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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, 30 June 2014

Inquiry told SA disabled children abused

A bus driver's repeated sexual abuse of intellectually disabled children, many of whom could not speak or communicate in any way, was the focus of the Royal Commission's Adelaide hearing.
It investigated the response, such as it was, made by the South Australian police, St Ann's Special School and the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide to claims of child sexual abuse by Brian Perkins.
From 1986 to 1991, Perkins was the school's bus driver, volunteered in woodwork classes and provided respite for parents by taking groups of boys on weekend camps and other excursions.
The then-principal didn't carry out a police check on Perkins, who had three child sex convictons.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24348710/inquiry-told-sa-disabled-children-abused/

Inquiry told SA disabled children abused

A bus driver's repeated sexual abuse of intellectually disabled children, many of whom could not speak or communicate in any way, was the focus of the Royal Commission's Adelaide hearing.
It investigated the response, such as it was, made by the South Australian police, St Ann's Special School and the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide to claims of child sexual abuse by Brian Perkins.
From 1986 to 1991, Perkins was the school's bus driver, volunteered in woodwork classes and provided respite for parents by taking groups of boys on weekend camps and other excursions.
The then-principal didn't carry out a police check on Perkins, who had three child sex convictons.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24348710/inquiry-told-sa-disabled-children-abused/

Abuse denied as Salvos protect their own

A man who as a child had cigarette butts put out between his toes while in the care of the Salvation Army was given just $10,000 compensation.
The 10th public inquiry by the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse looked at how the organisation dealt with abuse complaints.
It heard a matrix was used to measure what was offered to abuse victims.
EF was seven when placed in the Indooroopilly Boys Home in Queensland in 1966. He was violently punished and raped by the home's manager, Major Victor Bennett.
This second hearing into the Salvation Army was shown a report outlining EF's complaint, including that Mr Bennett put out cigarette butts between his toes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2674539/Abuse-denied-Salvos-protect-own.html 

Abuse denied as Salvos protect their own

A man who as a child had cigarette butts put out between his toes while in the care of the Salvation Army was given just $10,000 compensation.
The 10th public inquiry by the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse looked at how the organisation dealt with abuse complaints.
It heard a matrix was used to measure what was offered to abuse victims.
EF was seven when placed in the Indooroopilly Boys Home in Queensland in 1966. He was violently punished and raped by the home's manager, Major Victor Bennett.
This second hearing into the Salvation Army was shown a report outlining EF's complaint, including that Mr Bennett put out cigarette butts between his toes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2674539/Abuse-denied-Salvos-protect-own.html 

Police seized 1,555 child porn images at Father Stanislaus John Hogan’s St Ignatius residence, court told

A SENIOR priest at a prominent Catholic school was caught with more than a thousand perverse images of children and teenagers, some in the worst category known to authorities, a court has heard.
In March, Father Stanislaus John Hogan, 69, pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography and one aggravated count of possessing child pornography.
In sentencing submissions today, the District Court heard police had seized a collection of videos, images and magazines of children aged between three months and 16 years in his bedroom at Saint Ignatius College at Athelstone in 2012.

http://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/police-seized-1555-child-porn-images-at-father-stanislaus-john-hogans-st-ignatius-residence-court-told/story-fnii5yv4-1226972238647

Police seized 1,555 child porn images at Father Stanislaus John Hogan’s St Ignatius residence, court told

A SENIOR priest at a prominent Catholic school was caught with more than a thousand perverse images of children and teenagers, some in the worst category known to authorities, a court has heard.
In March, Father Stanislaus John Hogan, 69, pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography and one aggravated count of possessing child pornography.
In sentencing submissions today, the District Court heard police had seized a collection of videos, images and magazines of children aged between three months and 16 years in his bedroom at Saint Ignatius College at Athelstone in 2012.

http://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/police-seized-1555-child-porn-images-at-father-stanislaus-john-hogans-st-ignatius-residence-court-told/story-fnii5yv4-1226972238647

Rolf Harris found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls by London jury

Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986.
The jury took eight days to deliver unanimous verdicts on all 12 charges of indecent assault in London.
The 84-year-old has been granted bail until his sentencing on Friday, but has been told to expect a custodial sentence.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-01/rolf-harris-guilty-of-indecently-assaulting-four-girls/5542644

Rolf Harris found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls by London jury

Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986.
The jury took eight days to deliver unanimous verdicts on all 12 charges of indecent assault in London.
The 84-year-old has been granted bail until his sentencing on Friday, but has been told to expect a custodial sentence.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-01/rolf-harris-guilty-of-indecently-assaulting-four-girls/5542644

Royal commission into child sex abuse releases interim report, calls for extension and more funds

The royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse has handed down its interim report, but says it has not yet compiled enough information to make any recommendations.
It is calling for an additional two years and $104 million in extra funding to complete the 70 public hearings they have identified as "essential".
So far, only 13 of the hearings have been held. The commission has also conducted thousands of private sessions with individuals, but it says there are around 3,000 more on a waiting list.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-30/royal-commission-releases-interim-report-child-sex-abuse/5560782

Royal commission into child sex abuse releases interim report, calls for extension and more funds

The royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse has handed down its interim report, but says it has not yet compiled enough information to make any recommendations.
It is calling for an additional two years and $104 million in extra funding to complete the 70 public hearings they have identified as "essential".
So far, only 13 of the hearings have been held. The commission has also conducted thousands of private sessions with individuals, but it says there are around 3,000 more on a waiting list.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-30/royal-commission-releases-interim-report-child-sex-abuse/5560782

Marist boss unaware of abuse complaints

The Marist Brothers had received at least 48 complaints of abuse by a brother before he was jailed, an inquiry has been told.
Some of them dated back to the 1950s, but the man who held the order's top job in the late 1980s, and was in charge of the office dealing with abuse victims until 2012, has told the inquiry he didn't know John Chute, also known as Brother Kosta, had a history of complaints against him until 1993.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is continuing to investigate the order's handling of allegations against two brothers, Chute and Gregory Sutton. Both have been jailed for multiple offences against children.
Chute was jailed in 2008 for six years when he pleaded guilty to offence against 19 children.
The former provincial of the order, Alexis Turton, is in the witness box for his third day.
Documents presented on Monday show the order had received complaints that Chute had abused 48 children from six different schools between 1959 and 1990.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/marist-boss-unaware-of-abuse-complaints-20140630-3b3cf.html

Marist boss unaware of abuse complaints

The Marist Brothers had received at least 48 complaints of abuse by a brother before he was jailed, an inquiry has been told.
Some of them dated back to the 1950s, but the man who held the order's top job in the late 1980s, and was in charge of the office dealing with abuse victims until 2012, has told the inquiry he didn't know John Chute, also known as Brother Kosta, had a history of complaints against him until 1993.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is continuing to investigate the order's handling of allegations against two brothers, Chute and Gregory Sutton. Both have been jailed for multiple offences against children.
Chute was jailed in 2008 for six years when he pleaded guilty to offence against 19 children.
The former provincial of the order, Alexis Turton, is in the witness box for his third day.
Documents presented on Monday show the order had received complaints that Chute had abused 48 children from six different schools between 1959 and 1990.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/marist-boss-unaware-of-abuse-complaints-20140630-3b3cf.html

Inquiry finds abuse takes years to uncover

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of child abuse to come forward - and it takes men longer than women, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says.

In its interim report, released on Monday, the commission said its analysis of information it received shows 90 per cent of sex abusers are men.

It also found on average, female victims were nine years old and male victims 10 years old when the abuse started.

'Although many instances of abuse reported to us occurred some years ago, the information we have gathered and the public hearings we have conducted confirm that abuse remains a contemporary issue,' the commission found.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/06/30/inquiry-finds-abuse-takes-years-to-uncover.html

Inquiry finds abuse takes years to uncover

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of child abuse to come forward - and it takes men longer than women, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says.

In its interim report, released on Monday, the commission said its analysis of information it received shows 90 per cent of sex abusers are men.

It also found on average, female victims were nine years old and male victims 10 years old when the abuse started.

'Although many instances of abuse reported to us occurred some years ago, the information we have gathered and the public hearings we have conducted confirm that abuse remains a contemporary issue,' the commission found.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/06/30/inquiry-finds-abuse-takes-years-to-uncover.html

Royal Commission has so many cases to hear it must sit for three years

  • One in four abusers are members of the clergy or religious order
  • Justice McClellan asks to extend its deadline to the end of 2017
THE child sex abuse royal commission needs at least another three years to do its work with over 1000 individual institutions reporting to it, commissioner Justice Peter McClellan has said in the first of the commission’s long-awaited reports.
One in four abusers are members of the clergy or religious orders, the report - one of the most comprehensive produced - has revealed.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/royal-commission-has-so-many-cases-to-hear-it-must-sit-for-three-years/story-fni0cx12-1226972718079

Royal Commission has so many cases to hear it must sit for three years

  • One in four abusers are members of the clergy or religious order
  • Justice McClellan asks to extend its deadline to the end of 2017
THE child sex abuse royal commission needs at least another three years to do its work with over 1000 individual institutions reporting to it, commissioner Justice Peter McClellan has said in the first of the commission’s long-awaited reports.
One in four abusers are members of the clergy or religious orders, the report - one of the most comprehensive produced - has revealed.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/royal-commission-has-so-many-cases-to-hear-it-must-sit-for-three-years/story-fni0cx12-1226972718079

Abuse inquiry launches research projects

The abuse royal commission has embarked on a broad range of research to find out why child sexual abuse occurs in institutions and what can prevent it.Data relating to the incidence of institutional abuse will be collated to in a bid to determine the actual extent of abuse.

There have been 21 projects finished and there are 30 in the scoping phase, that determines if further research is required in that area.

In one of the scoping phase projects, school-based child sexual abuse prevention policies and curricula will be audited and compared with overseas models.

In another, there'll be a review of pre-employment screening practices for child-related work.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/30/18/14/abuse-inquiry-launches-research-projects

Abuse inquiry launches research projects

The abuse royal commission has embarked on a broad range of research to find out why child sexual abuse occurs in institutions and what can prevent it.Data relating to the incidence of institutional abuse will be collated to in a bid to determine the actual extent of abuse.

There have been 21 projects finished and there are 30 in the scoping phase, that determines if further research is required in that area.

In one of the scoping phase projects, school-based child sexual abuse prevention policies and curricula will be audited and compared with overseas models.

In another, there'll be a review of pre-employment screening practices for child-related work.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/30/18/14/abuse-inquiry-launches-research-projects

Abuse royal commission to examine redress

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse is yet to reach a view on a national redress scheme for survivors.
In it's interim report released on Monday, the commission said it had heard calls in public hearings, submissions and in the media for a national redress scheme.
"We have not yet reached a view on a national scheme," the commission said.
"It is likely that we will be able to identify shortcomings in the institutional redress schemes we have considered in detail.
"We might also recommend some principles of best practice."

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24352616/abuse-royal-commission-to-examine-redress/

Abuse royal commission to examine redress

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse is yet to reach a view on a national redress scheme for survivors.
In it's interim report released on Monday, the commission said it had heard calls in public hearings, submissions and in the media for a national redress scheme.
"We have not yet reached a view on a national scheme," the commission said.
"It is likely that we will be able to identify shortcomings in the institutional redress schemes we have considered in detail.
"We might also recommend some principles of best practice."

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24352616/abuse-royal-commission-to-examine-redress/

Children can help battle abuse, report says

Children can help design institutions that are safe for them, a royal commission says.

The Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse says Children have knowledge and experience different to adults and can make a unique contribution to developing safe institutions.

As part of its interim report released on Monday, the commission says it has ordered research into the views of children about their safety from sexual abuse in institutions.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/06/30/children-can-help-battle-abuse--report-says.html

Children can help battle abuse, report says

Children can help design institutions that are safe for them, a royal commission says.

The Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse says Children have knowledge and experience different to adults and can make a unique contribution to developing safe institutions.

As part of its interim report released on Monday, the commission says it has ordered research into the views of children about their safety from sexual abuse in institutions.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/06/30/children-can-help-battle-abuse--report-says.html

90 per cent of sex abusers are men: Royal Commission interim report

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of child abuse to come forward - and it takes men longer than women, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says.
In its interim report, released on Monday, the commission said its analysis of information it received shows 90 per cent of sex abusers are men.
It also found on average, female victims were nine years old and male victims 10 years old when the abuse started.
"Although many instances of abuse reported to us occurred some years ago, the information we have gathered and the public hearings we have conducted confirm that abuse remains a contemporary issue," the commission found.
"We understand that although many people have come forward to the Royal Commission, it is likely that they represent only a minority of those abused.


http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/30/90-cent-sex-abusers-are-men-royal-commission-interim-report


90 per cent of sex abusers are men: Royal Commission interim report

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of child abuse to come forward - and it takes men longer than women, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says.
In its interim report, released on Monday, the commission said its analysis of information it received shows 90 per cent of sex abusers are men.
It also found on average, female victims were nine years old and male victims 10 years old when the abuse started.
"Although many instances of abuse reported to us occurred some years ago, the information we have gathered and the public hearings we have conducted confirm that abuse remains a contemporary issue," the commission found.
"We understand that although many people have come forward to the Royal Commission, it is likely that they represent only a minority of those abused.


http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/30/90-cent-sex-abusers-are-men-royal-commission-interim-report


Abuse revelations drain Salvos donations

The Salvation Army is facing a slump in donations to its flagship fundraising drive after an inquiry's revelations of terrible sexual abuse of children in its care.
Donations to the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock in May are down an estimated 20 per cent this year.
Spokesman Major Bruce Harmer said the evidence heard at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was a key factor.
The church expects to fall 20 per cent or $2 million short of its $10 million target for the doorknock held on May 24 and 25.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24352657/abuse-revelations-drain-salvos-donations/

Abuse revelations drain Salvos donations

The Salvation Army is facing a slump in donations to its flagship fundraising drive after an inquiry's revelations of terrible sexual abuse of children in its care.
Donations to the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock in May are down an estimated 20 per cent this year.
Spokesman Major Bruce Harmer said the evidence heard at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was a key factor.
The church expects to fall 20 per cent or $2 million short of its $10 million target for the doorknock held on May 24 and 25.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24352657/abuse-revelations-drain-salvos-donations/

Ellis response not Christian: Pell

Cardinal George Pell agreed that putting a sex abuse victim through a legal wringer was un-Christian when he faced a child abuse inquiry in March.
The hearing was the eighth by the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
It was revisiting the well-known John Ellis case to explore Catholic Church legal liability.
Father Aidan Duggan abused John Ellis when he was an altar boy between 1974 and 1979. The impact hit Mr Ellis as an adult and broke him mentally.
He lost his job as a partner in a law firm.
He first went through the church procedure for abuse victims, seeking pastoral care as well as redress for the harm.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/30/ellis-response-not-christian-pell

Ellis response not Christian: Pell

Cardinal George Pell agreed that putting a sex abuse victim through a legal wringer was un-Christian when he faced a child abuse inquiry in March.
The hearing was the eighth by the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
It was revisiting the well-known John Ellis case to explore Catholic Church legal liability.
Father Aidan Duggan abused John Ellis when he was an altar boy between 1974 and 1979. The impact hit Mr Ellis as an adult and broke him mentally.
He lost his job as a partner in a law firm.
He first went through the church procedure for abuse victims, seeking pastoral care as well as redress for the harm.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/30/ellis-response-not-christian-pell

Sexual abuse victim Jennifer Herrick fights Catholic Church's use of the 'Ellis defence'

A disabled woman who was sexually abused by her priest has spoken out against the Catholic Church for relying on the so-called "Ellis defence" to fight her legal claim.
Jennifer Herrick says the church is still using the controversial legal precedent to block victim's claims, despite Cardinal George Pell telling the child abuse royal commission that victims should be able to sue the church.
Ms Herrick was a shy 19-year-old with a severe physical disability when her local priest, Father Tom Knowles, struck up a friendship with her.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24352993/sexual-abuse-victim-jennifer-herrick-fights-catholic-churchs-use-of-the-ellis-defence/

Sexual abuse victim Jennifer Herrick fights Catholic Church's use of the 'Ellis defence'

A disabled woman who was sexually abused by her priest has spoken out against the Catholic Church for relying on the so-called "Ellis defence" to fight her legal claim.
Jennifer Herrick says the church is still using the controversial legal precedent to block victim's claims, despite Cardinal George Pell telling the child abuse royal commission that victims should be able to sue the church.
Ms Herrick was a shy 19-year-old with a severe physical disability when her local priest, Father Tom Knowles, struck up a friendship with her.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24352993/sexual-abuse-victim-jennifer-herrick-fights-catholic-churchs-use-of-the-ellis-defence/

Harrowing tales at abuse royal commission

"The ones who suicided are the lucky ones; we are the walking dead who remain."
The 66-year-old man who had been placed in the children's home run by the Anglican Church in Lismore when he was two, sat slightly hunched in the witness box at the royal commission hearing.
His evidence, like that of many abuse survivors who told their stories during 14 public hearings into child sex abuse in institutions, was listened to in numbed silence.
In a broken voice and sometimes in tears he told how his six-year-old brother used to protect him, but then his brother was sent to another home.
Forty years later in 2006 the man giving evidence read an article by Tommy Campion, another former resident of the North Coast Children's Home.
He said he cried for days.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2674516/Harrowing-tales-abuse-royal-commission.html 

Harrowing tales at abuse royal commission

"The ones who suicided are the lucky ones; we are the walking dead who remain."
The 66-year-old man who had been placed in the children's home run by the Anglican Church in Lismore when he was two, sat slightly hunched in the witness box at the royal commission hearing.
His evidence, like that of many abuse survivors who told their stories during 14 public hearings into child sex abuse in institutions, was listened to in numbed silence.
In a broken voice and sometimes in tears he told how his six-year-old brother used to protect him, but then his brother was sent to another home.
Forty years later in 2006 the man giving evidence read an article by Tommy Campion, another former resident of the North Coast Children's Home.
He said he cried for days.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2674516/Harrowing-tales-abuse-royal-commission.html 

Abuse inquiry scrutinised Towards Healing

The pastoral got shoved aside as financial payouts became the focus of the Catholic Church's system of dealing with abuse victims, the fourth royal commission public hearing discovered.
Towards Healing - a protocol put in place by Catholic bishops in 1997 to help people who were sexually abused by clergy - was the focus of this hearing.
The process was shown to be inconsistent and at times poorly run. The church agreed that once insurers took over, the pastoral got lost.
Two women abused by priests and two men sexually assaulted by Marist brothers told of their journey through Towards Healing.
Payouts varied widely depending on the diocese and who was running the process.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24348780/abuse-inquiry-scrutinised-towards-healing/

Abuse inquiry scrutinised Towards Healing

The pastoral got shoved aside as financial payouts became the focus of the Catholic Church's system of dealing with abuse victims, the fourth royal commission public hearing discovered.
Towards Healing - a protocol put in place by Catholic bishops in 1997 to help people who were sexually abused by clergy - was the focus of this hearing.
The process was shown to be inconsistent and at times poorly run. The church agreed that once insurers took over, the pastoral got lost.
Two women abused by priests and two men sexually assaulted by Marist brothers told of their journey through Towards Healing.
Payouts varied widely depending on the diocese and who was running the process.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24348780/abuse-inquiry-scrutinised-towards-healing/

Complaints about Marist brother Kostka Chute allege 31 years of abuse

The former head of the Marist brothers in Australia denied he put a prolific child sex abuser on a plane to Canada because police were investigating him.
The 13th hearing of the royal commission held in Canberra was told that although in 1989 Alexis Turton the order's provincial knew Gregory Sutton had confessed to molesting a boy who later committed suicide he thought it best to get him on a plane to Canada for therapy.
He denied repeatedly that he sent Sutton to a centre near Toronto three days after police began asking questions. Br Turton said Sutton's urgent need for therapy motivated him.
Sutton was jailed for 12 years in 1996 when he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of assaulting children in schools in NSW, ACT and Queensland from 1975 to 1986.
The hearing examined why the Marist Brothers, and schools operated by it, did not go to police about Sutton and another brother John Chute, known as Brother Kostka.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2674517/Inquiry-told-exit-pedophile-brother.html 

Complaints about Marist brother Kostka Chute allege 31 years of abuse

The former head of the Marist brothers in Australia denied he put a prolific child sex abuser on a plane to Canada because police were investigating him.
The 13th hearing of the royal commission held in Canberra was told that although in 1989 Alexis Turton the order's provincial knew Gregory Sutton had confessed to molesting a boy who later committed suicide he thought it best to get him on a plane to Canada for therapy.
He denied repeatedly that he sent Sutton to a centre near Toronto three days after police began asking questions. Br Turton said Sutton's urgent need for therapy motivated him.
Sutton was jailed for 12 years in 1996 when he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of assaulting children in schools in NSW, ACT and Queensland from 1975 to 1986.
The hearing examined why the Marist Brothers, and schools operated by it, did not go to police about Sutton and another brother John Chute, known as Brother Kostka.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2674517/Inquiry-told-exit-pedophile-brother.html 

Inquiry told of exit for pedophile brother

The former head of the Marist brothers in Australia denied he put a prolific child sex abuser on a plane to Canada because police were investigating him.
The 13th hearing of the royal commission held in Canberra was told that although in 1989 Alexis Turton the order's provincial knew Gregory Sutton had confessed to molesting a boy who later committed suicide he thought it best to get him on a plane to Canada for therapy.
He denied repeatedly that he sent Sutton to a centre near Toronto three days after police began asking questions. Br Turton said Sutton's urgent need for therapy motivated him.
Sutton was jailed for 12 years in 1996 when he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of assaulting children in schools in NSW, ACT and Queensland from 1975 to 1986.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2674517/Inquiry-told-exit-pedophile-brother.html 

Inquiry told of exit for pedophile brother

The former head of the Marist brothers in Australia denied he put a prolific child sex abuser on a plane to Canada because police were investigating him.
The 13th hearing of the royal commission held in Canberra was told that although in 1989 Alexis Turton the order's provincial knew Gregory Sutton had confessed to molesting a boy who later committed suicide he thought it best to get him on a plane to Canada for therapy.
He denied repeatedly that he sent Sutton to a centre near Toronto three days after police began asking questions. Br Turton said Sutton's urgent need for therapy motivated him.
Sutton was jailed for 12 years in 1996 when he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of assaulting children in schools in NSW, ACT and Queensland from 1975 to 1986.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2674517/Inquiry-told-exit-pedophile-brother.html 

Pedophile still a Marist brother

A man jailed for six years for abusing children is still a member of the Marist Brothers, a hearing in Sydney has been told.
Brother Alexis Turton, the former head of the order in Australia and head of their professional standards office until 2012, said that John Chute, known as Brother Kosta, was still a member.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24350077/pedophile-still-a-marist-brother/

Pedophile still a Marist brother

A man jailed for six years for abusing children is still a member of the Marist Brothers, a hearing in Sydney has been told.
Brother Alexis Turton, the former head of the order in Australia and head of their professional standards office until 2012, said that John Chute, known as Brother Kosta, was still a member.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24350077/pedophile-still-a-marist-brother/

Marist Brother jailed for child abuse is still a member, commission hears

Former head of the order says he is unaware of any moves to defrock the offender, who served six years in prison

A man jailed for six years for abusing children is still a member of the Marist Brothers, the royal commission into child abuse has been told.
Brother Alexis Turton, the former head of the order in Australia and head of their professional standards office until 2012, told the hearing in Sydney that John Chute, known as Brother Kosta, was still a member.

Peter O'Brien, the solicitor representing Damian De Marco, who was assaulted by Chute when he was a student at Marist College in Canberra, on Monday asked Turton if he was aware of any moves to “defrock [Chute] as a brother”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/30/marist-brother-jailed-for-child-abuse-is-still-a-member-commission-hears

Marist Brother jailed for child abuse is still a member, commission hears

Former head of the order says he is unaware of any moves to defrock the offender, who served six years in prison

A man jailed for six years for abusing children is still a member of the Marist Brothers, the royal commission into child abuse has been told.
Brother Alexis Turton, the former head of the order in Australia and head of their professional standards office until 2012, told the hearing in Sydney that John Chute, known as Brother Kosta, was still a member.

Peter O'Brien, the solicitor representing Damian De Marco, who was assaulted by Chute when he was a student at Marist College in Canberra, on Monday asked Turton if he was aware of any moves to “defrock [Chute] as a brother”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/30/marist-brother-jailed-for-child-abuse-is-still-a-member-commission-hears

Swimming Australia under sex abuse microscope as two alleged victims to give evidence

Swimming Australia is set to become the next high-profile target of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with at least two alleged victims to give evidence.
Child protection advocates have welcomed the investigation which will look at three cases of alleged sexual abuse.
Scott Volkers, one of Australia’s top swim coaches, whose proteges included golden girls Sam Riley and Susie O’Neill, was charged with seven counts of indecent dealing involving three teenage girls he coached.
The charges were dropped in 2002. He has always protested his innocence.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/swimming-australia-under-sex-abuse-microscope-as-two-alleged-victims-to-give-evidence/story-fni0cx12-1226969906643?nk=b5208411fef0ddc5cf2d2b8a8ae1799f

Swimming Australia under sex abuse microscope as two alleged victims to give evidence

Swimming Australia is set to become the next high-profile target of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with at least two alleged victims to give evidence.
Child protection advocates have welcomed the investigation which will look at three cases of alleged sexual abuse.
Scott Volkers, one of Australia’s top swim coaches, whose proteges included golden girls Sam Riley and Susie O’Neill, was charged with seven counts of indecent dealing involving three teenage girls he coached.
The charges were dropped in 2002. He has always protested his innocence.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/swimming-australia-under-sex-abuse-microscope-as-two-alleged-victims-to-give-evidence/story-fni0cx12-1226969906643?nk=b5208411fef0ddc5cf2d2b8a8ae1799f

Child abuse royal commission: what has already been said

What has already been said at the royal commission into child sex abuse.
"Until I began my work with the commission I did not adequately appreciate the devastation and long-lasting effect which sexual abuse, however inflicted, can have on an individual's life." - Justice Peter McClellan on opening the first public hearing.
"Unless we address this, we have no credibility." - Deputy head of Christian Brothers Oceania Julian McDonald at a Perth hearing into two residences run by the order.
"Fifty years in the church and I do not know if I can even say I am a Christian." - Pat Comben after two days of evidence on how he handled abuse survivor claims at an Anglican home in Lismore in northern NSW.
"We have historically provided a poor service for poor children. No government has ever really paid the money that it really requires to care for someone else's child." - Former Queensland senior welfare officer Janice Doyle.

Child abuse royal commission: what has already been said

What has already been said at the royal commission into child sex abuse.
"Until I began my work with the commission I did not adequately appreciate the devastation and long-lasting effect which sexual abuse, however inflicted, can have on an individual's life." - Justice Peter McClellan on opening the first public hearing.
"Unless we address this, we have no credibility." - Deputy head of Christian Brothers Oceania Julian McDonald at a Perth hearing into two residences run by the order.
"Fifty years in the church and I do not know if I can even say I am a Christian." - Pat Comben after two days of evidence on how he handled abuse survivor claims at an Anglican home in Lismore in northern NSW.
"We have historically provided a poor service for poor children. No government has ever really paid the money that it really requires to care for someone else's child." - Former Queensland senior welfare officer Janice Doyle.

Abuse victims get fair go - at last

EXPLOSIVE claims by a NSW detective that the Catholic Church covered up evidence of pedophile priests led to the creation of one of the biggest royal commissions ever in Australia.
THE pressure on government to call a national inquiry grew as public outrage gained momentum over Peter Fox's allegations of cover up by the church and police.
When then Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on November 12, 2012 a Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia there had already been 300 various child abuse inquiries across three decades - but nothing like this.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/abuse-victims-get-fair-go-at-last/story-fnihsfrf-1226972008417?nk=b5208411fef0ddc5cf2d2b8a8ae1799f

Abuse victims get fair go - at last

EXPLOSIVE claims by a NSW detective that the Catholic Church covered up evidence of pedophile priests led to the creation of one of the biggest royal commissions ever in Australia.
THE pressure on government to call a national inquiry grew as public outrage gained momentum over Peter Fox's allegations of cover up by the church and police.
When then Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on November 12, 2012 a Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia there had already been 300 various child abuse inquiries across three decades - but nothing like this.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/abuse-victims-get-fair-go-at-last/story-fnihsfrf-1226972008417?nk=b5208411fef0ddc5cf2d2b8a8ae1799f

Royal Commission hands down interim report on abuse

The royal commission investigating child abuse in institutions has asked for an extension on its December 2015 final report date in the interim report handed to the Governor-General on Monday. 
Ballarat man and abuse survivor Andrew Collins said it was good to see the commission releasing its work, but he said the delay in its final report was worrying.
"From the victim's point of view,  the extension they've asked for will mean recommendations will take even longer to put into action and the fast implementation of the redress scheme is vital. There's a lot of victims out there hurting."
The interim report is with Attorney-General George Brandis, who will decide when to release it.
Mr Collins said the report should be released "as soon as possible".

Royal Commission hands down interim report on abuse

The royal commission investigating child abuse in institutions has asked for an extension on its December 2015 final report date in the interim report handed to the Governor-General on Monday. 
Ballarat man and abuse survivor Andrew Collins said it was good to see the commission releasing its work, but he said the delay in its final report was worrying.
"From the victim's point of view,  the extension they've asked for will mean recommendations will take even longer to put into action and the fast implementation of the redress scheme is vital. There's a lot of victims out there hurting."
The interim report is with Attorney-General George Brandis, who will decide when to release it.
Mr Collins said the report should be released "as soon as possible".

Military bishop Max Davis charged with child sex offence

THE head of the Catholic Church’s military diocese, Bishop Max Davis, has been charged by West Australian police with a child sex offence dating back to 1969.
The alleged incident is believed to have taken place when Bishop Davis was teaching at St Benedict’s College in New Norcia, northeast of Perth.
It is understood he is the first Australian bishop and the most senior Australian Church official to be charged with a child sex offence.
Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and he “emphatically denies” the charge. “An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St Benedict’s College in New Norcia,” the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement on Sunday night.
“At that time — 45 years ago — the bishop was not ordained. The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/military-bishop-max-davis-charged-with-child-sex-offence/story-e6frg6nf-1226971644846

Military bishop Max Davis charged with child sex offence

THE head of the Catholic Church’s military diocese, Bishop Max Davis, has been charged by West Australian police with a child sex offence dating back to 1969.
The alleged incident is believed to have taken place when Bishop Davis was teaching at St Benedict’s College in New Norcia, northeast of Perth.
It is understood he is the first Australian bishop and the most senior Australian Church official to be charged with a child sex offence.
Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and he “emphatically denies” the charge. “An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St Benedict’s College in New Norcia,” the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement on Sunday night.
“At that time — 45 years ago — the bishop was not ordained. The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/military-bishop-max-davis-charged-with-child-sex-offence/story-e6frg6nf-1226971644846

Australian Catholic bishop accused of abusing boy

SYDNEY (AP) — A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenaged student decades ago, the church said Monday.
Bishop Max Davis, the head of the church's military diocese, is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in Western Australia, the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement. The Ordinariate is the Catholic Diocese of the country's defense force.
Davis denies the charges, the church said.
Western Australia police said they charged a 68-year-old man on Friday with indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy. The man, who police did not name, faces three counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 14.

http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/crime/article/Australian-Catholic-bishop-accused-of-abusing-boy-5588685.php

Australian Catholic bishop accused of abusing boy

SYDNEY (AP) — A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenaged student decades ago, the church said Monday.
Bishop Max Davis, the head of the church's military diocese, is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in Western Australia, the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement. The Ordinariate is the Catholic Diocese of the country's defense force.
Davis denies the charges, the church said.
Western Australia police said they charged a 68-year-old man on Friday with indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy. The man, who police did not name, faces three counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 14.

http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/crime/article/Australian-Catholic-bishop-accused-of-abusing-boy-5588685.php

Royal Commission interim report goes to government

The Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is due to hand its interim report to the federal government on Monday afternoon. 
The commission explored the conduct of institutions including Scouts, YMCA and the Salvation Army as well as the Anglican and Catholic churches.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2385112/royal-commission-interim-report-goes-to-government/?cs=12

Royal Commission interim report goes to government

The Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is due to hand its interim report to the federal government on Monday afternoon. 
The commission explored the conduct of institutions including Scouts, YMCA and the Salvation Army as well as the Anglican and Catholic churches.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2385112/royal-commission-interim-report-goes-to-government/?cs=12

Royal commission into child abuse to deliver interim report

The document is expected to reveal that the scale of offences in Australian institutions is larger than previously thought

The interim report from the royal commission investigating child abuse in institutions will be delivered to the government on Monday.
The report is expected to reveal that the scale of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions is far wider than thought and the potential for it to happen still exists.
It will also outline the need for an extension on the date which has been set for its final report, December 31, 2015.
The report should be made public within days once it has been considered by the federal department of the attorney-general.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/30/royal-commission-into-child-abuse-to-deliver-interim-report

Royal commission into child abuse to deliver interim report

The document is expected to reveal that the scale of offences in Australian institutions is larger than previously thought

The interim report from the royal commission investigating child abuse in institutions will be delivered to the government on Monday.
The report is expected to reveal that the scale of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions is far wider than thought and the potential for it to happen still exists.
It will also outline the need for an extension on the date which has been set for its final report, December 31, 2015.
The report should be made public within days once it has been considered by the federal department of the attorney-general.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/30/royal-commission-into-child-abuse-to-deliver-interim-report

Catholic bishop stood down over sex charges

A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually assaulting a student decades ago.
Max Davis, 68, is believed to be Australia's first bishop and the most senior Church official to be charged with a child sex offence.
The Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said that Davis is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in Western Australia.
He is currently the Bishop of the Australian Defence Force.
Western Australia police said they charged a 68-year-old man with indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/catholic-bishop-stood-down-over-sex-charges-6015590

Catholic bishop stood down over sex charges

A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually assaulting a student decades ago.
Max Davis, 68, is believed to be Australia's first bishop and the most senior Church official to be charged with a child sex offence.
The Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said that Davis is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in Western Australia.
He is currently the Bishop of the Australian Defence Force.
Western Australia police said they charged a 68-year-old man with indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/catholic-bishop-stood-down-over-sex-charges-6015590

Australian Catholic bishop accused of abusing boy

SYDNEY A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenaged student decades ago, the church said Monday.
Bishop Max Davis, the head of the church's military diocese, is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in Western Australia, the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement. The Ordinariate is the Catholic Diocese of the country's defense force.
Davis denies the charges, the church said.
Western Australia police said they charged a 68-year-old man on Friday with indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy. The man, who police did not name, faces three counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 14.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/06/30/5014253/australian-catholic-bishop-accused.html#.U7DxylGd8rE

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/06/30/5014253/australian-catholic-bishop-accused.html#storylink=cpy

Australian Catholic bishop accused of abusing boy

SYDNEY A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenaged student decades ago, the church said Monday.
Bishop Max Davis, the head of the church's military diocese, is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in Western Australia, the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement. The Ordinariate is the Catholic Diocese of the country's defense force.
Davis denies the charges, the church said.
Western Australia police said they charged a 68-year-old man on Friday with indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy. The man, who police did not name, faces three counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 14.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/06/30/5014253/australian-catholic-bishop-accused.html#.U7DxylGd8rE

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/06/30/5014253/australian-catholic-bishop-accused.html#storylink=cpy

High ranking Australian Catholic Bishop arrested on sex charges

A senior Roman Catholic Bishop who is head of the Australian Defence Force military diocese, has been arrested by Western Australian police and charged with sexual assault.
Bishop Max Davis, 68-years-old, is charged with sexually assaulting a student at St. Benedict's College in New Norcia in 1969. The alleged assault occurred when Davis was a teacher and the school, and prior to Davis being ordained as a Catholic priest. 
 

High ranking Australian Catholic Bishop arrested on sex charges

A senior Roman Catholic Bishop who is head of the Australian Defence Force military diocese, has been arrested by Western Australian police and charged with sexual assault.
Bishop Max Davis, 68-years-old, is charged with sexually assaulting a student at St. Benedict's College in New Norcia in 1969. The alleged assault occurred when Davis was a teacher and the school, and prior to Davis being ordained as a Catholic priest. 
 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Dulcie May Holmes’s story of Salvation Army horror

SEVENTY years ago, when she was just a teenage girl, the Salvation Army used to keep Dulcie May Holmes locked inside a cage.
Every time she ran away, Dulcie would be subjected to forced internal examinations by staff working at the church-run Industrial School for Girls in Toowong, Brisbane.
“Until now I just kept it to myself,” the 86-year-old said. “I never told anyone. I was too ashamed in the beginning … I just couldn’t get it out.”
Earlier this year, officers from the child abuse royal commission visited Dulcie’s rural home in Glenwood, Queensland, and asked her to describe what happened. Other graphic stories of abuse at boys’ homes run by the church emerged at two public commission hearings in January and March this year. “I’m pleased somebody knows about it now. We’ve suffered enough anyway, deep down,” Dulcie said.
Today, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will deliver its first interim report, 18 months after it first came into being.
After 14 public hearings, more than 1700 private meetings with victims, and allegations of child abuse at more than 1000 institutions, the report is expected to make the case for an extension of its current 2015 deadline.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/dulcie-may-holmess-story-of-salvation-army-horror/story-fngburq5-1226971356495?nk=b5208411fef0ddc5cf2d2b8a8ae1799f#

Dulcie May Holmes’s story of Salvation Army horror

SEVENTY years ago, when she was just a teenage girl, the Salvation Army used to keep Dulcie May Holmes locked inside a cage.
Every time she ran away, Dulcie would be subjected to forced internal examinations by staff working at the church-run Industrial School for Girls in Toowong, Brisbane.
“Until now I just kept it to myself,” the 86-year-old said. “I never told anyone. I was too ashamed in the beginning … I just couldn’t get it out.”
Earlier this year, officers from the child abuse royal commission visited Dulcie’s rural home in Glenwood, Queensland, and asked her to describe what happened. Other graphic stories of abuse at boys’ homes run by the church emerged at two public commission hearings in January and March this year. “I’m pleased somebody knows about it now. We’ve suffered enough anyway, deep down,” Dulcie said.
Today, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will deliver its first interim report, 18 months after it first came into being.
After 14 public hearings, more than 1700 private meetings with victims, and allegations of child abuse at more than 1000 institutions, the report is expected to make the case for an extension of its current 2015 deadline.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/dulcie-may-holmess-story-of-salvation-army-horror/story-fngburq5-1226971356495?nk=b5208411fef0ddc5cf2d2b8a8ae1799f#

POLL: Rise child sexual abuse reporting a good thing: Karen Willis

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed a four-year high in sexual assault reports last year, on the back of greater awareness created by Royal Commission into child sexual assault, according to executive officer Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) Karen Willis.
Almost 20,000 sexual assaults were reported in police in 2013, this is an increase of 8 percent on the previous year.
NSW saw an increase of 11 percent since 2012- an increase is quite a positive thing Ms Willis said at the launch Sexual Assault Counselling Australia in Dubbo.

POLL: Rise child sexual abuse reporting a good thing: Karen Willis

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed a four-year high in sexual assault reports last year, on the back of greater awareness created by Royal Commission into child sexual assault, according to executive officer Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) Karen Willis.
Almost 20,000 sexual assaults were reported in police in 2013, this is an increase of 8 percent on the previous year.
NSW saw an increase of 11 percent since 2012- an increase is quite a positive thing Ms Willis said at the launch Sexual Assault Counselling Australia in Dubbo.

'Legal abuse' tactic of Catholic Church decried

THE Catholic Church has warned a woman it will block her compensation claim by using a defence that was severely criticised at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Victorian order, the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, has advised Central Coast woman Jennifer Herrick it will raise the High Court decision known as the Ellis defence to block her claim against its trustees when the matter returns to court in August. The trustees hold the order's assets.

'Legal abuse' tactic of Catholic Church decried

THE Catholic Church has warned a woman it will block her compensation claim by using a defence that was severely criticised at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Victorian order, the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, has advised Central Coast woman Jennifer Herrick it will raise the High Court decision known as the Ellis defence to block her claim against its trustees when the matter returns to court in August. The trustees hold the order's assets.

Catholic Bishop Max Davis charged with sex offence dating back to 1969

The Bishop of the Australian Defence Force has been charged with a sex offence dating back to 1969.
Bishop Max Davis is believed to be the most senior clergyman in the Catholic Church, and the first bishop, to be charged with a child sex offence.
The alleged incident took place when Bishop Davis was teaching at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, north-east of Perth.
The Church said Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and that he "emphatically denies" the charge.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-29/catholic-bishop-max-davis-charged-with-sex-offence-dating-back-/5558396

Catholic Bishop Max Davis charged with sex offence dating back to 1969

The Bishop of the Australian Defence Force has been charged with a sex offence dating back to 1969.
Bishop Max Davis is believed to be the most senior clergyman in the Catholic Church, and the first bishop, to be charged with a child sex offence.
The alleged incident took place when Bishop Davis was teaching at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, north-east of Perth.
The Church said Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and that he "emphatically denies" the charge.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-29/catholic-bishop-max-davis-charged-with-sex-offence-dating-back-/5558396

Friday, 27 June 2014

Former Nuncio Wesolowski reduced to lay state following paedophilia accusations

The first phase of the Jozef Wesolowski’s canonical trial is over. Now the Polish archbishop risks arrest. The Pope had recalled him from his post in the Dominican Republic as a result of the accusations

Domenico Agasso jr Turin The former Apostolic Nuncio of the Dominican Republic, Mgr. Josef Wesolowski has been reduced to the pay state in the first stage of his canonical trial. The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is verifying his case. The Holy See press office issued a statement today informing that the sentence had been passed. The 66-year-old Polish archbishop had been Nuncio in Santo Domingo since 2008 and had begun his diplomatic career during John Paul II’s pontificate. Pope Francis relieved him of his duties about a year ago, after the archbishop was accused of acts of paedophilia in the Dominican Republic.

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/wesolowski-34944/ 

Former Nuncio Wesolowski reduced to lay state following paedophilia accusations

The first phase of the Jozef Wesolowski’s canonical trial is over. Now the Polish archbishop risks arrest. The Pope had recalled him from his post in the Dominican Republic as a result of the accusations

Domenico Agasso jr Turin The former Apostolic Nuncio of the Dominican Republic, Mgr. Josef Wesolowski has been reduced to the pay state in the first stage of his canonical trial. The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is verifying his case. The Holy See press office issued a statement today informing that the sentence had been passed. The 66-year-old Polish archbishop had been Nuncio in Santo Domingo since 2008 and had begun his diplomatic career during John Paul II’s pontificate. Pope Francis relieved him of his duties about a year ago, after the archbishop was accused of acts of paedophilia in the Dominican Republic.

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/wesolowski-34944/ 

Vatican defrocks archbishop accused of sexual abuse

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the laicization of an archbishop-ambassador accused of paying for sex with minors.
Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, will have two months to prepare an appeal to the ruling, which was announced in a brief statement from the Vatican on Friday.
The former nuncio, who the Vatican did not refer to as an archbishop in the statement, was removed from his post in August with little explanation. News accounts days afterward detailed allegations of paying for sex with minors and being connected to a Polish priest accused of sexually assaulting at least 14 underage boys.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/vatican-defrocks-archbishop-accused-sexual-abuse

Vatican defrocks archbishop accused of sexual abuse

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the laicization of an archbishop-ambassador accused of paying for sex with minors.
Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, will have two months to prepare an appeal to the ruling, which was announced in a brief statement from the Vatican on Friday.
The former nuncio, who the Vatican did not refer to as an archbishop in the statement, was removed from his post in August with little explanation. News accounts days afterward detailed allegations of paying for sex with minors and being connected to a Polish priest accused of sexually assaulting at least 14 underage boys.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/vatican-defrocks-archbishop-accused-sexual-abuse

Abuse and corruption the Australian way

We should open our eyes and take in what multiple government inquiries are telling us about Australian society at the moment. It is not enough to focus on just one; we should consider the revelations cumulatively. It is little exaggeration to say that almost no major institution in our society, public or private, has been left untouched. We should join the dots and cry.There are many inquiries underway. The four most significant are being conducted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, the New South Wales Independent Commission against Corruption, and the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce. Each of them is broad and the preliminary findings and the content of public hearings, on top of what we already know from previous investigations and trials, point towards damning conclusions.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41622#.U61Uy1Gd8rF 

Abuse and corruption the Australian way

We should open our eyes and take in what multiple government inquiries are telling us about Australian society at the moment. It is not enough to focus on just one; we should consider the revelations cumulatively. It is little exaggeration to say that almost no major institution in our society, public or private, has been left untouched. We should join the dots and cry.There are many inquiries underway. The four most significant are being conducted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, the New South Wales Independent Commission against Corruption, and the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce. Each of them is broad and the preliminary findings and the content of public hearings, on top of what we already know from previous investigations and trials, point towards damning conclusions.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41622#.U61Uy1Gd8rF 

Vatican's shroud of secrecy on sex abuse

A SENIOR Australian Catholic lawyer has outlined how the Vatican has used a culture of silence to prevent the world discovering the sordid details of its investigations into pedophile priests.
CANON law expert Sister Moya Hanlen, chancellor of Wollongong diocese in NSW, took to the witness stand at Sydney's royal commission into child sex abuse on Friday.
The inquiry is looking specifically at the conduct of John Gerard Nestor who was defrocked in 2008 after becoming mired in sex abuse allegations.
http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/vaticans-shroud-of-secrecy-on-sex-abuse/story-e6frfku9-1226969220691

Vatican's shroud of secrecy on sex abuse

A SENIOR Australian Catholic lawyer has outlined how the Vatican has used a culture of silence to prevent the world discovering the sordid details of its investigations into pedophile priests.
CANON law expert Sister Moya Hanlen, chancellor of Wollongong diocese in NSW, took to the witness stand at Sydney's royal commission into child sex abuse on Friday.
The inquiry is looking specifically at the conduct of John Gerard Nestor who was defrocked in 2008 after becoming mired in sex abuse allegations.
http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/vaticans-shroud-of-secrecy-on-sex-abuse/story-e6frfku9-1226969220691

Royal Commission: Disgraced priest threatened to sue following papal dismissal

When a Catholic priest was formally dismissed by the Pope in the wake of sexual misconduct claims, he made a “veiled threat” to sue the Bishop who delivered the news.
Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that John Nestor refused to accept that he was to be dismissed by papal decree after a lengthy battle to oust him from the ministry which went all the way to the Vatican.
Bishop Ingham told Mr Nestor he was not going to make the Pope’s decision in 2008 widely known.
“I told him the situation and I said I’d be letting the clergy know but I wasn’t planning to make it public,” he told the commission.
“[Mr Nestor] said, ‘I wish you would’, and I took that to mean he would probably try to sue me.’’

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/royal-commission-disgraced-priest-threatened-to-sue-following-papal-dismissal-20140627-zsnpc.html

Royal Commission: Disgraced priest threatened to sue following papal dismissal

When a Catholic priest was formally dismissed by the Pope in the wake of sexual misconduct claims, he made a “veiled threat” to sue the Bishop who delivered the news.
Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that John Nestor refused to accept that he was to be dismissed by papal decree after a lengthy battle to oust him from the ministry which went all the way to the Vatican.
Bishop Ingham told Mr Nestor he was not going to make the Pope’s decision in 2008 widely known.
“I told him the situation and I said I’d be letting the clergy know but I wasn’t planning to make it public,” he told the commission.
“[Mr Nestor] said, ‘I wish you would’, and I took that to mean he would probably try to sue me.’’

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/royal-commission-disgraced-priest-threatened-to-sue-following-papal-dismissal-20140627-zsnpc.html

Canberra priest defends Catholic sexual abuse investigations

A Canberra priest has defended his role in investigating allegations of child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church, amid criticism of his decision not to keep records.
Last week former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell accused Father Brian Lucas, the secretary of the Australian National Catholic Bishops Conference, and another priest of being responsible of “criminal inaction”.
Mr O’Farrell called for the leaders of the church in Australia to remove Father Lucas.
The Canberra-based priest, who is also a trained lawyer, has answered questions in two inquiries about his involvement in handling of abuse claims dating back to the late 1980s.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-priest-defends-catholic-sexual-abuse-investigations-20140627-zsl3k.html

Canberra priest defends Catholic sexual abuse investigations

A Canberra priest has defended his role in investigating allegations of child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church, amid criticism of his decision not to keep records.
Last week former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell accused Father Brian Lucas, the secretary of the Australian National Catholic Bishops Conference, and another priest of being responsible of “criminal inaction”.
Mr O’Farrell called for the leaders of the church in Australia to remove Father Lucas.
The Canberra-based priest, who is also a trained lawyer, has answered questions in two inquiries about his involvement in handling of abuse claims dating back to the late 1980s.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-priest-defends-catholic-sexual-abuse-investigations-20140627-zsl3k.html

Defrocked priest made "veiled threats"

A Catholic priest mired in child sex abuse allegations made "veiled threats" after the Pope finally dumped him from the church, an inquiry has been told.
Father John Gerard Nestor was defrocked and excommunicated by Benedict XVI in 2008 - 12 years after he was charged with indecently assaulting a teenage altar boy.
Nestor was cleared of that charge on appeal in 1997, but was chucked out of the church in 2008 after more allegations of abuse arose, including inappropriate behaviour with boys at a holiday camp.
It fell to the Bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham to tell Nestor about the Pope's 2008 decree.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/27/defrocked-priest-made-veiled-threats

Defrocked priest made "veiled threats"

A Catholic priest mired in child sex abuse allegations made "veiled threats" after the Pope finally dumped him from the church, an inquiry has been told.
Father John Gerard Nestor was defrocked and excommunicated by Benedict XVI in 2008 - 12 years after he was charged with indecently assaulting a teenage altar boy.
Nestor was cleared of that charge on appeal in 1997, but was chucked out of the church in 2008 after more allegations of abuse arose, including inappropriate behaviour with boys at a holiday camp.
It fell to the Bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham to tell Nestor about the Pope's 2008 decree.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/27/defrocked-priest-made-veiled-threats

Wollongong bishop Peter Ingham speaks at royal commission on sex abuse

Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham has told a public inquiry of his repeated attempts to stop an accused child molester from working as a priest while the Vatican stalled.
In the witness box at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Bishop Ingham said he was frustrated and disappointed at the length of time it took the church to stand down former priest John Nestor.
Mr Nestor was suspended from the ministry in 1997 after he was convicted, but later acquitted on appeal, over aggravated indecent assault charges of a 15-year-old altar boy.

Wollongong bishop Peter Ingham speaks at royal commission on sex abuse

Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham has told a public inquiry of his repeated attempts to stop an accused child molester from working as a priest while the Vatican stalled.
In the witness box at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Bishop Ingham said he was frustrated and disappointed at the length of time it took the church to stand down former priest John Nestor.
Mr Nestor was suspended from the ministry in 1997 after he was convicted, but later acquitted on appeal, over aggravated indecent assault charges of a 15-year-old altar boy.

Services get together to help victims

A NEW counselling support service, Sexual Assault Counselling Australia, was launched yesterday in Dubbo by Gemini Bakos, Duty Officer, Orana Local Area Command.
Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA), formerly NSW Rape and Crisis Centre, established the service to assist those impacted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The purpose of yesterday's seminar was to raise awareness of the services Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia provide among people within the industry.
"The impact of sexual assault is trauma, which can reek all sorts of havoc on a person and it can be difficult to assess and treat," Karen Willis, Executive Officer of RDVSA, said.

Services get together to help victims

A NEW counselling support service, Sexual Assault Counselling Australia, was launched yesterday in Dubbo by Gemini Bakos, Duty Officer, Orana Local Area Command.
Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA), formerly NSW Rape and Crisis Centre, established the service to assist those impacted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The purpose of yesterday's seminar was to raise awareness of the services Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia provide among people within the industry.
"The impact of sexual assault is trauma, which can reek all sorts of havoc on a person and it can be difficult to assess and treat," Karen Willis, Executive Officer of RDVSA, said.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Accused Catholic priest said mass while Vatican dithered

A CATHOLIC priest barred from working publicly over allegations of child abuse continued to say mass and celebrate weddings in Australia and overseas while the Vatican spent years ­debating what action to take against him, the royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating the church’s handling of John Gerard Nestor, who was defrocked in 2008, nearly 20 years after the church became aware of complaints against him.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/accused-catholic-priest-said-mass-while-vatican-dithered/story-fngburq5-1226968135605#

Accused Catholic priest said mass while Vatican dithered

A CATHOLIC priest barred from working publicly over allegations of child abuse continued to say mass and celebrate weddings in Australia and overseas while the Vatican spent years ­debating what action to take against him, the royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating the church’s handling of John Gerard Nestor, who was defrocked in 2008, nearly 20 years after the church became aware of complaints against him.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/accused-catholic-priest-said-mass-while-vatican-dithered/story-fngburq5-1226968135605#

Unanderra priest's support for Nestor queried

Unanderra priest Father Mark O'Keefe was questioned about his support for an accused child molester - in defiance of his bishop's orders - at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday.
Wollongong priest John Gerard Nestor was convicted of aggravated sexual assault towards a teenage boy in 1996 but was later acquitted.
After other complaints about Mr Nestor's behaviour at summer altar boy camps and a long campaign by the Wollongong Catholic Diocese, he was defrocked by decree of the Pope in 2008.

Unanderra priest's support for Nestor queried

Unanderra priest Father Mark O'Keefe was questioned about his support for an accused child molester - in defiance of his bishop's orders - at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday.
Wollongong priest John Gerard Nestor was convicted of aggravated sexual assault towards a teenage boy in 1996 but was later acquitted.
After other complaints about Mr Nestor's behaviour at summer altar boy camps and a long campaign by the Wollongong Catholic Diocese, he was defrocked by decree of the Pope in 2008.

Priest, 88, faces court on 1970s child-abuse charge

A priest of the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese, Father James Henry Scannell, aged 88, is currently undergoing a jury trial on a charge that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old altar boy more than 40 years ago. The alleged victim (now in his fifties) finally contacted the police after learning that his aunt's funeral in 2010 was to be conducted by this priest, the court was told.
In the early 1970s, according to court documents, Father Scannell was stationed at St Anne's parish in East Kew, Melbourne, where the 12-year-old served as an altar boy and attended with his aunt.
Father Scannell (date of birth 17 April 1926) is accused of sexually assaulting the boy at the priest's parish house between August 1970 and July 1972 when the boy was aged between 11 and 13. Father Scannell has pleaded not guilty to one charge of buggery.
Father Scannell is alleged to have led the boy into his bedroom and then sexually assaulted him one day when the boy was at the priest's house working for pocket money.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/240

Priest, 88, faces court on 1970s child-abuse charge

A priest of the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese, Father James Henry Scannell, aged 88, is currently undergoing a jury trial on a charge that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old altar boy more than 40 years ago. The alleged victim (now in his fifties) finally contacted the police after learning that his aunt's funeral in 2010 was to be conducted by this priest, the court was told.
In the early 1970s, according to court documents, Father Scannell was stationed at St Anne's parish in East Kew, Melbourne, where the 12-year-old served as an altar boy and attended with his aunt.
Father Scannell (date of birth 17 April 1926) is accused of sexually assaulting the boy at the priest's parish house between August 1970 and July 1972 when the boy was aged between 11 and 13. Father Scannell has pleaded not guilty to one charge of buggery.
Father Scannell is alleged to have led the boy into his bedroom and then sexually assaulted him one day when the boy was at the priest's house working for pocket money.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/240