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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

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Royal Commission to visit Geelong

People in Geelong are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum next month.
Chair of the Royal Commission Justice Peter McClellan will address the forum on Wednesday 13 August 2014. Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the community forum is open to any members of the public who have an interest in the Royal Commission.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1237/royal-commission-to-visit-geelong

Royal Commission to visit Geelong

People in Geelong are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum next month.
Chair of the Royal Commission Justice Peter McClellan will address the forum on Wednesday 13 August 2014. Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the community forum is open to any members of the public who have an interest in the Royal Commission.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1237/royal-commission-to-visit-geelong

Forum for people with disability in Sydney

People with disability have been invited to attend an important information session in Sydney next month to find out more about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the forum was part of ongoing consultations with the disability community on the issue of child sexual abuse in institutions.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1239/forum-for-people-with-disability-in-sydney

Forum for people with disability in Sydney

People with disability have been invited to attend an important information session in Sydney next month to find out more about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the forum was part of ongoing consultations with the disability community on the issue of child sexual abuse in institutions.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1239/forum-for-people-with-disability-in-sydney

Will Royal Commission look at children in detention?

The treatment of children in immigration detention could be investigated by the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.
 
(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)
The treatment of children in immigration detention could be investigated by the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.
Victorian Children's Commissioner made the prediction at the launch of a scathing report by a group of churches into the detention of young unaccompanied asylum seekers.
Thea Cowie reports.
(Click on the audio tab above to hear the full report)
The Royal Commission's has been shining a light on child sex abuse in Australian institutions, including churches.
But Victoria's Childrens' Commissioner, Bernie Geary, says soon its focus will shift to the treatment of unaccompanied children in immigration detention.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/07/30/will-royal-commission-look-children-detention

Will Royal Commission look at children in detention?

The treatment of children in immigration detention could be investigated by the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.
 
(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)
The treatment of children in immigration detention could be investigated by the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.
Victorian Children's Commissioner made the prediction at the launch of a scathing report by a group of churches into the detention of young unaccompanied asylum seekers.
Thea Cowie reports.
(Click on the audio tab above to hear the full report)
The Royal Commission's has been shining a light on child sex abuse in Australian institutions, including churches.
But Victoria's Childrens' Commissioner, Bernie Geary, says soon its focus will shift to the treatment of unaccompanied children in immigration detention.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/07/30/will-royal-commission-look-children-detention

The Vatican’s media machine is broken

Only the Pope can address the real problem with the Holy See’s outdated media operation
Cardinal George Pell, chief reformer in Pope Francis’s governance of the Church, announced this month a new commission to advise the Holy Father on the entire media operations of the Holy See. It will be chaired by Christopher Patten, chancellor of Oxford University and former chairman of the BBC Trust, and report back in a year’s time.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2014/07/29/the-vaticans-media-machine-is-broken/

The Vatican’s media machine is broken

Only the Pope can address the real problem with the Holy See’s outdated media operation
Cardinal George Pell, chief reformer in Pope Francis’s governance of the Church, announced this month a new commission to advise the Holy Father on the entire media operations of the Holy See. It will be chaired by Christopher Patten, chancellor of Oxford University and former chairman of the BBC Trust, and report back in a year’s time.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2014/07/29/the-vaticans-media-machine-is-broken/

Morrison accused of 'state sanctioned child abuse'

A group of Catholic and Anglican church leaders have accused the Abbott government of ''state-sanctioned child abuse'' in the immigration detention system, and called for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to step down from his position as guardian for all unaccompanied minors.
Leaders from nine Christian denominations, which form the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, will release a report on Wednesday that commends a raft of recommendations to the Abbott government to improve the wellbeing and treatment of children in onshore and offshore immigration detention centres.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/morrison-accused-of-state-sanctioned-child-abuse-20140729-3cs3i.html

Morrison accused of 'state sanctioned child abuse'

A group of Catholic and Anglican church leaders have accused the Abbott government of ''state-sanctioned child abuse'' in the immigration detention system, and called for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to step down from his position as guardian for all unaccompanied minors.
Leaders from nine Christian denominations, which form the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, will release a report on Wednesday that commends a raft of recommendations to the Abbott government to improve the wellbeing and treatment of children in onshore and offshore immigration detention centres.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/morrison-accused-of-state-sanctioned-child-abuse-20140729-3cs3i.html

SNAP’s clergy abuse victims mark 25 years and eye new targets

When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were minimized as anomalies or dismissed altogether — much the way the victims were.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/snaps-clergy-abuse-victims-mark-25-years-and-eye-new-targets/2014/07/29/6bc92466-1752-11e4-88f7-96ed767bb747_story.html

SNAP’s clergy abuse victims mark 25 years and eye new targets

When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were minimized as anomalies or dismissed altogether — much the way the victims were.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/snaps-clergy-abuse-victims-mark-25-years-and-eye-new-targets/2014/07/29/6bc92466-1752-11e4-88f7-96ed767bb747_story.html

An adequate response to child sexual abuse

Reckoning: the Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse, written by Chris McGillion and Damian Grace, and jointly published by Eureka Street and ATF Press, offers a useful map of the journey that has led to the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse. It recalls how the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Church came to prominence in Australia, outlines the variety of responses to it, and reflects on the explanations given for it.
The book is modest and even in its tone. It offers a broad perspective on the challenges that will arise from ensuring that children are safe in the future.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41757#.U9h3R7vXqSE

An adequate response to child sexual abuse

Reckoning: the Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse, written by Chris McGillion and Damian Grace, and jointly published by Eureka Street and ATF Press, offers a useful map of the journey that has led to the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse. It recalls how the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Church came to prominence in Australia, outlines the variety of responses to it, and reflects on the explanations given for it.
The book is modest and even in its tone. It offers a broad perspective on the challenges that will arise from ensuring that children are safe in the future.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41757#.U9h3R7vXqSE

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The royal commission into child sexual abuse needs more time to do its job

Many individuals have found the pluck to speak truth to power, but 3,000 remain on a waiting list to give evidence. We must make time for them to share their stories
In November 2012 Julia Gillard, Jenny Macklin and Nicola Roxon announced the establishment of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
The Labor government believed that heartbreaking allegations of child sexual abuse justified a royal commission. We also believed that the government must do everything it can to make sure what has happened in the past is never allowed to happen again. 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/29/the-royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse-needs-more-time-to-do-its-job 

The royal commission into child sexual abuse needs more time to do its job

Many individuals have found the pluck to speak truth to power, but 3,000 remain on a waiting list to give evidence. We must make time for them to share their stories
In November 2012 Julia Gillard, Jenny Macklin and Nicola Roxon announced the establishment of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
The Labor government believed that heartbreaking allegations of child sexual abuse justified a royal commission. We also believed that the government must do everything it can to make sure what has happened in the past is never allowed to happen again. 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/29/the-royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse-needs-more-time-to-do-its-job 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Paedophile 'Dolly' Dunn dobbed in Kostka Chute to protect himself, lawyer claims

Australia's most infamous paedophile, Robert ''Dolly'' Dunn, dobbed in Brother Kostka (John) Chute for child abuse while both men were teaching at a Marist Brothers school in Sydney in 1972, a sex abuse victim has claimed.
Porters Lawyers' Jason Parkinson, who has already recovered millions of dollars in compensation for Kostka Chute's Marist College Canberra victims, was recently contacted by a former Marist Brothers Penshurst student who says he was abused weekly by Chute in 1970.
''He was in year 6 in 1970 and said Kostka Chute abused him on a weekly basis over the course of the year,'' Mr Parkinson said.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/paedophile-dolly-dunn-dobbed-in-kostka-chute-to-protect-himself-lawyer-claims-20140728-zww3s.html

Paedophile 'Dolly' Dunn dobbed in Kostka Chute to protect himself, lawyer claims

Australia's most infamous paedophile, Robert ''Dolly'' Dunn, dobbed in Brother Kostka (John) Chute for child abuse while both men were teaching at a Marist Brothers school in Sydney in 1972, a sex abuse victim has claimed.
Porters Lawyers' Jason Parkinson, who has already recovered millions of dollars in compensation for Kostka Chute's Marist College Canberra victims, was recently contacted by a former Marist Brothers Penshurst student who says he was abused weekly by Chute in 1970.
''He was in year 6 in 1970 and said Kostka Chute abused him on a weekly basis over the course of the year,'' Mr Parkinson said.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/paedophile-dolly-dunn-dobbed-in-kostka-chute-to-protect-himself-lawyer-claims-20140728-zww3s.html

Marist Brothers sex abuse compensation bill expected to rise

The Marist Brothers may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional damages to victims of serial paedophile and former Marist College Canberra teacher Kostka (John) Chute.
Jason Parkinson of Porters Lawyers, who has already recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims, said some of his past clients may have received less than they were entitled to because Marist Brothers had denied prior knowledge that Chute was an abuser.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/marist-brothers-sex-abuse-compensation-bill-expected-to-rise-20140728-zww7u.html

Marist Brothers sex abuse compensation bill expected to rise

The Marist Brothers may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional damages to victims of serial paedophile and former Marist College Canberra teacher Kostka (John) Chute.
Jason Parkinson of Porters Lawyers, who has already recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims, said some of his past clients may have received less than they were entitled to because Marist Brothers had denied prior knowledge that Chute was an abuser.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/marist-brothers-sex-abuse-compensation-bill-expected-to-rise-20140728-zww7u.html

Nudgee Junior College staff member facing child sex charges

A 48-year-old staffer at Nudgee Junior College has been charged with indecently dealing with four children under 16.
A police spokeswoman said the man fronted court on Monday morning and would re-appear on September 8.
Officers allege the staffer indecently dealt with four separate children on different occasions earlier this year.
Principal Michael Senior wrote to parents on Monday to say the school wasn't aware of the allegations until police informed them on Friday.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/nudgee-junior-college-staff-member-facing-child-sex-charges-20140728-zxmb7.html

Nudgee Junior College staff member facing child sex charges

A 48-year-old staffer at Nudgee Junior College has been charged with indecently dealing with four children under 16.
A police spokeswoman said the man fronted court on Monday morning and would re-appear on September 8.
Officers allege the staffer indecently dealt with four separate children on different occasions earlier this year.
Principal Michael Senior wrote to parents on Monday to say the school wasn't aware of the allegations until police informed them on Friday.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/nudgee-junior-college-staff-member-facing-child-sex-charges-20140728-zxmb7.html

Qld principal shock over staff sex charge

The principal of an exclusive all-boys primary school in Brisbane has spoken of his devastation after a staff member was charged with the indecent treatment of children.
The Nudgee Junior College staff member in his late 40s is in police custody, charged with four offences allegedly committed this year.
Principal Michael Senior wrote to parents on Monday to say the school wasn't aware of the allegations until police informed them on Friday.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24567015/qld-school-staffer-on-child-abuse-charges/

Qld principal shock over staff sex charge

The principal of an exclusive all-boys primary school in Brisbane has spoken of his devastation after a staff member was charged with the indecent treatment of children.
The Nudgee Junior College staff member in his late 40s is in police custody, charged with four offences allegedly committed this year.
Principal Michael Senior wrote to parents on Monday to say the school wasn't aware of the allegations until police informed them on Friday.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24567015/qld-school-staffer-on-child-abuse-charges/

Child porn priest taped SBS shows

A Catholic priest who possessed child pornography bought some material to understand the concept of paedophilia, an Adelaide court has been told.

Sophie David, for Father Stanislaus Hogan, also said two of the five videos seized from her client were taped from SBS educative TV programs, but were classified by authorities as being in the most serious child pornography category.

Hogan, 69, has pleaded guilty to an aggravated count of possessing child pornography and a count of using a carriage service to access child pornography at Athelstone between April 20 and June 10 2012.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/adelaide/2014/07/28/child-porn-priest-taped-sbs-shows.html

Child porn priest taped SBS shows

A Catholic priest who possessed child pornography bought some material to understand the concept of paedophilia, an Adelaide court has been told.

Sophie David, for Father Stanislaus Hogan, also said two of the five videos seized from her client were taped from SBS educative TV programs, but were classified by authorities as being in the most serious child pornography category.

Hogan, 69, has pleaded guilty to an aggravated count of possessing child pornography and a count of using a carriage service to access child pornography at Athelstone between April 20 and June 10 2012.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/adelaide/2014/07/28/child-porn-priest-taped-sbs-shows.html

Christian Assemblies International: Former members detail abuse handed out by CAI leader Scott Williams

A four-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to NSW-based registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).
Tonight's Four Corners reveals that self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams was using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a clandestine homosexual sex ring while allegedly misusing vast amounts of member donations for personal use.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-28/former-members-break-silence-over-christian-cult-of-horrors/5627794

Christian Assemblies International: Former members detail abuse handed out by CAI leader Scott Williams

A four-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to NSW-based registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).
Tonight's Four Corners reveals that self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams was using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a clandestine homosexual sex ring while allegedly misusing vast amounts of member donations for personal use.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-28/former-members-break-silence-over-christian-cult-of-horrors/5627794

Fr Brian D'Arcy: My battle with cancer, the Catholic Church and how my faith survived trauma of being abused as a boy of 10

Fr Brian D'Arcy is one of Ireland's best-known clerics – controversial and frank. He speaks to Adrian Rutherford about the future of the Catholic Church and how his faith survived the trauma of being abused as a boy of 10 in Omagh.
 Q. You are one of Ireland's best-known priests, but was religion always a part of your life?

Fr Brian D'Arcy: My battle with cancer, the Catholic Church and how my faith survived trauma of being abused as a boy of 10

Fr Brian D'Arcy is one of Ireland's best-known clerics – controversial and frank. He speaks to Adrian Rutherford about the future of the Catholic Church and how his faith survived the trauma of being abused as a boy of 10 in Omagh.
 Q. You are one of Ireland's best-known priests, but was religion always a part of your life?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

From torture to reunion: The story of the Riverview Old Boys

ROBERT Toreaux knows what it's liked to be tortured; to spend each day in fear of being attacked and humiliated without being able to escape.
He's also knows how child abuse can lead to long-term, chronic health problems for survivors.
The 66-year-old spent a good portion of his childhood living and working at the Riverview Training Farm for Boys.
The Salvation Army-run facility has proved to have a long and grim history as a place of abuse, where children were routinely physically and sexually assaulted by staff.

http://www.qt.com.au/news/overcoming-their-abuse/2329806/

From torture to reunion: The story of the Riverview Old Boys

ROBERT Toreaux knows what it's liked to be tortured; to spend each day in fear of being attacked and humiliated without being able to escape.
He's also knows how child abuse can lead to long-term, chronic health problems for survivors.
The 66-year-old spent a good portion of his childhood living and working at the Riverview Training Farm for Boys.
The Salvation Army-run facility has proved to have a long and grim history as a place of abuse, where children were routinely physically and sexually assaulted by staff.

http://www.qt.com.au/news/overcoming-their-abuse/2329806/

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Pain of abuse stays forever

I’VE lost count of the number of people who were shocked when Pope Francis said that one in fifty priests were child abusers.
I’ve done nothing to alleviate their shock by telling them that it’s much more than 2%.
Studies across the world repeatedly show that paedophiles in the priesthood make up between 3% and 5% of all priests. If you ask me, it’s even higher because not all abuse is reported.
When you add it all up I wouldn’t be surprised if the real number of paedophiles within the priesthood is nearer 8%.
Priest abusers are only part of the story.

http://www.sundayworld.com/top-stories/columnists/fr-brian-d-arcy/pain-of-abuse-stays-forever

Pain of abuse stays forever

I’VE lost count of the number of people who were shocked when Pope Francis said that one in fifty priests were child abusers.
I’ve done nothing to alleviate their shock by telling them that it’s much more than 2%.
Studies across the world repeatedly show that paedophiles in the priesthood make up between 3% and 5% of all priests. If you ask me, it’s even higher because not all abuse is reported.
When you add it all up I wouldn’t be surprised if the real number of paedophiles within the priesthood is nearer 8%.
Priest abusers are only part of the story.

http://www.sundayworld.com/top-stories/columnists/fr-brian-d-arcy/pain-of-abuse-stays-forever

Friday, 25 July 2014

Church’s hierarchy shows its colours

An arrogant Church hierarchy has a long history of scapegoating and trying to cover up serious scandals, says Ryle Dwyer
RECENT revelations about the mother-and-baby home at Tuam — where 796 children died between 1925 and 1961 — shocked people, but few seemed surprised, because there had already been so many shocking revelations about abuse in Church-run institutions. Indeed, comparisons are being made with Nazi Germany.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/churchs-hierarchy-shows-its-colours-276515.html

Church’s hierarchy shows its colours

An arrogant Church hierarchy has a long history of scapegoating and trying to cover up serious scandals, says Ryle Dwyer
RECENT revelations about the mother-and-baby home at Tuam — where 796 children died between 1925 and 1961 — shocked people, but few seemed surprised, because there had already been so many shocking revelations about abuse in Church-run institutions. Indeed, comparisons are being made with Nazi Germany.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/churchs-hierarchy-shows-its-colours-276515.html

Catholic bishop faces Perth court over child sex offence

A senior member of the Catholic Church has faced a Perth court over child sex offences alleged to have taken place at a West Australian school in 1969.
Bishop Max Davis is charged with three counts of unlawfully and indecently dealing with a child under 14 years.
The offences allegedly occurred at St Benedict's College in New Norcia where Bishop Davis was a teacher and the alleged victim was 13 years old.

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/catholic-bishop-faces-perth-court-over-child-sex-offence-20140725-zwsx4.html

Catholic bishop faces Perth court over child sex offence

A senior member of the Catholic Church has faced a Perth court over child sex offences alleged to have taken place at a West Australian school in 1969.
Bishop Max Davis is charged with three counts of unlawfully and indecently dealing with a child under 14 years.
The offences allegedly occurred at St Benedict's College in New Norcia where Bishop Davis was a teacher and the alleged victim was 13 years old.

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/catholic-bishop-faces-perth-court-over-child-sex-offence-20140725-zwsx4.html

Australian Defence Force bishop to deny child sexual offences, court told

The Bishop of the Australian Defence Force is to plead not guilty to child sexual offences dating back 45 years, a Perth court has been told.
Bishop Max Davis is accused of abusing a student at St Benedict's College at New Norcia, north-east of Perth, in 1969.
He was a teacher there at the time, and the offences allegedly occurred two years before he was ordained.
Davis is believed to be the most senior clergyman in the Catholic Church in Australia, and the first bishop, to be charged with a child sexual offence.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-25/defence-force-bishop-appears-in-court-on-sex-offences/5624136

Australian Defence Force bishop to deny child sexual offences, court told

The Bishop of the Australian Defence Force is to plead not guilty to child sexual offences dating back 45 years, a Perth court has been told.
Bishop Max Davis is accused of abusing a student at St Benedict's College at New Norcia, north-east of Perth, in 1969.
He was a teacher there at the time, and the offences allegedly occurred two years before he was ordained.
Davis is believed to be the most senior clergyman in the Catholic Church in Australia, and the first bishop, to be charged with a child sexual offence.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-25/defence-force-bishop-appears-in-court-on-sex-offences/5624136

Bishop to plead not guilty to child abuse

A Catholic bishop will plead not guilty to charges alleging he sexually abused a child in New Norcia more than four decades ago.
Max Leroy Davis appeared in the Perth Magistrate's Court this morning facing three counts of unlawfully and indecently dealing with a child aged under 14.
Defence lawyer Seamus Rafferty told the court that Bishop Davis would be entering pleas of not guilty and the charges would need to be dealt with in the District Court.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24549345/bishop-to-plead-not-guilty-to-child-abuse/

Bishop to plead not guilty to child abuse

A Catholic bishop will plead not guilty to charges alleging he sexually abused a child in New Norcia more than four decades ago.
Max Leroy Davis appeared in the Perth Magistrate's Court this morning facing three counts of unlawfully and indecently dealing with a child aged under 14.
Defence lawyer Seamus Rafferty told the court that Bishop Davis would be entering pleas of not guilty and the charges would need to be dealt with in the District Court.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24549345/bishop-to-plead-not-guilty-to-child-abuse/

Child protection report: 84pc of abuse allegations in Tasmania not investigated

More than 80 per cent of allegations of child abuse or neglect made to Tasmanian authorities in 12 months were not investigated, the latest report into child protection showed.
The Child Protection Australia 2012-2013 report has been released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
It revealed almost 3,000 children in Tasmania accessed child protection services in the year, on par with the national rate of about 2.6 per cent.
Tasmanian authorities received more than 12,000 notifications of alleged child abuse, neglect or harm.
The report said only 16 per cent were investigated.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24545811/child-protection-report-84pc-of-abuse-allegations-in-tasmania-not-investigated/

Child protection report: 84pc of abuse allegations in Tasmania not investigated

More than 80 per cent of allegations of child abuse or neglect made to Tasmanian authorities in 12 months were not investigated, the latest report into child protection showed.
The Child Protection Australia 2012-2013 report has been released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
It revealed almost 3,000 children in Tasmania accessed child protection services in the year, on par with the national rate of about 2.6 per cent.
Tasmanian authorities received more than 12,000 notifications of alleged child abuse, neglect or harm.
The report said only 16 per cent were investigated.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24545811/child-protection-report-84pc-of-abuse-allegations-in-tasmania-not-investigated/

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Nearly 500 ACT children suffered or were at risk of abuse, neglect or harm

Nearly 500 ACT children had been or were likely to be abused, neglected or harmed with neglect and emotional abuse, the most common primary type of substantiated abuse, a major report has revealed.
A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals 2215 ACT children - or nearly 27 in every 1000 - received child protection services in 2012-13.
There were 1577 children who were the subject of an investigation, 844 who were on care and protection orders and 765 children in out-of-home care.

http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/nearly-500-act-children-suffered-or-were-at-risk-of-abuse-neglect-or-harm-20140724-zwe8y.html

Nearly 500 ACT children suffered or were at risk of abuse, neglect or harm

Nearly 500 ACT children had been or were likely to be abused, neglected or harmed with neglect and emotional abuse, the most common primary type of substantiated abuse, a major report has revealed.
A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals 2215 ACT children - or nearly 27 in every 1000 - received child protection services in 2012-13.
There were 1577 children who were the subject of an investigation, 844 who were on care and protection orders and 765 children in out-of-home care.

http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/nearly-500-act-children-suffered-or-were-at-risk-of-abuse-neglect-or-harm-20140724-zwe8y.html

Child abuse reports increase but less than half investigated: report

The number of child abuse reports increased by 15 per cent over the past two years, but more than half of all reports were never investigated by authorities, according to new figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Almost 273,000 reports were made about children at risk nationally in 2012-13, up from a low of 237,000 in 2010-11.
Child welfare experts attributed the increase to greater pressures on families and a heightened awareness of abuse.
The 272,980 abuse notifications involved 184,216 children, the majority living in NSW and Victoria.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/child-abuse-reports-increase-but-less-than-half-investigated-report-20140724-zvxq9.html

Child abuse reports increase but less than half investigated: report

The number of child abuse reports increased by 15 per cent over the past two years, but more than half of all reports were never investigated by authorities, according to new figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Almost 273,000 reports were made about children at risk nationally in 2012-13, up from a low of 237,000 in 2010-11.
Child welfare experts attributed the increase to greater pressures on families and a heightened awareness of abuse.
The 272,980 abuse notifications involved 184,216 children, the majority living in NSW and Victoria.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/child-abuse-reports-increase-but-less-than-half-investigated-report-20140724-zvxq9.html

Child abuse bombshell: Charged man was cleared by Families SA investigation a year before being charged with sex offences against preschoolers

THE Families SA carer charged with sexually abusing seven preschoolers was investigated a year ago for alleged inappropriate behaviour involving a female toddler in his care, before being cleared to again work with children, it can be revealed.
Sources have told The Advertiser the man, 32, was stood aside while an internal inquiry was undertaken — but reinstated when the allegation could not be proven.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/child-abuse-bombshell-charged-man-was-cleared-by-families-sa-investigation-a-year-before-being-charged-with-sex-offences-against-preschoolers/story-e6frg6n6-1227000689485

Child abuse bombshell: Charged man was cleared by Families SA investigation a year before being charged with sex offences against preschoolers

THE Families SA carer charged with sexually abusing seven preschoolers was investigated a year ago for alleged inappropriate behaviour involving a female toddler in his care, before being cleared to again work with children, it can be revealed.
Sources have told The Advertiser the man, 32, was stood aside while an internal inquiry was undertaken — but reinstated when the allegation could not be proven.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/child-abuse-bombshell-charged-man-was-cleared-by-families-sa-investigation-a-year-before-being-charged-with-sex-offences-against-preschoolers/story-e6frg6n6-1227000689485

Shooting Bambi won’t get commission’s job done

PETER McClellan was never going to get away with “shooting Bambi”.
The head of the Royal Commission into Institutional ­Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been getting some bad reviews for his recent treatment of popular Sydney silk Margaret Cunneen.
When he quizzed the NSW deputy senior crown prosecutor over her advice regarding swimming coach Scott Volkers, her counsel even complained that McClellan’s questions had “the whiff of a personal attack”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/shooting-bambi-wont-get-commissions-job-done/story-e6frg97x-1227000608090?nk=e0aa4e72262baa96f3aa801f91d57523

Shooting Bambi won’t get commission’s job done

PETER McClellan was never going to get away with “shooting Bambi”.
The head of the Royal Commission into Institutional ­Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been getting some bad reviews for his recent treatment of popular Sydney silk Margaret Cunneen.
When he quizzed the NSW deputy senior crown prosecutor over her advice regarding swimming coach Scott Volkers, her counsel even complained that McClellan’s questions had “the whiff of a personal attack”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/shooting-bambi-wont-get-commissions-job-done/story-e6frg97x-1227000608090?nk=e0aa4e72262baa96f3aa801f91d57523

Priest jailed for abusing young girls

A former Catholic priest who molested two girls while serving at two separate Perth churches in the late 1960s and early 1980s has been jailed for three years.
Father Patrick Holmes, 79, admitted the charges of indecent assault at his first appearance at Perth Magistrate's Court earlier this year.
And at Perth's District Court today, Judge Henry Wisbey told Holmes he had abused his position in order to abuse the girls - the youngest being just seven years old - at two separate parishes

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24540424/priest-gets-three-years-jail-for-abusing-young-girls/

Priest jailed for abusing young girls

A former Catholic priest who molested two girls while serving at two separate Perth churches in the late 1960s and early 1980s has been jailed for three years.
Father Patrick Holmes, 79, admitted the charges of indecent assault at his first appearance at Perth Magistrate's Court earlier this year.
And at Perth's District Court today, Judge Henry Wisbey told Holmes he had abused his position in order to abuse the girls - the youngest being just seven years old - at two separate parishes

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24540424/priest-gets-three-years-jail-for-abusing-young-girls/

Perth Catholic priest Father Patrick Holmes sentenced to three years jail for child sex offences

A CATHOLIC priest has been sentenced to three years in jail after admitting to indecently assaulting two young girls in the Perth parishes where he worked.
The District Court of Western Australia heard on Thursday that the six offences committed by Father Patrick Holmes occurred in Carlisle in 1969 when his victim was aged seven and in 1980-1982 in Subiaco when his victim was aged 10-11.
Holmes was aged 34 and 45-46 respectively at the time.
The court heard the first complainant was a student at the primary school next to his church.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/perth-catholic-priest-father-patrick-holmes-sentenced-to-three-years-jail-for-child-sex-offences/story-fnhocxo3-1227000227762?nk=e0aa4e72262baa96f3aa801f91d57523

Perth Catholic priest Father Patrick Holmes sentenced to three years jail for child sex offences

A CATHOLIC priest has been sentenced to three years in jail after admitting to indecently assaulting two young girls in the Perth parishes where he worked.
The District Court of Western Australia heard on Thursday that the six offences committed by Father Patrick Holmes occurred in Carlisle in 1969 when his victim was aged seven and in 1980-1982 in Subiaco when his victim was aged 10-11.
Holmes was aged 34 and 45-46 respectively at the time.
The court heard the first complainant was a student at the primary school next to his church.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/perth-catholic-priest-father-patrick-holmes-sentenced-to-three-years-jail-for-child-sex-offences/story-fnhocxo3-1227000227762?nk=e0aa4e72262baa96f3aa801f91d57523

Ban on male child carers considered after 'horrific' abuse case

The South Australian government is prepared to consider radical laws, including banning men from working as child carers, after a carer was accused of horrific child sex abuse.
A 32-year-old Adelaide man employed by Families SA has been charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with young children under his watch at a residential care facility.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11297941

Ban on male child carers considered after 'horrific' abuse case

The South Australian government is prepared to consider radical laws, including banning men from working as child carers, after a carer was accused of horrific child sex abuse.
A 32-year-old Adelaide man employed by Families SA has been charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with young children under his watch at a residential care facility.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11297941

Royal Commission Announces Public Hearing into Melbourne Response

The way in which the Archdiocese of Melbourne has responded to victims of child sexual abuse will be the focus of the next public hearing involving the Catholic Church.

The hearing will commence on Monday, August 18 and is scheduled to run for two weeks.

The public hearing will look into the principles, practices and procedures of the victim’s reparation scheme, the Melbourne Response, which was adopted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in October 1996.

The hearing will focus on the application of the Melbourne Response in responding to survivors of child sexual abuse as well as allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

It will also look at the experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2014/07/royal-commission-announces-public-hearing-melbourne-response#

Royal Commission Announces Public Hearing into Melbourne Response

The way in which the Archdiocese of Melbourne has responded to victims of child sexual abuse will be the focus of the next public hearing involving the Catholic Church.

The hearing will commence on Monday, August 18 and is scheduled to run for two weeks.

The public hearing will look into the principles, practices and procedures of the victim’s reparation scheme, the Melbourne Response, which was adopted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in October 1996.

The hearing will focus on the application of the Melbourne Response in responding to survivors of child sexual abuse as well as allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

It will also look at the experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2014/07/royal-commission-announces-public-hearing-melbourne-response#

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Police charge another religious Brother with offences against a child

New South Wales Police announced on 23 July 2014 that they have charged a 66-year-old religious Brother regarding indecent assaults of a child, committed 40 years ago. Broken Rites understands that the alleged victim was a pupil at a Marist Brothers boys' school which then existed at Maitland, north of Sydney in the Newcastle region.
The police announcement said that, in March 2013, detectives from Strike Force Georgiana received information about an alleged indecent-assault matter involving a child and they then commenced an investigation. (Strike Force Georgiana is a special unit of investigators located at Charlestown.)

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/300

Police charge another religious Brother with offences against a child

New South Wales Police announced on 23 July 2014 that they have charged a 66-year-old religious Brother regarding indecent assaults of a child, committed 40 years ago. Broken Rites understands that the alleged victim was a pupil at a Marist Brothers boys' school which then existed at Maitland, north of Sydney in the Newcastle region.
The police announcement said that, in March 2013, detectives from Strike Force Georgiana received information about an alleged indecent-assault matter involving a child and they then commenced an investigation. (Strike Force Georgiana is a special unit of investigators located at Charlestown.)

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/300

With child abuse, we need to talk about original sin

The statistics attached to the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have confirmed what many people suspected – that while child abuse has been widespread in Christian and secular institutions, the Catholic Church is dramatically over-represented.
Of the 1,033 faith-based institutions reported to the Commission, 68% were Catholic. Even when state-run and private sites are included, the figure is 41%.
The Commissioners report that they want to “find out why there have been a significant number of perpetrators in certain institutions". Given the extent to which our Government has handed over responsibility for publicly-funded education, health and social welfare services to the Catholic Church, so should we all.

http://theconversation.com/with-child-abuse-we-need-to-talk-about-original-sin-29207

With child abuse, we need to talk about original sin

The statistics attached to the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have confirmed what many people suspected – that while child abuse has been widespread in Christian and secular institutions, the Catholic Church is dramatically over-represented.
Of the 1,033 faith-based institutions reported to the Commission, 68% were Catholic. Even when state-run and private sites are included, the figure is 41%.
The Commissioners report that they want to “find out why there have been a significant number of perpetrators in certain institutions". Given the extent to which our Government has handed over responsibility for publicly-funded education, health and social welfare services to the Catholic Church, so should we all.

http://theconversation.com/with-child-abuse-we-need-to-talk-about-original-sin-29207

Families SA insider says new child-protection policies will fail without extra resources to help overstretched social workers

A FAMILIES SA insider says a radical rewriting of child-protection policies will be useless without extra resources to help social workers already stretched to breaking point.
In the wake of revelations a man working for Families SA was last month charged with child sex offences against seven preschool-aged children in his care, the State Government has promised an urgent review of policies and processes to shield vulnerable children from predators who use the care system to gain access to them.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/families-sa-insider-says-new-childprotection-policies-will-fail-without-extra-resources-to-help-overstretched-social-workers/story-fnii5yv8-1226999289951?nk=34ef8017c0c843c03d0a85cea8b891ab

Families SA insider says new child-protection policies will fail without extra resources to help overstretched social workers

A FAMILIES SA insider says a radical rewriting of child-protection policies will be useless without extra resources to help social workers already stretched to breaking point.
In the wake of revelations a man working for Families SA was last month charged with child sex offences against seven preschool-aged children in his care, the State Government has promised an urgent review of policies and processes to shield vulnerable children from predators who use the care system to gain access to them.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/families-sa-insider-says-new-childprotection-policies-will-fail-without-extra-resources-to-help-overstretched-social-workers/story-fnii5yv8-1226999289951?nk=34ef8017c0c843c03d0a85cea8b891ab

Victim criticises judge over abuse hearings

A CHILD sex abuse victim has criticised the royal commission over an alleged “opportunistic personal attack” on a senior prosecutor during a recent public hearing.
Peter Gogarty, who was repeatedly abused by a Catholic priest, wrote privately to commission chairman Peter McClellan about the treatment of Margaret Cunneen SC, a barrister who led a separate commission of inquiry into child sex abuse.
Earlier this month, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse spent days dissecting confidential advice provided by Ms Cunneen in 2004 about the prosecution of Olympic coach Scott Volkers for allegedly abusing teenage swimmers.
“In all of the circumstances, I am forced to the conclusion that Ms Cunneen during her evidence … was the subject of an opportunistic personal attack unrelated to the question at hand,” said Mr Gogarty’s letter said. “Given my public and strident support of ... (the) commission, I am very disappointed that the media has been offered the spectacle of an apparent ‘in-house’ spat.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/victim-criticises-judge-over-abuse-hearings/story-fngburq5-1226999301514

Victim criticises judge over abuse hearings

A CHILD sex abuse victim has criticised the royal commission over an alleged “opportunistic personal attack” on a senior prosecutor during a recent public hearing.
Peter Gogarty, who was repeatedly abused by a Catholic priest, wrote privately to commission chairman Peter McClellan about the treatment of Margaret Cunneen SC, a barrister who led a separate commission of inquiry into child sex abuse.
Earlier this month, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse spent days dissecting confidential advice provided by Ms Cunneen in 2004 about the prosecution of Olympic coach Scott Volkers for allegedly abusing teenage swimmers.
“In all of the circumstances, I am forced to the conclusion that Ms Cunneen during her evidence … was the subject of an opportunistic personal attack unrelated to the question at hand,” said Mr Gogarty’s letter said. “Given my public and strident support of ... (the) commission, I am very disappointed that the media has been offered the spectacle of an apparent ‘in-house’ spat.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/victim-criticises-judge-over-abuse-hearings/story-fngburq5-1226999301514

Weatherill flags 'acts of evil' Royal Commission

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has foreshadowed a Royal Commission into 'unspeakable acts of evil' allegedly committed by a man employed by Families South Australia on at least seven children under state government care.
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: South Australia's Premier has foreshadowed a royal commission over what he calls "unspeakable acts of evil:" the alleged abuse of at least seven children under State Government care.
A 32 year old man employed by Families South Australia has been charged with the abuse after the discovery of more than 100,000 images and 600 videos on his computer.
Premier Jay Weatherill says more victims are likely to be revealed, as Nick Harmsen reports.
NICK HARMSEN, REPORTER: This is the social worker charged with raping seven vulnerable young children placed in his care and distributing recordings of the abuse online: allegations which have shaken the SA Police and child protection system to the core.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-22/weatherill-flags-acts-of-evil-royal-commission/5616372?section=sa

Weatherill flags 'acts of evil' Royal Commission

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has foreshadowed a Royal Commission into 'unspeakable acts of evil' allegedly committed by a man employed by Families South Australia on at least seven children under state government care.
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: South Australia's Premier has foreshadowed a royal commission over what he calls "unspeakable acts of evil:" the alleged abuse of at least seven children under State Government care.
A 32 year old man employed by Families South Australia has been charged with the abuse after the discovery of more than 100,000 images and 600 videos on his computer.
Premier Jay Weatherill says more victims are likely to be revealed, as Nick Harmsen reports.
NICK HARMSEN, REPORTER: This is the social worker charged with raping seven vulnerable young children placed in his care and distributing recordings of the abuse online: allegations which have shaken the SA Police and child protection system to the core.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-22/weatherill-flags-acts-of-evil-royal-commission/5616372?section=sa

Magnanimous memoir of a 'dead canary' bishop

Many of Pope Francis' metaphors have to do with smell. He has urged priests and bishops to go out of the churchy world, saying that it is better to be accident prone than to grow sick through living in fetid air. He has said the clergy must smell like the sheep. And he has remarked on the stuffy air of the Vatican administration.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41732#.U8-dj7uVviF 

Magnanimous memoir of a 'dead canary' bishop

Many of Pope Francis' metaphors have to do with smell. He has urged priests and bishops to go out of the churchy world, saying that it is better to be accident prone than to grow sick through living in fetid air. He has said the clergy must smell like the sheep. And he has remarked on the stuffy air of the Vatican administration.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41732#.U8-dj7uVviF 

Child sex abuse allegations: Vigilance the key say protection advocates

Advocates on child protection say it is clear people remain able to circumvent efforts by authorities to keep children safe.
A royal commission is likely to be held in South Australia into another case of alleged child sexual abuse.
A man, 32, from Adelaide's southern suburbs is facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse involving seven preschool-aged wards of the state over 18 months to late 2012, as well as pornography offences.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-23/child-sex-abuse-allegations-vigilance-the-key-say-protection-ad/5616624

Child sex abuse allegations: Vigilance the key say protection advocates

Advocates on child protection say it is clear people remain able to circumvent efforts by authorities to keep children safe.
A royal commission is likely to be held in South Australia into another case of alleged child sexual abuse.
A man, 32, from Adelaide's southern suburbs is facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse involving seven preschool-aged wards of the state over 18 months to late 2012, as well as pornography offences.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-23/child-sex-abuse-allegations-vigilance-the-key-say-protection-ad/5616624

Melb Church to face abuse royal commission

Melburnians who survived child sex abuse within the Catholic Church will have a chance to have their stories heard by the royal commission next month.
Over two weeks of public hearings to be held in Victoria, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will investigate allegations of abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese and the church's response.
The church says its formal course of action in Melbourne, adopted in 1996 and known as The Melbourne Response, is the first institutional response in Australia.
The archdiocese will have to explain to the royal commission why it has the Melbourne Response and what it was supposed to achieve.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2702381/Melb-Church-face-abuse-royal-commission.html 

Melb Church to face abuse royal commission

Melburnians who survived child sex abuse within the Catholic Church will have a chance to have their stories heard by the royal commission next month.
Over two weeks of public hearings to be held in Victoria, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will investigate allegations of abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese and the church's response.
The church says its formal course of action in Melbourne, adopted in 1996 and known as The Melbourne Response, is the first institutional response in Australia.
The archdiocese will have to explain to the royal commission why it has the Melbourne Response and what it was supposed to achieve.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2702381/Melb-Church-face-abuse-royal-commission.html 

Child sex abuse royal commission holds Bendigo public forum

People in central Victoria with experience of child sexual abuse in an institutional setting are being encouraged to attend a public forum in Bendigo tonight.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding the event, to outline the work of the inquiry and answer any questions.
Private sessions are also being held this week but are booked out.
The commission's Danielle Redmond says there has been a lot of interest in tonight's forum.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-23/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-holds-bendigo/5616690

Child sex abuse royal commission holds Bendigo public forum

People in central Victoria with experience of child sexual abuse in an institutional setting are being encouraged to attend a public forum in Bendigo tonight.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding the event, to outline the work of the inquiry and answer any questions.
Private sessions are also being held this week but are booked out.
The commission's Danielle Redmond says there has been a lot of interest in tonight's forum.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-23/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-holds-bendigo/5616690

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Shattering an unholy vow of silence

'Sworn to Silence' a recollectuion of the clerical abuse of a boy, reflects on blame and shame in 1970s Ireland, says Dan Buckley
BLESS me, Father, for I have sinned.
Those are the words that the Catholic Church authorities in Ireland expected of a 14-year-old boy as his response to years of abuse by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.
“I knew that the quizzing about confession was all about me and my fault,” says Brendan Boland, now 53, in Sworn To Silence, his memoir published today.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/shattering-an-unholy-vow-of-silence-276213.html

Shattering an unholy vow of silence

'Sworn to Silence' a recollectuion of the clerical abuse of a boy, reflects on blame and shame in 1970s Ireland, says Dan Buckley
BLESS me, Father, for I have sinned.
Those are the words that the Catholic Church authorities in Ireland expected of a 14-year-old boy as his response to years of abuse by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.
“I knew that the quizzing about confession was all about me and my fault,” says Brendan Boland, now 53, in Sworn To Silence, his memoir published today.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/shattering-an-unholy-vow-of-silence-276213.html

Rules won't restore the Church

Chris McGillion and Damian Grace |  22 July 2014
It is widely assumed that rules are the solution to transgressions such as those being investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Rules without doubt are useful. They can be framed to aid compliance and deter wrongdoing. It is no argument against them to say that people will still offend, but if rules are more legal requirements than the expression of genuine morality, they will have limited effectiveness.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41728#.U848Y1GVviE 

Rules won't restore the Church

Chris McGillion and Damian Grace |  22 July 2014
It is widely assumed that rules are the solution to transgressions such as those being investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Rules without doubt are useful. They can be framed to aid compliance and deter wrongdoing. It is no argument against them to say that people will still offend, but if rules are more legal requirements than the expression of genuine morality, they will have limited effectiveness.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41728#.U848Y1GVviE 

Royal Commission to hold public hearing in Melbourne

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on Monday 18 August 2014.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
  1. The principles, practices and procedures of the Melbourne Response adopted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and their application in responding to:
    • a. Victims of child sexual abuse; and
    • b. Allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
  2. The experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
  3. Any other related matters.
http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1235/royal-commission-to-hold-public-hearing-in-melbourne

Royal Commission to hold public hearing in Melbourne

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on Monday 18 August 2014.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
  1. The principles, practices and procedures of the Melbourne Response adopted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and their application in responding to:
    • a. Victims of child sexual abuse; and
    • b. Allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
  2. The experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
  3. Any other related matters.
http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1235/royal-commission-to-hold-public-hearing-in-melbourne

Royal Commission gives opportunity to speak out

Binaal Billa Family Violence Prevention Legal Service (FVPLS) will host a community event, “Speak and Be Heard” in Forbes next week, featuring former Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan.
To be held on Friday, August 1 at Forbes Services Memorial Club, the event will provide information to the community on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and how people can share their story with the Royal Commission.
The Royal Commission has been set up to look into how institutions have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

Royal Commission gives opportunity to speak out

Binaal Billa Family Violence Prevention Legal Service (FVPLS) will host a community event, “Speak and Be Heard” in Forbes next week, featuring former Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan.
To be held on Friday, August 1 at Forbes Services Memorial Club, the event will provide information to the community on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and how people can share their story with the Royal Commission.
The Royal Commission has been set up to look into how institutions have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Book reveals Cardinal's role in abuse 'inquiry'

Sean Brady took part in secret talks with victim, 14, of Brendan Smyth
Transcripts of the secret church inquiry into the abuse of Dundalk boy Brendan Boland by the notorious child molester Fr Brendan Smyth will be published for the first time this week.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/book-reveals-cardinals-role-in-abuse-inquiry-30444640.html

Book reveals Cardinal's role in abuse 'inquiry'

Sean Brady took part in secret talks with victim, 14, of Brendan Smyth
Transcripts of the secret church inquiry into the abuse of Dundalk boy Brendan Boland by the notorious child molester Fr Brendan Smyth will be published for the first time this week.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/book-reveals-cardinals-role-in-abuse-inquiry-30444640.html

Rampant abuse, mismanagement swept under carpet for years

Principal of the St Michael’s School for Boys’ Kelvin Nancoo claims that more than four years ago allegations of rampant “abuse, incompetency and mismanagement” were reported to the authorities at the home, but it was swept under the carpet. Nancoo said when the report was made and nothing was done, he tendered his resignation as a member of the Anglican board after eight years of service.

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2014-07-20/rampant-abuse-mismanagement-swept-under-carpet-years

Rampant abuse, mismanagement swept under carpet for years

Principal of the St Michael’s School for Boys’ Kelvin Nancoo claims that more than four years ago allegations of rampant “abuse, incompetency and mismanagement” were reported to the authorities at the home, but it was swept under the carpet. Nancoo said when the report was made and nothing was done, he tendered his resignation as a member of the Anglican board after eight years of service.

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2014-07-20/rampant-abuse-mismanagement-swept-under-carpet-years

The Irish priest behind Vatican's digital miracle

Garry O'Sullivan on the Catholic Church's bid to re-invent its media image and the dangers in going too far too fast

 A Mexican psychologist, a British peer and an Irishman walk into the Vatican. That line might just read like there's a jokey punchline coming (there's not), but the Vatican's latest attempt to reform its communications involves such an international line-up, and the Vatican is very serious.

http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/news/the-irish-priest-behind-vaticans-digital-miracle-30441967.html

The Irish priest behind Vatican's digital miracle

Garry O'Sullivan on the Catholic Church's bid to re-invent its media image and the dangers in going too far too fast

 A Mexican psychologist, a British peer and an Irishman walk into the Vatican. That line might just read like there's a jokey punchline coming (there's not), but the Vatican's latest attempt to reform its communications involves such an international line-up, and the Vatican is very serious.

http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/news/the-irish-priest-behind-vaticans-digital-miracle-30441967.html

Does Pope Francis have a cunning plan?

Pope Francis has mistakenly been identified as ushering in a new era of ‘progressive’ Catholicism. His real objective is the restoration of a more essential perspective on Christianity

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/does-pope-francis-have-a-cunning-plan-30444898.html

Does Pope Francis have a cunning plan?

Pope Francis has mistakenly been identified as ushering in a new era of ‘progressive’ Catholicism. His real objective is the restoration of a more essential perspective on Christianity

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/does-pope-francis-have-a-cunning-plan-30444898.html

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Pope Francis's 'Church for the Poor' has Assets Worth Billions

When Pope Francis was elected he promised to make the Catholic Church a "poor church for the poor", eschewing expensive perks and - allegedly - driving round the Vatican in a Ford Focus.
"It hurts my heart when I see a priest with the latest model car," the Pope told trainee priests. "If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world."

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pope-franciss-church-poor-has-assets-worth-billions-1457383

Pope Francis's 'Church for the Poor' has Assets Worth Billions

When Pope Francis was elected he promised to make the Catholic Church a "poor church for the poor", eschewing expensive perks and - allegedly - driving round the Vatican in a Ford Focus.
"It hurts my heart when I see a priest with the latest model car," the Pope told trainee priests. "If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world."

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pope-franciss-church-poor-has-assets-worth-billions-1457383

Can Traditional Religion Survive A Wired World?

In a must-read column, Damon Linker explores the role that the Internet plays in undermining the authority of the Catholic Church (and by extension, all hierarchical, authoritative religions). Excerpt:
What matters is that, regardless of whether faithful members of traditionalist churches should be working to conceal scandalous facts, today’s technologies of publicity render such efforts effectively impossible.
Someone somewhere inevitably learns the scandalous truth and either publicizes the information directly or passes it along to someone who will. And the next thing you know, everyone’s heard the foul and filthy news.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/can-traditional-religion-survive-a-wired-world/

Can Traditional Religion Survive A Wired World?

In a must-read column, Damon Linker explores the role that the Internet plays in undermining the authority of the Catholic Church (and by extension, all hierarchical, authoritative religions). Excerpt:
What matters is that, regardless of whether faithful members of traditionalist churches should be working to conceal scandalous facts, today’s technologies of publicity render such efforts effectively impossible.
Someone somewhere inevitably learns the scandalous truth and either publicizes the information directly or passes it along to someone who will. And the next thing you know, everyone’s heard the foul and filthy news.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/can-traditional-religion-survive-a-wired-world/

Details of sex abuse allegations should not be used to sell ads

The thoroughly appalling revelations of child sexual abuse seem endless.
The Rolf Harris case was world news, and followed on the heels of other high profile UK entertainment figures being prosecuted, all of which emerged from the revolting allegations against the late mega-celebrity, Jimmy Saville.
The torrent of information in Australia has resulted in a recent request for a two-year extension to the Royal commission into the institutional response to child sexual abuse.
Churches, non-government organisations, children’s homes, schools, charities – from the Salvation Army, through the Police Boys’ Clubs and now Swimming Australia – all have had their names ruined through association with the endemic abuse of children.

http://dubbophotonews.com.au/index.php/dpn/categories/opinion-analysis/item/3237-details-of-sex-abuse-allegations-should-not-be-used-to-sell-ads

Details of sex abuse allegations should not be used to sell ads

The thoroughly appalling revelations of child sexual abuse seem endless.
The Rolf Harris case was world news, and followed on the heels of other high profile UK entertainment figures being prosecuted, all of which emerged from the revolting allegations against the late mega-celebrity, Jimmy Saville.
The torrent of information in Australia has resulted in a recent request for a two-year extension to the Royal commission into the institutional response to child sexual abuse.
Churches, non-government organisations, children’s homes, schools, charities – from the Salvation Army, through the Police Boys’ Clubs and now Swimming Australia – all have had their names ruined through association with the endemic abuse of children.

http://dubbophotonews.com.au/index.php/dpn/categories/opinion-analysis/item/3237-details-of-sex-abuse-allegations-should-not-be-used-to-sell-ads

A victims nightmare in the 'care' of the Salvation Army

RAHAM Rundle was seven when he became a number, in the quiet outside a storeroom at a Salvation Army boys home in the Adelaide Hills.
44. It was the number he would carry for eight years.
The only witness was a Salvation Army sergeant, a man who, nearly 50 years later, would scream hysterically after a jury convicted him of violently raping four boys at the home, including the child known as 44.
Sergeant William Keith Ellis was 27 on Rundle’s first day at Eden Park boys home in 1960.
Rundle was a bewildered child taken to Eden Park by his father on the promise of a two or three week ‘‘holiday’’ with other children, after problems with his stepmother.

A victims nightmare in the 'care' of the Salvation Army

RAHAM Rundle was seven when he became a number, in the quiet outside a storeroom at a Salvation Army boys home in the Adelaide Hills.
44. It was the number he would carry for eight years.
The only witness was a Salvation Army sergeant, a man who, nearly 50 years later, would scream hysterically after a jury convicted him of violently raping four boys at the home, including the child known as 44.
Sergeant William Keith Ellis was 27 on Rundle’s first day at Eden Park boys home in 1960.
Rundle was a bewildered child taken to Eden Park by his father on the promise of a two or three week ‘‘holiday’’ with other children, after problems with his stepmother.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Royal Commission to hold forum for deaf and hard of hearing

People who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing are invited to attend a community information session in Parramatta on Monday 4 August 2014, to find out more about the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The national event will feature live captions and Auslan interpreters, and will also be webcast.
Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald will explain the work of the Royal Commission and answer questions from the community.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1224/royal-commission-to-hold-forum-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing

Royal Commission to hold forum for deaf and hard of hearing

People who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing are invited to attend a community information session in Parramatta on Monday 4 August 2014, to find out more about the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The national event will feature live captions and Auslan interpreters, and will also be webcast.
Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald will explain the work of the Royal Commission and answer questions from the community.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1224/royal-commission-to-hold-forum-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing

Forum for people with disability in Melbourne

The disability community will gather in Melbourne later this month to find out more about the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the Royal Commission wants to make sure people with disability are able to share their experiences with a Commissioner.
“The Royal Commission is aware that many people with disability have experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution,” Mr Reed said.


http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1225/forum-for-people-with-disability-in-melbourne

Forum for people with disability in Melbourne

The disability community will gather in Melbourne later this month to find out more about the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the Royal Commission wants to make sure people with disability are able to share their experiences with a Commissioner.
“The Royal Commission is aware that many people with disability have experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution,” Mr Reed said.


http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1225/forum-for-people-with-disability-in-melbourne

6,000 adoptions from six mother and baby homes across 23 years

Records of placements show children being sent to US, Britain and Germany 


More than 6,000 adoptions were recorded as having taken place in six mother and baby homes in the 23 years between 1950 and 1973, contemporaneous records show. The children went to a range of destinations including the US, Britain and Germany, as well as to homes across Ireland.
The information on adoptions was supplied by two homes maintained by local authorities – the Children’s Home in Tuam and St Patrick’s Home in Pelletstown, Dublin – and four other homes run by religious orders where local health authorities sent unmarried mothers.

6,000 adoptions from six mother and baby homes across 23 years

Records of placements show children being sent to US, Britain and Germany 


More than 6,000 adoptions were recorded as having taken place in six mother and baby homes in the 23 years between 1950 and 1973, contemporaneous records show. The children went to a range of destinations including the US, Britain and Germany, as well as to homes across Ireland.
The information on adoptions was supplied by two homes maintained by local authorities – the Children’s Home in Tuam and St Patrick’s Home in Pelletstown, Dublin – and four other homes run by religious orders where local health authorities sent unmarried mothers.

Archaeologist says “definite indications” of Bessborough baby mass

After a basic examination of the grounds of the former mother and baby home in Bessborough, Co. Cork, a leading archaeologist has concluded that there are “definite physical indications” of unmarked shallow graves.
Toni Maguire, an archaeologist and anthropologist known for her work with the Milltown cemetery in Belfast, visited Bessborough on Wednesday, the Irish Examiner reports. She was joined by four women who were born in the mother and baby home, two of whom had journeyed from the US.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Archaeologist-says-definite-indications-of-Bessborough-baby-mass-graves.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IrishCentral+%28IrishCentral%29

Archaeologist says “definite indications” of Bessborough baby mass

After a basic examination of the grounds of the former mother and baby home in Bessborough, Co. Cork, a leading archaeologist has concluded that there are “definite physical indications” of unmarked shallow graves.
Toni Maguire, an archaeologist and anthropologist known for her work with the Milltown cemetery in Belfast, visited Bessborough on Wednesday, the Irish Examiner reports. She was joined by four women who were born in the mother and baby home, two of whom had journeyed from the US.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Archaeologist-says-definite-indications-of-Bessborough-baby-mass-graves.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IrishCentral+%28IrishCentral%29

Wollongong's Catholic Bishop celebrates 50 years with letter from Pope

The Catholic Bishop of Wollongong, Peter Ingham, is celebrating 50 years as a priest with a letter from the Pope.
The letter from Pope Francis, in Latin, conveyed his good wishes and blessing upon Bishop Ingham, the clergy and the people of the Diocese of Wollongong.
Bishop Ingham was ordained into the priesthood in 1964 at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney and installed as the fourth Bishop of Wollongong in 2001.
He says becoming a priest was simply a matter of determining priorities.
"I remember thinking to myself I don't care how hard this is I want to be a priest and I kept going," he said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-18/bishop-50th/5606432

Wollongong's Catholic Bishop celebrates 50 years with letter from Pope

The Catholic Bishop of Wollongong, Peter Ingham, is celebrating 50 years as a priest with a letter from the Pope.
The letter from Pope Francis, in Latin, conveyed his good wishes and blessing upon Bishop Ingham, the clergy and the people of the Diocese of Wollongong.
Bishop Ingham was ordained into the priesthood in 1964 at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney and installed as the fourth Bishop of Wollongong in 2001.
He says becoming a priest was simply a matter of determining priorities.
"I remember thinking to myself I don't care how hard this is I want to be a priest and I kept going," he said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-18/bishop-50th/5606432

Holding Church Shepherds Accountable Pope Francis and the Bishops Who Hid Pedophile Priests

When Pope Francis met earlier this month with victims of rape and sexual abuse by priests, he vowed to hold bishops accountable for covering up the scandal instead of confronting it.
A good place to start is with the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, where calls are mounting for the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt, a warrior against same-sex marriage who, it turns out, is facing accusations that he indulged in improper sexual conduct in the past with priests, seminarians and other men.
The archbishop has denied the accusations as “entirely false,” saying they date back over 10 years and do not involve minors or criminal conduct. But he felt obliged to hire a law firm to investigate them. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/opinion/pope-francis-and-the-bishops-who-hid-pedophile-priests.html?_r=0