told

Newcastle Herald
By JASON GORDON June 27, 2013
A SENIOR police officer put in charge of Strike Force Lantle has told the Special Commission of Inquiry that he was ‘‘happy to take on the Catholic church’’ and his investigations weren’t deterred by the church’s might.
Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey has spent all morning on Thursday giving evidence to the inquiry, mostly under cross examination by counsel for Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, Mark Cohen.
Mr Cohen asked Mr Humphrey if there was an unwillingness within the Newcastle police command to take on senior members of the Catholic church after they had received a report from journalist Joanne McCarthy which alleged impropriety by senior church members.
‘‘There was certainly no reluctance on my part,’’ Mr Humphrey said. ‘‘I was happy to take on the Catholic Church.’’

Fox exclusion from sex abuse strike force down to 'timing'

Sydney Morning Herald
June 27, 2013
Catherine Armitage
Senior Writer
It is a common enough scenario: members of a group talking behind someone's back about leaving them out of things. But this is not the reality television show Survivor - it is senior members of NSW Police, and the subject is the whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.
Chief Inspector Fox was so upset about his exclusion from the group that took over investigating allegations of Catholic paedophile priests in the Hunter region that he went on television and wrote an open letter to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell claiming a cover-up.
The special commission of inquiry's first term of reference is to look at why Chief Inspector Fox was asked to stop his investigations and if that was appropriate.
The inquiry has been told that in September 2010 the crime manager at Newcastle local area command, Detective Chief Inspector Brad Tayler, and the officer soon to take over from him, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey, were told the brief that became known as Strike Force Lantle would be coming to them.


87-Year-Old Aussie Priest to Stand Trial for Sex Abuse Done in the 1970s

An 87-year-old retired Roman Catholic priest appeared on Wednesday before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and was told by Magistrate Ann Collins there is sufficient evidence for him to stand trial for sex abuse.
 The court was established by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard as more cases of clergy abuse were reported across the country.
 His accuser, now 54, claimed he was sexually abused by the priest when he was 11 years old. The assault happened between 1970 and 1972.

Move to sack child sex abuse whistleblower 'nonsense'

A senior policeman has told an inquiry into child sexual abuse in the NSW Hunter Valley Catholic Church he was not trying to get whistleblower Peter Fox kicked out of the force.
During evidence at the inquiry, Detective Chief Inspector Fox's supervisor, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey, told Newcastle Supreme Court any claims he had sinister motives to remove Inspector Fox from the force were "nonsense".
Inspector Humphrey described Inspector Fox as superfluous and said he had no bearing on his decisions.
And he told the court there was no formal complaint made against Inspector Fox over suspicions he was leaking information to the media because there was not enough evidence.
The inquiry is examining Inspector Fox's claims police and the church covered up allegations of child sexual abuse against two priests of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
He has already told the court Inspector Humphrey told him to stop investigating the men.
Inspector Humphrey said he was not happy with the slow progress of Strike Force Lantle, which was established to investigate the allegations of concealment by clergy.
But he said the investigation was important and he was not reluctant to challenge senior Catholic clergy on the allegations.


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Italian prosecutors investigating reports of clerical pedophile ring in Rome

Catholic Culture
A former Catholic priest who was convicted on sex-abuse charges has reportedly given Italian authorities the names of 20 other priests who were involved in child prostitution.
Patrizio Poggi, who spent 5 years in prison, told police that several prominent clerics, including the secretary to an Italian bishop, were involved in a pedophile ring, Italian news agencies report. Prosecutors in Rome are actively pursuing the case.


Italy: 'Four Catholic prelates probed over paedophilia claims'

Rome, 25 June (AKI) - Prosecutors are probing four high ranking Catholic churchmen over allegations they sexually abused young boys, several Italian media outlets reported on Tuesday.

The probe by Rome prosecutors comes after a former priest, Patrizio Poggi reported to police around 20 allegedly paedophile priests, among them five prelates including an unnamed Monsignor and the private secretary to a bishop.
Poggi also presented to police a young male witness and gave the names of the alleged sexual abuse victims.
The probe spearheaded by prosecutor Maria Monteleone is also investigating a suspected prostitution racket that arranged gay encounters for priests.
After a tip-off from Poggi, police tailed a former soldier and alleged 'recruiter' and observed him accompanying a teenage boy inside a Rome church.

More on the New South Wales Enquiry Proceedings (Or: Silence is Platinum)

Adelaide Catholic Archbishop, Philip Wilson (pictured above) was director of Religious Education for the Newcastle-Maitland diocese and a teacher at the St. Pius X High School in Newcastle at the time of serious abuses there (see previous posting).
Peter Gogarty was a victim from this time and has expressed disbelief that Wilson knew nothing of the abuses at the school. Both Wilson and Mr. Gogarty are due to give evidence to the New South Wales government inquiry into clerical abuses in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese in the next couple of weeks.
In an earlier posting, the fact that Wilson will be permitted to give his evidence in private was criticized. This criticism remains valid. It was also noted that Mr. Gogarty was to give in-camera evidence, and this was considered “fair enough,” at the time.
However, that was on the assumption that it was Mr. Gogarty’s choice. It now transpires that it was the decision of the Special Commissioner, Ms. Cunneen, and not Mr. Gogarty’s wish at all.
Indeed, Mr. Gogarty wants to give evidence in public and is offended that he will not be given the opportunity by Ms. Cunneen.


Paedophile priest dodges deportation

Queanbeyan Age
By Joelle Dally, in Christchurch June 26, 2013
Convicted paedophile and former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath has avoided deportation, for now, by appealing against his extradition to Australia to face hundreds of sex-abuse charges.
McGrath, 65, had until Wednesday to either lodge an appeal or voluntarily go back to Australia, where 252 charges have been laid alleging that he raped, molested and abused dozens of young boys at church-run institutions over several years.
The charges relate to 35 complainants between 1977 and 1986.
The Australian government's application for extradition was granted by Judge Jane Farish in the Christchurch District Court on June 11.

Catholic priest charged with child sex abuse

The Australian
STUART RINTOUL From: The Australian June 26, 2013
AN elderly Catholic priest has been committed for trial charged with "the abominable crime of buggery" and indecent assault of a 12-year-old boy in the early 1970s.
The priest, who cannot be named, appeared in the Melbourne magistrates court this morning, accompanied by supporters.
The court heard that the alleged victim had not spoken about the abuse until he learnt that the priest would officiate at his aunt's funeral, when he told his wife and sister.
But he had been angry about the church for many years, and would swear when he saw references to church abuse saying "I can't believe people get away with that".

Priest, 87, to stand trial on child sex charges

The Age
June 26, 2013
Adam Cooper
Reporter for The Age
A Catholic priest who has pleaded not guilty to charges of molesting a boy in a Melbourne parish house more than 40 years ago has been committed to stand trial.
The priest, 87, who cannot be named, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, where magistrate Ann Collins told him there was sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial.
The priest, who struggled to stand up from his seat before he entered a plea, was bailed to appear at the County Court in June next year for a five-day trial.
He has been charged with two counts of buggery on a child under the age of 14 and two counts of indecent assault.

Peter Fox was 'obsessed', says senior cop

Maitland Mercury
By ELLE WATSON June 26, 2013
A senior police officer overseeing a Hunter strike force into sexual abuse concealment has told a Commission of Inquiry, Peter Fox was a zealot who was obsessed with taking part in the investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey told the Commission of Inquiry the detective was "beyond driven" in his attempt to be involved in the investigation into concealment of sexual abuse by Hunter priests.
"It just got to the stage where he couldn't be told no...he continually tried to take control of Lantle," Detective Chief Inspector Humphrey said this morning.
He said he lodged a formal complaint against Detective Chief Inspector Fox following a series of articles in the Newcastle Herald by journalist Joanne McCarthy.

Leaks to Herald led to formal police complaint: inquiry

Newcastle Herald
By STEPHEN RYAN June 26, 2013
SENIOR police were at the ‘‘end of our tether’’ following a series of leaks to the Newcastle Herald that led Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey to lodge a formal complaint against Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, an inquiry heard on Wednesday morning.
Detective Humphrey said the leaks were interfering with an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse cover-ups within the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese and were putting pressure on investigators.
Detective Humphrey said Detective Fox wanted to run the investigation and ‘‘it got to the stage where he couldn’t be told ‘no’’’.

Journalist hopes inquiries will restore faith in church

The journalist who helped trigger a New South Wales inquiry into sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley's Catholic Church hopes it will expose how badly the victims have been treated.
Late yesterday, Fairfax journalist Joanne McCarthy finished giving evidence at the special commission which is underway in Newcastle.
The inquiry is looking at Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims that the police force and the church tried to cover-up abuse by two priests.
Ms McCarthy's reporting on clergy abuse in the region has won her a national journalism award and helped trigger the state probe as well as the national Royal Commission.
She says too many victims have been mistreated by church officials.
"That's why it was such an extraordinary relief last year when the Royal Commission was announced because the reality of what they (the victims and their families) have had to deal with is going to be known," she said.


Chief Commissioner stands by abuse inquiry submission following of criticism from Archbishop

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay, says he stands by the force's submission the state's child sex abuse inquiry.
Victoria Police claimed the Catholic Church had protected child sex offenders and interfered in police investigations.
In a new submission to the inquiry, the state's most senior Catholic, Archbishop Denis Hart has refuted those allegations.
He says a Victoria Police allegation that the church has not engaged with investigators is misinformed, misleading and factually inaccurate.
Archbishop Hart also denied claims the church's Melbourne Response has dissuaded victims of sexual crime from reporting to police.
Mr Lay says a lot of detailed work went into the police submission to the inquiry.


Paedophiles crimes were concealed

The Newcastle inquiry into a coverup of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has heard evidence that a senior figure within the Church covered up the crimes of a paedophile priest.

 EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The New South Wales Premier's Department has tonight ordered an investigation into the shredding of police and Catholic Church documents by a member of the sex crime squad.

Last week Lateline revealed details of a senior police officer shredding records of meetings she'd had with Catholic Church officials who had been assessing child sex abuse cases. The meetings took place over five years.

Meanwhile the New South Wales inquiry into sexual abuse by the clergy in the Hunter Valley has heard today that a former bishop of Newcastle Maitland released key internal Church documents to a victim triggering one of the biggest police investigations into clergy cover up in Australia.

The special commission of inquiry is investigating allegations by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox of cover ups by police and the Church of child sexual abuse. Susie Smith reports from Newcastle.

SUSIE SMITH, REPORTER: The Fairfax journalist Joanne McCarthy, has been pivotal in exposing clergy abuse in the Hunter for many years. She gave evidence today about internal Catholic Church documents that revealed the Church's attempt back in 1995 to defrock one of the two priests at the centre of this inquiry, Father Denis McAlinden. One of the key church officials named in these documents is the current secretary of the Catholic Bishops conference Father Brian Lucas. Joanne McCarthy told the inquiry the release of these documents to a key witness and sexual abuse victim known as AL was sanctioned by Bishop Michael Malone in 2009. Bishop Malone was the then head of the Maitland Newcastle diocese. During the cross examination about the significance of the documents, the barrister representing Ms McCarthy asked her:


Former Vic priest to stand trial for abuse

A retired Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a Victorian boy in the 1970s.
The man was committed to stand trial on three charges relating to the abuse after the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard statements from the victim and his family on Wednesday.
He is charged with two counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery with a person under 14 years of age.
The victim went to police in 2010 after he discovered the priest had been enlisted to officiate at his aunt's funeral.


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

TRANSCRIPTS: Special Commission of Inquiry

Newcastle Herald
Transcript Day 11
Monday, June 24, 2013


COMMENT: Ian Kirkwood describes inquiry

Newcastle Herald
By IAN KIRKWOOD June 25, 2013
ALL day I have searched for an image with which to describe the courtroom feel of the Special Commission of Inquiry sitting in Newcastle.
And the best I can come up with is this: imagine a giant ball of wool that you know is there, but which you cannot see.
Imagine, now, that the court participants - the barristers, the witnesses, the special commissioner Margaret Cunneen - can pull skeins of that ball of wool out into the open and examine them, at length, in minute detail.
That's what it's like.
The participants have the full script. The affidavits lodged as evidence in chief. Volume after volume of them, all marked with coloured tabs for ease of finding a particular quote or passage.
The media can apply for material, but approval is not always automatic.


VIDEO: Statement by Joanne McCarthy

This is a transcript of a statement by Joanne McCarthy outside the commission yesterday afternoon.

"I am pleased to have assisted this special commission in its inquiry into the NSW police force's handling of the alleged failure of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese to disclose the offending of paedophile priest Denis McAlinden. This became known as Strike Force Lantle.
I have the highest confidence in the commission's staff, and thank them for their support.
I am looking forward with interest to the next stage of this inquiry, scheduled to start next week, which is an historic, timely and necessary investigation into how the Catholic Church handled allegations of child sex abuse by clergy in the Hunter Region.
As difficult as inquiries into these kinds of issues can be, they are important issues. It is worth noting that some of the most significant media investigations, and police prosecutions involving Catholic clergy in Australia, have occurred in the Hunter Region.


The NSW Government Inquiry Resumes (Or: But Wait – There’s Even More!)

They’re at it again. The people who like to add information after the event. The “but wait – there’s more” people.
Police gave their evidence to the New South Wales government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse last month. This month, the clergy were due to appear. However, more police have been rounded up in an attempt to discredit Peter Fox, who triggered the enquiry in the first place.
Detective Sergeant Jeffery Little (pictured above) accused Detective Fox of producing a report with “significant” inaccuracies and that Fox’s statements were “a manipulation of the truth.” His lawyers, who may have liked the use of horse-racing analogies by virtue of owning horses, probably came up with the widely-reported sound bite that Fox had “ridden on a saddle of lies.”


Peter Fox TV discussion of abuse case distressed victim, inquiry told

A VICTIM of child abuse by a Catholic priest was upset that a NSW detective publicly discussed her case on television without her consent, an inquiry has heard. In an interview on the ABC's Lateline program last year, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox publicly claimed he was "ordered to stand down" from the investigation of pedophile priest Denis McAlinden.
During the TV interview, he described taking a witness statement from one of the priest's un-named victims, who had come forward and whose evidence he described as "explosive".
Giving evidence today to the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry, established to investigate Detective Fox's claims, the Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy said she had subsequently spoken to the victim, who was upset about the interview.
"Initially she wasn't upset at all ... the distress she relayed didn't occur until February or March this year," Ms McCarthy said.


Church still hindering abuse cases

The Catholic Church is still impeding police pursuit and conviction of clergy sex offenders, according to a former head of Victoria Police's sexual crimes squad.
Former Detective Inspector Glenn Davies, who now works with victims of clergy sex abuse, says his experience of working with the church is that it is "protectionist, elitist and dismissive of suggestions for change".
Mr Davies, who resigned from Victoria Police last year after he admitted briefing journalists about then-current investigations, made a submission to the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled clergy sexual abuse. This was posted on the inquiry website late on Tuesday.
Ten submissions were posted on the website, including a defence of Towards Healing by one of its investigators, former police superintendent Paul Murnane, plus a second "right of reply" by Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart.
Similar to the Victoria Police evidence, Mr Davies says both the Melbourne Response and the Towards Healing process that covers the rest of Australia "are operating in a manner that is detrimental to the administration of justice and impeding the detecting, apprehending, prosecuting or convicting" of abusers.
He attacks the role and practices of the Melbourne church's investigator, independent commissioner Peter O'Callaghan QC, saying that – far from operating like a royal commission, as Mr O'Callaghan suggests – he is really just "a reputational risk manager" who makes recommendations about compensation.


Priest knew of abuse but did nothing

Sydney Morning Herald
June 25, 2013
Catherine Armitage
Senior Writer
One of the Australian Catholic Church's most senior figures, Father Brian Lucas, confessed in an internal church document that he knew the disgraced paedophile priest Father Denis McAlinden had been "interfering with children" but he had done nothing about it.
Fairfax Media reporter Joanne McCarthy told the inquiry into church and police handling of sexual abuse in the Hunter region that documents handed to her by a victim, known as AL, indicated the systematic protection of paedophiles within the church.
Father Lucas' confession was contained in documents that then bishop of Maitland-Newcastle diocese Michael Malone had authorised be released.
In 1993 Father Lucas had known of McAlinden's abuse of a girl aged under 10. Two years later McAlinden was defrocked in secret.

On Tuesday afternoon the inquiry heard that McCarthy gave the documents to a NSW detective, Shaun McCleod, in April 2010.
"The material that the police had obviously shows on the face of it an intention to alert McAlinden ... if that isn't trying to protect a paedophile, I don't know what is," McCarthy's barrister, Winston Terracini, SC, suggested to her.


Senior police officer apologises to whistleblower Peter Fox for unfair comments

A senior New South Wales policeman has apologised to whistleblower Peter Fox for comments he made in his statement to the Special Commission investigating child sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley's Catholic Church.
The Special Commission is looking into Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims that he was ordered to stop investigating two Maitland-Newcastle priests, Father Denis McAlinden and Father James Fletcher.
Peter Fox's superior, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey, began giving evidence this afternoon at the public hearings in Newcastle.
In court today he made changes to his statement before it was tendered to the Commission, saying there were "unfair comments" regarding Peter Fox, and he apologised.
He also told the court there was no intention to shut Peter Fox out of the investigation but "it needed fresh eyes".


No bad feelings for whistleblower: NSW cop

A NSW crime manager has told an inquiry he holds no animosity towards the whistleblower who alleges police and clergy covered up abuse allegations involving Catholic priests.
Newcastle crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey says he believes Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a good detective.
"Despite what anyone may think, I have no animosity to (Detective Chief Inspector) Peter Fox," he told the inquiry into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse by Hunter Valley Catholic priests on Tuesday.
"He's a good detective, a very senior police officer and I have no problem with his work at all."
Det Insp Fox secretly provided information to several journalists since 2010 for numerous newspaper, radio and televisions reports about child sexual abuse by priests.
His assertion of a Maitland/Newcastle diocese cover up, aided by a "Catholic mafia" within police ranks, was instrumental in sparking the commission which is chiefly looking at allegations surrounding two priests, Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher who are now dead.
Det Insp Humphrey signed police documents that aimed to have Fr McAlinden extradited from Western Australia in 2005 and picked Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Little in 2011 to head a strike force looking into allegations that abuse crimes had been concealed.


The truth will heal: The Catholic Church and the Royal Commission

Not long after starting with the Truth, Justice and Healing Council - which, as you know, has been set up to provide a whole of Church response to the McClelland Royal Commission - I spent a day meeting a group of victims and survivors of clerical sexual abuse in Melbourne. For more than four hours I sat and listened to their stories, the horror they endured, and the betrayal they felt - the years of guilt, of humiliation, of isolation. It was harrowing and confronting. It also brought home to me how removed I was from their experiences.
After the final person finished their story, I was asked what I had to say. I look at the group and said that I didn't know what to say, that I had no answers. All I could eventually offer was what I thought would be dismissed by the group as yet another example of abandonment. All I could say was that I would do my best. After a long pause, a 50-year-old man looked at me and said, "Don't you dare let us down again." His comments haunt and motivate me.


Victims were my focus: Journalist tells inquiry

“Bad blood" and internal politics were ongoing in the NSW Police Force at the time a Strike Force was established to investigate concealment of alleged sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, a Special Commission of Inquiry has heard this morning.
Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy said Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told her about internal issues in 2010, before the establishment of Strike Force Lantle.
"It was obvious that there were internal political issues, I didn't want to buy into them," Ms McCarthy said.
"My obligation to the victims was to make sure they were looked after by police ... How police handled the investigation was up to police."
She said Det Chief Insp Fox indicated in emails sent in 2010 he was "desperately keen" to investigate matters of concealment by the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.
"At that stage he was feeling on the outer and was trying to communicate with officers who weren't responding to him," Ms McCarthy said. "Possibly we were both feeling the same way."
Ms McCarthy denied she colluded with Det Chief Insp Fox to withhold information from officers involved in the strike force. 


Journalist denies agreement with police whistleblower to conceal material

A journalist at the centre of an inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley's Catholic Church has denied she had an agreement with the police whistleblower not to disclose information.
Fairfax journalist, Joanne McCarthy is giving evidence at the Special Commission which is looking into Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims that he was ordered to stop investigating two Maitland Newcastle priests.
Dubbed his 'informant', Joanne McCarthy yesterday started giving evidence during the public hearings in Newcastle.


Secret info exchange over priest sex abuse

A JOURNALIST began a secret information exchange with a senior NSW police officer because she believed he was ready to investigate the concealment of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Hunter Valley.
Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy told a special NSW commission of inquiry on Tuesday that was the reason behind her extensive contact with Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox from 2010.
Under cross examination by barrister Wayne Roser on behalf of several other senior police officers, Ms McCarthy denied her arrangement with Det Insp Fox had anything to do with difficulties he may have been encountering within the force.
When explaining a series of emails during 2010 and 2011 between herself and the officer, Ms McCarthy said: "He was ready to investigate concealment.


'A journalist's caring ear': inquiry into whistleblower relationship

The late-night email set out how to wipe email trails and mask mobile calls to keep them secret. But the contact between Peter Fox and Joanne McCarthy was nevertheless exposed.
As relationships go, this one has caused a lot of trouble – for the police, the Catholic Church, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and even the Prime Minister. Now it's all being laid bare in the Newcastle Supreme Court.
Fairfax Media journalist McCarthy is being grilled in the witness box at the special inquiry into how police and Catholic Church priests and officials handled allegations of sexual abuse in NSW's Hunter Region.


Child sex abuse commission of inquiry told police reluctant to prosecute church

A SENIOR police officer investigating child sex abuse in the Catholic Church said prosecutions "weren't the way to go" when it came to historical offences, a special commission of inquiry has heard.
Newcastle journalist Joanne McCarthy told the inquiry, which resumed yesterday, that a senior police officer involved in investigations called her in 2010 to tell her a "truth and reconciliation" process might be more appropriate.
"I thought in my head: 'As if'," she said.
The first part of the commission of inquiry is looking into why police whistleblower Peter Fox was taken off the investigation and whether it was appropriate to remove him from the case.
Evidence expected to begin next week aims to shed light on whether the Catholic Church covered up instances of pedophilia, and if so to what extent.


Monday, 24 June 2013

Sex abuse inquiry unable to widen terms of reference

Brisbane Times
June 25, 2013
Catherine Armitage
Senior Writer
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell invited journalist Joanne McCarthy to a meeting with police so she could ''give them some tips'' on handling allegations of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church's Maitland-Newcastle diocese.
McCarthy, a Fairfax Media reporter, told a commission of inquiry in the Newcastle Supreme Court on Monday she thought the suggestion was ''bizarre''. She said it ''threw me'' to have been asked at the meeting by police for names and numbers of abuse victims, and she ''didn't want to be there''.
She had earlier called Mr Mitchell to ''get angry with him'' over police treatment of a victim who had offered a statement, with McCarthy's encouragement.


Police chief asked to meet reporter

AFTER a year of waiting for police to act on their investigations into alleged child abuse cover-ups within the Catholic Church, journalist Joanne McCarthy took her concerns to the Police Integrity Commission.
Making her much-anticipated appearance before the Special Commission of Inquiry in Newcastle yesterday, the Newcastle Herald journalist said her motivation stemmed from her desire to support abuse victims, one of whom had complained about how police had treated her.
She also told the inquiry that she had a heated conversation with then-Newcastle police commander and now Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell.
"I rang him to get angry with him and to let him know that I wasn't happy [about the way that an abuse victim had been treated by police]," Ms McCarthy told the inquiry.


Crowd gathers as star witnesses take their turn

FOR all its cast of characters, this Special Commission of Inquiry into the police handling of "certain child sexual abuse allegations" in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has a few star witnesses.
In an earlier bank of sittings, it was Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, whose allegations of collusion between church figures and senior police led to the inquiry in the first place.
Yesterday afternoon, though, it was the turn of Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy, whose six years of reporting on child sexual abuse has "shone the light" on a previously hidden shame.
As the committee heard, Ms McCarthy won the 2012 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year award in March this year for her body of work on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in the Hunter Valley.


Fox eager to investigate allegations: reporter

The Special Commission of Inquiry heard the first part of journalist Joanne McCarthy's evidence yesterday.
The Newcastle Herald ­journalist awarded for her role in bringing about a royal commission into child sexual abuse has told a special inquiry Peter Fox was more eager to investigate ­allegations of clergy concealment than other police.
Winner of the Graham Perkin Award, Joanne McCarthy, gave evidence at the Special Commission of Inquiry yesterday for the final week of hearings into the police investigations of alleged sexual abuse cover-ups by the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.
Ms McCarthy said when she spoke to Detective Inspector David Waddell about a potential concealment he was “not wholeheartedly” convinced the matters should be investigated.
“I’m not saying that negatively ... not saying you’re against doing something,” Ms McCarthy told the special inquiry.
Comparatively, she said Detective Chief Inspector Fox jumped hurdles some officers were unable to overcome because they were matters involving the church.
“It’s obvious he [Detective Chief Inspector Fox] had a different approach to some other police ... some of the other police weren’t so keen compared to his keenness.”
She said Detective Inspector Waddell said he “felt sorry” for former Bishop Michael Malone because of his assistance in ­previous investigations of abuse concealment.


The Ridsdale Saga (Or: SSSSSHHHHH!!!!!!!)

Australia’s Catholic Cardinal, George Pell (pictured above, entering court with former housemate Fr. Gerald Ridsdale) has been spared a problem.
Ridsdale, Australia’s worst paedophile priest, was eligible for parole this month. However, his application for parole was rejected by the Victorian Adult Parole Board after more people spoke out on allegations of abuse, causing a new investigation. Despite considering Ridsdale’s bid for freedom, the Adult Parole Board ruled to defer any decision until receiving the outcome of Victoria Police’s probe.
The Victorian Adult Parole Board, newly headed by Elizabeth Curtain, has been under fire over recent parole decisions, notably a case where a serial, violent sex offender was released, then assaulted and murdered ABC radio staffer, Jill Meagher, from Ireland.
Ridsdale was being urged to reveal how the church helped cover up his illegal activities. His victims say he should give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. “If he started to talk about what he knew, the Catholic Church house of cards would come tumbling down,” one of Ridsdale’s victims said.


Police sought tips on church sexual abuse claims, inquiry told

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell invited journalist Joanne McCarthy to a meeting with police so she could ''give them some tips'' on handling allegations of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church's Maitland-Newcastle diocese.
McCarthy, a Fairfax Media reporter, told a commission of inquiry in the Newcastle Supreme Court on Monday she thought the suggestion was ''bizarre''. She said it ''threw me'' to have been asked at the meeting by police for names and numbers of abuse victims, and she ''didn't want to be there''.
She had earlier called Mr Mitchell to ''get angry with him'' over police treatment of a victim who had offered a statement, with McCarthy's encouragement.


Nick Xenophon says ...

The Australian
Nick Xenophon says senate must consider principles of parliamentary privilege over priest naming
MICHAEL OWEN From: The Australian June 25, 2013
INDEPENDENT senator Nick Xenophon says Senate President John Hogg must consider important principles of parliamentary privilege if he probes the incorrect naming of an Adelaide priest as a perpetrator of clerical sexual abuse.
Senator Xenophon yesterday stopped short of agreeing to accept any sanction from the Senate over his actions.
"I am not going to pre-empt anything the Senate does - but there are also important principles of privilege at stake and the reasons for it,'' he said.
"I am confident the President of the Senate will deal with the complaint fairly and promptly, unlike the way the Adelaide Archdiocese of the Catholic Church dealt with John Hepworth's complaints.''
Senator Xenophon used parliamentary privilege in September 2011 to name Monsignor Ian Dempsey as one of three priests who allegedly abused former head of the Traditional Anglican Communion John Hepworth in a Catholic seminary the 1960s.
The South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions recommended earlier this month that no abuse charges be laid against Monsignor Dempsey, after a 19-month investigation found there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have a reasonable chance of conviction.

Praise and criticism for police whistleblower

ABC - Lateline
[with video]
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 24/06/2013
Reporter: Emma Alberici
The NSW special commission of inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church resumed in Newcastle and heard both praise and criticism for the police officer who sparked the inquiry Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church resumed today in Newcastle with praise and criticism for detective chief inspector Peter Fox, the police officer who sparked the inquiry.
The journalist who Peter Fox has described as his informant, Joanne McCarthy from the Newcastle Herald, took the stand today.
She described Peter Fox as having a different approach to his investigations, saying he was pretty keen compared to other police.
Ms McCarthy also told the inquiry she was phoned by another senior police officer in the Hunter who said the internal Church documents she'd supplied to investigators would not lead to a prosecution.
JOANNE MCCARTHY, NEWCASTLE HERALD (female voiceover): "On 13th August, 2010, I received a call from police officer Stephen Ray. He told me that in regards to the Catholic Church, prosecutions weren't the way to go. He said a Truth and Reconciliation Commission might be the better way to go."


Abuse cop 'wanted bosses pursued'

The Australian
DAN BOX From: The Australian June 25, 2013
A FAIRFAX reporter who spent years working with the detective at the centre of a NSW government inquiry into Catholic church child abuse said yesterday the policeman might have been motivated by a personal agenda against his colleagues.
The reporter, Joanne McCarthy of The Newcastle Herald, moved to distance herself from the detective, Peter Fox, telling the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry that "my job, as he sees it, is to criticise the NSW Police".
The inquiry was established after Detective Chief Inspector Fox publicly claimed he was "ordered to stand down" from the investigation into an alleged cover-up relating to a pedophile priest, Denis McAlinden.
"He believed that he should have been involved in the investigation," McCarthy told the inquiry. "That's his position."
In a 2010 email sent to McCarthy, two years before he went public with his claims, Chief Inspector Fox said he hoped to withhold witness statements he had taken from police investigating the alleged conspiracy. This email went on to state that two of his superior officers were "practising Catholics", although McCarthy told the inquiry she "didn't buy into" the policeman's argument.

Help for victims of abuse

WITH increased introspection regarding child abuse in Australia, one Leeton woman is hoping to give a voice to victims of abuse.
Amanda Prosser is a former police officer and teacher who would like to help those who have been directly affected make submissions to the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child abuse, announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in January.
Institutionalised child abuse and how it has been covered up is also being examined in two states at present, with a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations, and a Special Commission of Inquiry into alleged child abuse in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
While the Royal Commission has yet to commence, Miss Prosser has made her own submission and believes others should do the same.
"Children deserve our protection as a society and we need to be more vigilant, whether a parent or not," Miss Prosser said.
"I would encourage any local victims or witnesses to forward any information that is relevant to child abuse directly to the Royal Commission.
"By doing this, the information is assured of a complete and thorough investigation by professionals who have been tasked to investigate every piece of information that is posted to them."
Miss Prosser is offering to help anyone wanting to make a submission to the Royal Commission and would maintain full confidentiality.


Journo wanted to help priest abuse victims

Sydney Morning Herald
June 24, 2013
Paul Maguire
A journalist has told an inquiry that she wrote a series of newspaper articles about child sexual abuse by priests because she wanted to help the victims.
Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy's articles, over two years from 2010, led to the establishment of the special commission of inquiry into child abuse allegations in the Hunter region and won her a top national award for investigative journalism.
"It was my only objective," Ms McCarthy told Commissioner Margaret Cunneen in the Newcastle Supreme Court on Monday.
"It was about having the victims and their families looked after.
"I didn't want to go the police.

Child sex abuse inquiry continues

Maitland Mercury
[witness list]
The Special Commission of Inquiry into an alleged child sexual abuse cover up by the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese has resumed in Newcastle this morning.
The special commission is examining allegations made by Detective Chief Inspector Fox that he was ordered by senior police to stop investigating paedophilia within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.
Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Little was the first to take the stand this morning.
The detective sergeant, who lead a 2010 investigation into child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, said Detective Chief Inspector Fox was nominated as the possible leak of information to the media.


Priest abuse report 'manipulated truth'

A police whistleblower's report that sparked an inquiry into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the NSW Hunter region was 'written on a saddle of lies', the inquiry has heard.
Detective Sergeant Jeffery Little was giving evidence on Monday in the Newcastle Supreme Court at the special commission of inquiry into child abuse allegations in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese.
Since December 2010 Sgt Little has been in charge of Strike Force Lantle, which was established to look into complaints four alleged victims made about Father Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher, who are both now dead.
Sgt Little said the report by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, which suggested the police operation was a sham, included 'significant' inaccuracies.
Comments made by Det Insp Fox that the police operation was a sham were 'a manipulation of the truth', Sgt Little told Commissioner Margaret Cunneen.


UPDATE: Herald journalist takes stand at inquiry

By JASON GORDON June 24, 2013
NEWCASTLE Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy has taken the stand at the Special Commission of Inquiry into how police and senior clergy handled allegations of child sex abuse within the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese.
Ms McCarthy told the inquiry that she was handed information concerning disgraced priest Denis McAlinden by a victim of abuse in late 2009.
Some time later, Ms McCarthy forwarded the information to police, with the consent of the victim known only as AL.
Ms McCarthy said the significance of the information only dawned on her later when she was investigating how the church had handled its own investigation into McAlinden.


The Rabbi Says “Sorry”

June 24, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
Rabbi Baruch Dov Lesches has apologised for remarks reported by Fairfax Media intimating that young sexual assault victims may have been consenting.
In a prepared statement Rabbis Lesches says: ”
I would like to apologize for statements made in a private telephone conversation that caused pain to the greater public. I deeply regret the incident.
I would like to make my position absolutely clear: Without any reservation, I endorse the rabbinical rulings encouraging victims of abuse to report to the police.
I was saddened to see an edited audio clip released by the Australian media regarding a personal phone conversation I had with an alleged victim of child abuse. I am troubled by the unprofessional conduct of the reporter who did not call me to verify the facts. Had he called me, I’m sure the information I would have provided would have produced a dramatically different article.


Detective Peter Fox 'misleading' over child sex abuse probe

A DETECTIVE at the centre of a state government inquiry into child abuse within the Catholic church "has ridden to glory on a saddle of lies", according to one of his colleagues.
The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry, which resumed this morning, was set up after Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox publicly claimed he was "ordered to stand down" from the investigation of a pedophile priest, Denis McAlinden.
The officer in charge of that investigation, Jeff Little, told the hearing that many of Detective Fox's claims, including that the police Strike Force was "set up to fail" were untrue.
"I was absolutely mortified by those comments,'' Detective Sergeant Little said.
''The mere fact that he's ridden to glory on a saddle of lies at this point is a concern for me."
Detective Little, whose investigation into the alleged cover-up of McAlinden's crimes by senior clergy ultimately ran to almost 3000 pages of evidence, said other of Detective Fox's claims were misleading.