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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, 31 May 2014

Royal Commission reveals institutional child abuse

The Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was set up in January last year, after decades of campaigning by victims.
Led by Justice Peter McClellan, the first public hearings began in April last year and apply only to children sexually abused up to the age of 18. It does not include physical or emotional abuse.
The Commission has so far received 11,900 calls, almost 5000 letters and emails, and has heard 1500 private sessions by victims. Any one individual story is first heard in a private session and after all the evidence is collected, a public hearing occurs as an example of the abuse that occurred in that particular institution.

https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56570

Royal Commission reveals institutional child abuse

The Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was set up in January last year, after decades of campaigning by victims.
Led by Justice Peter McClellan, the first public hearings began in April last year and apply only to children sexually abused up to the age of 18. It does not include physical or emotional abuse.
The Commission has so far received 11,900 calls, almost 5000 letters and emails, and has heard 1500 private sessions by victims. Any one individual story is first heard in a private session and after all the evidence is collected, a public hearing occurs as an example of the abuse that occurred in that particular institution.

https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56570

Catholic Church’s program ‘revictimised’ client

Wollongong lawyer Mark Johnston still remembers the day Frank* wandered into his office, seeking advice about his dealings with the Catholic Church.
The initial meeting triggered a chain of events, which culminated in a year-long legal battle that allegedly exposed the failings of the Church’s ‘‘Towards Healing’’ program.
Fast forward nearly a decade and the Church’s internal settlement regime is now under intense scrutiny by the Royal Commission into the Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse.

Catholic Church’s program ‘revictimised’ client

Wollongong lawyer Mark Johnston still remembers the day Frank* wandered into his office, seeking advice about his dealings with the Catholic Church.
The initial meeting triggered a chain of events, which culminated in a year-long legal battle that allegedly exposed the failings of the Church’s ‘‘Towards Healing’’ program.
Fast forward nearly a decade and the Church’s internal settlement regime is now under intense scrutiny by the Royal Commission into the Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse.

Joanne McCarthy on sex abuse findings

Emma Albericic is joined by Joanne McCarthy. The Newcastle Herald journalist credited with exposing the catholic church's protection of pedophile priests in the hunter valley region of NSW.

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Joanne McCarthy is the 'Newcastle Herald' journalist credited with first exposing the Catholic Church's protection of paedophile priests in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.
Last year, she won the gold Walkley Award for her work.
I spoke to her a short time ago.
Joanne McCarthy welcome to Lateline.
JOANNE MCCARTHY, JOURNALIST, NEWCASTLE HERALD: Hello.
EMMA ALBERICI: After your years of investigations into the relationships between police and the clergy in that Newcastle Maitland region, are you now satisfied with the findings of this Special Commission?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/joanne-mccarthy-on-sex-abuse-findings/5491272?section=nsw

Joanne McCarthy on sex abuse findings

Emma Albericic is joined by Joanne McCarthy. The Newcastle Herald journalist credited with exposing the catholic church's protection of pedophile priests in the hunter valley region of NSW.

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Joanne McCarthy is the 'Newcastle Herald' journalist credited with first exposing the Catholic Church's protection of paedophile priests in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.
Last year, she won the gold Walkley Award for her work.
I spoke to her a short time ago.
Joanne McCarthy welcome to Lateline.
JOANNE MCCARTHY, JOURNALIST, NEWCASTLE HERALD: Hello.
EMMA ALBERICI: After your years of investigations into the relationships between police and the clergy in that Newcastle Maitland region, are you now satisfied with the findings of this Special Commission?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/joanne-mccarthy-on-sex-abuse-findings/5491272?section=nsw

Sexual abuse victims and families pay tribute to whistleblower cop

A woman whose son was abused by a paedophile priest, has described a police whistleblower as a man of great integrity.
A Special Commission Of Inquiry was launched after Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox spoke out about paedophilia within the Catholic Church in the Hunter Valley and cover-ups by the church and police.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-31/sexual-abuse-victims-and-families-pay-tribute-to-whistleblower-/5491406

Sexual abuse victims and families pay tribute to whistleblower cop

A woman whose son was abused by a paedophile priest, has described a police whistleblower as a man of great integrity.
A Special Commission Of Inquiry was launched after Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox spoke out about paedophilia within the Catholic Church in the Hunter Valley and cover-ups by the church and police.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-31/sexual-abuse-victims-and-families-pay-tribute-to-whistleblower-/5491406

Friday, 30 May 2014

NSW child sexual abuse inquiry finds evidence to charge senior Catholic Church official

An inquiry into child sexual abuse in NSW has found there's enough evidence to charge a senior Catholic Church official with concealing the activities of a notorious peadophile.
An inquiry into child sexual abuse in NSW has found there's enough evidence to charge a senior Catholic Church official with concealing the activities of a notorious peadophile.
Transcript
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: An inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Hunter region of NSW has found there is enough evidence to charge a senior Catholic Church official with concealing the activities of a notorious paedophile priest.
The Special Commission into abuse allegations and their alleged cover-up in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese has delivered its final report calling the failure of clergy to report decades of abuse to police as inexcusable.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4016118.htm

NSW child sexual abuse inquiry finds evidence to charge senior Catholic Church official

An inquiry into child sexual abuse in NSW has found there's enough evidence to charge a senior Catholic Church official with concealing the activities of a notorious peadophile.
An inquiry into child sexual abuse in NSW has found there's enough evidence to charge a senior Catholic Church official with concealing the activities of a notorious peadophile.
Transcript
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: An inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Hunter region of NSW has found there is enough evidence to charge a senior Catholic Church official with concealing the activities of a notorious paedophile priest.
The Special Commission into abuse allegations and their alleged cover-up in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese has delivered its final report calling the failure of clergy to report decades of abuse to police as inexcusable.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4016118.htm

Gathering in support of whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox

With the release of the report by the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Hunter region, survivors, supporters and victims of abuse are holding a gathering in support of whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.
WHEN: 10.30AM Saturday 31st May
WHERE: Top of Martin Place near Macquarie St.
WHO: Survivors, supporters and victims of abuse and Greens MP David Shoebridge.
“Survivors and ordinary Australians around the country reacted spontaneously and enthusiastically to the bravery of DCI Fox who put his career on the line for the sake of victims. “It is an all too common outcome that the bravery of a whistleblower is lost when the institutions that are threatened turn their full resources on attacking their credibility. “The very limited terms of reference of this Inquiry means it is a far from full picture of the actions of either the Church or police in the Hunter region. “Peter Fox is warmly supported for his vital role in setting up this very significant inquiry.”


Media contact for David Shoebridge: 9230 3030
David Shoebridge
Greens MP in the NSW Legislative Council
P: (02) 9230 3030 T: @ShoebridgeMLC

Gathering in support of whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox

With the release of the report by the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Hunter region, survivors, supporters and victims of abuse are holding a gathering in support of whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.
WHEN: 10.30AM Saturday 31st May
WHERE: Top of Martin Place near Macquarie St.
WHO: Survivors, supporters and victims of abuse and Greens MP David Shoebridge.
“Survivors and ordinary Australians around the country reacted spontaneously and enthusiastically to the bravery of DCI Fox who put his career on the line for the sake of victims. “It is an all too common outcome that the bravery of a whistleblower is lost when the institutions that are threatened turn their full resources on attacking their credibility. “The very limited terms of reference of this Inquiry means it is a far from full picture of the actions of either the Church or police in the Hunter region. “Peter Fox is warmly supported for his vital role in setting up this very significant inquiry.”


Media contact for David Shoebridge: 9230 3030
David Shoebridge
Greens MP in the NSW Legislative Council
P: (02) 9230 3030 T: @ShoebridgeMLC

Hiding abuse remains an unresolved crime, video

THERE are four volumes in the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry report released by Commissioner Margaret Cunneen, SC, yesterday.
But within those hundreds of pages is a single key line that validates, vindicates and justifies the efforts of so many.
There is ‘‘sufficient evidence warranting the prosecution of a senior Catholic Church official in connection with the concealment of child sexual abuse’’ relating to the late Hunter priest Jim Fletcher, the report found. And this is significant for so many reasons.
It is significant in world terms.
Although many Catholic priests in Australia and across the globe have been successfully prosecuted and jailed for sexually abusing children, the number of church men prosecuted for concealing those crimes or failing to report them can be counted on one hand.

Hiding abuse remains an unresolved crime, video

THERE are four volumes in the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry report released by Commissioner Margaret Cunneen, SC, yesterday.
But within those hundreds of pages is a single key line that validates, vindicates and justifies the efforts of so many.
There is ‘‘sufficient evidence warranting the prosecution of a senior Catholic Church official in connection with the concealment of child sexual abuse’’ relating to the late Hunter priest Jim Fletcher, the report found. And this is significant for so many reasons.
It is significant in world terms.
Although many Catholic priests in Australia and across the globe have been successfully prosecuted and jailed for sexually abusing children, the number of church men prosecuted for concealing those crimes or failing to report them can be counted on one hand.

Critical failures from Church in cover-up

IT’S volume four that Lou Pirona is most interested in.
Like the families of other victims of predatory Catholic priests, Mr Pirona is taking more comfort in the fact that charges are looming for at least one of the Church’s senior clergy who covered up for a priest’s paedophilia.
‘‘The fact of the matter is that senior Church officials were protected, and could have remained protected forever by the Church hierarchy,’’ said Mr Pirona, whose son John took his own life in 2012 after ‘‘too much pain’’ from being sexually abused as a child by Hunter priest John Denham.
John’s death was the catalyst for the Newcastle Herald’s Shine the Light campaign, which led to the federal royal commission into institutional child abuse.

Critical failures from Church in cover-up

IT’S volume four that Lou Pirona is most interested in.
Like the families of other victims of predatory Catholic priests, Mr Pirona is taking more comfort in the fact that charges are looming for at least one of the Church’s senior clergy who covered up for a priest’s paedophilia.
‘‘The fact of the matter is that senior Church officials were protected, and could have remained protected forever by the Church hierarchy,’’ said Mr Pirona, whose son John took his own life in 2012 after ‘‘too much pain’’ from being sexually abused as a child by Hunter priest John Denham.
John’s death was the catalyst for the Newcastle Herald’s Shine the Light campaign, which led to the federal royal commission into institutional child abuse.

EDITORIAL: Damning report on Catholic Church

OR decades, the Catholic Church not only knew of serious multiple allegations against some of its Hunter clergy, it had admissions of inappropriate behaviour with children on its files.
What the Church knew might have resulted in criminal charges against clergy long before some of these were actually laid, had the Church seen fit to tell the police its information.
The Church’s failure to reveal potentially criminal behaviour allowed serial offender Denis McAlinden – who molested scores of children over a long disgraceful career as a priest – to continue his offences.

EDITORIAL: Damning report on Catholic Church

OR decades, the Catholic Church not only knew of serious multiple allegations against some of its Hunter clergy, it had admissions of inappropriate behaviour with children on its files.
What the Church knew might have resulted in criminal charges against clergy long before some of these were actually laid, had the Church seen fit to tell the police its information.
The Church’s failure to reveal potentially criminal behaviour allowed serial offender Denis McAlinden – who molested scores of children over a long disgraceful career as a priest – to continue his offences.

Royal Commission calls for submissions on victims of crime compensation schemes

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today released an issues paper on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes and their effectiveness for those who experience child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution.
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said this is the seventh issues paper of the Royal Commission and forms part of a series of projects in relation to the scope of justice for victims. “All states and territories have schemes that allow victims of crime to apply for compensation, counselling and other services from a dedicated pool of funds.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/896/royal-commission-calls-for-submissions-on-victims-of-

Royal Commission calls for submissions on victims of crime compensation schemes

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today released an issues paper on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes and their effectiveness for those who experience child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution.
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said this is the seventh issues paper of the Royal Commission and forms part of a series of projects in relation to the scope of justice for victims. “All states and territories have schemes that allow victims of crime to apply for compensation, counselling and other services from a dedicated pool of funds.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/896/royal-commission-calls-for-submissions-on-victims-of-

Child sex abuse: fears after funding cuts to royal commission

A WOMAN who recently gave testimony of sexual and physical abuse at a long-closed Albury-Wodonga girls’ home yesterday slammed a $6.7 million funding cut to a related royal commission. 
Five weeks ago Rhonda recounted the horrors of her time at St John’s Orphanage to a commissioner in Melbourne.
Rhonda (who did not wish to use her full name) now fears the funding transfer will prevent many others from telling the stories they have had to carry throughout their lives.

Child sex abuse: fears after funding cuts to royal commission

A WOMAN who recently gave testimony of sexual and physical abuse at a long-closed Albury-Wodonga girls’ home yesterday slammed a $6.7 million funding cut to a related royal commission. 
Five weeks ago Rhonda recounted the horrors of her time at St John’s Orphanage to a commissioner in Melbourne.
Rhonda (who did not wish to use her full name) now fears the funding transfer will prevent many others from telling the stories they have had to carry throughout their lives.

Special Commission of Inquiry: 'Hero' officer Peter Fox branded a liar

The ''hero cop'' whose explosive claims about NSW Police handling of Catholic Church child abuse helped spark a royal commission, has been branded a liar in a report handed to the state government on Friday.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox claimed that a police investigation into child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle was a ''sham'' and asserted there was a ''Catholic mafia'' in the NSW Police that covered up crimes.
He also claimed he was forced to ''stand down'' from the investigation into allegations surrounding two paedophile priests who had abused children in the Hunter area for decades.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/special-commission-of-inquiry-hero-officer-peter-fox-branded-a-liar-20140530-399ru.html

Special Commission of Inquiry: 'Hero' officer Peter Fox branded a liar

The ''hero cop'' whose explosive claims about NSW Police handling of Catholic Church child abuse helped spark a royal commission, has been branded a liar in a report handed to the state government on Friday.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox claimed that a police investigation into child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle was a ''sham'' and asserted there was a ''Catholic mafia'' in the NSW Police that covered up crimes.
He also claimed he was forced to ''stand down'' from the investigation into allegations surrounding two paedophile priests who had abused children in the Hunter area for decades.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/special-commission-of-inquiry-hero-officer-peter-fox-branded-a-liar-20140530-399ru.html

Police whistleblower labelled an obsessive and zealot in Catholic child abuse inquiry report

A special commission of inquiry into allegations that a Catholic mafia in New South Wales colluded with the Church to cover up child sexual abuse by clergy has today handed down its findings. But the main target of its criticism is the man who became a national champion for child abuse survivors when he blew the whistle on so-called 'sham' investigations that were 'set up to fail'. Detective chief inspector Peter Fox has been labelled in the report as an obsessive and a zealot, whose evidence lacked any credibility. But the public report of the inquiry is also notable for what's not in it. There are also adverse credibility findings about senior church officials, but they're in a confidential volume of the report that won't be released until potential criminal proceedings have been determined.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/police-whistleblower-labelled-an-obsessive-and/5490652?section=nsw

Police whistleblower labelled an obsessive and zealot in Catholic child abuse inquiry report

A special commission of inquiry into allegations that a Catholic mafia in New South Wales colluded with the Church to cover up child sexual abuse by clergy has today handed down its findings. But the main target of its criticism is the man who became a national champion for child abuse survivors when he blew the whistle on so-called 'sham' investigations that were 'set up to fail'. Detective chief inspector Peter Fox has been labelled in the report as an obsessive and a zealot, whose evidence lacked any credibility. But the public report of the inquiry is also notable for what's not in it. There are also adverse credibility findings about senior church officials, but they're in a confidential volume of the report that won't be released until potential criminal proceedings have been determined.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/police-whistleblower-labelled-an-obsessive-and/5490652?section=nsw

Inquiry finds church personnel covered up abuse for decades

The Special Commission of Inquiry's damning findings are not limited to detective chief inspector Peter Fox. Commissioner Margaret Cunneen says that for decades, senior officials within the Catholic Church knew about the sexual abuse allegations but failed to act. Support groups for victims worry that the findings against Peter Fox will 'bury' the cover-up.

MARK COLVIN: The special commission of inquiry's damning findings aren't limited to detective chief inspector Peter Fox.
Commissioner Cunneen says that for decades, senior officials within the Catholic Church knew about the sexual abuse allegations but failed to act.
The commissioner has been highly critical of witnesses from the Church, saying they were misleading or simply reluctant to give evidence.
But support groups for victims worry that the findings against Peter Fox will bury the fact that the Church covered up the abuse for decades.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/inquiry-finds-church-personnel-covered-up-abuse/5490676?section=nsw

Inquiry finds church personnel covered up abuse for decades

The Special Commission of Inquiry's damning findings are not limited to detective chief inspector Peter Fox. Commissioner Margaret Cunneen says that for decades, senior officials within the Catholic Church knew about the sexual abuse allegations but failed to act. Support groups for victims worry that the findings against Peter Fox will 'bury' the cover-up.

MARK COLVIN: The special commission of inquiry's damning findings aren't limited to detective chief inspector Peter Fox.
Commissioner Cunneen says that for decades, senior officials within the Catholic Church knew about the sexual abuse allegations but failed to act.
The commissioner has been highly critical of witnesses from the Church, saying they were misleading or simply reluctant to give evidence.
But support groups for victims worry that the findings against Peter Fox will bury the fact that the Church covered up the abuse for decades.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/inquiry-finds-church-personnel-covered-up-abuse/5490676?section=nsw

Peter Fox: I would do it again

HE’S been battered by the very commission of inquiry which he instigated, but Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox says he would ‘‘not hesitate to walk the same path again’’.
Speaking exclusively to the Newcastle Herald, Mr Fox vigorously defended himself and his actions following yesterday’s final report handed down by Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC.

Peter Fox: I would do it again

HE’S been battered by the very commission of inquiry which he instigated, but Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox says he would ‘‘not hesitate to walk the same path again’’.
Speaking exclusively to the Newcastle Herald, Mr Fox vigorously defended himself and his actions following yesterday’s final report handed down by Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC.

Fox unsatisfactory witness: Abuse report

Chief whistleblower Peter Fox has been found to be an unsatisfactory witness in a report into an alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
The four-volume report uncovered no evidence to show senior police officers tried to block child abuse investigations.
It also found Detective Inspector Peter Fox - who alleged the cover up - was not a credible witness, and it was appropriate for police to instruct him to stop his own investigations.
"Fox gave evidence that was untruthful," the report said.
"The Commission formed the view that Fox had engaged in conduct that was inconsistent with the integrity required of a police officer.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/23988231/fox-unsatisfactory-witness-abuse-report/

Fox unsatisfactory witness: Abuse report

Chief whistleblower Peter Fox has been found to be an unsatisfactory witness in a report into an alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
The four-volume report uncovered no evidence to show senior police officers tried to block child abuse investigations.
It also found Detective Inspector Peter Fox - who alleged the cover up - was not a credible witness, and it was appropriate for police to instruct him to stop his own investigations.
"Fox gave evidence that was untruthful," the report said.
"The Commission formed the view that Fox had engaged in conduct that was inconsistent with the integrity required of a police officer.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/23988231/fox-unsatisfactory-witness-abuse-report/

Church abuse inquiry rejects claims of ‘obsessed’ detective Peter Fox

A WHISTLEBLOWER detective who used a live ABC interview to criticise the NSW Police Force over its handling of child sex abuse is an unsatisfactory witness who gave untruthful evidence about both his employer and the Catholic Church, a state inquiry has found.
The 2012 Lateline interview with Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is widely seen as helping trigger the national royal commission into child abuse, which was announced four days later by the then prime minister, Julia Gillard.
Following the broadcast, a NSW special commission of inquiry was also established to investigate the policeman’s claims that the church in NSW’s Hunter Valley covered up child abuse by priests, and that he was ordered to stand down from the investigation of a paedophile priest.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/church-abuse-inquiry-rejects-claims-of-obsessed-detective-peter-fox/story-fngburq5-1226937467305#

Church abuse inquiry rejects claims of ‘obsessed’ detective Peter Fox

A WHISTLEBLOWER detective who used a live ABC interview to criticise the NSW Police Force over its handling of child sex abuse is an unsatisfactory witness who gave untruthful evidence about both his employer and the Catholic Church, a state inquiry has found.
The 2012 Lateline interview with Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is widely seen as helping trigger the national royal commission into child abuse, which was announced four days later by the then prime minister, Julia Gillard.
Following the broadcast, a NSW special commission of inquiry was also established to investigate the policeman’s claims that the church in NSW’s Hunter Valley covered up child abuse by priests, and that he was ordered to stand down from the investigation of a paedophile priest.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/church-abuse-inquiry-rejects-claims-of-obsessed-detective-peter-fox/story-fngburq5-1226937467305#

OPINION: Credit people power for special inquiry report

IN August 2012 I wrote to every state and federal politician in Australia.
I urged them to support the rising wave of community insistence that formal inquiries into child abuse be established.
I implored them to do as much research on the issue of childhood sexual assault by clergy as possible and asked them if they could be certain that our children are now safe.
I noted “History will record the courage of those who stand up on this issue and will condemn those who do not.”
I received six responses – two supporting me, three saying they would get back to me and one from premier Barry O’Farrell insisting there was no need for an inquiry.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2318815/opinion-credit-people-power-for-special-inquiry-report/?cs=308

OPINION: Credit people power for special inquiry report

IN August 2012 I wrote to every state and federal politician in Australia.
I urged them to support the rising wave of community insistence that formal inquiries into child abuse be established.
I implored them to do as much research on the issue of childhood sexual assault by clergy as possible and asked them if they could be certain that our children are now safe.
I noted “History will record the courage of those who stand up on this issue and will condemn those who do not.”
I received six responses – two supporting me, three saying they would get back to me and one from premier Barry O’Farrell insisting there was no need for an inquiry.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2318815/opinion-credit-people-power-for-special-inquiry-report/?cs=308

Special Commission of Inquiry findings delivered

NSW Premier Mike Baird has released three-quarters of the Special Commission of Inquiry's findings on Friday, with a fourth volume remaining confidential. 
The inquiry, which covers the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, 
“I thank Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC who conducted the inquiry, which was designed to ensure allegations surrounding child sexual abuse in the Hunter were fully investigated,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said. 
“The four volume report was delivered to the NSW Governor this morning and the first three volumes have now been released by the NSW Government."

Special Commission of Inquiry findings delivered

NSW Premier Mike Baird has released three-quarters of the Special Commission of Inquiry's findings on Friday, with a fourth volume remaining confidential. 
The inquiry, which covers the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, 
“I thank Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC who conducted the inquiry, which was designed to ensure allegations surrounding child sexual abuse in the Hunter were fully investigated,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said. 
“The four volume report was delivered to the NSW Governor this morning and the first three volumes have now been released by the NSW Government."

Special Commission of Inquiry clears police, finds whistleblower Peter Fox 'not credible' over child abuse cover-up claims

A Special Commission of Inquiry into allegations of a cover-up of child sexual abuse claims in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has released findings that are damning of the man who claimed to blow the whistle.
The four-volume report, released by Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC, uncovered no evidence to show that senior police ever tried to ensure child abuse offences were not properly investigated.
It found Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was not a credible witness and that it was appropriate for senior police to instruct Chief Inspector Fox to cease his own investigations.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/hunter-child-abuse-special-commission-of-inquiry-clears-police/5488942

Special Commission of Inquiry clears police, finds whistleblower Peter Fox 'not credible' over child abuse cover-up claims

A Special Commission of Inquiry into allegations of a cover-up of child sexual abuse claims in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has released findings that are damning of the man who claimed to blow the whistle.
The four-volume report, released by Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC, uncovered no evidence to show that senior police ever tried to ensure child abuse offences were not properly investigated.
It found Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was not a credible witness and that it was appropriate for senior police to instruct Chief Inspector Fox to cease his own investigations.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/hunter-child-abuse-special-commission-of-inquiry-clears-police/5488942

Unheard stories of the sex abuse crisis


Unheard Story: Dublin Archdiocese and the Murphy Report, by Padraig McCarthy. Londubh Books, 2013.
The victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of church personnel have waited a long time to be heard, to be believed, and to be offered a modicum of compassion and justice. In the process, some church personnel, including conscientious priests of the utmost propriety, have been hurt and wronged by the broad-brush approach of some state sponsored inquiries and media responses.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41488#.U4gGHIad-Xs

Unheard stories of the sex abuse crisis


Unheard Story: Dublin Archdiocese and the Murphy Report, by Padraig McCarthy. Londubh Books, 2013.
The victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of church personnel have waited a long time to be heard, to be believed, and to be offered a modicum of compassion and justice. In the process, some church personnel, including conscientious priests of the utmost propriety, have been hurt and wronged by the broad-brush approach of some state sponsored inquiries and media responses.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41488#.U4gGHIad-Xs

Royal Commission's announcement about the Marist Brothers

Australia's national ch/ild-abuse Royal Commission is investigating how the Catholic order of Marist Brothers have handled allegations of child sexual abuse in Marist schools.  At public hearings beginning on 10 June 2014, the focus is on Marist Brothers schools in New South Wales, Queensland and Canberra.
The hearings will focus particularly on how the Marists responded to complaints about two Marist Brothers who worked in Australian Catholic schools.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/293

Royal Commission's announcement about the Marist Brothers

Australia's national ch/ild-abuse Royal Commission is investigating how the Catholic order of Marist Brothers have handled allegations of child sexual abuse in Marist schools.  At public hearings beginning on 10 June 2014, the focus is on Marist Brothers schools in New South Wales, Queensland and Canberra.
The hearings will focus particularly on how the Marists responded to complaints about two Marist Brothers who worked in Australian Catholic schools.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/293

This Marist Brother fled from Australia but was eventually captured

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 30 May 2014)
Marist Brother Gregory Sutton must rank as one of Australia's most publicised child-sex offenders. Throughout 1996, his name appeared frequently in newspapers. The reports described how police hunted for him in the United States and then extradited him to Australia, where he pleaded guilty to numerous offences against boys and girls in New South Wales.
Broken Rites has ascertained that Brother Gregory Joseph Sutton was born in Australia on 19 March 1951. After his schooling, he became a trainee Marist Brother, living in a Marist residential centre with other Marist trainees, absorbing the Marist culture. It is believed that a second son from the same family also became a Marist Brother.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/126

This Marist Brother fled from Australia but was eventually captured

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 30 May 2014)
Marist Brother Gregory Sutton must rank as one of Australia's most publicised child-sex offenders. Throughout 1996, his name appeared frequently in newspapers. The reports described how police hunted for him in the United States and then extradited him to Australia, where he pleaded guilty to numerous offences against boys and girls in New South Wales.
Broken Rites has ascertained that Brother Gregory Joseph Sutton was born in Australia on 19 March 1951. After his schooling, he became a trainee Marist Brother, living in a Marist residential centre with other Marist trainees, absorbing the Marist culture. It is believed that a second son from the same family also became a Marist Brother.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/126

Marist Brothers deny a duty of care to their victims

By a Broken Rites researcher
Catholic religious Brothers, who have been operating schools in Australia for more than a century, now deny that they owe a duty of care to protect pupils from sexually-abusive Brothers, according to church lawyers. The lawyers told a Canberra civil court on 4 June 2008 that (unlike lay teachers who are employed on salaries) the Brothers are not, technically, "employees". Therefore, this would be the Brothers' defence if their sexual-abuse victims take civil action through the courts to obtain damages.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/102

Marist Brothers deny a duty of care to their victims

By a Broken Rites researcher
Catholic religious Brothers, who have been operating schools in Australia for more than a century, now deny that they owe a duty of care to protect pupils from sexually-abusive Brothers, according to church lawyers. The lawyers told a Canberra civil court on 4 June 2008 that (unlike lay teachers who are employed on salaries) the Brothers are not, technically, "employees". Therefore, this would be the Brothers' defence if their sexual-abuse victims take civil action through the courts to obtain damages.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/102

Sexual abuse victim eagerly awaits Special Commission findings

A Hunter Valley man who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest says he is anxious to read the findings of the Special Commission of Inquiry.
The state government launched the inquiry in November 2012 after allegations made by detective inspector Peter Fox
Months of public and private hearings, involving dozens of witnesses were held into claims police and the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese covered up abuse by two Hunter region paedophile priests, James Fletcher and Denis McAlinden.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/state-gov-to-receive-findings-from-special-commission-of-inquir/5488284

Sexual abuse victim eagerly awaits Special Commission findings

A Hunter Valley man who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest says he is anxious to read the findings of the Special Commission of Inquiry.
The state government launched the inquiry in November 2012 after allegations made by detective inspector Peter Fox
Months of public and private hearings, involving dozens of witnesses were held into claims police and the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese covered up abuse by two Hunter region paedophile priests, James Fletcher and Denis McAlinden.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-30/state-gov-to-receive-findings-from-special-commission-of-inquir/5488284

Special Commission of Inquiry: Findings into allegations of child sexual abuse cover-up to be handed down

The Special Commission of Inquiry into allegations of a cover-up of child sexual abuse claims in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will hand down its findings today.
The inquiry sat for 92 days of public hearings, mainly in Newcastle, where 50 victims and their families gave evidence.
All up 161 people appeared before the commission, giving evidence in public and private hearings.
Witnesses included several of the most senior police officers in New South Wales, and two Catholic bishops publicly apologised for the church's handling of child sexual abuse over half a century.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/23970438/special-commission-of-inquiry-findings-into-allegations-of-child-sexual-abuse-cover-up-to-be-handed-down/

Special Commission of Inquiry: Findings into allegations of child sexual abuse cover-up to be handed down

The Special Commission of Inquiry into allegations of a cover-up of child sexual abuse claims in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will hand down its findings today.
The inquiry sat for 92 days of public hearings, mainly in Newcastle, where 50 victims and their families gave evidence.
All up 161 people appeared before the commission, giving evidence in public and private hearings.
Witnesses included several of the most senior police officers in New South Wales, and two Catholic bishops publicly apologised for the church's handling of child sexual abuse over half a century.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/23970438/special-commission-of-inquiry-findings-into-allegations-of-child-sexual-abuse-cover-up-to-be-handed-down/

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sexual abuse report due

A Special Commission Of Inquiry into sexual abuse and the alleged cover-up in the New South Wales Hunter region is due to hand down its findings tomorrow.

Transcript

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: A special commission of inquiry into sexual abuse and alleged cover-up in the New South Wales Hunter Region is due to hand down its findings tomorrow, but part of the final report will kept confidential.

The special commission investigated allegations against clergy and police in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

The inquiry was sparked by whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.

Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC heard evidence about how the police and the Church responded to paedophilia within the Church, including the activities of the now-deceased priests, Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4015178.htm

Sexual abuse report due

A Special Commission Of Inquiry into sexual abuse and the alleged cover-up in the New South Wales Hunter region is due to hand down its findings tomorrow.

Transcript

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: A special commission of inquiry into sexual abuse and alleged cover-up in the New South Wales Hunter Region is due to hand down its findings tomorrow, but part of the final report will kept confidential.

The special commission investigated allegations against clergy and police in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

The inquiry was sparked by whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.

Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC heard evidence about how the police and the Church responded to paedophilia within the Church, including the activities of the now-deceased priests, Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4015178.htm

Child abuse inquiry report today

A report into the Special Commission of Inquiry into alleged child abuse in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be delivered to the Governor today.
Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC will deliver the report which will also include a recommendation regarding the publication of the document.
The report will contain a thorough examination of the two terms of reference into which the commissioner was mandated to inquire, including why Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was ordered to stop his investigations into the allegations.
And whether Catholic Church officials facilitated, assisted or co-operated with police investigations of relevant matters.

Child abuse inquiry report today

A report into the Special Commission of Inquiry into alleged child abuse in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be delivered to the Governor today.
Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC will deliver the report which will also include a recommendation regarding the publication of the document.
The report will contain a thorough examination of the two terms of reference into which the commissioner was mandated to inquire, including why Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was ordered to stop his investigations into the allegations.
And whether Catholic Church officials facilitated, assisted or co-operated with police investigations of relevant matters.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Missbrauch: Kirche verstärkt Präventionsbemühungen

Die Erzdiözese Wien verstärkt ihre Bemühungen in der Missbrauchsprävention und lud aus diesem Grund zu einem internationalen Erfahrungsaustausch. Unter dem Titel "Missbrauch und Gewalt verhindern! In Familie - Kirche - Internet", diskutierten am Mittwochabend in Wien Experten aus Österreich und Bolivien über ihre Erfahrungen mit Missbrauch und entsprechenden Präventionsbemühungen.

http://www.kathweb.at/site/nachrichten/database/62215.html

Vatikan erläutert vor UNO in Genf Strafpraxis bei Missbrauch

Beim Vatikan gingen in den vergangenen zehn Jahren 3.420 "glaubwürdige Beschuldigungen" von Priestern wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Minderjährigen ein

Der Heilige Stuhl hat vor dem UN-Antifolterkomitee in Genf seine Praxis der Strafverfolgung von Missbrauchsfällen verteidigt. Pädophile Täter hätten eine "doppelte Linie der Bestrafung" zu gewärtigen, nämlich eine kirchenrechtliche Sanktion und Strafen durch ein staatliches Gericht, sagte der Vatikanvertreter Erzbischof Silvano Tomasi bei der Erörterung eines turnusmäßigen Berichts vor dem UN-Antifolterkomitee am Dienstag in Genf.

http://www.kathweb.at/site/nachrichten/database/62174.html

Katholische Kirche kritisiert Kirchensteuer-Initiative als «Mogelpackung»

Zürich, 8.5.14 (Kipa) Vertreter der katholischen Kirche haben die Volksinitiative «Weniger Steuern fürs Gewerbe» kritisiert, über die am 18. Mai im Kanton Zürich abgestimmt wird. Bei der Initiative handle es sich um eine «Mogelpackung», schreiben Josef Annen, Generalvikar, und Benno Schnüriger, Synodalratspräsident, im Editorial der Mai-Ausgabe des Informationsblattes der Katholischen Kirche im Kanton Zürich. Das Volksbegehren strebe «im Kern» die Trennung von Kirche und Staat an, tue dies jedoch unter dem Vorwand der Steuerersparnis für das Gewerbe.

http://kipa-apic.ch/index.php?pw=&na=0,0,0,0,d&ki=254476

Erstkommunionslieder: Ranghoher Beamter soll zwangsversetzt werden

Vertrat andere Meinung als Landeshauptmann Pröll - Eltern hatten sich wegen Kirchenliedern im Gesamtunterricht beschwert

St. Pölten - Der Leiter der Rechtsabteilung im Niederösterreichischen Landesschulrat, Fritz Freudensprung, steht vor der Zwangsversetzung. Er hatte sich in einem Schreiben dagegen ausgesprochen, dass in der Volksschule in Atzenbrugg-Heiligeneich im Bezirk Tulln die Erstkommunionsvorbereitung im Musikunterricht stattfinden darf. Eltern einer konfessionslosen Tochter hatten sich dagegen gewehrt, dass Kirchenlieder im Gesamtunterricht einstudiert werden (derStandard.at berichtete).

http://derstandard.at/1399462364326/Erstkommunionslieder-Ranghoher-Beamter-soll-zwangsversetzt-werden?ref=rss

Kirchliche “Transparenz”: Bistum Trier

Das Bistum Trier spielt in seinem neuen Geschäftsbericht mit gezinkten Karten. Wem der Text zu lang ist, kann gleich ans Ende springen.
Im März hat das Bistum Trier seinen ersten Geschäftsbericht vorgestellt. Darin werden nicht nur – wie bisher im Haushalt – die Einnahmen und Ausgaben des jeweiligen Jahres dargestellt, sondern auch das Vermögen des Bistums und die Schulden. Möglich wird dies durch die Umstellung des Haushalts- und Rechnungswesens von der Kameralistik auf die Doppik, die sich an der kaufmännischen Buchführung orientiert. Diesen Wechsel hatte das Bistum Trier bereits 2009 vollzogen, es handelt sich also nicht um eine Reaktion auf den Limburger Finanzskandal um Tebartz-van Elst letztes Jahr.

http://skydaddy.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/kirchliche-transparenz-bistum-trier/

Kann man einen Papst verklagen?

Das Buch des Juristen Geoffrey Robertson hält, was der provokative Titel verspricht, urteilt Peter Kriesel zum 2011 auf Deutsch veröffentlichen Buch „Angeklagt: Der Papst. Die Verantwortlichkeit des Vatikans für Menschenrechtsverletzungen.“ Herausgegeben wird die deutsche Ausgabe von einem Verlag der neureligiösen Gruppierung „Universelles Leben“.

http://www.diesseits.de/panorama/rezensionen/1399327200/kann-man-papst-verklagen

Dear Pope Francis, I'm really confused....

Dear Pope Francis, I’m really confused.
Because I read the very same day in the news
With abusive priests they claim their arms only reach the Vatican wall
But with the American nuns, suddenly across the ocean, those same arms can sprawl?
For predator priests the Curia says they must respect the law for each land.
Shouldn’t they do likewise when American nuns’ Constitutional liberties are at hand?
Maybe like the game my kids used to play,
They simply think that it’s “Happy Opposite Day?”
Because in my land, the land of the nuns in question
Free-speaking women are no problem, but sexually abusive priests deserve incarceration.
The pedophile priests are only part of the problem.
The Vatican ignores bishops shuffling predators round-robin.
Then pretend the problem disappeared and any worry is for naught
Money is hidden; bankruptcies are filed.
Bishops evade accountability while victims are reviled.
And the person who appoints every bishop … pssst…. That’s you
In my culture is considered somewhat responsible too
 

Dear Pope Francis, I'm really confused....

Dear Pope Francis, I’m really confused.
Because I read the very same day in the news
With abusive priests they claim their arms only reach the Vatican wall
But with the American nuns, suddenly across the ocean, those same arms can sprawl?
For predator priests the Curia says they must respect the law for each land.
Shouldn’t they do likewise when American nuns’ Constitutional liberties are at hand?
Maybe like the game my kids used to play,
They simply think that it’s “Happy Opposite Day?”
Because in my land, the land of the nuns in question
Free-speaking women are no problem, but sexually abusive priests deserve incarceration.
The pedophile priests are only part of the problem.
The Vatican ignores bishops shuffling predators round-robin.
Then pretend the problem disappeared and any worry is for naught
Money is hidden; bankruptcies are filed.
Bishops evade accountability while victims are reviled.
And the person who appoints every bishop … pssst…. That’s you
In my culture is considered somewhat responsible too
 

State 'leads on priests'

Victoria's move to require priests to gain accreditation to work with children should be considered nationally, Premier Denis Napthine says.
Victoria was taking a leadership role in addressing the issue, and it could set the tone of a national response, Dr Napthine said.
''I believe other states and jurisdictions will look at what we're doing to require ministers of religion to have a working with children check if they have any dealings with children and families,'' he said. ''I think other states and other jurisdictions should have a good hard look at it.''

State 'leads on priests'

Victoria's move to require priests to gain accreditation to work with children should be considered nationally, Premier Denis Napthine says.
Victoria was taking a leadership role in addressing the issue, and it could set the tone of a national response, Dr Napthine said.
''I believe other states and jurisdictions will look at what we're doing to require ministers of religion to have a working with children check if they have any dealings with children and families,'' he said. ''I think other states and other jurisdictions should have a good hard look at it.''

As UN Torture Committee Probes Vatican, Sex-Abuse Survivors Urge Church to End Decades-Long Cover-up

The U.N. Committee on Torture sharply questioned the Vatican this week over its handling of sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church. The hearing came just four months after the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child accused the Vatican of systematically turning a blind eye to decades of abuse and attempting to cover up sex crimes. During this week’s hearing, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi revealed the church had dismissed more than 800 priests for sexual abuse of children in the past decade. A number of survivors of sexual abuse attended this week’s hearing, including our guest, Barbara Blaine, president and founder of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are also joined by Katherine Gallagher, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and counsel for SNAP in their international advocacy work.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/8/as_un_torture_committee_probes_vatican

As UN Torture Committee Probes Vatican, Sex-Abuse Survivors Urge Church to End Decades-Long Cover-up

The U.N. Committee on Torture sharply questioned the Vatican this week over its handling of sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church. The hearing came just four months after the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child accused the Vatican of systematically turning a blind eye to decades of abuse and attempting to cover up sex crimes. During this week’s hearing, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi revealed the church had dismissed more than 800 priests for sexual abuse of children in the past decade. A number of survivors of sexual abuse attended this week’s hearing, including our guest, Barbara Blaine, president and founder of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are also joined by Katherine Gallagher, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and counsel for SNAP in their international advocacy work.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/8/as_un_torture_committee_probes_vatican

Anger over Catholic abuse scheme claim

There's been an angry reaction from victims groups after a Vatican official spoke of the effectiveness of the Australian Church's redress scheme.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/05/08/anger-over-catholic-abuse-scheme-claim

Anger over Catholic abuse scheme claim

There's been an angry reaction from victims groups after a Vatican official spoke of the effectiveness of the Australian Church's redress scheme.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/05/08/anger-over-catholic-abuse-scheme-claim

Christian Brothers say door is open for compensation for abuse

Victims of child sexual abuse by Christian Brothers from anywhere in Australia are being invited to approach the church for compensation and or life-long psychological counselling if they need it.
After almost two weeks of Royal Commission hearings into the matter in Perth, the leadership of the Christian Brothers says the order is prepared to re-open the compensation cases that have been settled for unfair or unreasonably low amounts.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/christian-brothers-say-door-is-open-for-compensation-for-abuse/1307730

Christian Brothers say door is open for compensation for abuse

Victims of child sexual abuse by Christian Brothers from anywhere in Australia are being invited to approach the church for compensation and or life-long psychological counselling if they need it.
After almost two weeks of Royal Commission hearings into the matter in Perth, the leadership of the Christian Brothers says the order is prepared to re-open the compensation cases that have been settled for unfair or unreasonably low amounts.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/christian-brothers-say-door-is-open-for-compensation-for-abuse/1307730

Victoria ends statutory time limit on historical child sex abuse cases

STATUTORY time limits blocking historical child sex abuse cases from going to court in Victoria are to be removed.
Attorney-General Robert Clark says the government will remove provisions that can block a victim of child abuse taking legal action.
“We don’t want any organisation to be able to use time limits or other impediments in the legislation in order to hide behind those to avoid liabilities,” Mr Clark told reporters on Thursday.
He said the government would overhaul the Limitations of Actions Act.
“We are going to go through each and every one of the provisions of the Limitations of Actions Act to work out where they should be removed, amended or otherwise modified,” Mr Clark said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/victoria-ends-statutory-time-limit-on-historical-child-sex-abuse-cases/story-e6frgczx-1226910540134

Victoria ends statutory time limit on historical child sex abuse cases

STATUTORY time limits blocking historical child sex abuse cases from going to court in Victoria are to be removed.
Attorney-General Robert Clark says the government will remove provisions that can block a victim of child abuse taking legal action.
“We don’t want any organisation to be able to use time limits or other impediments in the legislation in order to hide behind those to avoid liabilities,” Mr Clark told reporters on Thursday.
He said the government would overhaul the Limitations of Actions Act.
“We are going to go through each and every one of the provisions of the Limitations of Actions Act to work out where they should be removed, amended or otherwise modified,” Mr Clark said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/victoria-ends-statutory-time-limit-on-historical-child-sex-abuse-cases/story-e6frgczx-1226910540134

Religious ministers to undergo checks under Victorian Government reform

ALL religious ministers will have working with children’s checks and there will be new standards for organisations dealing with youth under a $10 million State Government reform.
Premier Denis Napthine revealed the changes, which are a further response to the Victorian Parliament’s inquiry into child abuse titled Betrayal of Trust.
That groundbreaking report has already led to new anti-grooming laws, and laws making it an offence to hide reports of abuse.
Dr Napthine said the latest measures, which will cost $10 million over four years, will further enhance child protection.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/religious-ministers-to-undergo-checks-under-victorian-government-reform/story-fni0fit3-1226910148482

Religious ministers to undergo checks under Victorian Government reform

ALL religious ministers will have working with children’s checks and there will be new standards for organisations dealing with youth under a $10 million State Government reform.
Premier Denis Napthine revealed the changes, which are a further response to the Victorian Parliament’s inquiry into child abuse titled Betrayal of Trust.
That groundbreaking report has already led to new anti-grooming laws, and laws making it an offence to hide reports of abuse.
Dr Napthine said the latest measures, which will cost $10 million over four years, will further enhance child protection.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/religious-ministers-to-undergo-checks-under-victorian-government-reform/story-fni0fit3-1226910148482

Vic govt must do more on abuse: victims

Victorian child abuse victims will no longer be constrained by time limits in seeking compensation from the organisations that harboured their abusers, but another hurdle remains.
Premier Denis Napthine says organisations will no longer be able to hide behind the statute of limitations for victims who want to take civil action.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/23325030/abuse-claim-time-limit-to-go-in-victoria/

Vic govt must do more on abuse: victims

Victorian child abuse victims will no longer be constrained by time limits in seeking compensation from the organisations that harboured their abusers, but another hurdle remains.
Premier Denis Napthine says organisations will no longer be able to hide behind the statute of limitations for victims who want to take civil action.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/23325030/abuse-claim-time-limit-to-go-in-victoria/

Enact all abuse recommendations: victims

Removing time limits that prevent historic child sex abuse victims pursuing civil compensation in Victoria will make little difference by itself, victims say.

The government says it will overhaul the Limitations of Actions Act so organisations can't "hide" behind time limits or other impediments in the legislation to avoid liability.
The government says it supports in-principle all 15 recommendations from the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse handed down last year, with some already enacted.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/05/08/17/49/enact-all-abuse-recommendations-victims

Enact all abuse recommendations: victims

Removing time limits that prevent historic child sex abuse victims pursuing civil compensation in Victoria will make little difference by itself, victims say.

The government says it will overhaul the Limitations of Actions Act so organisations can't "hide" behind time limits or other impediments in the legislation to avoid liability.
The government says it supports in-principle all 15 recommendations from the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse handed down last year, with some already enacted.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/05/08/17/49/enact-all-abuse-recommendations-victims

A New Global Jewish Taskforce to Combat Child Sexual Abuse

Recently I attended the first International Congress for Child Protection Organisations in Jewish Communities [the Congress] that was held at the Haruv Institute at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Congress was sponsored by Haruv and Magen, an Israeli child protection organisation in Beit Shemesh.
I believe that in order to really understand the problems in Melbourne we need to understand the overall problem and culture underpinning the way in which Ultra Orthodox communities deal with child sexual abuse.

http://galusaustralis.com/2014/05/8300/a-new-global-jewish-taskforce-to-combat-child-sexual-abuse/

A New Global Jewish Taskforce to Combat Child Sexual Abuse

Recently I attended the first International Congress for Child Protection Organisations in Jewish Communities [the Congress] that was held at the Haruv Institute at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Congress was sponsored by Haruv and Magen, an Israeli child protection organisation in Beit Shemesh.
I believe that in order to really understand the problems in Melbourne we need to understand the overall problem and culture underpinning the way in which Ultra Orthodox communities deal with child sexual abuse.

http://galusaustralis.com/2014/05/8300/a-new-global-jewish-taskforce-to-combat-child-sexual-abuse/

Victims of abuse in Australia, including Maltese, may receive additional compensation

Christian Brothers in and around Perth in Australia are to review child-abuse settlements considered unjust and unreasonably low by the victims, including some from Malta, a Royal Commission has been told.
The commission was considering institutional responses to child sexual abuse, which took place mostly in the 1960s.
During the hearings, the commission heard evidence, including by Maltese men, of relentless rapes and beatings they suffered when they were boys.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140508/local/victims-of-abuse-in-australia-including-maltese-may-receive-additional-compensation.518173

Victims of abuse in Australia, including Maltese, may receive additional compensation

Christian Brothers in and around Perth in Australia are to review child-abuse settlements considered unjust and unreasonably low by the victims, including some from Malta, a Royal Commission has been told.
The commission was considering institutional responses to child sexual abuse, which took place mostly in the 1960s.
During the hearings, the commission heard evidence, including by Maltese men, of relentless rapes and beatings they suffered when they were boys.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140508/local/victims-of-abuse-in-australia-including-maltese-may-receive-additional-compensation.518173

Policeman Peter Fox’s cover-up claims rejected

AUSTRALIA
The Australian
DAN BOX THE AUSTRALIAN MAY 08, 2014
SENSATIONAL claims by a NSW Police detective about his force’s investigation of Catholic Church child abuse, which helped trigger a royal commission, are not supported by the evidence, a state inquiry is ­expected to report this month.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was quickly dubbed a “hero cop” after he used a live ­interview on the ABC’s Lateline in November 2012 to criticise his employer, including saying he was “ordered to stand down” from one such case.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/policeman-peter-foxs-coverup-claims-rejected/story-fngburq5-1226909593525#

Policeman Peter Fox’s cover-up claims rejected

AUSTRALIA
The Australian
DAN BOX THE AUSTRALIAN MAY 08, 2014
SENSATIONAL claims by a NSW Police detective about his force’s investigation of Catholic Church child abuse, which helped trigger a royal commission, are not supported by the evidence, a state inquiry is ­expected to report this month.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was quickly dubbed a “hero cop” after he used a live ­interview on the ABC’s Lateline in November 2012 to criticise his employer, including saying he was “ordered to stand down” from one such case.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/policeman-peter-foxs-coverup-claims-rejected/story-fngburq5-1226909593525#

Spark for abuse inquiries

THE email appears to contradict much of what the policeman will go on to say. Sent several hours before NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox goes live on the ABC claiming he was “ordered to stand down” from the investigation into a pedophile Catholic priest, it warns the detective has a “propensity to run investigations ‘in the press’.”
Its author, the close-cropped, combative crime manager of the NSW Police Newcastle command, Wayne Humphrey, is blunt in his assessment of his colleague.
“DCI Fox … does not have information (unless he has lied to investigators) that is either admissible or relevant,” the email says. “He has represented evidence from witnesses that has been found to be incorrect.”
This account, contained in an email exchange between senior police, is not passed on to the ABC, however, which interviews Fox later that night on its flagship Lateline program on television. Predictably, the November 2012 broadcast creates a storm and is widely seen as critical in the decision, four days later, to announce the royal commission into child sexual abuse. Lateline subsequently wins a prestigious Walkley award for the report.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/spark-for-abuse-inquiries/story-e6frg6z6-1226909396847#

Spark for abuse inquiries

THE email appears to contradict much of what the policeman will go on to say. Sent several hours before NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox goes live on the ABC claiming he was “ordered to stand down” from the investigation into a pedophile Catholic priest, it warns the detective has a “propensity to run investigations ‘in the press’.”
Its author, the close-cropped, combative crime manager of the NSW Police Newcastle command, Wayne Humphrey, is blunt in his assessment of his colleague.
“DCI Fox … does not have information (unless he has lied to investigators) that is either admissible or relevant,” the email says. “He has represented evidence from witnesses that has been found to be incorrect.”
This account, contained in an email exchange between senior police, is not passed on to the ABC, however, which interviews Fox later that night on its flagship Lateline program on television. Predictably, the November 2012 broadcast creates a storm and is widely seen as critical in the decision, four days later, to announce the royal commission into child sexual abuse. Lateline subsequently wins a prestigious Walkley award for the report.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/spark-for-abuse-inquiries/story-e6frg6z6-1226909396847#

Call to reveal child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has launched a national public awareness campaign calling for survivors of child sexual abuse to come forward to share their story.
Chief Executive of the Royal Commission, Janette Dines said that while more than 1,400 people had already shared their story with a Royal Commissioner, there may be many more people who are yet to make contact.
“A recent telephone survey found that while there is widespread community awareness of the Royal Commission, many people are still unsure about what the Royal Commission can look into,” Ms Dines said.

http://www.psnews.com.au/Page_psn408f5.html

Call to reveal child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has launched a national public awareness campaign calling for survivors of child sexual abuse to come forward to share their story.
Chief Executive of the Royal Commission, Janette Dines said that while more than 1,400 people had already shared their story with a Royal Commissioner, there may be many more people who are yet to make contact.
“A recent telephone survey found that while there is widespread community awareness of the Royal Commission, many people are still unsure about what the Royal Commission can look into,” Ms Dines said.

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Celibacy turns some bitter, inquiry told

A senior Christian Brothers figure tells a royal commission celibacy isn't a contributing factor to child abuse.

Celibacy in religious institutions can turn some people into bitter "lemons" unable to reach out healthily to others - but it isn't a contributing factor to child abuse, a senior Christian Brother says.
Deputy head of the Christian Brothers Oceania province, Brother Julian McDonald, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse celibacy could be the wrong choice for some, but did not cause abuse.
"There is no strong evidence to suggest that celibacy is the cause of offending against children or a strong contributing factor," Br McDonald said on Wednesday.

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Celibacy turns some bitter, inquiry told

A senior Christian Brothers figure tells a royal commission celibacy isn't a contributing factor to child abuse.

Celibacy in religious institutions can turn some people into bitter "lemons" unable to reach out healthily to others - but it isn't a contributing factor to child abuse, a senior Christian Brother says.
Deputy head of the Christian Brothers Oceania province, Brother Julian McDonald, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse celibacy could be the wrong choice for some, but did not cause abuse.
"There is no strong evidence to suggest that celibacy is the cause of offending against children or a strong contributing factor," Br McDonald said on Wednesday.

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Royal Commission: Celibacy not a factor in child abuse, says Christian Brother

CELIBACY in religious institutions can turn some people into bitter “lemons” unable to reach out healthily to others - but it isn’t a contributing factor to child abuse, a senior Christian Brother says.
Deputy head of the Christian Brothers Oceania province, Brother Julian McDonald, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse celibacy could be the wrong choice for some, but did not cause abuse.

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Royal Commission: Celibacy not a factor in child abuse, says Christian Brother

CELIBACY in religious institutions can turn some people into bitter “lemons” unable to reach out healthily to others - but it isn’t a contributing factor to child abuse, a senior Christian Brother says.
Deputy head of the Christian Brothers Oceania province, Brother Julian McDonald, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse celibacy could be the wrong choice for some, but did not cause abuse.

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Christian Bros offer life-long counselling

The Christian Brothers will provide for life-long professional psychological counselling for people who survived sexual and physical abuse in their care.
The announcement comes as a senior official in the order says the sale of assets in Western Australia could be used to compensate men abused at four institutions in the state.
Deputy province leader for Oceania, Brother Julian McDonald, says former residents of Castledare, Bindoon, Clontarf and Tardun have access to care and support services if they need them.

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Christian Bros offer life-long counselling

The Christian Brothers will provide for life-long professional psychological counselling for people who survived sexual and physical abuse in their care.
The announcement comes as a senior official in the order says the sale of assets in Western Australia could be used to compensate men abused at four institutions in the state.
Deputy province leader for Oceania, Brother Julian McDonald, says former residents of Castledare, Bindoon, Clontarf and Tardun have access to care and support services if they need them.

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