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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

Saturday, 30 November 2013

What Is The Next Hearing About? (Or: Towards Reeling)

The next hearings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin on 9th December, in Sydney. More than a year after the announcement of the Royal Commission by former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, it will finally touch on the Catholic Church.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/30/what-is-the-next-hearing-about-or-towards-reeling/

What Is The Next Hearing About? (Or: Towards Reeling)

The next hearings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin on 9th December, in Sydney. More than a year after the announcement of the Royal Commission by former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, it will finally touch on the Catholic Church.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/30/what-is-the-next-hearing-about-or-towards-reeling/

Opinion: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shows men of God failed to act

"That's not the Pat Comben I knew,'' said a former ministerial staffer and current political tragic over a beer last week.
Nor was it the Pat Comben I knew as my former member of parliament, a former cabinet minister, a late-ordained Anglican minister, and neighbourhood acquaintance.
This was a man against whom few had ill to say, whose table was invariably a gathering of good and interesting people, who frequently filled his ministerial limo with strangers on the way to the office and by all accounts was a more than competent minister.
We were discussing allegations levelled by former workmate Tommy Campion, who accused Comben of duplicity and betrayal in what have been called "cruel and inappropriate" church responses to claims of abuse at the North Coast Children's Home at Lismore.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-royal-commission-into-institutional-responses-to-child-sexual-abuse-shows-men-of-god-failed-to-act/story-fnihsr9v-1226772121966

Opinion: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shows men of God failed to act

"That's not the Pat Comben I knew,'' said a former ministerial staffer and current political tragic over a beer last week.
Nor was it the Pat Comben I knew as my former member of parliament, a former cabinet minister, a late-ordained Anglican minister, and neighbourhood acquaintance.
This was a man against whom few had ill to say, whose table was invariably a gathering of good and interesting people, who frequently filled his ministerial limo with strangers on the way to the office and by all accounts was a more than competent minister.
We were discussing allegations levelled by former workmate Tommy Campion, who accused Comben of duplicity and betrayal in what have been called "cruel and inappropriate" church responses to claims of abuse at the North Coast Children's Home at Lismore.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-royal-commission-into-institutional-responses-to-child-sexual-abuse-shows-men-of-god-failed-to-act/story-fnihsr9v-1226772121966

Royal commission to bring up a lot of emotions for victims

RELATIONSHIPS Australia will support victims of child sexual abuse in institutions who wish to talk to the royal commission.
Counsellor Aaron Kenney said as people began to tell their stories it would bring up a lot emotionally.
"Certain counselling services have been contracted by the royal commission to provide support as they go through the process," he said.
"We can support them to articulate their story.
"Some people, they haven't talked about it for quite a while, if ever."

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/counsellors-are-ready-to-help-abuse-victims/2100750/

Royal commission to bring up a lot of emotions for victims

RELATIONSHIPS Australia will support victims of child sexual abuse in institutions who wish to talk to the royal commission.
Counsellor Aaron Kenney said as people began to tell their stories it would bring up a lot emotionally.
"Certain counselling services have been contracted by the royal commission to provide support as they go through the process," he said.
"We can support them to articulate their story.
"Some people, they haven't talked about it for quite a while, if ever."

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/counsellors-are-ready-to-help-abuse-victims/2100750/

They were numbers; now they have voices

The state government is helping 25 former residents of Kinchela Boys Home tell their harrowing stories.

'We are boys among men,'' says Uncle Manuel Ebsworth. ''We may be old men now, but we still think of each other as boys.'' That is because these men can never stop thinking about what happened to them as boys. The horrors of what went on behind the gates of the Kinchela Boys Home are what unite them now, and haunt them still. Ebsworth, now 64, was not Manuel for his 10 years in the home. He was No.28.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/they-were-numbers-now-they-have-voices-20131129-2ygzm.html

They were numbers; now they have voices

The state government is helping 25 former residents of Kinchela Boys Home tell their harrowing stories.

'We are boys among men,'' says Uncle Manuel Ebsworth. ''We may be old men now, but we still think of each other as boys.'' That is because these men can never stop thinking about what happened to them as boys. The horrors of what went on behind the gates of the Kinchela Boys Home are what unite them now, and haunt them still. Ebsworth, now 64, was not Manuel for his 10 years in the home. He was No.28.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/they-were-numbers-now-they-have-voices-20131129-2ygzm.html

Friday, 29 November 2013

Bistum Münster: Was von der Transparenzoffensive übrig blieb

Unwahrheit, Manipulation eines Wikipedia-Artikels: Mit allen Mitteln versuchte das Bistum Münster – insbesondere Pressesprecher Dr. Stephan Kronenburg – den Eindruck zu erwecken, der Bischöfliche Stuhl zu Münster sei nicht Miteigentümer der Aachener Siedlungs- und Wohnungsgesellschaft (ASW). Eine aktuelle Auskunft der ASW gegenüber dem Amtsgericht Köln belegt jetzt: Der Bischöfliche Stuhl zu Münster ist zu 10,65% an der ASW beteiligt. Anteilswert gem. der Konzernbilanz zum 31.12.2011: 41,7 Mio. Euro – und das bei Bewertung zu historischen Anschaffungskosten abzüglich Abschreibungen.

http://skydaddy.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/bistum-munster-was-von-der-transparenzoffensive-ubrig-blieb/ 

Koblenz/Trier: Missbrauch in der Kirche? Pfarrer ist weiter im Einsatz

Koblenz/Trier - Die Übergriffe sollen fast 30 Jahre zurückliegen - und eine strafrechtliche Klärung wird es nicht mehr geben. Aber für die mutmaßlichen Opfer des katholischen Priesters, der nach wie vor in Koblenz und im Kreis Altenkirchen tätig ist, ist der Fall keineswegs abgeschlossen.Im Juli 2012 hatte sich ein heute 44-Jähriger Saarländer beim Bistum Trier gemeldet. Er sei im Jahr 1985 vom Pfarrer einer Gemeinde im Saarland sexuell missbraucht worden. Seitdem läuft das interne Verfahren der Kirche. Und seitdem läuft auch sein Antrag auf Entschädigung durch die Kirche. Wie die Sache ausgeht, ist offen. Klar ist nur: Der beschuldigte Pfarrer ist weiter im Amt, hält weiter Messen, nach Informationen unserer Zeitung auch regelmäßig in Koblenz.

http://www.rhein-zeitung.de/region/lokales/koblenz_artikel,-KoblenzTrier-Missbrauch-in-der-Kirche-Pfarrer-ist-weiter-im-Einsatz-_arid,1074122.html

Aspinall’s Final Say (Or: The Rubicon Was Too Cold To Cross)

The head of the Anglican Church was given the last word at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s third hearing, into Allan Kitchingman (see previous posting) and the Anglican Church’s North Coast Children’s Home. That word was “help”.
Like Catholic Cardinal, George Pell, Primate Aspinall is keen to remind anyone who will listen, that he is not like a CEO of his church, in that he has no power over his apparent underlings. Aspinall has so little power, that he has called on the commission to recommend that the government pass laws to force his church to be more humane towards its victims, through a national compensation system.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/29/aspinalls-final-say-or-the-rubicon-was-too-cold-to-cross/

Aspinall’s Final Say (Or: The Rubicon Was Too Cold To Cross)

The head of the Anglican Church was given the last word at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s third hearing, into Allan Kitchingman (see previous posting) and the Anglican Church’s North Coast Children’s Home. That word was “help”.
Like Catholic Cardinal, George Pell, Primate Aspinall is keen to remind anyone who will listen, that he is not like a CEO of his church, in that he has no power over his apparent underlings. Aspinall has so little power, that he has called on the commission to recommend that the government pass laws to force his church to be more humane towards its victims, through a national compensation system.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/29/aspinalls-final-say-or-the-rubicon-was-too-cold-to-cross/

Every Anglican Church diocese may be audited

HUNDREDS of files are being reviewed and an audit of every diocese in the country is on the cards as the Anglican Church deals with the fall out of a damning royal commission inquiry.
The two-week investigation into the way the Grafton Diocese responded to allegations of child sex abuse at Lismore's North Coast Children's Home, began with haunting tales of savage beatings, rapes and emotional torment and ended with an acknowledgment from the Primate of the Anglican Church, Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, that it was time for cultural change.
While no witness denied that the abuse had occurred, the hearings were not without controversy.

http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/every-anglican-church-diocese-audit/2100651/

Every Anglican Church diocese may be audited

HUNDREDS of files are being reviewed and an audit of every diocese in the country is on the cards as the Anglican Church deals with the fall out of a damning royal commission inquiry.
The two-week investigation into the way the Grafton Diocese responded to allegations of child sex abuse at Lismore's North Coast Children's Home, began with haunting tales of savage beatings, rapes and emotional torment and ended with an acknowledgment from the Primate of the Anglican Church, Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, that it was time for cultural change.
While no witness denied that the abuse had occurred, the hearings were not without controversy.

http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/every-anglican-church-diocese-audit/2100651/

Predator priest Gerald Ridsdale moved on by Catholic Church for a decade


ONE of Australia's worst paedophiles was sent by the Catholic Church to the US for "counselling", rather than reported to police.
Despite knowing in 1975 that priest Gerald Ridsdale had begun abusing children, the church moved him from parish to parish: at least seven in 11 years.
The Catholic Church paid $70,000 for Ridsdale, now 79, to attend a monastery in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.
Another priest and a brother were sent to the same United States monastery

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/predator-priest-gerald-ridsdale-moved-on-by-catholic-church-for-a-decade/story-fni0fee2-1226771781788

Predator priest Gerald Ridsdale moved on by Catholic Church for a decade


ONE of Australia's worst paedophiles was sent by the Catholic Church to the US for "counselling", rather than reported to police.
Despite knowing in 1975 that priest Gerald Ridsdale had begun abusing children, the church moved him from parish to parish: at least seven in 11 years.
The Catholic Church paid $70,000 for Ridsdale, now 79, to attend a monastery in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.
Another priest and a brother were sent to the same United States monastery

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/predator-priest-gerald-ridsdale-moved-on-by-catholic-church-for-a-decade/story-fni0fee2-1226771781788

Justice demands truth

FATHER Gerald Ridsdale will be remembered as Victoria’s worst sex abuser. His victims number hundreds when the families of those he molested are also counted.
Today, the Herald Sun reveals that his years of paederasty began long before he was ordained as a priest.
He slept with two boys aged 10 and 12 six years before he was ordained. The mother of the boys said Ridsdale was supposed to sleep on a mattress she had made up for him, but she found him in the boys’ bunk bed the following morning.
The Catholic Church knew that Ridsdale had started abusing young children and kept moving him from parish to parish to cover up his crimes. He was sent to New Mexico for counselling instead of being reported to police.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/justice-demands-truth/story-e6frg12c-1226771670199

Justice demands truth

FATHER Gerald Ridsdale will be remembered as Victoria’s worst sex abuser. His victims number hundreds when the families of those he molested are also counted.
Today, the Herald Sun reveals that his years of paederasty began long before he was ordained as a priest.
He slept with two boys aged 10 and 12 six years before he was ordained. The mother of the boys said Ridsdale was supposed to sleep on a mattress she had made up for him, but she found him in the boys’ bunk bed the following morning.
The Catholic Church knew that Ridsdale had started abusing young children and kept moving him from parish to parish to cover up his crimes. He was sent to New Mexico for counselling instead of being reported to police.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/justice-demands-truth/story-e6frg12c-1226771670199

Anglican Bishops of Victoria reaffirm child protection measures

The Anglican Bishops of Victoria reaffirm their resolve to work to strengthen the child protection measures already in place in the five dioceses that make up the Province of Victoria.
“We have worked together to scrutinise our protocols and ensure they meet the high standards we expect of clergy and church workers. We are completing the process of checking all clergy files to confirm that any past instance of abuse is known and has been dealt with properly,” said the bishops. “The welfare of the victims is paramount.”
The Anglican Church has a National Register of clergy where there has been a breach of professional standards, including any confirmed instance of child abuse. The Register is one of the sources of information used by the Anglican Church in ensuring that clergy are cleared to carry out ministry.

Anglican Bishops of Victoria reaffirm child protection measures

The Anglican Bishops of Victoria reaffirm their resolve to work to strengthen the child protection measures already in place in the five dioceses that make up the Province of Victoria.
“We have worked together to scrutinise our protocols and ensure they meet the high standards we expect of clergy and church workers. We are completing the process of checking all clergy files to confirm that any past instance of abuse is known and has been dealt with properly,” said the bishops. “The welfare of the victims is paramount.”
The Anglican Church has a National Register of clergy where there has been a breach of professional standards, including any confirmed instance of child abuse. The Register is one of the sources of information used by the Anglican Church in ensuring that clergy are cleared to carry out ministry.

Victorian Anglicans conduct abuse probe

Victoria's Anglican bishops say they are in the process of checking all clergy files to ensure that any past instances of sexual abuse are known.
The bishops say they are working to strengthen child protection measures that are already in place in its five Victorian dioceses.
Friday's statement comes after evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse about an Anglican Church institution in NSW.
The Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse also recently handed down its report.
"We have worked together to scrutinise our protocols and ensure they meet the high standards we expect of clergy and church workers," the bishops said in a statement.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/29/17/07/victorian-anglicans-conduct-abuse-probe

Victorian Anglicans conduct abuse probe

Victoria's Anglican bishops say they are in the process of checking all clergy files to ensure that any past instances of sexual abuse are known.
The bishops say they are working to strengthen child protection measures that are already in place in its five Victorian dioceses.
Friday's statement comes after evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse about an Anglican Church institution in NSW.
The Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse also recently handed down its report.
"We have worked together to scrutinise our protocols and ensure they meet the high standards we expect of clergy and church workers," the bishops said in a statement.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/29/17/07/victorian-anglicans-conduct-abuse-probe

Comben's role in shredding material

EVEN before he became registrar of Grafton's Anglican diocese, Pat Comben had a controversial record when dealing with alleged child abuse.

As a minister in Wayne Goss's Queensland Labor government, Comben shared cabinet responsibility in 1990 for shredding material gathered by retired magistrate Noel Heiner about working conditions at Brisbane's John Oxley Youth Centre.

Legal advice had indicated the government could be open to defamation action if the files were retained.

A decade later, an allegation emerged that a 14-year-old girl was raped while on an excursion from the centre in 1988.

In a spectacular television interview in 1999, Comben said the entire Goss cabinet knew the shredded documents concerned child abuse.

"In broad terms, we were all made aware there was material about child abuse," he told the Nine Network.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/combens-role-in-shredding-material/story-e6frg6z6-1226770823377

Comben's role in shredding material

EVEN before he became registrar of Grafton's Anglican diocese, Pat Comben had a controversial record when dealing with alleged child abuse.

As a minister in Wayne Goss's Queensland Labor government, Comben shared cabinet responsibility in 1990 for shredding material gathered by retired magistrate Noel Heiner about working conditions at Brisbane's John Oxley Youth Centre.

Legal advice had indicated the government could be open to defamation action if the files were retained.

A decade later, an allegation emerged that a 14-year-old girl was raped while on an excursion from the centre in 1988.

In a spectacular television interview in 1999, Comben said the entire Goss cabinet knew the shredded documents concerned child abuse.

"In broad terms, we were all made aware there was material about child abuse," he told the Nine Network.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/combens-role-in-shredding-material/story-e6frg6z6-1226770823377

Abuse diocese puts community first

The Anglican diocese that controlled a NSW home where children were horribly abused had a stark choice: should it protect the beaten and broken victims or the pillars of its Christian community?
It chose the community, those who afforded it time and money to keep its parishes afloat and good works happening in its schools, churches and homes across northern NSW.
The land and buildings which include Lismore's now surely notorious North Coast Children's Home are worth about $200 million according to evidence presented to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/29/14/09/abuse-diocese-puts-community-first

Abuse diocese puts community first

The Anglican diocese that controlled a NSW home where children were horribly abused had a stark choice: should it protect the beaten and broken victims or the pillars of its Christian community?
It chose the community, those who afforded it time and money to keep its parishes afloat and good works happening in its schools, churches and homes across northern NSW.
The land and buildings which include Lismore's now surely notorious North Coast Children's Home are worth about $200 million according to evidence presented to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/29/14/09/abuse-diocese-puts-community-first

Royal Commission calls for victims from the Anglican diocese of Adelaide

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is calling on members of the public, who suffered sexual abuse as a child within the Anglican Church and have subsequently made a claim to the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide since 2004, to contact the Royal Commission.
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said Healing Steps was implemented by the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide in 2004 to provide pastoral support and practical assistance for victims of sexual abuse. The program was established after an internal inquiry made recommendations about how the Diocese could improve its response to sexual abuse and misconduct, including child sexual abuse.
“Healing Steps was established by the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide as an alternative approach to civil proceedings for resolving claims of sexual abuse, including child sexual abuse.
“The Royal Commission is in the process of gathering information relevant to these matters, and would like to talk to anyone who was sexually abused as a child within the Anglican Church, and who has participated in the Healing Steps program.
“It can be difficult and scary for people to talk to us. We want to assure people that information shared with the Royal Commission is kept absolutely confidential. We do not share any information without permission,” she said.
Ms Dines explained that the Royal Commission wants to reach as many participants as it can to give everyone the opportunity to share their story.
“The Royal Commission hopes that victims’ stories will contribute to the Commission’s understanding of how the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide responded to claims of child sexual abuse,” Ms Dines said.
To speak with the Royal Commission, call 1800 099 340 or email registerinterest@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
Media enquiries: Alisha Chapman: (02) 8282 3966 or 0477 708 469 media@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/victims-from-the-anglican-diocese-adelaide/ 

Royal Commission calls for victims from the Anglican diocese of Adelaide

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is calling on members of the public, who suffered sexual abuse as a child within the Anglican Church and have subsequently made a claim to the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide since 2004, to contact the Royal Commission.
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said Healing Steps was implemented by the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide in 2004 to provide pastoral support and practical assistance for victims of sexual abuse. The program was established after an internal inquiry made recommendations about how the Diocese could improve its response to sexual abuse and misconduct, including child sexual abuse.
“Healing Steps was established by the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide as an alternative approach to civil proceedings for resolving claims of sexual abuse, including child sexual abuse.
“The Royal Commission is in the process of gathering information relevant to these matters, and would like to talk to anyone who was sexually abused as a child within the Anglican Church, and who has participated in the Healing Steps program.
“It can be difficult and scary for people to talk to us. We want to assure people that information shared with the Royal Commission is kept absolutely confidential. We do not share any information without permission,” she said.
Ms Dines explained that the Royal Commission wants to reach as many participants as it can to give everyone the opportunity to share their story.
“The Royal Commission hopes that victims’ stories will contribute to the Commission’s understanding of how the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide responded to claims of child sexual abuse,” Ms Dines said.
To speak with the Royal Commission, call 1800 099 340 or email registerinterest@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
Media enquiries: Alisha Chapman: (02) 8282 3966 or 0477 708 469 media@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/victims-from-the-anglican-diocese-adelaide/ 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

What Aspinall Said And Did Not Say (Or: Splitting Hairs For Fun And Profit)

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall gets a little confused at times. This week he gave evidence to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, in a hearing focused on Allan Kitchingman (see previous posting) and the North Coast Children’s Home (see previous postings) run by the Anglican Church (known elsewhere as the Episcopalian Church or the Church of England).

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/28/what-aspinall-said-and-did-not-say-or-splitting-hairs-for-fun-and-profit/

What Aspinall Said And Did Not Say (Or: Splitting Hairs For Fun And Profit)

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall gets a little confused at times. This week he gave evidence to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, in a hearing focused on Allan Kitchingman (see previous posting) and the North Coast Children’s Home (see previous postings) run by the Anglican Church (known elsewhere as the Episcopalian Church or the Church of England).

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/28/what-aspinall-said-and-did-not-say-or-splitting-hairs-for-fun-and-profit/

Reluctant journalist wins top gong

A reluctant journalist whose work on the issue of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia's top journalism award.
Joanne McCarthy, who wrote a series of articles for the Newcastle Herald, won the Gold Walkley Award at a ceremony in Brisbane on Thursday.
She told a room crowded with some of the nation's most respected journalists that she took great pride from her role in prompting a royal commission into the issue.
"This was about a hell of a lot of individuals in the end across the country who just decided enough was enough," she said during her acceptance speech.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/29/07/39/reluctant-journalist-wins-top-gong

Reluctant journalist wins top gong

A reluctant journalist whose work on the issue of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia's top journalism award.
Joanne McCarthy, who wrote a series of articles for the Newcastle Herald, won the Gold Walkley Award at a ceremony in Brisbane on Thursday.
She told a room crowded with some of the nation's most respected journalists that she took great pride from her role in prompting a royal commission into the issue.
"This was about a hell of a lot of individuals in the end across the country who just decided enough was enough," she said during her acceptance speech.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/29/07/39/reluctant-journalist-wins-top-gong

Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy wins Gold Walkley

Shine the light - an archive
NEWCASTLE Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy last night capped a stunning year by winning Australian journalism’s most prestigious award, the Gold Walkley.
McCarthy collected the coveted award at last night’s gala ceremony in Brisbane for her reporting on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, which led to a state inquiry and royal commission.
It was one of two Walkley wins for McCarthy and the Herald.
The Herald team of McCarthy, editor Chad Watson and reporters Ian Kirkwood and Jason Gordon won the Walkley award for coverage of community and regional affairs for the ‘Shine the Light’ series on child sex abuse.
The Herald’s Donna Page, Matt Carr and Darren Pateman were finalists for the community and regional affairs award for their investigation into devastating grout spill by mining contractors in the Mount Sugarloaf State conservation area.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1938954/herald-reporter-joanne-mccarthy-wins-gold-walkley/?cs=12

Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy wins Gold Walkley

Shine the light - an archive
NEWCASTLE Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy last night capped a stunning year by winning Australian journalism’s most prestigious award, the Gold Walkley.
McCarthy collected the coveted award at last night’s gala ceremony in Brisbane for her reporting on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, which led to a state inquiry and royal commission.
It was one of two Walkley wins for McCarthy and the Herald.
The Herald team of McCarthy, editor Chad Watson and reporters Ian Kirkwood and Jason Gordon won the Walkley award for coverage of community and regional affairs for the ‘Shine the Light’ series on child sex abuse.
The Herald’s Donna Page, Matt Carr and Darren Pateman were finalists for the community and regional affairs award for their investigation into devastating grout spill by mining contractors in the Mount Sugarloaf State conservation area.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1938954/herald-reporter-joanne-mccarthy-wins-gold-walkley/?cs=12

The Age wins Walkley Awards

The Age has cemented its longstanding position as a home of award-winning journalism by taking out a number of major categories at the 58th Walkley Awards in Brisbane on Thursday night.
Judges in the nation's most respected journalism awards recognised The Age's detailed coverage of the Essendon drug scandal as the best All Media Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue.
The award was shared by multi-award winning journalists Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson, John Silvester, Jake Niall and The Age team.
Investigative duo McKenzie and Baker backed up to win the award for best Print/Text News Report for a series of exposes on bikie infiltration of the police, gun smuggling through Port Botany and drug importation involving corrupt customs officers at Sydney Airport.
Adele Ferguson and Chris Vedelago picked up the top business journalism gong with stories revealing serious misconduct inside the Commonwealth Bank and a consequent government inquiry into corporate watchdog ASIC.

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1940146/the-age-wins-walkley-awards/?cs=12

The Age wins Walkley Awards

The Age has cemented its longstanding position as a home of award-winning journalism by taking out a number of major categories at the 58th Walkley Awards in Brisbane on Thursday night.
Judges in the nation's most respected journalism awards recognised The Age's detailed coverage of the Essendon drug scandal as the best All Media Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue.
The award was shared by multi-award winning journalists Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson, John Silvester, Jake Niall and The Age team.
Investigative duo McKenzie and Baker backed up to win the award for best Print/Text News Report for a series of exposes on bikie infiltration of the police, gun smuggling through Port Botany and drug importation involving corrupt customs officers at Sydney Airport.
Adele Ferguson and Chris Vedelago picked up the top business journalism gong with stories revealing serious misconduct inside the Commonwealth Bank and a consequent government inquiry into corporate watchdog ASIC.

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1940146/the-age-wins-walkley-awards/?cs=12

Walkley Awards: Joanne McCarthy wins gold, Caroline Jones among ABC journalists honoured,

The newspaper reporter whose stories on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia's highest journalism honour.
The newspaper reporter whose stories on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia's highest journalism honour.
Joanne McCarthy from the Newcastle Herald was presented with the Gold Walkley Award at a ceremony in Brisbane last night.
She won the award for her coverage on the sexual abuse of children, primarily by Catholic clergy in the New South Wales Newcastle and Hunter Valley region.
McCarthy thanked the victims and their families for trusting her to tell their stories.
"This was about a hell of a lot of individuals in the end across the country who just decided enough was enough," she said.
"It just shows you don't need an army, you just need people believing that something had to be done and it was wonderful to be a part of it."
McCarthy told the crowd she never wanted to become a journalist.
"This is probably a good time to make a confession, I never actually wanted to be a journalist," she said.
"I was all lined up to go to Macquarie Uni to be a librarian and then an ad appeared in the Gosford Star newspaper, the first cadetship."


http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-11-29/walkley-awards-joanne-mccarthy-wins-gold-caroline-jones-among-abc-journalists-honoured/1227076

Walkley Awards: Joanne McCarthy wins gold, Caroline Jones among ABC journalists honoured,

The newspaper reporter whose stories on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia's highest journalism honour.
The newspaper reporter whose stories on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia's highest journalism honour.
Joanne McCarthy from the Newcastle Herald was presented with the Gold Walkley Award at a ceremony in Brisbane last night.
She won the award for her coverage on the sexual abuse of children, primarily by Catholic clergy in the New South Wales Newcastle and Hunter Valley region.
McCarthy thanked the victims and their families for trusting her to tell their stories.
"This was about a hell of a lot of individuals in the end across the country who just decided enough was enough," she said.
"It just shows you don't need an army, you just need people believing that something had to be done and it was wonderful to be a part of it."
McCarthy told the crowd she never wanted to become a journalist.
"This is probably a good time to make a confession, I never actually wanted to be a journalist," she said.
"I was all lined up to go to Macquarie Uni to be a librarian and then an ad appeared in the Gosford Star newspaper, the first cadetship."


http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-11-29/walkley-awards-joanne-mccarthy-wins-gold-caroline-jones-among-abc-journalists-honoured/1227076

Anglican Bishop at odds with head of church on compensation

THE incoming bishop of an Anglican diocese at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal has declined to support the head of the Australian Church in calling for new laws to force churches to pay compensation to the victims of such crimes.

Despite having spoken openly to the media after her appointment as Bishop of Grafton last week, Reverend Sarah Macneil yesterday declined all requests to be interviewed or provide a written statement about the proposal.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/anglican-bishop-at-odds-with-head-of-church-on-compensation/story-fngburq5-1226770838290#

Anglican Bishop at odds with head of church on compensation

THE incoming bishop of an Anglican diocese at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal has declined to support the head of the Australian Church in calling for new laws to force churches to pay compensation to the victims of such crimes.

Despite having spoken openly to the media after her appointment as Bishop of Grafton last week, Reverend Sarah Macneil yesterday declined all requests to be interviewed or provide a written statement about the proposal.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/anglican-bishop-at-odds-with-head-of-church-on-compensation/story-fngburq5-1226770838290#

Trying to make amends

N a prearranged interview outside the royal commission, former Anglican registrar Pat Comben tells reporters he has left the priesthood in protest, he says, at the most recent child sex abuse scandal to engulf the church.

This scandal centres on the Diocese of Grafton, in northern NSW, and particularly the actions of a few senior officials including Comben, a "dominant", "assertive" and "aggressive" character, the commission hears.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/trying-to-make-amends/story-e6frg6z6-1226770816459#

Trying to make amends

N a prearranged interview outside the royal commission, former Anglican registrar Pat Comben tells reporters he has left the priesthood in protest, he says, at the most recent child sex abuse scandal to engulf the church.

This scandal centres on the Diocese of Grafton, in northern NSW, and particularly the actions of a few senior officials including Comben, a "dominant", "assertive" and "aggressive" character, the commission hears.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/trying-to-make-amends/story-e6frg6z6-1226770816459#

Wie Heimkinder entschädigt werden

Evangelische Landeskirchen suchen nach Lösung
Bielefeld/Paderborn. Es ist ein sehr trauriges Kapitel. Fast 800.000 Kinder und Jugendliche waren von 1949 bis 1975 in Deutschland in Heimen untergebracht. Viele von ihnen wurden dort geschlagen, ausgebeutet und sexuell missbraucht. Nach zähen Verhandlungen wurden 2012 auf Bundesebene zwei Fonds geschaffen, aus denen die Opfer entschädigt werden können. Außerdem zahlen die großen christlichen Kirchen Geld an Personen, die in ihren Heimen "sexualisierter Gewalt" ausgesetzt waren. Doch diesbezüglich gibt es Unterschiede. 
 

„Die katholische Kirche hat einiges verspielt“

Bei der Frage nach dem Ruf der Kirche angesichts fehlender Solidarität in der Welt ging es beim Missionarischen Forum im Bergkloster Bestwig auch um Sinn und Zweck großer Pastoralverbünde.

„Mir scheint es, dass die Bistümer Angst davor haben, den Laien in den Gemeinden zu viel Verantwortung zu übertragen. Weil dann vielleicht Dinge passieren, die sie nicht mehr steuern können. Aber diese Angst habe ich nicht“, erklärte der bekannte Pastoralsoziologe Prof. Dr. Dr. Norbert Mette beim Missionarischen Forum im Bergkloster Bestwig. Die Veranstaltung stand unter dem Thema: „Wenn Solidarität auf der Strecke bleibt – Wo bleibt der Ruf der Kirche?“

http://www.derwesten.de/staedte/nachrichten-aus-meschede-eslohe-bestwig-und-schmallenberg/die-katholische-kirche-hat-einiges-verspielt-id8709741.html

"Der Beichtstuhl darf keine Folterkammer sein"

Die Sprache des Papstes klingt so radikal wie seine Reformvorhaben. Mit seinem Lehrschreiben "Evangelii Gaudium" verändert Franziskus die Theologie. In der Tradition von Jesus und Luther.

http://www.welt.de/kultur/article122346422/Der-Beichtstuhl-darf-keine-Folterkammer-sein.html

Wie kommt der Glaube in die Köpfe?

ERLIN. (hpd) Der Autor Peter Boldt stellte schon in seinem Buch "Die Evolution des Glaubens und der Ethik" die These auf, dass Religionen einen evolutionären Vorteil böten. In diesem Text erweitert er diesen Gedanken um aktuelle Erkenntnisse aus der Hirnforschung.
von Peter Boldt
Alle geschichtlichen Überlieferungen und archäologischen Befunde zeigen, dass jede menschliche Gesellschaft irgendeinem Glauben an etwas Übernatürlichem anhing, sei es an Totems und Tabus, sei es an die Geister der Ahnen, an Naturgeister, an eine Vielzahl von Göttern oder an einen Gott. Auch der weitaus überwiegende Teil der jetzigen Weltbevölkerung ist religiös. Nach einer aktuellen weltweiten Gallup-Umfrage behaupten nur 16 Prozent der Weltbevölkerung von sich, Atheisten zu sein. Ob es einem nun gefällt oder nicht: Die Fähigkeit, an Übersinnliches zu glauben, gehört zum Menschen und ist – wie kann es anders sein – ein Ergebnis der Evolution.

http://hpd.de/node/17274

Cleric takes holiday from abuse case

An American Catholic brother charged with child sex abuse has had some of his bail conditions suspended over Christmas so he can take a beach holiday.
Bernard Joseph Hartman is facing 14 charges of indecently assaulting two boys and two girls aged between six and 16 at St Paul's College in Altona between 1976 and 1982.
The 73-year-old appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday where his lawyer requested a change to bail terms requiring he report to a police station every three days so Hartman could go to Apollo Bay with his colleagues.
Hartman is in Australia on a criminal justice visa after he returned from the US to face the abuse accusations.
He had been working in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in Ohio on clerical duties so he wouldn't have direct contact with children or teens.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20055414/cleric-takes-holiday-from-abuse-case/

Cleric takes holiday from abuse case

An American Catholic brother charged with child sex abuse has had some of his bail conditions suspended over Christmas so he can take a beach holiday.
Bernard Joseph Hartman is facing 14 charges of indecently assaulting two boys and two girls aged between six and 16 at St Paul's College in Altona between 1976 and 1982.
The 73-year-old appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday where his lawyer requested a change to bail terms requiring he report to a police station every three days so Hartman could go to Apollo Bay with his colleagues.
Hartman is in Australia on a criminal justice visa after he returned from the US to face the abuse accusations.
He had been working in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in Ohio on clerical duties so he wouldn't have direct contact with children or teens.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20055414/cleric-takes-holiday-from-abuse-case/

Archbishop of Perth personally apologises to abuse victims

ONE of the most senior members of the Anglican Church of Australia has personally apologised to victims who suffered child sex abuse at Lismore's North Coast Children's home and welcomed the public scrutiny arising from the historic royal commission.
In the final moments of this week's hearings into the Grafton Diocese's response to claims of abuse at the home, Adrian Herft, Archbishop of Perth, took the rare step of making an unguarded statement.
He told the commission he was "profoundly saddened" by what took place at Lismore and that "people who rightly expected the sanctity and dignity of life did not receive it but received something totally opposite to that, which has harmed or hurt them".

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/Archbishop-Perth-personally-apologises/2099166/

Archbishop of Perth personally apologises to abuse victims

ONE of the most senior members of the Anglican Church of Australia has personally apologised to victims who suffered child sex abuse at Lismore's North Coast Children's home and welcomed the public scrutiny arising from the historic royal commission.
In the final moments of this week's hearings into the Grafton Diocese's response to claims of abuse at the home, Adrian Herft, Archbishop of Perth, took the rare step of making an unguarded statement.
He told the commission he was "profoundly saddened" by what took place at Lismore and that "people who rightly expected the sanctity and dignity of life did not receive it but received something totally opposite to that, which has harmed or hurt them".

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/Archbishop-Perth-personally-apologises/2099166/

Royal commission hears there are potentially dozens of clergy not yet identified as paedophiles

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has heard there are potentially dozens of clergy within the Anglican Church who have not been formally identified as paedophiles.
Protocols for dealing with sex offenders within the Anglican Church are being scrutinised by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission is looking into the response from the Anglican Diocese of Grafton to allegations of historic abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore.
The Anglican Church set up a national register in 2004 designed to provide a database for information if a member of clergy had a complaint or finding of abuse established against them.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20041747/royal-commission-hears-there-are-potentially-dozens-of-clergy-not-yet-identified-as-paedophiles/

Royal commission hears there are potentially dozens of clergy not yet identified as paedophiles

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has heard there are potentially dozens of clergy within the Anglican Church who have not been formally identified as paedophiles.
Protocols for dealing with sex offenders within the Anglican Church are being scrutinised by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission is looking into the response from the Anglican Diocese of Grafton to allegations of historic abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore.
The Anglican Church set up a national register in 2004 designed to provide a database for information if a member of clergy had a complaint or finding of abuse established against them.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20041747/royal-commission-hears-there-are-potentially-dozens-of-clergy-not-yet-identified-as-paedophiles/

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Anglican register of shame

AT LEAST 129 Anglican Church clergy members are listed as "persons of concern" and up to 209 more are under investigation across the country, the royal commission into child sex abuse has heard.
The revelation came during inquiries into the workings of the Church's national register - an internal "red flag" system that gives professional standards directors and bishops the ability to background check clergy members transferring from diocese to diocese.
Those listed have either been convicted of or are under investigation for criminal behaviour and, in particular, child sex offending.
Martin Drevikovsky, general secretary, general synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, told the commission yesterday the register was incomplete.
He said that when the royal commission was announced every diocese was given directions to "search for (complaint) files and review them to ensure all necessary steps had been taken and if not, to take immediate action".

http://www.ballinaadvocate.com.au/news/anglican-register-of-shame/2097874/

Anglican register of shame

AT LEAST 129 Anglican Church clergy members are listed as "persons of concern" and up to 209 more are under investigation across the country, the royal commission into child sex abuse has heard.
The revelation came during inquiries into the workings of the Church's national register - an internal "red flag" system that gives professional standards directors and bishops the ability to background check clergy members transferring from diocese to diocese.
Those listed have either been convicted of or are under investigation for criminal behaviour and, in particular, child sex offending.
Martin Drevikovsky, general secretary, general synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, told the commission yesterday the register was incomplete.
He said that when the royal commission was announced every diocese was given directions to "search for (complaint) files and review them to ensure all necessary steps had been taken and if not, to take immediate action".

http://www.ballinaadvocate.com.au/news/anglican-register-of-shame/2097874/

Land stoppt Therapie für Ex-Heimkind

Jenö Molnars Gesundheitszustand soll sich massiv verschlechtert haben. Der 67-Jährige hat – wie berichtet – im Herbst 2011 das Land OÖ wegen „institutionalisierten Unrechts“ auf 1,62 Millionen Euro Schadenersatz geklagt.
Wie aus dem Umfeld des in Trier, Deutschland, lebenden Ex-Heimkindes zu erfahren war, soll er am Dienstag – nach einer längeren stabilen Phase – einen traumareaktiven Schock erlitten haben. „Er hatte Angstzustände und Panikattacken, und er bekam keine Luft“, erzählt Molnars Vertrauter Werner F. Durch den Notarzt wurden dem 67-Jährigen schwere Beruhigungsmittel verabreicht. Am Mittwoch war der Patient noch nicht ansprechbar.

http://kurier.at/chronik/oberoesterreich/land-stoppt-therapie-fuer-ex-heimkind/37.932.643

Legislate to 'force sex abuse compo', says Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

THE head of the Anglican faith in Australia said yesterday his church had failed dozens of children who were sexually abused, and called for federal laws forcing his church to compensate victims of these crimes.

In an extraordinary admission outside the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said senior clerics in one NSW diocese "failed to treat (the church's) procedures with anything but contempt".

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/legislate-to-force-sex-abuse-compo-says-brisbane-archbishop-phillip-aspinall/story-fngburq5-1226770042454#

Legislate to 'force sex abuse compo', says Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

THE head of the Anglican faith in Australia said yesterday his church had failed dozens of children who were sexually abused, and called for federal laws forcing his church to compensate victims of these crimes.

In an extraordinary admission outside the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said senior clerics in one NSW diocese "failed to treat (the church's) procedures with anything but contempt".

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/legislate-to-force-sex-abuse-compo-says-brisbane-archbishop-phillip-aspinall/story-fngburq5-1226770042454#

Anglican Church register of sex abuse complaints out of date, royal commission hears

A national register of abuse incidents used by the Anglican Church to screen clergy appointments is seriously deficient and so out of date that scores of names may be missing from it.
But the church's most senior figure, Phillip Aspinall, appears powerless to effect change in the nation's 23 dioceses, telling the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: ''The Anglican Church makes federal politics look like kindergarten.''
The royal commission on Wednesday heard there was ''gross non-compliance'' in the Grafton diocese in dealing with abuse claims.
Archbishop Aspinall has echoed the Catholic Church's call for a mandatory national compensation scheme for child sex abuse, saying this would ensure parity for victims ''not just between Anglican dioceses'' but across all community organisations ''so that we don't have different classes of victims''.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/anglican-church-register-of-sex-abuse-complaints-out-of-date-royal-commission-hears-20131127-2yadt.html

Anglican Church register of sex abuse complaints out of date, royal commission hears

A national register of abuse incidents used by the Anglican Church to screen clergy appointments is seriously deficient and so out of date that scores of names may be missing from it.
But the church's most senior figure, Phillip Aspinall, appears powerless to effect change in the nation's 23 dioceses, telling the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: ''The Anglican Church makes federal politics look like kindergarten.''
The royal commission on Wednesday heard there was ''gross non-compliance'' in the Grafton diocese in dealing with abuse claims.
Archbishop Aspinall has echoed the Catholic Church's call for a mandatory national compensation scheme for child sex abuse, saying this would ensure parity for victims ''not just between Anglican dioceses'' but across all community organisations ''so that we don't have different classes of victims''.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/anglican-church-register-of-sex-abuse-complaints-out-of-date-royal-commission-hears-20131127-2yadt.html

Slater and Ezzy (Or: All Too Easy)

Martin Drevikovsky, the General Secretary of the Anglican Church (known elsewhere as the Episcopalian Church or the Church of England) told the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse third “case study” hearings that right now there are hundreds of abuse investigations taking place nationwide. The Anglican Church set up a national register in 2004 designed to provide a database for information if a member of clergy had a complaint, or finding of abuse, established against them. Mr. Drevikovsky is responsible for the register.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/27/slater-and-ezzy-or-all-too-easy/

Slater and Ezzy (Or: All Too Easy)

Martin Drevikovsky, the General Secretary of the Anglican Church (known elsewhere as the Episcopalian Church or the Church of England) told the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse third “case study” hearings that right now there are hundreds of abuse investigations taking place nationwide. The Anglican Church set up a national register in 2004 designed to provide a database for information if a member of clergy had a complaint, or finding of abuse, established against them. Mr. Drevikovsky is responsible for the register.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/27/slater-and-ezzy-or-all-too-easy/

Hundreds of clergy investigated, Church tells Commission

AT LEAST 129 Anglican Church clergy members are currently listed as "persons of concern" and up to 209 more are under investigation across the country, the royal commission into child sex abuse has heard.
The revelation came during inquiries into the workings of the Church's national register - an internal "red flag" system, which gives professional standards directors and bishops the ability to background check clergy members transferring from diocese to diocese.
Those listed have either been convicted of or are under investigation for criminal behaviour and in particular, child sex offending.
Martin Drevikovsky, General Secretary, General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia told the commission this morning that the register was incomplete.
He said that when the royal commission was announced, every diocese was given directions to "search for (complaint) files and review them to ensure all necessary steps had been taken and if not, to take immediate action".
As a result, Mr Drevikovksy said, "a large number of files have come to light".

 http://www.qt.com.au/news/church-reveals-names-royal-commission-child-abuse/2097324/

Hundreds of clergy investigated, Church tells Commission

AT LEAST 129 Anglican Church clergy members are currently listed as "persons of concern" and up to 209 more are under investigation across the country, the royal commission into child sex abuse has heard.
The revelation came during inquiries into the workings of the Church's national register - an internal "red flag" system, which gives professional standards directors and bishops the ability to background check clergy members transferring from diocese to diocese.
Those listed have either been convicted of or are under investigation for criminal behaviour and in particular, child sex offending.
Martin Drevikovsky, General Secretary, General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia told the commission this morning that the register was incomplete.
He said that when the royal commission was announced, every diocese was given directions to "search for (complaint) files and review them to ensure all necessary steps had been taken and if not, to take immediate action".
As a result, Mr Drevikovksy said, "a large number of files have come to light".

 http://www.qt.com.au/news/church-reveals-names-royal-commission-child-abuse/2097324/

Anglican Primate says he had limited powers to intervene in child abuse cases in Grafton

The Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse has finished its public examination of the Anglican Church in Grafton and its handling of claims from abuse survivors from the North Coast Children's Home. The Grafton Diocese says it's re-opening all the files to make sure victims are adequately compensated. But the Royal Commission is also looking at the Anglican Church's internal processes around risk management and it's found some serious shortcomings.

MARK COLVIN: The final day of the Royal Commission's public inquiry on child abuse at the New South Wales North Coast Children's Home has heard from Australia's most senior Anglican cleric, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall.
The inquiry has wound up its examination of the Grafton Diocese and how it responded to compensation claims from dozens of abuse survivors from the children's home in Lismore.
The Grafton Diocese spent years denying that it was responsible for the orphanage, but now says it's re-opening all the files to make sure victims have been adequately compensated.
Today the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Dr Aspinall, told the inquiry that the Grafton Diocese had focused on its own finances to the detriment of the abuse victims. But he said he had little power to intervene.
Emily Bourke reports.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-27/anglican-primate-says-he-had-limited-powers-to/5120896?section=nsw

Anglican Primate says he had limited powers to intervene in child abuse cases in Grafton

The Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse has finished its public examination of the Anglican Church in Grafton and its handling of claims from abuse survivors from the North Coast Children's Home. The Grafton Diocese says it's re-opening all the files to make sure victims are adequately compensated. But the Royal Commission is also looking at the Anglican Church's internal processes around risk management and it's found some serious shortcomings.

MARK COLVIN: The final day of the Royal Commission's public inquiry on child abuse at the New South Wales North Coast Children's Home has heard from Australia's most senior Anglican cleric, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall.
The inquiry has wound up its examination of the Grafton Diocese and how it responded to compensation claims from dozens of abuse survivors from the children's home in Lismore.
The Grafton Diocese spent years denying that it was responsible for the orphanage, but now says it's re-opening all the files to make sure victims have been adequately compensated.
Today the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Dr Aspinall, told the inquiry that the Grafton Diocese had focused on its own finances to the detriment of the abuse victims. But he said he had little power to intervene.
Emily Bourke reports.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-27/anglican-primate-says-he-had-limited-powers-to/5120896?section=nsw

Church dissent over abuse approach

Anglicans in Australia would take a dim view if the church sold off its multi-million dollar assets to settle with abuse victims, the head of the church says.
The primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Phillip Aspinall, told a royal commission the church needs a mandatory compensation scheme imposed on it so it can deal fairly with sex abuse victims.
Dr Aspinall said the only way a compensation scheme would work was if it was imposed from outside.
The Anglican Church of Australia is not a unified structure, dioceses have primary power and can reject or adopt laws passed by the General Synod, Dr Aspinall told the final day of public hearings into how the Diocese of Grafton dealt with victims of sex abuse at a church orphanage in northern NSW.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/27/15/14/church-records-of-sex-offenders-faulty

Church dissent over abuse approach

Anglicans in Australia would take a dim view if the church sold off its multi-million dollar assets to settle with abuse victims, the head of the church says.
The primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Phillip Aspinall, told a royal commission the church needs a mandatory compensation scheme imposed on it so it can deal fairly with sex abuse victims.
Dr Aspinall said the only way a compensation scheme would work was if it was imposed from outside.
The Anglican Church of Australia is not a unified structure, dioceses have primary power and can reject or adopt laws passed by the General Synod, Dr Aspinall told the final day of public hearings into how the Diocese of Grafton dealt with victims of sex abuse at a church orphanage in northern NSW.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/27/15/14/church-records-of-sex-offenders-faulty

Retired Catholic priest Edward Sedevic banned from internet after being charged over allegedly accessing child sex abuse content from Canadian website

A RETIRED Catholic priest allegedly part of an international child porn ring has been banned from using the internet or going anywhere near children aged 18 and under.
Police allege they found four DVDs and two computer movie files depicting the sexual abuse of children in the possession of former Central Coast priest Edward Sedevic, 72, in August.
Earlier this month it was revealed Sedevic was among more than 340 people charged globally with accessing a Canadian child pornography website.
Appearing in court this morning for the first time since those revelations, Sedevic did not speak and did not enter a plea to six charges of possessing child abuse material and one charge of using the internet to access the material in 2010.
Magistrate Susan McIntyre continued Sedevic's strict bail conditions, which require him to report three times a week to police.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/retired-catholic-priest-edward-sedevic-banned-from-internet-after-being-charged-over-allegedly-accessing-child-sex-abuse-content-from-canadian-website/story-fni0cx12-1226769596149

Retired Catholic priest Edward Sedevic banned from internet after being charged over allegedly accessing child sex abuse content from Canadian website

A RETIRED Catholic priest allegedly part of an international child porn ring has been banned from using the internet or going anywhere near children aged 18 and under.
Police allege they found four DVDs and two computer movie files depicting the sexual abuse of children in the possession of former Central Coast priest Edward Sedevic, 72, in August.
Earlier this month it was revealed Sedevic was among more than 340 people charged globally with accessing a Canadian child pornography website.
Appearing in court this morning for the first time since those revelations, Sedevic did not speak and did not enter a plea to six charges of possessing child abuse material and one charge of using the internet to access the material in 2010.
Magistrate Susan McIntyre continued Sedevic's strict bail conditions, which require him to report three times a week to police.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/retired-catholic-priest-edward-sedevic-banned-from-internet-after-being-charged-over-allegedly-accessing-child-sex-abuse-content-from-canadian-website/story-fni0cx12-1226769596149

Indigenous anger over exclusion

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse must consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, according to the nation's peak indigenous groups, which will today release a statement condemning their exclusion. A joint statement from the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples member organisations declares the absence of a specific mention of indigenous people in the royal commission's terms of reference is a "major concern".

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people expect to see genuine, lasting and significant change as a result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse," the statement says.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/indigenous-anger-over-exclusion/story-fngburq5-1226769080757#

Indigenous anger over exclusion

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse must consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, according to the nation's peak indigenous groups, which will today release a statement condemning their exclusion. A joint statement from the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples member organisations declares the absence of a specific mention of indigenous people in the royal commission's terms of reference is a "major concern".

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people expect to see genuine, lasting and significant change as a result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse," the statement says.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/indigenous-anger-over-exclusion/story-fngburq5-1226769080757#

Indigenous groups call for specific focus from Royal Commission into child sexual abuse

Leading Indigenous groups have issued a joint statement to express their “major concern” at the lack of a specific mention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or acknowledgement of their traumatic history with institutions in the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.
The statement followed a Roundtable meeting in Sydney of the:
  • National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
  • National Stolen Generations Alliance
  • First Peoples Disability Network (Australia)
  • National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum.
The statement calls on the Federal Government to provide funding so Aboriginal community controlled organisations can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people providing evidence to the Commission, whose stories must not just bear witness to their experiences but “lead to reforms in policy, systems, attitudes, resources and service delivery”.
See the full statement below and this report in The Australian.

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2013/11/27/indigenous-groups-call-for-specific-focus-from-royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse/

Indigenous groups call for specific focus from Royal Commission into child sexual abuse

Leading Indigenous groups have issued a joint statement to express their “major concern” at the lack of a specific mention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or acknowledgement of their traumatic history with institutions in the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.
The statement followed a Roundtable meeting in Sydney of the:
  • National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
  • National Stolen Generations Alliance
  • First Peoples Disability Network (Australia)
  • National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum.
The statement calls on the Federal Government to provide funding so Aboriginal community controlled organisations can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people providing evidence to the Commission, whose stories must not just bear witness to their experiences but “lead to reforms in policy, systems, attitudes, resources and service delivery”.
See the full statement below and this report in The Australian.

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2013/11/27/indigenous-groups-call-for-specific-focus-from-royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse/

Number of abusive priests on Anglican register a 'fraction of true figure'

MORE than 100 Anglican priests are known to have allegedly committed child sexual abuse or other sexual misconduct, yet this number could be only a fraction of the true total, the royal commission has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that dozens and possibly hundreds of other allegedly abusive priests have yet to be entered into the church's national register of such claims.

The Anglican church's general secretary, Martin Drevikovsky, told the commission that hundreds of historical files of alleged abuse are currently being reviewed, while technical problems have also hampered the updating of information on the current system.

"Lack of resources is an issue ... That's a matter for each diocese to assess what their need is and to meet that need," Mr Drevikovsky said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/number-of-abusive-priests-on-anglican-register-a-fraction-of-true-figure/story-fngburq5-1226769627879

Number of abusive priests on Anglican register a 'fraction of true figure'

MORE than 100 Anglican priests are known to have allegedly committed child sexual abuse or other sexual misconduct, yet this number could be only a fraction of the true total, the royal commission has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that dozens and possibly hundreds of other allegedly abusive priests have yet to be entered into the church's national register of such claims.

The Anglican church's general secretary, Martin Drevikovsky, told the commission that hundreds of historical files of alleged abuse are currently being reviewed, while technical problems have also hampered the updating of information on the current system.

"Lack of resources is an issue ... That's a matter for each diocese to assess what their need is and to meet that need," Mr Drevikovsky said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/number-of-abusive-priests-on-anglican-register-a-fraction-of-true-figure/story-fngburq5-1226769627879

Royal commission hears there are potentially hundreds of clergy not yet identified as paedophiles

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has heard there are potentially hundreds of clergy within the Anglican Church who have not been formally identified as paedophiles.
Protocols for dealing with sex offenders within the Anglican Church are being scrutinised by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission is looking into the response from the Anglican Diocese of Grafton to allegations of historic abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore.
The Anglican Church set up a national register in 2004 designed to provide a database for information if a member of clergy had a complaint or finding of abuse established against them.
The General Secretary of the Anglican Church Martin Drevikovsky told the Commission that right now there are hundreds of abuse investigations taking place nationwide.
"In the case of Sydney it was 600. In the case of Melbourne I know it was hundreds," he said.
He said the number of clergy to make it onto the register is expected to be far fewer when the review is completed in the coming months.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20041747/royal-commission-hears-there-are-potentially-hundreds-of-clergy-not-yet-identified-as-paedophiles/

Royal commission hears there are potentially hundreds of clergy not yet identified as paedophiles

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has heard there are potentially hundreds of clergy within the Anglican Church who have not been formally identified as paedophiles.
Protocols for dealing with sex offenders within the Anglican Church are being scrutinised by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission is looking into the response from the Anglican Diocese of Grafton to allegations of historic abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore.
The Anglican Church set up a national register in 2004 designed to provide a database for information if a member of clergy had a complaint or finding of abuse established against them.
The General Secretary of the Anglican Church Martin Drevikovsky told the Commission that right now there are hundreds of abuse investigations taking place nationwide.
"In the case of Sydney it was 600. In the case of Melbourne I know it was hundreds," he said.
He said the number of clergy to make it onto the register is expected to be far fewer when the review is completed in the coming months.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20041747/royal-commission-hears-there-are-potentially-hundreds-of-clergy-not-yet-identified-as-paedophiles/

Church records of sex offenders faulty

Hundreds of Anglican clergy accused of sexual abuse could potentially be missing from a national register kept by the church.

The register was set up by the Anglican Church as a central repository of information about complaints and findings of abuse. It can be accessed by each diocese when someone applies for a job.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard on Wednesday that the register was not working.
Martin Drevikovsky, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Australia, said a large number of files had still to be processed and that historical information needed to be entered on the system.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/27/15/14/church-records-of-sex-offenders-faulty

Church records of sex offenders faulty

Hundreds of Anglican clergy accused of sexual abuse could potentially be missing from a national register kept by the church.

The register was set up by the Anglican Church as a central repository of information about complaints and findings of abuse. It can be accessed by each diocese when someone applies for a job.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard on Wednesday that the register was not working.
Martin Drevikovsky, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Australia, said a large number of files had still to be processed and that historical information needed to be entered on the system.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/27/15/14/church-records-of-sex-offenders-faulty

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

More From Slater (Or: Haven’t We Done Well For Ourselves!)

Anglican Church officials, and their lawyers, have a lot to smile about. The third “case study” hearings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have gone their way a lot. It began with the stage-managed “resignation” of ex-bishop Slater after “counseling” by Archbishop Aspinall (see yesterday’s extra posting) earlier in the year, and went on to the “surprise” announcement of Australia’s first female bishop on the eve of the hearings.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/26/more-from-slater-or-havent-we-done-well-for-ourselves/

More From Slater (Or: Haven’t We Done Well For Ourselves!)

Anglican Church officials, and their lawyers, have a lot to smile about. The third “case study” hearings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have gone their way a lot. It began with the stage-managed “resignation” of ex-bishop Slater after “counseling” by Archbishop Aspinall (see yesterday’s extra posting) earlier in the year, and went on to the “surprise” announcement of Australia’s first female bishop on the eve of the hearings.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/11/26/more-from-slater-or-havent-we-done-well-for-ourselves/

Ex-bishop admits failure to help abuse victims

THE former head of the Grafton Anglican diocese says he is totally humiliated for personally falling "very short" in dealing with the victims of sex abuse.
Keith Slater, the former Bishop of Grafton, said he felt deep sorrow about the way he had handled claims from dozens of former residents of a children's home on the NSW north coast.
A royal commission is examining the response of the Diocese of Grafton to claims of child abuse involving clergy and staff at the former North Coast Children's Home at Lismore from 1944 to 1985.
The Sydney hearing is focused on the response to a group claim made by about 40 former residents of the home, who claimed to have suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse there.
"I want to express my deep sorrow to those who were abused, who were claimants, during my time as the bishop of the Diocese of Grafton," Bishop Slater told the commission yesterday. "I fell short, very short, in my oversight of the protocol and the processes that were required."
He said he was "personally totally humiliated in myself in this regard".

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1934805/ex-bishop-admits-failure-to-help-abuse-victims/?cs=12

Ex-bishop admits failure to help abuse victims

THE former head of the Grafton Anglican diocese says he is totally humiliated for personally falling "very short" in dealing with the victims of sex abuse.
Keith Slater, the former Bishop of Grafton, said he felt deep sorrow about the way he had handled claims from dozens of former residents of a children's home on the NSW north coast.
A royal commission is examining the response of the Diocese of Grafton to claims of child abuse involving clergy and staff at the former North Coast Children's Home at Lismore from 1944 to 1985.
The Sydney hearing is focused on the response to a group claim made by about 40 former residents of the home, who claimed to have suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse there.
"I want to express my deep sorrow to those who were abused, who were claimants, during my time as the bishop of the Diocese of Grafton," Bishop Slater told the commission yesterday. "I fell short, very short, in my oversight of the protocol and the processes that were required."
He said he was "personally totally humiliated in myself in this regard".

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1934805/ex-bishop-admits-failure-to-help-abuse-victims/?cs=12

'I'm totally humiliated': ex-bishop apologises to abuse victims

The former Anglican bishop who oversaw the church's allegedly "harsh" response to victims of child sexual abuse at a north coast children's home has publicly apologised for his actions, declaring, "I'm totally humiliated."
Keith Slater, the Bishop of Grafton from 2003 until his resignation in May this year, delivered the apology while giving evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.
The commission has heard harrowing evidence from victims of abuse at the North Coast Children's Home, who recalled being assaulted on a regular basis by members of the clergy, other employees and residents between 1944 and 1985.
When the victims, led by Richard "Tommy" Campion, finally took the church to court in 2007, the Grafton Diocese took a "harsh", "commercial" approach to negotiations, eventually forcing them into a settlement that left each victim with just $10,000.
On Tuesday, Mr Slater apologised for his role in that process.
"I can't make a blanket apology on behalf of the diocese because I'm no longer bishop," he said.
"But I want to express my deep sorrow to those who were abused, and to those who were claimants during my time as the bishop of Grafton.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/im-totally-humiliated-exbishop-apologises-to-abuse-victims-20131126-2y7it.html

'I'm totally humiliated': ex-bishop apologises to abuse victims

The former Anglican bishop who oversaw the church's allegedly "harsh" response to victims of child sexual abuse at a north coast children's home has publicly apologised for his actions, declaring, "I'm totally humiliated."
Keith Slater, the Bishop of Grafton from 2003 until his resignation in May this year, delivered the apology while giving evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.
The commission has heard harrowing evidence from victims of abuse at the North Coast Children's Home, who recalled being assaulted on a regular basis by members of the clergy, other employees and residents between 1944 and 1985.
When the victims, led by Richard "Tommy" Campion, finally took the church to court in 2007, the Grafton Diocese took a "harsh", "commercial" approach to negotiations, eventually forcing them into a settlement that left each victim with just $10,000.
On Tuesday, Mr Slater apologised for his role in that process.
"I can't make a blanket apology on behalf of the diocese because I'm no longer bishop," he said.
"But I want to express my deep sorrow to those who were abused, and to those who were claimants during my time as the bishop of Grafton.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/im-totally-humiliated-exbishop-apologises-to-abuse-victims-20131126-2y7it.html

Priest remains diocese leader despite abuse conviction

A PRIEST convicted of sexually abusing a former resident of Lismore's North Coast Children's Home has yet to be disciplined by the Anglican Church and remains a leader of the Newcastle Diocese, the royal commission has heard.
Giving evidence on Tuesday afternoon, a clearly disenchanted Michael Elliott, Professional Standards Director for the Grafton and Newcastle Diocese, conceded that despite his urgings for safeguards to be put in place "no steps have been taken to adopt practices with respect to those convicted of child sex abuse".
He said that as recently as "a few weeks ago" the Newcastle Diocese had adopted "safe ministry practises" protocol for clergy members but that the changes had not yet been applied to anyone, including Rev Allan Kitchingman, a former Lismore priest who was convicted and jailed in 2003 over the indecent assault of a teenage boy in the 1980s.

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/jessica-grewal-apn-newsdesk-jessicagrewalapncomaua/2096417/

Priest remains diocese leader despite abuse conviction

A PRIEST convicted of sexually abusing a former resident of Lismore's North Coast Children's Home has yet to be disciplined by the Anglican Church and remains a leader of the Newcastle Diocese, the royal commission has heard.
Giving evidence on Tuesday afternoon, a clearly disenchanted Michael Elliott, Professional Standards Director for the Grafton and Newcastle Diocese, conceded that despite his urgings for safeguards to be put in place "no steps have been taken to adopt practices with respect to those convicted of child sex abuse".
He said that as recently as "a few weeks ago" the Newcastle Diocese had adopted "safe ministry practises" protocol for clergy members but that the changes had not yet been applied to anyone, including Rev Allan Kitchingman, a former Lismore priest who was convicted and jailed in 2003 over the indecent assault of a teenage boy in the 1980s.

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/jessica-grewal-apn-newsdesk-jessicagrewalapncomaua/2096417/