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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

Monday, 31 March 2014

Verfassungsbeschwerden gegen Kirchen

HAMBURG. (hpd) Die Kindstaufe wird an einem noch nicht volljährigen und damit noch unmündigen Kind vollzogen. Diese Tatsache und dass dieser Akt der Aufnahme in eine Religionsgemeinschaft staatlich anerkannt wird und Auswirkungen auf das gesamte Leben des Menschen hat, hält Prof. Dr. Uwe Hillebrand für verfassungswidrig. Deshalb hat er eine Verfassungsbeschwerde eingelegt.

http://hpd.de/node/18233

Tebartz-van Elst erhält eine üppige Pension

Der ehemalige Limburger Bischof Tebartz-van Elst darf sich auf eine üppige Pension und womöglich eine angenehme Aufgabe freuen. Auch wenn in Rom der Einfluss seiner Unterstützer schwindet. Von Christian Eckl 
 Eigentlich kann man die katholische Kirche ganz gut mit einem weltweit agierenden Konzern vergleichen. Strauchelt ein kleiner Mitarbeiter, so wird er eben entlassen. Strauchelt einer aus der mittleren Führungsebene, so weiß er oft zu viel. Nur so ist es zu erklären, dass Bischöfe, die zum Rücktritt gezwungen werden, zumindest in Deutschland weich fallen.


Millionen für Opfer von Zwangsmassnahmen

Die Opfer administrativer Zwangsmassnahmen verdienen nicht nur eine Entschuldigung, sondern auch eine Entschädigung. Eine Volksinitiative, die heute in Bern lanciert wurde, verlangt einen mit 500 Millionen Franken dotierten Wiedergutmachungs-Fonds.

http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/millionen-fuer-opfer-von-zwangsmassnahmen

Verdingkinder: Wiedergutmachung gefordert«Initiative gibt ein Stück Gerechtigkeit zurück»

Verdingkinder, Zwangssterilisierte, administrativ Versorgte: Schwer Betroffene sollen für das erlittene Unrecht entschädigt werden. 500 Millionen Franken soll die Schweiz den 20000 Opfern zahlen. Initiant ist Guido Fluri, Unternehmer und selber ein ehemaliges Heimkind.

http://www.blick.ch/news/politik/initiative-gibt-ein-stueck-gerechtigkeit-zurueck-id2764864.html

Ehemalige Heimkinder trafen sich in Soest

KREIS SOEST - Viele haben jahrelang nicht über das sprechen können, was sie erlebt haben, einige können es bis heute nicht. Zu schlimm sind die Erfahrungen, die Heimkinder bis in die 70er Jahre hinein machen mussten. „Psychische Gewalt, körperliche Übergriffe und auch sexuelle Gewalt“, zählt Markus Fischer, Pressereferent des Landschaftsverbandes Westfalen-Lippe auf.

Australischer Kardinal und Kindsmissbräuche Zum Abschied eine Entschuldigung

Der australische Kardinal George Pell tritt im Vatikan seine neue Stelle als Präfekt des neuen Wirtschaftsministerium an. Vor der Abreise nach Rom hatte er noch eine letzte, bittere Pflicht in Sydney zu erfüllen.
 http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/international/auslandnachrichten/zum-abschied-eine-entschuldigung-1.18274410

„Das Volk spricht hier eine klare Sprache“

Die Politik tut nicht genug, um sexualisierte Gewalt an Minderjährigen zu verhindern, sagt Norbert Denef. Der Gründer von netzwerkB bezeichnet es als „unerträglich“, dass der Unabhängige Beauftragte der Bundesregierung zum Thema im Amt bestätigt wurde. Aus seiner Sicht steht für den Gesetzgeber weiterhin der Täterschutz im Vordergrund.

http://www.diesseits.de/menschen/interview/1396216800/volk-spricht-hier-klare-sprache

Tebartz' Umbauten

Eine Fußbodenheizung für den Kreuzgang, Fensterrahmen aus Bronze: zum Abschluss eine lange Liste mit den seltsamsten Umbauten im Limburger Bischofssitz und ihren Kosten. von Wolfgang Thielmann
Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ist vergangene Woche zurückgetreten und kehrt nicht zurück nach Limburg. Er hatte die Baukosten für den neuen Bischofssitz durch teils seltsame Umbauten massiv überzogen. Wie seltsam, sehen Sie hier in einer langen Liste:

http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2014-03/tebartz-van-elst-projekte-kosten 

Review payments to abuse victims: commissioner

INSTITUTIONS should review all payments made to children in their care that had been sexually abused, according to the head of the royal commission examining the organisations’ responses.
Judge Peter McClellan, who is chairing the royal commission, yesterday told a child protection workers’ conference that the question of whether a national redress scheme should be set up for abuse survivors was challenging but some institutions had already taken “significant” steps.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/review-payments-to-abuse-victims-commissioner/story-fngburq5-1226870316141#

Review payments to abuse victims: commissioner

INSTITUTIONS should review all payments made to children in their care that had been sexually abused, according to the head of the royal commission examining the organisations’ responses.
Judge Peter McClellan, who is chairing the royal commission, yesterday told a child protection workers’ conference that the question of whether a national redress scheme should be set up for abuse survivors was challenging but some institutions had already taken “significant” steps.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/review-payments-to-abuse-victims-commissioner/story-fngburq5-1226870316141#

Big demand by abused for private hearings

THE royal commission into child sexual abuse is receiving about 40 requests by abuse survivors for private sessions each week.
After about 12 months of private and public hearings, the royal commission chairman Peter McClellan says the demand for private hearings with a commissioner is not abating.
Almost 1500 private sessions with sex abuse survivors have been held since the commission started and more than 1000 people are waiting to be heard.
"I still cannot identify how many people will ultimately want to come and talk," Justice McClellan said in Melbourne at a conference on Monday.
"We have only just begun to engage with people in prisons, people with disabilities, and people in remote communities."

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/big-demand-by-abused-for-private-hearings/story-fnhrvfuw-1226870196283

Big demand by abused for private hearings

THE royal commission into child sexual abuse is receiving about 40 requests by abuse survivors for private sessions each week.
After about 12 months of private and public hearings, the royal commission chairman Peter McClellan says the demand for private hearings with a commissioner is not abating.
Almost 1500 private sessions with sex abuse survivors have been held since the commission started and more than 1000 people are waiting to be heard.
"I still cannot identify how many people will ultimately want to come and talk," Justice McClellan said in Melbourne at a conference on Monday.
"We have only just begun to engage with people in prisons, people with disabilities, and people in remote communities."

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/big-demand-by-abused-for-private-hearings/story-fnhrvfuw-1226870196283

Child sex abuse inquiry barely scratches the surface of complaints

ALMOST 150 paedophiles have been reported to police by the royal commission into child sex abuse as it investigates 13 ­institutions and more than 30 victims have come forward.
The commission has been so overwhelmed with reports of sexual abuse that it will be impossible to look into all of them, commission chair Justice Peter McClellan said yesterday.
ROYAL COMMISSION TOLD OF CATHOLIC CHURCH’S INCREDIBLE WEALTH
There are 168 institutions, including orphanages and residential schools, where five or more victims have spoken to the commission. It said 62 per cent of complaints involved abuse in a religious ­institution, most of them Catholic.

http://www.news.com.au/national/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-barely-scratches-the-surface-of-complaints/story-fncynjr2-1226870368108

Child sex abuse inquiry barely scratches the surface of complaints

ALMOST 150 paedophiles have been reported to police by the royal commission into child sex abuse as it investigates 13 ­institutions and more than 30 victims have come forward.
The commission has been so overwhelmed with reports of sexual abuse that it will be impossible to look into all of them, commission chair Justice Peter McClellan said yesterday.
ROYAL COMMISSION TOLD OF CATHOLIC CHURCH’S INCREDIBLE WEALTH
There are 168 institutions, including orphanages and residential schools, where five or more victims have spoken to the commission. It said 62 per cent of complaints involved abuse in a religious ­institution, most of them Catholic.

http://www.news.com.au/national/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-barely-scratches-the-surface-of-complaints/story-fncynjr2-1226870368108

Catholic Church pays abuse compensation from interest on grants

CHILD sex abuse victims are being compensated out of interest the Catholic Church earns from investing the billions of dollars it receives in government grants for schools.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has received evidence from a church whistleblower suggesting at least one Catholic diocese ultimately profits from interest received on state and commonwealth government education grants.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/catholic-church-pays-abuse-compensation-from-interest-on-grants/story-fngburq5-1226870373519#

Catholic Church pays abuse compensation from interest on grants

CHILD sex abuse victims are being compensated out of interest the Catholic Church earns from investing the billions of dollars it receives in government grants for schools.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has received evidence from a church whistleblower suggesting at least one Catholic diocese ultimately profits from interest received on state and commonwealth government education grants.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/catholic-church-pays-abuse-compensation-from-interest-on-grants/story-fngburq5-1226870373519#

Royal commissioner Justice Peter McClellan says two-thirds of sexual abuse perpetrators in institutions are young people

The royal commissioner looking at child sexual abuse has told a Melbourne audience that two-thirds of the perpetrators of sexual abuse in institutions were children or young people.
Justice Peter McClellan told a conference on child wellbeing that he was surprised to discover so many juveniles were involved in carrying out acts of sexual abuse in schools and religious institutions as has been revealed recent data.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/22282074/royal-commissioner-justice-peter-mcclellan-says-two-thirds-of-sexual-abuse-perpetrators-in-institutions-are-young-people/

Royal commissioner Justice Peter McClellan says two-thirds of sexual abuse perpetrators in institutions are young people

The royal commissioner looking at child sexual abuse has told a Melbourne audience that two-thirds of the perpetrators of sexual abuse in institutions were children or young people.
Justice Peter McClellan told a conference on child wellbeing that he was surprised to discover so many juveniles were involved in carrying out acts of sexual abuse in schools and religious institutions as has been revealed recent data.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/22282074/royal-commissioner-justice-peter-mcclellan-says-two-thirds-of-sexual-abuse-perpetrators-in-institutions-are-young-people/

The Religion of the Humble? Cardinal Pell and the Peril of Institutional Atheism

Prior to entering the conclave that would elect him as Bishop of Rome, Jorge Mario Bergoglio took the opportunity to warn his brother Cardinals against succumbing to an "evil which is so grave" - that of spiritual worldliness. This admittedly strange term was not Bergoglio's at all, but rather comes from the remarkable final meditation of Henri de Lubac's book, The Splendour of the Church.

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/03/28/3973715.htm

The Religion of the Humble? Cardinal Pell and the Peril of Institutional Atheism

Prior to entering the conclave that would elect him as Bishop of Rome, Jorge Mario Bergoglio took the opportunity to warn his brother Cardinals against succumbing to an "evil which is so grave" - that of spiritual worldliness. This admittedly strange term was not Bergoglio's at all, but rather comes from the remarkable final meditation of Henri de Lubac's book, The Splendour of the Church.

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/03/28/3973715.htm

Cardinal George Pell and Catholic bishops have seriously overdrawn their moral credit

Cardinal George Pell, former archbishop of Sydney, has departed for Rome to take charge of Vatican finances. His last acts in Sydney involved rationalising the contradictions in his leadership style caused by the chasm between moral and spiritual leadership of his community, and legal and fiduciary management of its assets and finances. For 30 years his has been the authoritarian, cold, unfeeling, and arrogant face of the church corporate in Australia.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/cardinal-george-pell-and-catholic-bishops-have-seriously-overdrawn-their-moral-credit-20140328-35ott.html#ixzz2xRUJOkR9

Cardinal George Pell and Catholic bishops have seriously overdrawn their moral credit

Cardinal George Pell, former archbishop of Sydney, has departed for Rome to take charge of Vatican finances. His last acts in Sydney involved rationalising the contradictions in his leadership style caused by the chasm between moral and spiritual leadership of his community, and legal and fiduciary management of its assets and finances. For 30 years his has been the authoritarian, cold, unfeeling, and arrogant face of the church corporate in Australia.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/cardinal-george-pell-and-catholic-bishops-have-seriously-overdrawn-their-moral-credit-20140328-35ott.html#ixzz2xRUJOkR9

Child sexual abuse Royal Commission focuses on WA's Kimberley region

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in the Kimberley region who wish to share their story with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be encouraged to come forward this week.
Staff from the Royal Commission are in the region this week.
In its second visit to the Kimberley, Royal Commission staff are meeting with Aboriginal and other community organisations and service providers in Broome and Kununurra from March 31 to April 11.
Royal Commission chief executive Janette Dines said the visit would provide an opportunity to share information about the work of the Royal Commission.
"We strongly encourage all survivors who wish to share their story, particularly in a private session with a Commissioner, to register their interest with the Royal Commission," Ms Dines said.

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission-focuses-on-was-kimberley-region-20140331-35szd.html

Child sexual abuse Royal Commission focuses on WA's Kimberley region

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in the Kimberley region who wish to share their story with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be encouraged to come forward this week.
Staff from the Royal Commission are in the region this week.
In its second visit to the Kimberley, Royal Commission staff are meeting with Aboriginal and other community organisations and service providers in Broome and Kununurra from March 31 to April 11.
Royal Commission chief executive Janette Dines said the visit would provide an opportunity to share information about the work of the Royal Commission.
"We strongly encourage all survivors who wish to share their story, particularly in a private session with a Commissioner, to register their interest with the Royal Commission," Ms Dines said.

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission-focuses-on-was-kimberley-region-20140331-35szd.html

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Law triggered after Muswellbrook priest abuse claims

THE Office of the Children’s Guardian is conducting a risk assessment of a Muswellbrook Catholic priest over historic child abuse allegations.
Father John Alexander stood aside from parish ministry in November last year  after the allegations triggered the need for a risk assessment under new child protection legislation.
He will remain on leave until the office provides a risk assessment for his ‘‘working with children’’ check, Maitland-Newcastle Diocese vicar-general Brian Mascord said.
Muswellbrook parishioners were advised of the priest’s status in a statement by Bishop Bill Wright.
The priest was the subject of ‘‘third-party accusations relating to incidents that were alleged to have occurred almost 30 years ago, prior to his becoming a priest’’, Father Mascord said.

Law triggered after Muswellbrook priest abuse claims

THE Office of the Children’s Guardian is conducting a risk assessment of a Muswellbrook Catholic priest over historic child abuse allegations.
Father John Alexander stood aside from parish ministry in November last year  after the allegations triggered the need for a risk assessment under new child protection legislation.
He will remain on leave until the office provides a risk assessment for his ‘‘working with children’’ check, Maitland-Newcastle Diocese vicar-general Brian Mascord said.
Muswellbrook parishioners were advised of the priest’s status in a statement by Bishop Bill Wright.
The priest was the subject of ‘‘third-party accusations relating to incidents that were alleged to have occurred almost 30 years ago, prior to his becoming a priest’’, Father Mascord said.

With such a faulty memory, how can George Pell rise so high?

The Cardinal George Pell's testimony at the royal commission? I just don’t get it. Not simply the staggering lack of genuine contrition from one who has presided over an era that has seen the widespread sexual abuse of children at the hands and worse of priests whose care they were entrusted to. And not only because so much of his testimony seemed to contradict the sworn testimony of so many of his underlings. No, most amazing was his use of the ‘‘I can’t recall,’’ answer when it came time to discuss financial transactions to compensate victims as recently as 2007. What I don’t get is – all put together – how someone so totally exposed as being at best incompetent and always so very vague, can rise to the third most powerful position in the worldwide Catholic Church?

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/with-such-a-faulty-memory-how-can-george-pell-rise-so-high-20140328-zqnx1.html

With such a faulty memory, how can George Pell rise so high?

The Cardinal George Pell's testimony at the royal commission? I just don’t get it. Not simply the staggering lack of genuine contrition from one who has presided over an era that has seen the widespread sexual abuse of children at the hands and worse of priests whose care they were entrusted to. And not only because so much of his testimony seemed to contradict the sworn testimony of so many of his underlings. No, most amazing was his use of the ‘‘I can’t recall,’’ answer when it came time to discuss financial transactions to compensate victims as recently as 2007. What I don’t get is – all put together – how someone so totally exposed as being at best incompetent and always so very vague, can rise to the third most powerful position in the worldwide Catholic Church?

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/with-such-a-faulty-memory-how-can-george-pell-rise-so-high-20140328-zqnx1.html

Friday, 28 March 2014

National- Bishops praise themselves on child sex abuse again, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 2014 
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We have three objections to these new claims by US bishops.
http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-055.cfm
First, if over a decade, my car tires become bald and I buy new ones, they'll likely cost more than the old ones did. It's silly – or even deceitful - for me to brag that my spending on “safety” has gone up. But that's what bishops are doing today.
It's painful to watch them stretch and distort the truth for another public relations 'win.'
Second, Bishops desperately keep trying to pretend this on-going crisis is somehow “in the past.” They do this in a range of ways, but among their most popular is to claim or suggest that most cases happened decades ago.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/national_bishops_praise_themselves_on_child_sex_abuse_again_snap_responds

National- Bishops praise themselves on child sex abuse again, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 2014 
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We have three objections to these new claims by US bishops.
http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-055.cfm
First, if over a decade, my car tires become bald and I buy new ones, they'll likely cost more than the old ones did. It's silly – or even deceitful - for me to brag that my spending on “safety” has gone up. But that's what bishops are doing today.
It's painful to watch them stretch and distort the truth for another public relations 'win.'
Second, Bishops desperately keep trying to pretend this on-going crisis is somehow “in the past.” They do this in a range of ways, but among their most popular is to claim or suggest that most cases happened decades ago.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/national_bishops_praise_themselves_on_child_sex_abuse_again_snap_responds

A cup of tea with the cardinal: what George Pell did in the Ellis case

The royal commission has brought to light the evolution of the Sydney archdiocese's pitiless legal strategy to defeat the victim of a paeodophile priest
 St Mary’s was not overflowing at Cardinal George Pell’s farewell. The music was magnificent and 20 bishops followed the candles and banners in procession. But the governor general, prime minister and premier were somewhere else for the night. Rows of stack-away chairs stood empty.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/a-cup-of-tea-with-the-cardinal-what-george-pell-did-in-the-ellis-case

A cup of tea with the cardinal: what George Pell did in the Ellis case

The royal commission has brought to light the evolution of the Sydney archdiocese's pitiless legal strategy to defeat the victim of a paeodophile priest
 St Mary’s was not overflowing at Cardinal George Pell’s farewell. The music was magnificent and 20 bishops followed the candles and banners in procession. But the governor general, prime minister and premier were somewhere else for the night. Rows of stack-away chairs stood empty.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/a-cup-of-tea-with-the-cardinal-what-george-pell-did-in-the-ellis-case

Sex gegen Geld: Priester muss 6000 Euro Strafe zahlen

Weil er einem 15-Jährigen Geld für sexuelle Handlungen angeboten hatte, muss ein ehemaliger Priester 6000 Euro zahlen. Das Bistum Trier hatte ihn 2012 nach Bekanntwerden der Vorwürfe beurlaubt. Mittlerweile ist der 67-Jährige im Ruhestand. Das kirchenrechtliche Verfahren läuft noch.
Die Staatsanwaltschaft Saarbrücken hat das Verfahren gegen einen ehemaligen katholischen Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs unter Auflagen eingestellt. Der Geistliche war angezeigt worden, weil er einem 15-Jährigen Geld für sexuelle Handlungen angeboten hatte.


http://www.volksfreund.de/nachrichten/region/rheinlandpfalz/rheinlandpfalz/Heute-im-Trierischen-Volksfreund-Sex-gegen-Geld-Priester-muss-6000-Euro-Strafe-zahlen;art806,3833130

Anglikanischer Bischof wegen sexueller Übergriffe vor Gericht

Der ehemalige anglikanische Bischof von Gloucester und Lewes, Peter Ball, muss sich von April an wegen Sexualdelikten vor Gericht verantworten. 
 Das teilte die britische Staatsanwaltschaft am Donnerstag mit. Dem 82-Jährigen werden unsittliche Übergriffe auf einen damals 12- oder 13-jährigen Jungen sowie auf einen 19 oder 20 Jahre alten Mann vorgeworfen. Zudem muss er sich vor dem Gericht in Brighton wegen Fehlverhaltens in seinem Amt verantworten. "Es wird angenommen, dass er zwischen 1977 und 1992 mehrere junge Männer sexuell missbraucht hat", hieß es von der Staatsanwaltschaft

http://aktuell.evangelisch.de/artikel/93462/anglikanischer-bischof-wegen-sexueller-uebergriffe-vor-gericht

Kloster Ettal: Verfahren gegen Pater G. eröffnet

Ettal - Das Verfahren wird eröffnet: Pater G., einem ehemaligen Geistlichen im Kloster Ettal, wird sexueller Missbrauch in über 20 Fällen vorgeworfen
 Die Anklage allein schnürt einem die Kehle zu: In über 20 Fällen soll Pater G. Schutzbefohlene unter 14 Jahren am Kloster Ettal sexuell missbraucht haben. „Die Missbrauchsvorwürfe sind relativ massiv“, fasst Margarete Nötzel, Sprecherin am Oberlandesgericht München, die Anklage der Staatsanwaltschaft zusammen. Damit wird sich bald die Erste Jugendstrafkammer des Landgerichts München II intensiv befassen.

http://www.merkur-online.de/lokales/garmisch-partenkirchen/oberammergau/kloster-ettal-verfahren-gegen-pater-eroeffnet-3441098.html

Thus Spake Mungo #120 Pell and Hell

AUSTRALIA
YouTube
Published on Mar 27, 2014
Cardinal Pell's recent appearance in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse leads Mungo to want to draw his attention to the correlations between criminal law and the Gospel According to St Matthew.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZPL610A_VM&list=UUNyZ4ZM2wcDC2rrGuaD9hSA

Thus Spake Mungo #120 Pell and Hell

AUSTRALIA
YouTube
Published on Mar 27, 2014
Cardinal Pell's recent appearance in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse leads Mungo to want to draw his attention to the correlations between criminal law and the Gospel According to St Matthew.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZPL610A_VM&list=UUNyZ4ZM2wcDC2rrGuaD9hSA

Salvation Army commander accused girl of lying in sex case

A SALVATION army commander asked a woman if she was lying when she revealed years of sexual abuse at the hands of her Sunday school teacher, including being raped at age 10.

Envoy John Lane was sentenced to jail in 1997 for indecently dealing with the woman, known as JG, and abusing another girl, JD, from the age of four at the Fortitude Valley Salvation Army Corps in Brisbane in the 1970s.

The two women went to police after receiving no satisfaction from the head of the Salvation Army in southeast Queensland, Colonel Stan Everitt who asked them: "Are you sure you are not lying?"

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/salvation-army-commander-accused-girl-of-lying-in-sex-case/story-fni0cx12-1226867991183Are you sure you are not lying?

Salvation Army commander accused girl of lying in sex case

A SALVATION army commander asked a woman if she was lying when she revealed years of sexual abuse at the hands of her Sunday school teacher, including being raped at age 10.

Envoy John Lane was sentenced to jail in 1997 for indecently dealing with the woman, known as JG, and abusing another girl, JD, from the age of four at the Fortitude Valley Salvation Army Corps in Brisbane in the 1970s.

The two women went to police after receiving no satisfaction from the head of the Salvation Army in southeast Queensland, Colonel Stan Everitt who asked them: "Are you sure you are not lying?"

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/salvation-army-commander-accused-girl-of-lying-in-sex-case/story-fni0cx12-1226867991183Are you sure you are not lying?

Priest in court re an altar boy in western Sydney in the 1980s

A retired senior Catholic priest, Father Richard Cattell, 73, appeared in court on 24 March 2014 charged with sexual offences allegedly committed against an altar boy between 1984 and 1987 while Father Cattell was based at a Catholic parish in western Sydney. In the early 1990s, Father Cattell became the vicar-general assisting a bishop in the administration of western Sydney's parishes.
In retirement, Cattell is now living on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The matter had its first mention on 24 March 2014 in Tweed Heads Local Court, which is the New South Wales court that is nearest to the Queensland border. This court hearing was a brief administrative procedure, to enable the matter to be officially filed.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/282

Priest in court re an altar boy in western Sydney in the 1980s

A retired senior Catholic priest, Father Richard Cattell, 73, appeared in court on 24 March 2014 charged with sexual offences allegedly committed against an altar boy between 1984 and 1987 while Father Cattell was based at a Catholic parish in western Sydney. In the early 1990s, Father Cattell became the vicar-general assisting a bishop in the administration of western Sydney's parishes.
In retirement, Cattell is now living on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The matter had its first mention on 24 March 2014 in Tweed Heads Local Court, which is the New South Wales court that is nearest to the Queensland border. This court hearing was a brief administrative procedure, to enable the matter to be officially filed.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/282

Rape victims' parents say George Pell vowed to review Church compensation payments

Cardinal George Pell has told the parents of two child sex abuse victims the Church will review its compensation payments, even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars.
Anthony and Chrissie Foster's two daughters were repeatedly raped in primary school by their parish priest, Father Kevin O'Donnell.
Emma Foster later committed suicide and her sister, Katie, took to binge drinking and was left disabled after being hit by a car.
The Fosters met Cardinal Pell after his appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney yesterday.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-28/rape-victims-parents-say-pell-vowed-to-review-church-payouts/5353008

Rape victims' parents say George Pell vowed to review Church compensation payments

Cardinal George Pell has told the parents of two child sex abuse victims the Church will review its compensation payments, even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars.
Anthony and Chrissie Foster's two daughters were repeatedly raped in primary school by their parish priest, Father Kevin O'Donnell.
Emma Foster later committed suicide and her sister, Katie, took to binge drinking and was left disabled after being hit by a car.
The Fosters met Cardinal Pell after his appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney yesterday.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-28/rape-victims-parents-say-pell-vowed-to-review-church-payouts/5353008

Abuse victims ridicule George Pell's apology

CARDINAL George Pell’s apologies to victims of sexual abuse by priests and others within the Catholic Church have been labelled hypocritical by an advocacy group.
Dr Pell will leave Australia for the Vatican on Monday to take up a new post as chief of the Holy See’s finances after 13 years as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney.
He used his farewell sermon at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Thursday night to ‘‘apologise once again to the victims and their families for the terrible suffering that has been brought to bear by these crimes’’.

Abuse victims ridicule George Pell's apology

CARDINAL George Pell’s apologies to victims of sexual abuse by priests and others within the Catholic Church have been labelled hypocritical by an advocacy group.
Dr Pell will leave Australia for the Vatican on Monday to take up a new post as chief of the Holy See’s finances after 13 years as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney.
He used his farewell sermon at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Thursday night to ‘‘apologise once again to the victims and their families for the terrible suffering that has been brought to bear by these crimes’’.

Mum wed my abuser, inquiry hears

A WOMAN who'd been abused as a young girl says she felt doubly betrayed when the Salvation Army officer who raped her ended up marrying her mother.
The woman, identified only as JD, told a hearing into child sexual abuse in Sydney her mother and her church disbelieved her story of abuse which started when she was a four-year-old attending an army Sunday School in Queensland.
"I was one of their own and they turned their back on me," said JD.
When JD was 18 her mother told her she was going to marry the army envoy who taught at the school.
JD said her mother accused her of lying about the abuse because "I didn't want a new daddy".

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/abuse-victim-rejects-apology-proposal/story-fnihsfrf-1226867632559

Mum wed my abuser, inquiry hears

A WOMAN who'd been abused as a young girl says she felt doubly betrayed when the Salvation Army officer who raped her ended up marrying her mother.
The woman, identified only as JD, told a hearing into child sexual abuse in Sydney her mother and her church disbelieved her story of abuse which started when she was a four-year-old attending an army Sunday School in Queensland.
"I was one of their own and they turned their back on me," said JD.
When JD was 18 her mother told her she was going to marry the army envoy who taught at the school.
JD said her mother accused her of lying about the abuse because "I didn't want a new daddy".

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/abuse-victim-rejects-apology-proposal/story-fnihsfrf-1226867632559

Anti-abuse groups dismiss Australia cleric apology


Child rights advocates have dismissed as “hypocritical” an apology from Australia's senior Catholic cleric George Pell over sex abuse in the Church.
Cardinal Pell, who is set to get a job as head of a new Vatican Finance Ministry next week, said on Thursday in his last sermon before leaving Australia for the Holy See that child sexual abuse was a “terrible blight” on the Church.
He also admitted that priests, religious leaders and others linked to the Church had sexually abused those they were expected to protect.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/28/356325/antiabuse-groups-reject-cleric-apology/

Anti-abuse groups dismiss Australia cleric apology


Child rights advocates have dismissed as “hypocritical” an apology from Australia's senior Catholic cleric George Pell over sex abuse in the Church.
Cardinal Pell, who is set to get a job as head of a new Vatican Finance Ministry next week, said on Thursday in his last sermon before leaving Australia for the Holy See that child sexual abuse was a “terrible blight” on the Church.
He also admitted that priests, religious leaders and others linked to the Church had sexually abused those they were expected to protect.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/28/356325/antiabuse-groups-reject-cleric-apology/

JOANNE McCARTHY: Moral leadership lacking

CARDINAL George Pell has failed as a moral leader. Abysmally and absolutely.
He failed in 2004 and 2005, when he accepted  John Ellis’s allegations he was sexually abused by a priest were true, but instructed lawyers to ‘‘vigorously’’ and ‘‘strenuously’’ defend the matter in court.
In Pell’s own words this week to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, from a ‘‘Christian point of view’’ the Church did not deal fairly with Ellis.

JOANNE McCARTHY: Moral leadership lacking

CARDINAL George Pell has failed as a moral leader. Abysmally and absolutely.
He failed in 2004 and 2005, when he accepted  John Ellis’s allegations he was sexually abused by a priest were true, but instructed lawyers to ‘‘vigorously’’ and ‘‘strenuously’’ defend the matter in court.
In Pell’s own words this week to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, from a ‘‘Christian point of view’’ the Church did not deal fairly with Ellis.

Pell promises compo for Vic abuse victims

CARDINAL George Pell has promised to review compensation payments for Melbourne church abuse victims and has conceded it may cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Cardinal Pell met with Anthony and Chrissie Foster, whose two daughters were abused by a priest in Melbourne and told them a cap on payments would be eliminated.
He also told them during the meeting, which took place on Thursday after Cardinal Pell completed his evidence to the royal commission into child sexual abuse, the church would review all existing payments

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/pell-promises-compo-for-vic-abuse-victims/story-fn3dxiwe-1226868061075

Pell promises compo for Vic abuse victims

CARDINAL George Pell has promised to review compensation payments for Melbourne church abuse victims and has conceded it may cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Cardinal Pell met with Anthony and Chrissie Foster, whose two daughters were abused by a priest in Melbourne and told them a cap on payments would be eliminated.
He also told them during the meeting, which took place on Thursday after Cardinal Pell completed his evidence to the royal commission into child sexual abuse, the church would review all existing payments

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/pell-promises-compo-for-vic-abuse-victims/story-fn3dxiwe-1226868061075

LWL lädt Betroffene der Heimerziehung aus den Jahren 1949 bis 1975 ein

Soest/Münster (lwl). Über 350 Betroffene sind am Dienstag (25.03.) der Einladung der Anlauf- und Beratungsstelle für Betroffene der Heimerziehung beim Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) zu einem Treffen in der Stadthalle in Soest gefolgt. Die Veranstaltung bot den "Ehemaligen" die Möglichkeit, Bekannte und Freunde aus ihrer Zeit der Unterbringung wieder zu finden oder sich mit anderen auszutauschen. Zusätzlich standen den Betroffenen Fachkräfte der heutigen erzieherischen Jugendhilfe, aus Einrichtungen und dem LWL-Landesjugendamt Westfalen zur Verfügung und informierten über positive Veränderungen.

http://www.paderzeitung.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13061&Itemid=240

Royal Commission visits Geraldton

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse arrived in Geraldton this week to meet with community groups and service providers in the region.
Royal Commission community engagement officers are holding informal meetings with counselling and sexual assault service providers, health practitioners and other interested parties until Friday.
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said the visit provides an opportunity to share information about the work of the Royal Commission and encourage survivors of institutional child sexual abuse who wish to tell their story to the Royal Commission to come forward.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/royal-commission-visits-geraldton/

Royal Commission visits Geraldton

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse arrived in Geraldton this week to meet with community groups and service providers in the region.
Royal Commission community engagement officers are holding informal meetings with counselling and sexual assault service providers, health practitioners and other interested parties until Friday.
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said the visit provides an opportunity to share information about the work of the Royal Commission and encourage survivors of institutional child sexual abuse who wish to tell their story to the Royal Commission to come forward.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/royal-commission-visits-geraldton/

Salvation Army officer abused girl then married mother, royal commision told

A woman who was repeatedly sexually abused by a Salvation Army officer from the age of four later watched in horror as her mother married the man, the Royal Commission has heard.
The abuse survivor's mother then kicked her out of the family home, claiming the allegations against her new husband were lies.
The woman, known as JD, said she was first molested by the officer at the age of four, not long after she was formally brought into the Salvation Army through a "dedication ceremony".
About 14 years later, after suffering more abuse at the officer's hands, JD learned the man was about to become her stepfather.
"I remember around Christmas my mother told me that she was going to marry him," the woman, now 40, told the Commission.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/salvation-army-officer-abused-girl-then-married-mother-royal-commision-told-20140328-35obl.html

Salvation Army officer abused girl then married mother, royal commision told

A woman who was repeatedly sexually abused by a Salvation Army officer from the age of four later watched in horror as her mother married the man, the Royal Commission has heard.
The abuse survivor's mother then kicked her out of the family home, claiming the allegations against her new husband were lies.
The woman, known as JD, said she was first molested by the officer at the age of four, not long after she was formally brought into the Salvation Army through a "dedication ceremony".
About 14 years later, after suffering more abuse at the officer's hands, JD learned the man was about to become her stepfather.
"I remember around Christmas my mother told me that she was going to marry him," the woman, now 40, told the Commission.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/salvation-army-officer-abused-girl-then-married-mother-royal-commision-told-20140328-35obl.html

Salvation Army locked boy in room for days without toilet, royal commission told

A man who as a boy was locked in solitary confinement for days without a toilet at a Salvation Army boys' home said the organisation's "redress scheme" effectively continued the abuse, and likened the organisation's uniformed officers to "the Gestapo".
The man, referred to as JE, told the Royal Commission into child sex abuse on Friday that he was sent to the Riverview boys' home in Queensland in the late 1960s, when he was about 15.
"I remember being locked in a small room in solitary confinement with some boys who were 'wog bashing' me," JE said, fighting back tears.
"There was no toilet, not even a bucket ... If you had to go to the toilet, you had to just go and they threw some newspaper to clean it up."
"I had to sleep on the same floor."

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/salvation-army-locked-boy-in-room-for-days-without-toilet-royal-commission-told-20140328-35na1.html

Salvation Army locked boy in room for days without toilet, royal commission told

A man who as a boy was locked in solitary confinement for days without a toilet at a Salvation Army boys' home said the organisation's "redress scheme" effectively continued the abuse, and likened the organisation's uniformed officers to "the Gestapo".
The man, referred to as JE, told the Royal Commission into child sex abuse on Friday that he was sent to the Riverview boys' home in Queensland in the late 1960s, when he was about 15.
"I remember being locked in a small room in solitary confinement with some boys who were 'wog bashing' me," JE said, fighting back tears.
"There was no toilet, not even a bucket ... If you had to go to the toilet, you had to just go and they threw some newspaper to clean it up."
"I had to sleep on the same floor."

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/salvation-army-locked-boy-in-room-for-days-without-toilet-royal-commission-told-20140328-35na1.html

Salvation Army boy’s home abuse victim refuses apology, inquiry hears

Salvation Army boy’s home abuse victim refuses apology, inquiry hears
 ‘Just keep them away from me,’ said man who, as a boy, had been made to sleep where he defecated 
A man kept in solitary confinement in a boy's home run by the Salvation Army, in which he was made to sleep where he defecated, has vehemently refused to accept an apology for the abuse he suffered, the Royal Commission into Institutional Abuse was told on Friday.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/salvation-army-boys-home-abuse-victim-refuses-apology-inquiry-hears
 

Salvation Army boy’s home abuse victim refuses apology, inquiry hears

Salvation Army boy’s home abuse victim refuses apology, inquiry hears
 ‘Just keep them away from me,’ said man who, as a boy, had been made to sleep where he defecated 
A man kept in solitary confinement in a boy's home run by the Salvation Army, in which he was made to sleep where he defecated, has vehemently refused to accept an apology for the abuse he suffered, the Royal Commission into Institutional Abuse was told on Friday.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/salvation-army-boys-home-abuse-victim-refuses-apology-inquiry-hears
 

Child sex abuse royal commission: Victims tell of anger at Salvation Army over sexual and physical abuse at children's homes

A woman has told an inquiry she was whipped, humiliated and denied basic needs at a Salvation Army children's home in Queensland.
The examination of the Salvation Army by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has so far concentrated on abuse at the charity's boys' homes.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/22222945/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-salvation-army-victim-says-he-was-beaten-and-held-in-solitary-confinement-at-riverview-farm/

Child sex abuse royal commission: Victims tell of anger at Salvation Army over sexual and physical abuse at children's homes

A woman has told an inquiry she was whipped, humiliated and denied basic needs at a Salvation Army children's home in Queensland.
The examination of the Salvation Army by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has so far concentrated on abuse at the charity's boys' homes.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/22222945/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-salvation-army-victim-says-he-was-beaten-and-held-in-solitary-confinement-at-riverview-farm/

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Cultures of cover-up

IN MANY international organisations (including the European Union), there are internal tensions caused by different attitudes towards truth-telling. At the risk of dealing in huge stereotypes, it's a commonplace of social anthropology that there are some cultures and sub-cultures that attach high importance to truth-telling and regard telling direct lies as shameful; and others which foster a keen sense of the importance of "saving face" (one's own, or the family's, or the organisation's) and feel it's okay to tell fibs to keep up appearances. Within both Europe and the United States (again, sorry for the stereotype), the latter mindset seems more prevalent in southern regions than northern ones.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2014/03/faith-truth-and-sex-abuse

Cultures of cover-up

IN MANY international organisations (including the European Union), there are internal tensions caused by different attitudes towards truth-telling. At the risk of dealing in huge stereotypes, it's a commonplace of social anthropology that there are some cultures and sub-cultures that attach high importance to truth-telling and regard telling direct lies as shameful; and others which foster a keen sense of the importance of "saving face" (one's own, or the family's, or the organisation's) and feel it's okay to tell fibs to keep up appearances. Within both Europe and the United States (again, sorry for the stereotype), the latter mindset seems more prevalent in southern regions than northern ones.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2014/03/faith-truth-and-sex-abuse

Pell closes with a profuse apology to abuse victim Ellis

CARDINAL George Pell has marked the end of his appearance before the royal commission into child sexual abuse with a public apology for the suffering endured by abused former altar boy John Ellis.
Reading from a statement, Cardinal Pell said the church had failed Mr Ellis and, as archbishop, he took ultimate responsibility for the suffering and the terrible impact on his life.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/pell-closes-with-a-profuse-apology-to-abuse-victim-ellis/story-fngburq5-1226866825614#

Pell closes with a profuse apology to abuse victim Ellis

CARDINAL George Pell has marked the end of his appearance before the royal commission into child sexual abuse with a public apology for the suffering endured by abused former altar boy John Ellis.
Reading from a statement, Cardinal Pell said the church had failed Mr Ellis and, as archbishop, he took ultimate responsibility for the suffering and the terrible impact on his life.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/pell-closes-with-a-profuse-apology-to-abuse-victim-ellis/story-fngburq5-1226866825614#

Jeff Kennett warned Pell to deal with abuse

Jeff Kennett has confirmed he bluntly warned Cardinal George Pell in the 1990s to resolve allegations of child sexual abuse or possibly face a royal commission.
The former premier said he recalled telling the cardinal to deal with abuse complaints or face significant consequences for the church. But Mr Kennett said he had made no judgment on the adequacy of the response at the time.
''I was reassured that George said 'yes', he'd get stuck into it,'' Mr Kennett said. ''A couple of months later I was told that he had put together a response … and I just assumed that, right, he is on top of it and it's not for me to sit in judgment … of whether the response was adequate or not.''
Cardinal Pell this week admitted he wanted to avoid big damages claims. As a result, he set up the ''Melbourne Response'' to deal with complaints, which included a $50,000 cap on payouts.

http://www.watoday.com.au/national/jeff-kennett-warned-pell-to-deal-with-abuse-20140327-35lrw.html

Jeff Kennett warned Pell to deal with abuse

Jeff Kennett has confirmed he bluntly warned Cardinal George Pell in the 1990s to resolve allegations of child sexual abuse or possibly face a royal commission.
The former premier said he recalled telling the cardinal to deal with abuse complaints or face significant consequences for the church. But Mr Kennett said he had made no judgment on the adequacy of the response at the time.
''I was reassured that George said 'yes', he'd get stuck into it,'' Mr Kennett said. ''A couple of months later I was told that he had put together a response … and I just assumed that, right, he is on top of it and it's not for me to sit in judgment … of whether the response was adequate or not.''
Cardinal Pell this week admitted he wanted to avoid big damages claims. As a result, he set up the ''Melbourne Response'' to deal with complaints, which included a $50,000 cap on payouts.

http://www.watoday.com.au/national/jeff-kennett-warned-pell-to-deal-with-abuse-20140327-35lrw.html

Pell apologises to sex victims from pulpit

Cardinal George Pell has used his farewell sermon to offer a frank apology to victims of sexual abuse by "priests, religious leaders and others" within the Catholic church.
The apology, delivered from the pulpit of Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral, was dismissed by a small group of protesters who were barred from the service and stood outside, including an alleged victim of church sexual abuse.
"I apologise once again to the victims and their families for the terrible suffering that has been brought to bear by these crimes," Cardinal Pell told a Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday night.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/22211421/pell-apologises-to-sex-victims-from-pulpit/

Pell apologises to sex victims from pulpit

Cardinal George Pell has used his farewell sermon to offer a frank apology to victims of sexual abuse by "priests, religious leaders and others" within the Catholic church.
The apology, delivered from the pulpit of Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral, was dismissed by a small group of protesters who were barred from the service and stood outside, including an alleged victim of church sexual abuse.
"I apologise once again to the victims and their families for the terrible suffering that has been brought to bear by these crimes," Cardinal Pell told a Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday night.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/22211421/pell-apologises-to-sex-victims-from-pulpit/

Questionable ethics of Cardinal Pell's lawyers go under microscope

The joy of commissions, royal or otherwise. In a place where the rules of evidence don't get in the way of finding the truth, a good commissioner or counsel assisting can really fire up the proceedings.
And commissioner Peter McClelland with counsel assisting Gail Furness, at the royal commission into child sex abuse, are on fire.
Over this week there has been a spellbinding display of the moral vacuum at the heart of two mighty institutions - the Roman Catholic Church and the law.
Cardinal George Pell slithered all over the place as he was questioned about the church's conduct in the infamous Ellis case. Everyone else was to blame, his lawyers, his private secretary, the unreasonableness of his litigation opponents.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/questionable-ethics-of-cardinal-pells-lawyers-go-under-microscope-20140327-zqnnj.html

Questionable ethics of Cardinal Pell's lawyers go under microscope

The joy of commissions, royal or otherwise. In a place where the rules of evidence don't get in the way of finding the truth, a good commissioner or counsel assisting can really fire up the proceedings.
And commissioner Peter McClelland with counsel assisting Gail Furness, at the royal commission into child sex abuse, are on fire.
Over this week there has been a spellbinding display of the moral vacuum at the heart of two mighty institutions - the Roman Catholic Church and the law.
Cardinal George Pell slithered all over the place as he was questioned about the church's conduct in the infamous Ellis case. Everyone else was to blame, his lawyers, his private secretary, the unreasonableness of his litigation opponents.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/questionable-ethics-of-cardinal-pells-lawyers-go-under-microscope-20140327-zqnnj.html

State forces Church back to its mission basics

Prior to Cardinal Pell's appearance before Justice McClellan at the Child Abuse Royal Commission, I wrote in the Fairfax press: ‘The spotlight on the Ellis case should lead to better church administration for the good of everyone, especially those abused or wronged by those in authority. Together, Pell and McClellan can provide us with a better-lit path through the thickets of past abuse and maladministration.’

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=39184#.UzP6Io9aVtA 

State forces Church back to its mission basics

Prior to Cardinal Pell's appearance before Justice McClellan at the Child Abuse Royal Commission, I wrote in the Fairfax press: ‘The spotlight on the Ellis case should lead to better church administration for the good of everyone, especially those abused or wronged by those in authority. Together, Pell and McClellan can provide us with a better-lit path through the thickets of past abuse and maladministration.’

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=39184#.UzP6Io9aVtA 

Ellis surprised by Pell's apology

A FORMER altar boy preyed upon by a pedophile priest has been surprised by an apology from Cardinal George Pell.

Dr Pell concluded two-and-a-half days of evidence to the royal commission into child sex abuse on Thursday by apologising for what he had described as regrettable mistakes and misunderstandings over years of dealing with John Ellis.

Reading from a statement, Dr Pell said that, as the former archbishop of Sydney and speaking personally, the church had failed Mr Ellis in many ways.

Mr Ellis later said he had been "a bit surprised" by the cardinal's apology.

"I am just not sure how I feel about it," he told ABC.

"It is better that he said he is sorry than that he didn't say that."

Mr Ellis was sexually abused from the age of 13 to 17 by Father Aidan Duggan in the Sydney parish of Bass Hill in the 1970s.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/ellis-surprised-by-pells-apology/story-fni0xqi4-1226866803572

Ellis surprised by Pell's apology

A FORMER altar boy preyed upon by a pedophile priest has been surprised by an apology from Cardinal George Pell.

Dr Pell concluded two-and-a-half days of evidence to the royal commission into child sex abuse on Thursday by apologising for what he had described as regrettable mistakes and misunderstandings over years of dealing with John Ellis.

Reading from a statement, Dr Pell said that, as the former archbishop of Sydney and speaking personally, the church had failed Mr Ellis in many ways.

Mr Ellis later said he had been "a bit surprised" by the cardinal's apology.

"I am just not sure how I feel about it," he told ABC.

"It is better that he said he is sorry than that he didn't say that."

Mr Ellis was sexually abused from the age of 13 to 17 by Father Aidan Duggan in the Sydney parish of Bass Hill in the 1970s.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/ellis-surprised-by-pells-apology/story-fni0xqi4-1226866803572

George Pell apologises to John Ellis but is unable to look him in the eye

In his last words at the child sex abuse Royal Commission, Cardinal George Pell apologised to the lawyer John Ellis for "the hurt caused him by the mistakes made, admitted by me and my Archdiocesan personnel".
But he could not bring himself to look at the frail, exhausted Ellis, who sat three metres away.
He's over here!" "Give him a look!" 
On Monday the Cardinal takes up a new position in charge of Vatican finances in Rome. He went from the commission to speak to the faithful at Mass at St Mary's Cathedral. So this was, in its way, a farewell to the Australian public.
But Cardinal Pell's request to make a statement from the witness box in the final moments of the twelfth day of the hearing on Mr Ellis' tragic case - "Might I say a few words in conclusion, have permission to, please?" - was refused by the Royal Commission chair, Justice Peter McClellan.
"I mean no disrespect, Cardinal, but everyone should be treated the same in giving evidence before the Commission", said Justice McClellan. Some in the public gallery responded "hear, hear".

http://www.smh.com.au/national/george-pell-apologises-to-john-ellis-but-is-unable-to-look-him-in-the-eye-20140327-35lqi.html

George Pell apologises to John Ellis but is unable to look him in the eye

In his last words at the child sex abuse Royal Commission, Cardinal George Pell apologised to the lawyer John Ellis for "the hurt caused him by the mistakes made, admitted by me and my Archdiocesan personnel".
But he could not bring himself to look at the frail, exhausted Ellis, who sat three metres away.
He's over here!" "Give him a look!" 
On Monday the Cardinal takes up a new position in charge of Vatican finances in Rome. He went from the commission to speak to the faithful at Mass at St Mary's Cathedral. So this was, in its way, a farewell to the Australian public.
But Cardinal Pell's request to make a statement from the witness box in the final moments of the twelfth day of the hearing on Mr Ellis' tragic case - "Might I say a few words in conclusion, have permission to, please?" - was refused by the Royal Commission chair, Justice Peter McClellan.
"I mean no disrespect, Cardinal, but everyone should be treated the same in giving evidence before the Commission", said Justice McClellan. Some in the public gallery responded "hear, hear".

http://www.smh.com.au/national/george-pell-apologises-to-john-ellis-but-is-unable-to-look-him-in-the-eye-20140327-35lqi.html

Aussie cardinal apologises to child sex abuse victim

Sydney - Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell apologised to a child sexual abuse victim on Thursday, saying the church's defence of a case he brought could be seen as morally wrong, even if it was legally correct.

Cardinal Pell, recently appointed by Pope Francis to head a new Vatican finance ministry, was giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia.

Wrapping up his testimony, he apologised to former altar boy John Ellis, who was abused by a priest from the age of 13.

http://www.news24.com/World/News/Aussie-cardinal-apologises-to-child-sex-abuse-victim-20140327

Aussie cardinal apologises to child sex abuse victim

Sydney - Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell apologised to a child sexual abuse victim on Thursday, saying the church's defence of a case he brought could be seen as morally wrong, even if it was legally correct.

Cardinal Pell, recently appointed by Pope Francis to head a new Vatican finance ministry, was giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia.

Wrapping up his testimony, he apologised to former altar boy John Ellis, who was abused by a priest from the age of 13.

http://www.news24.com/World/News/Aussie-cardinal-apologises-to-child-sex-abuse-victim-20140327

Round two of hearing into Salvation Army abuse failures

ROUND two of an inquiry into the Salvation Army's systematic failure in handling complaints of child sex abuse has begun in Sydney.
The hearing follows on from last month's inquiry into four of the army's boys' homes in Queensland and NSW where children were subjected to abuse at the hands of five major perpetrators between the end of the Second World War and the early '80s.
One of those - Major John McIver - is expected to be the focus of at least one further serious complaint in the current hearing, which Counsel Assisting Simeon Beckett told the commission would look at how the army has handled historic and more recent claims.

http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/round-two-salvation-army-systemic-failures/2212382/

Round two of hearing into Salvation Army abuse failures

ROUND two of an inquiry into the Salvation Army's systematic failure in handling complaints of child sex abuse has begun in Sydney.
The hearing follows on from last month's inquiry into four of the army's boys' homes in Queensland and NSW where children were subjected to abuse at the hands of five major perpetrators between the end of the Second World War and the early '80s.
One of those - Major John McIver - is expected to be the focus of at least one further serious complaint in the current hearing, which Counsel Assisting Simeon Beckett told the commission would look at how the army has handled historic and more recent claims.

http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/round-two-salvation-army-systemic-failures/2212382/

Abuse accused allowed to rejoin Salvos

A Salvation Army officer who was dismissed for abusing an eight-year-old girl in 1990 was allowed to rejoin, an inquiry has heard.
Three years after he admitted assaulting the girl, Colin Haggar rejoined the army which is only now conducting an internal investigation into his conduct following his forced retirement last year.
The second royal commission hearing into the Salvation Army, which opened in Sydney on Thursday, has also been told that abuse victims who went to the charitable group for help were not always believed.
Simeon Beckett, counsel advising the commission, said victims were offered payments varying between $5,000 and $100,000.
He said a victim, identified only as EF, had suffered multiple acts of anal rape by Major Victor Bennett but was only ever offered $11,000.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/22191150/abuse-accused-allowed-to-rejoin-salvos/

Abuse accused allowed to rejoin Salvos

A Salvation Army officer who was dismissed for abusing an eight-year-old girl in 1990 was allowed to rejoin, an inquiry has heard.
Three years after he admitted assaulting the girl, Colin Haggar rejoined the army which is only now conducting an internal investigation into his conduct following his forced retirement last year.
The second royal commission hearing into the Salvation Army, which opened in Sydney on Thursday, has also been told that abuse victims who went to the charitable group for help were not always believed.
Simeon Beckett, counsel advising the commission, said victims were offered payments varying between $5,000 and $100,000.
He said a victim, identified only as EF, had suffered multiple acts of anal rape by Major Victor Bennett but was only ever offered $11,000.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/22191150/abuse-accused-allowed-to-rejoin-salvos/

Pell says sorry to abuse victim

Cardinal George Pell has read out a formal apology to the victim of a paedophile priest but never once looked at the man, even though he was sitting metres away.
Dr Pell marked the end of his appearance before the royal commission into child sexual abuse with a public apology for the suffering endured by former alter boy John Ellis as a result of his treatment by the church.
Reading from a statement, Dr Pell said that, as the former archbishop of Sydney and speaking personally, the church had failed Mr Ellis and that as archbishop he took ultimate responsibility for the suffering and the terrible impact on his life.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/pell-says-sorry-to-abuse-victim-20140327-35l5s.html

Pell says sorry to abuse victim

Cardinal George Pell has read out a formal apology to the victim of a paedophile priest but never once looked at the man, even though he was sitting metres away.
Dr Pell marked the end of his appearance before the royal commission into child sexual abuse with a public apology for the suffering endured by former alter boy John Ellis as a result of his treatment by the church.
Reading from a statement, Dr Pell said that, as the former archbishop of Sydney and speaking personally, the church had failed Mr Ellis and that as archbishop he took ultimate responsibility for the suffering and the terrible impact on his life.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/pell-says-sorry-to-abuse-victim-20140327-35l5s.html

Salvation Army leader sorry for abuse

A leader of the Salvation Army has apologised for breaching the ‘‘trust’’ of the community as he launched the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal for 2014 in Brisbane.
Commissioner James Condon told more than 1000 people that he felt "shocked, ashamed and aggrieved" by what he heard at the February hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission has been told boys were abused - both sexually and physically - while in the Salvation Army’s care.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/salvation-army-leader-sorry-for-abuse-20140327-35kdh.html

Salvation Army leader sorry for abuse

A leader of the Salvation Army has apologised for breaching the ‘‘trust’’ of the community as he launched the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal for 2014 in Brisbane.
Commissioner James Condon told more than 1000 people that he felt "shocked, ashamed and aggrieved" by what he heard at the February hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission has been told boys were abused - both sexually and physically - while in the Salvation Army’s care.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/salvation-army-leader-sorry-for-abuse-20140327-35kdh.html

Salvation Army developed 'matrix' to calculate payouts to abuse victims, commission hears

The Salvation Army took a "largely litigious approach" towards victims of horrific physical and sexual abuse, especially those who sought compensation payments, a royal commission has heard.
A "matrix" was developed in 2005 to calculate the amounts to be offered to victims based on the age of the child at the time of the abuse, the length of time they spent in Salvation Army run homes, the kind of abuse suffered and impact it had on their lives.
Counsel Assisting the Commission, Simeon Beckett, said ex gratia payments made over the past two decades ranged from $5000 to $150,000, with an average of $50,758.
One claimant, known as EF, who had suffered multiple acts of anal rape by Major Victor Bennett, was offered $11,000.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/salvation-army-developed-matrix-to-calculate-payouts-to-abuse-victims-commission-hears-20140327-35k7a.html

Salvation Army developed 'matrix' to calculate payouts to abuse victims, commission hears

The Salvation Army took a "largely litigious approach" towards victims of horrific physical and sexual abuse, especially those who sought compensation payments, a royal commission has heard.
A "matrix" was developed in 2005 to calculate the amounts to be offered to victims based on the age of the child at the time of the abuse, the length of time they spent in Salvation Army run homes, the kind of abuse suffered and impact it had on their lives.
Counsel Assisting the Commission, Simeon Beckett, said ex gratia payments made over the past two decades ranged from $5000 to $150,000, with an average of $50,758.
One claimant, known as EF, who had suffered multiple acts of anal rape by Major Victor Bennett, was offered $11,000.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/salvation-army-developed-matrix-to-calculate-payouts-to-abuse-victims-commission-hears-20140327-35k7a.html

Salvation Army promoted despite a known history of child sex abuse commission told

HE had a history of sexually assaulting little girls but Colin Haggar was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Salvation Army, the child sex abuse royal commission has been told today.
The Salvos knew as long ago as 1989 what Mr Haggar had done and dismissed him from their ranks but readmitted him in 1993.
He got to know the first girl he sexually assaulted because her mum worked at the local Salvation Army’s op-shop in a central western NSW town. The girl told her parents what he had done and Mr Haggar met with them.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/salvation-army-promoted-despite-a-known-history-of-child-sex-abuse-commission-told/story-fni0cx4q-1226866454735

Salvation Army promoted despite a known history of child sex abuse commission told

HE had a history of sexually assaulting little girls but Colin Haggar was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Salvation Army, the child sex abuse royal commission has been told today.
The Salvos knew as long ago as 1989 what Mr Haggar had done and dismissed him from their ranks but readmitted him in 1993.
He got to know the first girl he sexually assaulted because her mum worked at the local Salvation Army’s op-shop in a central western NSW town. The girl told her parents what he had done and Mr Haggar met with them.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/salvation-army-promoted-despite-a-known-history-of-child-sex-abuse-commission-told/story-fni0cx4q-1226866454735

Witness breaks down at abuse inquiry

The memory of his eight-year-old twin brother screaming for him when they were in a home run by the Salvation Army has caused a witness at a child sex abuse inquiry to break down.
JF, who is now 75, was giving evidence to the royal commission examining how the Salvation Army dealt with abuse victims who complained of their treatment in homes in NSW and Queensland.
JF and his two brothers, one his twin, were placed in Indooroopilly Boys Home Queensland in 1948 when their father shot and killed their mother.
On Thursday he told how he bled for days when one officer at the home grabbed him, 'choked' him and raped him

http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=961745 

Witness breaks down at abuse inquiry

The memory of his eight-year-old twin brother screaming for him when they were in a home run by the Salvation Army has caused a witness at a child sex abuse inquiry to break down.
JF, who is now 75, was giving evidence to the royal commission examining how the Salvation Army dealt with abuse victims who complained of their treatment in homes in NSW and Queensland.
JF and his two brothers, one his twin, were placed in Indooroopilly Boys Home Queensland in 1948 when their father shot and killed their mother.
On Thursday he told how he bled for days when one officer at the home grabbed him, 'choked' him and raped him

http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=961745 

Abuse victims 'told not to go to police'

THE Salvation Army told two women raped as children by their Sunday school teacher not to go to police or the media, an inquiry has heard.

In a second hearing about the Salvation Army, the royal commission into child sexual abuse is examining how the charitable organisation responded to complaints from abuse victims in the 1990s and up to the present day.

Simeon Beckett, counsel advising the commission, said evidence would show the two women raped as children by Salvation Army Envoy John Lane, when he ran a Sunday school at Fortitude Valley, Queensland between from 1971 to 1984, were initially not believed when they reported the abuse.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/salvos-back-at-child-abuse-inquiry/story-fni0xqi4-1226865919083

Abuse victims 'told not to go to police'

THE Salvation Army told two women raped as children by their Sunday school teacher not to go to police or the media, an inquiry has heard.

In a second hearing about the Salvation Army, the royal commission into child sexual abuse is examining how the charitable organisation responded to complaints from abuse victims in the 1990s and up to the present day.

Simeon Beckett, counsel advising the commission, said evidence would show the two women raped as children by Salvation Army Envoy John Lane, when he ran a Sunday school at Fortitude Valley, Queensland between from 1971 to 1984, were initially not believed when they reported the abuse.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/salvos-back-at-child-abuse-inquiry/story-fni0xqi4-1226865919083

Child sex abuse royal commission: George Pell admits Church refused to negotiate with John Ellis

Cardinal George Pell has admitted the Catholic Church refused to negotiate compensation with a victim of child sexual abuse before pursuing the man through the courts.
The former Archbishop of Sydney has been called back to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, to answer more questions about his role in the case of former altar boy John Ellis.
Mr Ellis, who is sitting in the front row of today's hearing, sued the Church after he was abused by a priest in the 1970s.
After a prolonged legal battle, Mr Ellis lost the case on a technicality in 2007.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/22204033/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-george-pell-admits-church-refused-to-negotiate-with-john-ellis/

Child sex abuse royal commission: George Pell admits Church refused to negotiate with John Ellis

Cardinal George Pell has admitted the Catholic Church refused to negotiate compensation with a victim of child sexual abuse before pursuing the man through the courts.
The former Archbishop of Sydney has been called back to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, to answer more questions about his role in the case of former altar boy John Ellis.
Mr Ellis, who is sitting in the front row of today's hearing, sued the Church after he was abused by a priest in the 1970s.
After a prolonged legal battle, Mr Ellis lost the case on a technicality in 2007.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/22204033/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-george-pell-admits-church-refused-to-negotiate-with-john-ellis/

Pell ‘shows sociopathic lack of empathy’

Cardinal George Pell insists he acted truthfully when he instructed lawyers to vigorously dispute the claims of a sexually abused former altar boy in court, even though he knew the claims were true.
Dr Pell, appearing before the royal commission into child sexual abuse, admitted the Catholic church did not deal fairly with victim John Ellis ‘from a Christian point of view’, but in a legal sense it did nothing improper.

http://www.echo.net.au/2014/03/pell-shows-sociopathic-lack-empathy/

Pell ‘shows sociopathic lack of empathy’

Cardinal George Pell insists he acted truthfully when he instructed lawyers to vigorously dispute the claims of a sexually abused former altar boy in court, even though he knew the claims were true.
Dr Pell, appearing before the royal commission into child sexual abuse, admitted the Catholic church did not deal fairly with victim John Ellis ‘from a Christian point of view’, but in a legal sense it did nothing improper.

http://www.echo.net.au/2014/03/pell-shows-sociopathic-lack-empathy/

'It's a mystery to me': George Pell pleads ignorance over abuse case

In an uncomfortable cross-examination, cardinal tries to disown church's policy of contesting John Ellis's claims in court

 Amazing claims are fine in the pulpit. You expect to hear them any time in a cathedral. But not at a royal commission.
George Pell was being asked to explain how his absolute conviction that John Ellis was abused as a boy by Father Aidan Duggan – a belief based on a five-month investigation by a church assessor – squared with the instructions he gave to contest the abuse in the New South Wales supreme court.
His claim: to dispute is not to deny. “I made it quite clear to the lawyers that we could not deny that an offence had taken place,” he explained. All they did in court was dispute Ellis’s claims, “put the plaintiff to proof”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/27/mystery-george-pell-ignorance-abuse

'It's a mystery to me': George Pell pleads ignorance over abuse case

In an uncomfortable cross-examination, cardinal tries to disown church's policy of contesting John Ellis's claims in court

 Amazing claims are fine in the pulpit. You expect to hear them any time in a cathedral. But not at a royal commission.
George Pell was being asked to explain how his absolute conviction that John Ellis was abused as a boy by Father Aidan Duggan – a belief based on a five-month investigation by a church assessor – squared with the instructions he gave to contest the abuse in the New South Wales supreme court.
His claim: to dispute is not to deny. “I made it quite clear to the lawyers that we could not deny that an offence had taken place,” he explained. All they did in court was dispute Ellis’s claims, “put the plaintiff to proof”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/27/mystery-george-pell-ignorance-abuse

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Cardinal Pell regrets legal play with victim

CARDINAL George Pell insists he acted truthfully when he instructed lawyers to vigorously dispute the claims of a sexually abused former altar boy in court, even though he knew the claims were true.
Dr Pell, appearing before the royal commission into child sexual abuse, admitted the Catholic Church did not deal fairly with victim John Ellis ‘‘from a Christian point of view’’, but in a legal sense  did nothing improper.
He said he defended the Ellis case vigorously to discourage other complainants from going to court, revealing he was worried that payments for abuse cases in the US sent some churches bankrupt and he wanted to ensure similar situations could not occur in Australia.