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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

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Rotherham report 'reduced me to tears', says MP who exposed abuse decade ago

When Ann Cryer tried to bring abusers in her Yorkshire seat to justice, she was shunned by police, social services and imams
  Ann Cryer wept when she heard the news last week. "It reduced me to tears, reading all that went on in Rotherham," she said.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/30/rotherham-girls-could-have-been-spared-ann-cryer

Rotherham child sex abuse: my shame has gone. Now I'm angry for the thousands of us who've been abused

It was an overcast October day during the half-term school holiday and I was 11 years old. I found myself sitting alone, on a plastic chair, in the empty bedroom of a terraced house. Behind me was a large, one-way mirror, in front of me a video camera on a stand. There was a small box of broken toys in the corner.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/31/rotherham-child-sex-abuse-police

George Pell was ‘like a toddler hiding behind his mother’s skirts’, writes Angela Mollard

SOME stories never leave you. They settle in your bones and you revisit them, year after year, as if time might bring fresh insight or healing. Such is the case with B’s story.
I was lying on her bedroom floor when she told me, feet propped on her bed. She took a deep breath. During her teenage years, she told me, someone close to her family had sexually abused her. She’d kept it secret, but the perpetrator was about to get married. She was concerned — what if he went on to have a daughter?

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/george-pell-was-like-a-toddler-hiding-behind-his-mothers-skirts-writes-angela-mollard/story-fnixwvgh-1227042678606

NI Historical Abuse Inquiry to hear from children sent to Australia

Northern Ireland's Historical Abuse Inquiry is to hear evidence about the practice of sending children from homes in the North to institutions in Australia.
Documents examined by the Inquiry have revealed how in the decade up to 1956 the child migration scheme was in place and it has gathered testimony from over 60 people who were sent to Australia.
The Historical Abuse Inquiry was set up by Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0830/640333-inquiry-to-hear-from-children-sent-to-australia/

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Rotherham sex abuse: 'The utter brutality is what shocked me most’

Professor Alexis Jay, the author of the Rotherham sex abuse report, is determined that the young victims should be heard 
 To begin with, the task in hand was straightforward, businesslike, almost formulaic. Professor Alexis Jay had investigated complex cases of child sexual exploitation before. She knew the form. When Rotherham council called her in to conduct an inquiry into its own troubling record, she had a clear idea of how to “come at” it. Minutes, notes, background reading… the necessary apparatus of research was set in motion. 

Turning blind eye to sex abuse of children is not a rare flaw

Most of us – if asked – would agree that the sexual abuse of children is about as bad as human behaviour gets.
Most of us would like to think that we would do anything within our power to avert it, if given the opportunity.
But in the real world, people's reasons for looking the other way are many and varied.
In Britain this week, the South Yorkshire city of Rotherham – a regional metropolis just a bit smaller than Canberra – was devastated by the release of a report finding that 1400 young girls had been sexually abused and trafficked in the local area over the past seven years.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/turning-blind-eye-to-sex-abuse-of-children-is-not-a-rare-flaw-20140829-109yox.html

Catholics, keep away, lest you hear what you ought not

The former president of Ireland Mary McAleese will deliver the Rosemary Goldie Lecture at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday week but local Catholics, it seems, are being discouraged from attending.
The Catholic Weekly newspaper refused to take advertisements for the lecture which honours an Australian Catholic theologian who became the first woman to serve in an executive role in the Roman Curia.
Professor McAleese had criticised the former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell for his "boy's club" appointment of a Sydney colleague to a key position in the Vatican.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/catholics-keep-away-lest-you-hear-what-you-ought-not-20140829-109ziu.html

By George: Cardinal sins in child protection

Who can say where Cardinal George Pell gets his lines?

When he drew his recent analogy between church organisations and trucking companies, it was honestly difficult to spot whether he had got the idea from some parchment-shuffler in Vatican PR, or practiced it himself in front of the mirror that morning with a hairbrush.

"If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don't think it's appropriate – because it is contrary to the policy – for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible," he told the Royal Commission.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/by-george-cardinal-sins-in-child-protection-20140828-109nsw.html

The sexual exploitation of children: What if anything is the Church going to do about it?

n the past few years, a there has been a growing interest amongst many Americans in raising awareness and combatting the international commercial sexual exploitation of children. This is when an adult solicits or engages in a sexual act with a child in exchange for something of value. Many incredible individuals and organizations are focusing on this global horror and are beginning to make a real difference in the lives of untold numbers of vulnerable children around the world.   Only recently are our eyes beginning to open to the ugly fact that this evil also permeates in the small towns and big cities of this nation.

http://boz.religionnews.com/2014/08/30/sexual-exploitation-children-anything-church-going/

Catholic Church needs to beg for our forgiveness and Cardinal George Pell should be first in line says Angela Mollard

SOME stories never leave you. They settle in your bones and you revisit them, year after year, as if time might bring fresh insight or healing.
Such is the case with B’s story. I was lying on her bedroom floor when she told me, feet propped on her bed.
She took a deep breath. During her teenage years, she told me, someone close to her family had sexually abused her. She’d kept it secret but the perpetrator was about to get married. She was concerned: what if he went on to have a daughter?
My friend didn’t want to confide in her parents, to destroy their lives. As a practising Catholic she’d decided to tell the priest at the church she attended.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/catholic-church-needs-to-beg-for-our-forgiveness-and-cardinal-george-pell-should-be-first-in-line-says-angela-mollard/story-fni0cvc9-1227042359808?nk=2dbfa09cbe405cd1d60adce3563068bc

Money at the heart of church response to child abuse saga

During his testimony to the royal commission into child sexual abuse Cardinal George Pell compared the church’s situation to that of a trucking company.
In an analogy so clunky that if it was a truck it would be unroadworthy, Pell said the actions of a sex offending truck driver could not be held against the company who employed him/her.
But of course a trucking company would report its errant driver to the police. For decades the church did not.

http://dubbophotonews.com.au/index.php/dpn/categories/opinion-analysis/item/3405-money-at-the-heart-of-church-response-to-child-abuse-saga

The untold story of how a culture of shame perpetuates abuse. I know, I was a victim

The extraordinary story of Ruzwana Bashir: the Oxford-educated entrepreneur brought up in a British-Pakistani community shares her own story to tear down the wall of silence around the exploitation of Asian girls
t was with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes that I read about the horrific cases of abuse and neglect revealed in the Rotherham report this week.
Much of the media coverage has focused on how men of mostly Asian descent preyed on vulnerable young white victims. The details of this abuse are awful. But what has largely been ignored is the report’s finding that sexual abuse has been systemically under-reported among Asian girls due to deeply entrenched cultural taboos – obscuring the reality that there is a similarly rampant problem of minority girls being abused by members of their own community.


http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/29/-sp-untold-story-culture-of-shame-ruzwana-bashir

A Christian Brother is facing child-abuse charges

Brother David Standen, 65, a senior member of the Catholic order of Christian Brothers, has appeared in a Sydney court charged with child-abuse offences. Police allege that the incidents occurred while he was a teacher at St Patrick's College, Goulburn NSW, three decades ago. During his teaching career, Brother Standen also spent six years as the deputy principal at St Dominic's College, Penrith, in western Sydney. And he was the principal of St Mary's Cathedral College in inner-Sydney for a decade before he retired in 2010.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/303

Friday, 29 August 2014

Church must act to bring about healing

JULIA Gillard, a former prime minister of Australia, a woman and atheist, has been the prophet the Catholic Church in Australia has needed. 
She instigated the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, which is currently hearing testimonies from the Catholic Church.
In Catholic teaching there exists the "sensus fidelium", the sense of the faithful. 

Nature tells us celibacy is not natural, the Catholic Church should listen

THE ongoing Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse has already shone some welcome light into a variety of dark places.
One such place is the Catholic Church’s requirement for its priests to remain celibate. Physical intimacy with a significant other is a normal and fundamental part of human existence. It can’t be a good idea for priests to repress that urge.
When asked about this a few days ago, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, described celibacy as “fulfilling” and a “wonderful vocation”. He also refused to accept a sexual life was necessary for all people. On which planet is the Archbishop living?

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/nature-tells-us-celibacy-is-not-natural-the-catholic-church-should-listen/story-fni0ffsx-1227041710323?nk=12e3b20a0f15e052a9f432d41684a216

Touting for abuse

Is the Royal Commission into Child Abuse turning to telephone marketing?
For well over a year now, the Royal Commission on child sex abuse has been trundling its inquisitional way around the country like Judge Jeffreys and his assizes. Soon its origin will be lost in the mists of antiquity; if anyone has already forgotten, the Royal Commission is the most enduring legacy of Julia Gillard. Floundering in her own ineptitude in the closing days of her unlamented prime ministership, she thought it up as an attention-grabber, a way to cash in on the even by then rather weary saga of clerical and other child abuse which, as far as the ABC and the rest of the right-on media are concerned, age can never wither nor the years condemn.

http://www.spectator.co.uk/australia/australia-features/9294382/touting-for-abuse/

More complaints on Vic Christian Brother

Four new people have come forward with complaints about a former Victorian Christian Brother accused of historic child sex offences, a court has heard.

Four more people have made complaints against a former Christian Brother charged with child sex offences, a Victorian court has heard.
Ted Bales, 64, already faces 48 charges of indecent assault and gross indecency against 14 boys in the 1970s and 1980s.
But another four people have come forward to make complaints against Bales including one based interstate, the prosecution told the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
The court heard police were still waiting on statements from the new complainants.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/29/more-complaints-vic-christian-brother

Catholic school teacher sex abuse case adjourned

THE case against a former teacher of a Toowoomba Catholic school charged with child sex matters has been adjourned.
The 44-year-old man and the school involved cannot be named for legal reasons.
He is charged with indecent treatment of a child under 16 (indecent film), two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 (expose), and one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16 (take photograph).

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/abuse-case-adjourned/2367969/

Hear Rotherham abuse victim speak out in brave interview on sex trafficking scandal

A victim of the Rotherham sex scandal has said she was 'treated like an object' by abusers.
The woman, now in her 20s, has bravely spoken out following the news that 1,400 girls were victimised in South Yorkshire over a 16 year period.
Speaking anonymously about one of her abusers to Sky News, she said: "He would rape me once a week, every week.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hear-rotherham-abuse-victim-speak-4120393

Rotherham: police spent 'great deal of time' trying to disprove victim abuse

Labour MP John Mann says government should run South Yorkshire if police commissioner Shaun Wright fails to resign
A longstanding culture of disregard for victims of rape, sexual assaults and other major crime was exhibited by the police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal, the official watchdog concluded on Thursday.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/28/rotherham-abuse-south-yorkshire-police-victims-john-mann-shaun-wright

Survivors are finally being listened to. The commission on child abuse is doing a great job

In fallaciously dismissing the royal commission as a political witch-hunt against a blameless church, Christopher Akehurst’s words are mirroring what the institutions he is defending did
 Writing in Spectator this month, Christopher Akehurst managed to pull together no facts and a lot of ignorance in Touting for abuse, an attack on the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/29/survivors-are-finally-being-listened-to-the-commission-on-child-abuse-is-doing-a-great-job

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Pervert Catholic priest jailed for NINE years after decades of preying on schoolboys

The Rev Alan Morris, 63, was free to prey on youngsters at St Ambrose Catholic College, one of Britain's top Catholic schools, over three decades despite repeated attempts by victims to stop him.
Morris, who taught chemistry and religious education, became the highly feared Head of Discipline at the 1,030 pupil school in the wealthy village of Hale Barns, near Altrincham, Cheshire, where he abused boys during break-time for his own sexual pleasure.

 http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/396783/Priest-jailed-after-17-years-of-sexual-abuse

Why Is Pope Francis Protecting a High-Ranking Pedophile?

The latest pedophile scandal involving the Roman Catholic Church raises a distressingly familiar question: is the Church fighting to end sexual abuse by its priests, or still trying to avoid responsibility? Even worse, from the Church’s perspective, the current outrage calls into question the personal ethics of Pope Francis, whose popularity with rank-and-file Catholics and with the faith community generally is in the same league with that of John XXIII or John-Paul II. 


http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/28/why-pope-francis-protecting-high-ranking-pedophile-156630

Talking About Exile: Valuable Testimony from Tom Doyle and Ruth Krall

Yesterday, I looked at the movement now developing among conservative Christians in the U.S. to herd the church into exile. The reasoning that lies behind this rhetoric appears to be that since contemporary American culture has resisted the attempt of the churches to control culture to offer the good news of Christ to it via culture wars, the churches are left now with only one plausible response: to turn their backs on contemporary culture and go into exile.
 

When priests rule: An Irish horror story all workers should learn from

An 81 year old retired Irish cardinal, Desmond Connell, has gone to the High Court in Dublin for a writ to stop his successor as Archbishop of Dublin from handing over church files on paedophile priests to a state-organised inquiry into clerical abuse of children.
He has called on the court to prevent the head of the Catholic Church in the Dublin diocese from handing over information about criminal priests to the government-appointed investigation. He has got an interim writ, freezing proceedings until there can be a full court hearing. He claims that some of the files contain solicitors’ advice to him, and therefore that they are privileged, exempt from scrutiny without his say-so.

http://www.workersliberty.org/node/23596

Rotherham child abuse: officials must face a reckoning

Pulbic servants should pay for the failings that allowed around 1,400 children to be abused in Rotherham over 16 years 
The self-delusion involved in the Rotherham child-abuse case is astonishing. Professor Alexis Jay’s report stated that around 1,400 children were sexually abused in the town over 16 years, and that police, social workers and councillors let the victims of these horrific crimes down. Yet the website of Rotherham council introduced her findings this way: “Services to protect young people at risk from child sexual exploitation in Rotherham are stronger and better co-ordinated across agencies today than ever before, an independent review has found.

Race, religion, immigration: the Rotherham sex abuse scandal consumes UK

Rotherham, England: A horrific report which exposed the failure of British authorities to prevent the sexual abuse of 1400 children has sparked a nation-wide row over race, religion, immigration and political correctness.
Some commentators expressed fear that racists would find ammunition in the report's findings, that put the blame for much of the abuse on a small group of British Asian men.
And tabloid newspaper editorials railed against the 'political correctness' of senior council workers who resisted attempts to investigate abuse claims, for fear it would be seen as racist.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/race-religion-immigration-the-rotherham-sex-abuse-scandal-consumes-uk-20140828-109acs.html

Graham McNeice revisits the chilling Westbrook child abuse scandal

YOU probably won’t be familiar with his name but most recently producer Graham McNeice gave us The Train: The Granville Rail Disaster , his highly cinematic reconstruction of that terrible tragedy when at 6.09am on January 18, 1977, a packed passenger train left Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains for Sydney and crashed into the steel supports of a bridge, claiming 283 lives and severely injuring more than 200.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/television/graham-mcneice-revisits-the-chilling-westbrook-child-abuse-scandal/story-fn9d34el-1227038984746

Don't use the A-word: BBC accused of censorship over Rotherham child abuse by failing to mention that gangs were Asian

Rotherham abuse: 15 child abuse victims doused in petrol, threatened with rape claim compensation

A string of child abuse victims in a northern English town have launched claims for compensation, as outrage over the failure of officials to stop the abuse - which occurred over a 16-year period - grows across Britain, lawyers say.
Fifteen girls abused by gangs of men in Rotherham - a declining steel and coal town with higher-than-average unemployment - between 1997 and 2013 are reportedly claiming up to $177,000 each.
A report out on Tuesday estimated that some 1,400 children in the 250,000 population town had been sexually exploited.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-28/child-abuse-victims-in-british-town-claim-compensation/5702408

‘I Was Raped By 250 Men’ — Rotherham Sex Ring Victim Tells Horrifying Tale Of 2 Year Abuse Ordeal

After a report on the Rotherham, England sex abuse scandal revealed Tuesday that at least 1,400 young girls were abused, beaten, raped, and threatened by a ring of men mostly of Pakistani origin for 16 years in the city, one victim of the horror spoke to the BBC and revealed harrowing details of her unthinkable 2-year ordeal.

Have accusations of rape victim blaming gone too far?

The aftermath of a sexual assault is not an easy time. Being angrily shouted down for saying the wrong thing is upsetting, and prevents others speaking out
 As the so-called fourth wave of feminism gains momentum both online and off - by “off”, I don’t just refer to the indomitable Beyoncé but also the important real-world activism and volunteering that is taking place within our local communities - it seems not a day goes by when a publicly expressed opinion on rape is met with cries of victim-blaming. This week’s target for censure was Judge Mary Jane Mowat, who chose the occasion of her retirement to express her thoughts on how the rape conviction rate will only improve when women “stop getting drunk”.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/28/culture-rape-victim-blame-too-far

Former St Mary's Cathedral College principal charged with historical child abuse offences

A Catholic brother and former principal of a prestigious Sydney school has been charged with child abuse offences dating back more than three decades.
Police will allege David Standen, 65, molested five boys, all aged 12, when he was a teacher at St Patrick's, Goulburn between 1978 and 1980.
David Standen, who also goes by the name William Peter Standen, was the principal at St Mary's Cathedral College for a decade before he retired in 2010.
He cared for thousands of boys during his 37-year teaching career, during which time he spent six years as the deputy principal at St Dominic's College, Penrith.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/former-st-marys-cathedral-college-principal-charged-with-historical-child-abuse-offences-20140828-109in7.html

Rotherham child abuse scandal: Jessica's story

In the space of two years, Jessica* transformed from being a happy 13-year-old girl who dreamed of becoming a professional dancer, to a twice-pregnant victim of abuse.
Her abuser was a married father-of-two, who was 10 years her senior and who had just been released from prison when the young girl met him in the northern England town of Rotherham.
"He bought me chicken and chips from a place just up from the petrol station," Jessica wrote a short time after their first meeting, which then progressed to regular sexual liaisons between the pair.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/rotherham-child-abuse-scandal-jessicas-story-20140828-109fii.html

The Guardian view on the Rotherham child abuse scandal: no excuse

Nothing should stand in the way of protecting the vulnerable. Those who fail should take responsibility
 Shaun Wright, Labour’s South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, who was Rotherham’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services from 2005 until 2010, is refusing to resign. He apologises unreservedly for the grotesque abuse that 1,400 children or more may have endured on his watch, but he says the scale of the abuse has come as a surprise to him.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/27/guardian-view-rotherham-child-abuse-scandal

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Inquiry takes on new Anglican abuse file

THE Anglican diocese at the ­centre of a major new police ­inquiry into church child sex abuse is also being investigated by a royal commission, which has asked it to provide tens of thousands of documents dating back to the 1950s.
The documents, including the correspondence of every Anglican bishop of Newcastle since the early 1950s, were provided to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse last month, in response to a formal summons issued earlier this year.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/inquiry-takes-on-new-anglican-abuse-file/story-fngburq5-1227039257975?sv=75027f540ded2da3a98c87301ef52016&nk=2af870edc2684a2dcc8bc667ad972199

Not a good time to be Catholic


Now is not a good time to be a Christian – especially, if you are a Catholic.   Read The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, listen to the ABC or read Irfan Yusuf's recent piece and it's obvious that the critics are on a roll.
Wendy Squire's op-ed in The Age provides a good illustration of the often vitriolic and very public campaign to tarnish religion and to undermine the beliefs of the 61 per cent of Australians who describe themselves as Christian.
In addition to refusing to be a godmother to a close friend's baby as the ceremony was in a Catholic Church, Squire attacks the Church for opposing her views on marriage and abortion and for, supposedly, indoctrinating children and condoning child abuse.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41916#.U_30qtaVvyt

The ‘trucking company’ losing parishioners by the truckload: learn from the 4 big cultural failings of the Catholic Church

I don’t know whether you shared the same response as I did when I read this article regarding recent responses by the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.
My initial reaction was one of slack-jawed disbelief. I was speechless. Then I got angry. I then did what most opinionated buggers like me do—I took to social media to exercise my righteous indignation. Bam.

http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/cultural_trucking_company_losing_2BHxXkZJMQDQV6SGhxH0GN

Father Jack Gubbels died while police were seeking to interview him

ustralia's Melbourne Catholic archdiocese recruited and trained a priest, Father Jack Gubbels, whose big interest was in "befriending" boys. The Melbourne diocesan authorities soon transferred him "on loan" to far-north Queensland, out of the reach of the Victoria Police. Eventually Gubbels took sick leave and worked as a bus driver in Queensland — until some of his Melbourne victims contacted Broken Rites.
Broken Rites advised these Melbourne victims to contact a unit of detectives in the Victoria Police.

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/140

PCC urged to quit over abuse report

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is facing increasing pressure to resign after a shocking report found 1,400 youngsters in a town suffered sexual exploitation in a 16-year period.
 Shaun Wright was the cabinet member responsible for children's services in Rotherham from 2005 to 2010, in the middle of a period when, according to a report released yesterday, gang rapes, grooming, trafficking and other sexual exploitation on a wide scale was taking place. 

Rotherham child abuse report: Calls for resignation of police commissioner who headed council's child safeguarding department

Pressure is mounting for Rotherham’s police commissioner to resign over the failure to confront 16 years of horrific sexual exploitation in the town that affected 1,400 children.
Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, was a Labour councillor in charge of safeguarding the town's children before being elected to the role in 2012.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/rotherham-child-abuse-report-calls-for-resignation-of-police-commissioner-who-headed-councils-child-safeguarding-department-9692749.html

Rotherham sex abuse: Police commissioner apologises for failings of council after shock report

Shaun Wright has been under increasing political pressure because he was cabinet member responsible for children's services in the town from 2005 to 2010 

A police commissioner has apologised for the failings of Rotherham Council during the time he served as a senior member following the shocking report into sex abuse in the town.
Shaun Wright was a Labour councillor for Rotherham until he was elected to be South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in 2012.

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/world-news/rotherham-sex-abuse-police-commissioner-4113599

Rotherham child abuse report: 1,400 children subjected to 'appalling' sexual exploitation over 16-years

Children were subjected to rape, trafficked to other cities and beaten, report published today finds
 The horrifying cost of official failure to confront widespread child sexual exploitation was revealed today in a damning report detailing how abusers exploited 1,400 children from a single town over 16 years.
Gangs of Asian men groomed, abused and trafficked vulnerable children while police were contemptuous of the victims and the council ignored what was going on, in spite of years of warnings and reports about what was happening.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/rotherham-child-abuse-report-finds-1400-children-subjected-to-appalling-sexual-exploitation-within-16year-period-9691825.html


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Strong reactions to Joanne McCarthy on ABC's Australian Story

Read Joanne McCarthy's work on child abuse by the Catholic Church  here.
COMMENT: Why we need a royal commission into church sex abuse (the opinion piece Joanne McCarthy talks about in Australian Story)
The Newcastle Herald was inundated on Tuesday with a wave of reactions from across the nation after ABC’s Australian Story on journalist Joanne McCarthy and her investigation  into child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
That investigation led to a historic royal commission.
‘‘Joanne McCarthy’’ was trending on Twitter on Monday night as the program was broadcast as viewers took to social media to congratulate McCarthy, the Herald and Australian Story.
Tuesday morning, the letters began pouring in.

Anglican Church sex abuse inquiry widens

DETECTIVES investigating child sex abuse within the Anglican Church in Newcastle, NSW, will interview potential victims and witnesses from across the country. In a marked widening of the inquiry’s scope from the Hunter region, NSW police are expected to interview people from other parts of the state and other states.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/anglican-church-sex-abuse-inquiry-widens/story-fngburq5-1227037917735#

Anglican paedophile priests warnings 'ignored'

A FORMER Newcastle Anglican church employee said he repeatedly warned the diocese, from as early as 1984, that a ‘‘network’’ of paedophile priests preyed on children, but the diocese failed to act on the warnings.
‘‘I told them in 1984 that ‘You’ve got a network of these bastards preying on altar boys’, and I named names,’’ the former church employee said.
In the past four years the diocese has defrocked three priests and sanctioned others, and confirmed a number of clergy and church workers were child sex offenders.

Anglican bishop vows to support inquiry

The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle says the church will fully support police investigations into alleged sexual assaults against children.
Police have launched Strike Force Arinya-2 to investigate alleged sexual assaults involving the Newcastle Diocese of the Anglican Church, which includes Maitland, dating back to the 1970s.
The investigation will also look into how allegations were handled at the time.
In a letter to parishioners released yesterday, the Bishop of Newcastle Gregory Thompson said his first concern was that victims and survivors saw justice and received support.
“It is clear to me that in the past we did not always handle allegations of abuse in the best way,” he said.

Royal commission on child sex abuse moves focus to Anglicans

NEWCASTLE Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson has urged the federal government to fully fund the royal commission into child sexual abuse as the diocese faces a major police investigation and a royal commission investigation back to the 1950s.
In an extraordinary interview on Tuesday the bishop confirmed the Anglican Church had already paid compensation to sexual abuse victims of a late former Newcastle bishop for offences against children in another state.

The deaths had been going on for years...They were complacent about it

As a State, we are either unwilling or unable to face up to our past, and our shameful treatment of women, writes ConallÓ Fátharta
WATCHING Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald being thoroughly grilled by the chair of the UN Committee on Human Rights Nigel Rodley last month, one thing was clear — as a State, we are either unwilling or unable to face up to our past.
Year after year, scandal after scandal, from the Magdalene laundries, to symphysiotomy, and now to mother and baby homes all are linked by a common thread — the shameful treatment of women and the lengths to which the State will go to delay or deny justice.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/the-deaths-had-been-going-on-for-yearsthey-were-complacent-about-it-283518.html

Celibacy not impractical: Melb archbishop

The Melbourne archbishop says it is not impractical to expect all priests to be celibate.
Archbishop Denis Hart says celibacy is a wonderful vocation, a high ideal and part of the discipline of the priesthood.
"Celibacy rightly lived and prepared for with proper formation, I do believe, has a valid function," he told the child abuse royal commission on Tuesday.
Archbishop Hart said it was not unachievable to expect all priests to be celibate, but living a balanced life was important.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/08/26/16/22/celibacy-not-impractical-melb-archbishop

Abuse victim deserved support: archbishop

The Melbourne archbishop admits he was wrong not to pay for accommodation for a homeless victim of a pedophile priest.

Archbishop Denis Hart said if he had his time again, he would have authorised payment for three months of crisis accommodation for Emma Foster.

Ms Foster was abused by the notorious Father Kevin O'Donnell, and she developed serious psychiatric problems as a result.

When her family could no longer care for her at home, they asked the church in 2003 to pay for her crisis accommodation.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/08/26/15/47/abuse-victim-deserved-support-archbishop

Abusing priests got too much sympathy

The Catholic Church gave pedophile priests too much sympathy and victims' suffering was often minimised, the Melbourne archbishop says.
Archbishop Denis Hart said the church "absolutely" had a problem with priests and church workers abusing children.
"I would say that these crimes occurred to some degree and that direct and serious enough action was not taken," Archbishop Hart told the child abuse royal commission on Tuesday.

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/abusing-priests-got-too-much-sympathy-20140826-3ebv1.html

Archbishop Denis Hart's royal commission response sparks heated exchange

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart instructed his lawyers to "take the defences" in a high-profile victim's court case, despite telling the royal commission hours earlier that he only told them to resolve it as quickly and compassionately as possible.
The directive, in a note by the church's lawyer, Richard Leder, of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, raises further concerns about the church's combative legal response to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of paedophile priests.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/archbishop-denis-harts-royal-commission-response-sparks-heated-exchange-20140826-108l5h.html

Police examine historical sexual abuse claims in Newcastle Anglican church

NSW police strike force formed to investigate allegations of sexual assaults by clerics and others in Newcastle diocese in the 1970s
New South Wales police have launched an investigation into historical child sexual assault allegations linked to the Anglican church in Newcastle.
A strike force, codenamed Arinya-2, has been formed to investigate allegations of assaults by people associated with the Newcastle diocese of the church in the 1970s, including the handling of child sexual assault claims.
“As part of the investigation, police invite anyone with information to come forward,” police said in a statement in Tuesday.
“The NSW police force has firm policies and systems in place to manage victims of sexual assault who make a report.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/26/police-examine-historical-sexual-abuse-claims-in-newcastle-anglican-church

Silk to review Church’s complaints scheme

Former Federal Court judge Donnell Ryan QC has been appointed to head a review of the Catholic Church’s Melbourne Response.
Ryan (pictured), who is from Melbourne’s Aickin Chambers, was appointed by Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart to review the Church’s complaints scheme.
Archbishop Hart announced Ryan’s appointment when appearing before the Child Abuse Royal Commission in Melbourne yesterday afternoon (25 August).

http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/wig-chamber/appointments/silk-to-review-church-s-complaints-scheme

Abuse victims sent form letters: inquiry

The Melbourne archbishop has told an inquiry he signed identical apology letters to victims of pedophile priests, with just the names changed.
Apologies sent to victims of pedophile priests from the Melbourne archbishop were identical form letters with just the names changed.
Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart said he was unable to know the confidential details of each case, so the letters he signed from 2001 to 2013 were general apologies.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/26/abuse-victims-sent-form-letters-inquiry

Archbishop Denis Hart vehemently defends priestly celibacy

MELBOURNE Archbishop Denis Hart has passionately defended celibacy to the child abuse royal commission, denying that priests need a sanctioned “sexual outlet” to prevent pedophilia. 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/archbishop-denis-hart-vehemently-defends-priestly-celibacy/story-fngburq5-1227037296623 

Archbishop Denis Hart regrets hurt caused by identical apology letters to clergy abuse victims

THE Catholic Church sent victims of clergy sexual abuse almost identical apology form letters drafted by lawyers, the sex abuse Royal Commission has heard.
The letters - which were almost identical other than the names of the victim and the offending priest - were sent for more than a decade and signed at first by former Melbourne Archbishop George Pell and then his successor, Archbishop Denis Hart.
Each of the letters purported to be heart-felt apologies from the Archbishop, but were in fact prepared by staff in consultation with lawyers.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/archbishop-denis-hart-regrets-hurt-caused-by-identical-apology-letters-to-clergy-abuse-victims/story-fni0fit3-1227036445863

Catholic church too often sided with paedophile priests, archbishop admits

Archbishop Denis Hart acknowledges church did not take abuse allegations seriously enough and was too sympathetic to priests

The Catholic church did not take abuse allegations seriously enough and showed too much sympathy to paedophile priests, Melbourne’s archbishop has admitted.
Archbishop Denis Hart said the church had come down too often on the side of the priest when allegations were made.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/26/church-sided-with-paedophile-priests-archbishop-admits

Priest dies while facing child-sex charges

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 26 August 2014)
On half a dozen occasions during 2013 and 2014, a Queensland magistrate granted an adjournment to a retired Catholic priest, Father Dermot Casey, who had been charged with sexual offences against ten children. The defence lawyers kept producing medical certificates saying that the priest (aged 78 in 2014) was not well enough to come to court. Now Father Casey has died, thus defeating his victims. His funeral service is being held on Wednesday morning, 27 August 2014, at Brisbane's Camp Hill parish church at 11.00am.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/231

Evidence of Vatican complicity in sex-abuse case highlights global pattern documented by The News

The Vatican moved its top diplomat out of the Dominican Republic because of sex-abuse complaints, failed to tell criminal authorities and then harbored him in Rome as his list of accusers grew.
The case, reported Sunday by The New York Times, underscores findings from our landmark 2004-2005 investigation into the Catholic Church’s global transfers of predator priests.
In “Runaway Priests: Hiding in Plaint Sight,” we found several accused clergy who fled to Rome with their superiors’ help. At least two were fugitives from criminal charges.
Another priest we featured was also a diplomat, an American who had been the Vatican’s No. 2 official in India. A top aide to Pope John Paul II was warned in the 1990s that the priest had abused an Ohio girl. But the priest remained on duty until around the time of our inquiries in 2003.

http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/evidence-of-vatican-complicity-in-sex-abuse-case-highlights-global-pattern-documented-by-the-news.html/

Police seek information on child sexual assaults

POLICE are appealing for information from the public over alleged historical child sexual assaults in Newcastle.
Strike Force Arinya-2 is investigating allegations of child sexual assault by those associated with the Newcastle Diocese of the Anglican Church in the 1970s, including the handling of child sexual assault allegations.
As part of the investigation, police invite anyone with information to come forward.

Child sexual abuse in Newcastle Anglican diocese in 1970s to be investigated by new police strike force

New South Wales Police have begun a new major investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse within Newcastle's Anglican Diocese in the 1970s.
Strike force Arinya-2 has been established to investigate alleged child sexual assaults in the Newcastle region, dating back 40 years.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-26/police-investigate-child-sexual-assault-in-newcastle-diocese-in/5696016

Church’s moral failure on trial at the Royal Commission

It is the long-held view of Cardinal George Pell and other senior Catholic officials that the sexual abuse crisis is an issue primarily about the moral failure of individual priests and not related to church culture itself.
In other words, the church institution cannot be held responsible for the evil of individual priests.

http://theconversation.com/churchs-moral-failure-on-trial-at-the-royal-commission-30863

Monday, 25 August 2014

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into the Retta Dixon Home

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Darwin commencing on Monday 22 September 2014 into the Retta Dixon Home.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to:
  1. Hear the experience of men and women who were sexually abused as children at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin, Northern Territory between 1946 – 1980.
http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1449/royal-commission-to-hold-public-hearing-into-the-retta-dixon-home

New abuse inquiry for Anglican Church

NSW police have launched a major new investigation into alleged child sex abuse within the Anglican Church in Newcastle.
Detectives have formed a strike force, codenamed ­Arinya-2, to investigate the ­alleged abuse, which is understood to involve multiple alleged victims and said to have taken place in the mid-1970s.
The investigation is the most recent of several inquiries into alleged child sex abuse within Newcastle’s major Christian churches. A previous case of ­alleged child sexual abuse in the Anglican Church was sent to trial at Newcastle District Court in 2001, but was ultimately “no-billed”, meaning prosecutors ­decided not to pursue the case.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/new-abuse-inquiry-for-anglican-church/story-fngburq5-1227036620429#

Rome- Vatican must jail Polish archbishop now; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)
Catholic Church officials in Rome and the Dominican Republic must take action to protect kids now from former Archbishop Josef Wesolowski.
We call on Vatican officials to either put Wesolowski in a Vatican jail or turn him over to secular authorities immediately.
We call on Dominican Catholic officials to actively seek out others who were hurt by Wesolowski and help secular prosecutors convict Deacon Francisco Javier Occi Reyes, who procured boys for the then-archbishop, by making announcements about both clerics in parishes, urging those who saw, suspected or suffered their crimes to come forward, get help and call police.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/rome_vatican_must_jail_polish_archbishop_now_snap_responds

Child death rate hit almost 70 percent at Cork mother and baby home

A new mother-and-baby home scandal has come to light with reports of a near 70 per cent mortality rate at Bessborough in Cork in the 1940s.
The shocking new report, carried in the Irish Examiner newspaper, highlights government concerns at the time over the infant death rates.
The story comes just two months after the Tuam scandal which prompted the establishment of a state commission to investigate practices, deaths, illegal adoptions and vaccine trials at the country’s mother-and-baby homes.
The Irish Examiner reports that previous research done by adoption campaigners indicated a death rate of around 50% and above at Bessborough throughout the late 1930s and 1940s

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Child-death-rate-hit-almost-70-percent-at-Cork-mother-and-baby-home.html

Mother-and-baby homes: Ireland wants nothing but the truth

The terms of reference for the inquiry must be as wide as possible, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.
THE decision of the Government to delay the terms of reference for the mother-and-baby-homes inquiry until the autumn should have raised a few more eyebrows than it did.
As anybody campaigning for justice on any issue here will tell you, the terms of reference for any investigation are everything. After all the platitudes about truth and transparency fade from newspapers and airwaves, what you are left examining is the small print of what will and what will not be open for inquiry and investigation.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/mother-and-baby-homes-ireland-wants-nothing-but-the-truth-283356.html

Catholic Church to review compensation for sexual abuse victims, says Archbishop Denis Hart

A CONTROVERSIAL cap of $75,000 compensation for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy could be scrapped, Archbishop Denis Hart told the royal commission into sexual abuse.
Archbishop Hart said he had appointed former Federal Court judge Donnell Ryan QC to review compensation levels offered to victims of abuse by clergy in the Melbourne archdiocese.
“(He will provide a report) on whether the cap should be increased or removed,” Archbishop Hart said.
Amid regular gasps from the public gallery, Archbishop Hart defended the church’s handling of sexual abuse cases.


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/catholic-church-to-review-compensation-for-sexual-abuse-victims-says-archbishop-denis-hart/story-fni0fit3-1227036445863?nk=4e3e31615016988088ac1a9f99c6b20c

NT abuse hearing to be held in September

A BAPTIST home in the Northern Territory where mixed-race and Aboriginal children were sexually assaulted over three decades will be the focus of the next hearing to be held by the national inquiry into child abuse in institutions.
THE hearing scheduled for Darwin on Monday, September 22 will hear from men and women who were sexually abused as children at the Retta Dixon Home between 1946 - 1980.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/nt-abuse-hearing-to-be-held-in-september/story-e6frfku9-1227036432856

Darwin's Retta Dixon Home former residents to speak at child sexual abuse royal commission

A Darwin boarding school where many former residents identify themselves as members of the Stolen Generations is to be the focus of an inquiry into child sexual abuse.
Men and women who were sexually abused as children at the Retta Dixon Home will recall their experiences as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-25/royal-commission-to-hold-hearings-on-child-sex-abuse-at-darwin/5695294

Former judge Donnell Ryan to review church complaints scheme

CATHOLIC Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has appointed a former federal court judge to review the church’s complaints scheme, despite maintaining the process is conducted with professionalism and compassion.
Archbishop Hart told the child abuse royal commission in Melbourne this afternoon he had appointed Donnell Ryan QC to head a review of the Melbourne Response.
The scheme has paid more than $17 million to 326 abuse victims since it began in 1996.
Mr Ryan will be asked to examine possible improvements to the scheme, including lifting or removing the $75,000 cap on compensation, changing how the amount of compensation paid to victims is determined, and considering whether the amount of compensation paid to victims in the past should be reviewed.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/former-judge-donnell-ryan-to-review-church-complaints-scheme/story-e6frg6nf-1227036392316?nk=4e3e31615016988088ac1a9f99c6b20c

Church must organize itself against pedophilia: Vaticanist


Following Pope Francis’s vow to punish those clergymen who sexually abuse children, a Vaticanist says it is necessary for the credibility of the church to organize itself against sex abuses.
“Certainly, for the credibility of the church, it is important that the church organizes itself in the best way,” says Marko Politi, an Il Fatto-Vaticanist.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/25/376478/church-must-unite-against-child-abuse/

Dogged journalist would not walk away from abuse victims

It was a random phone call in 2006 that set Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy on a path which ultimately exposed the extent of horrific crimes by paedophile priests and led to the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
The award-winning reporter told Australian Story of the day she was at her desk when she received a call from a reader wanting to know why no media had reported that a priest named John Denham had been convicted of child sex offences a number of years before.

Church says protecting kids a priority

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart says the protection of children has always been the priority, but abuse victims disagree he has been quick to act on child sex abuse claims.

Archbishop Hart said when there's litigation between the church and abuse victims, his attitude had been that the church had a responsibility to meet victims' needs with compassion and resolve their claims fairly and as early as possible.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/08/25/19/35/church-says-protecting-kids-a-priority

Church took 20 years to defrock paedophile priest, inquiry hears

It took more than 20 years and three requests to Rome to defrock a priest convicted of child sexual abuse, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has told an inquiry.
Archbishop Hart told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that Father Michael Glennon was first convicted and jailed in 1978 but it was not until 1998 that he was laicised.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-25/church-took-20-years-to-defrock-paedophile-priest-inquiry-hears/5695346

Former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath challenging extradition decision

Wellington: A former Catholic brother facing hundreds of child sex charges in Australia is challenging New Zealand's Justice Minister Judith Collins' decision to extradite him.
Australian authorities are trying to extradite Bernard Kevin McGrath, 65, from New Zealand to face 252 child sex charges.
A Christchurch District Court judge agreed to Mr McGrath's extradition in June last year, but it was up to Ms Collins to make the final decision and the case was referred to her in April.

http://www.watoday.com.au/world/former-catholic-brother-bernard-kevin-mcgrath-challenging-extradition-decision-20140825-1085q8.html

Going the distance to expose evil acts

''I like science, and I like facts,'' says Joanne McCarthy at the start of Monday's Australian Story (ABC1, 8pm), and the uncharitable among us might say it's already obvious why the Catholic Church considered her such a threat.

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-guide/going-the-distance-to-expose-evil-acts-20140824-3e8gg.html

Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy on ABC's Australian Story tonight 8pm

GOLD Walkley-winning Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy will be featured on tonight's episode of Australian Story.
The program will focus on McCarthy's investigation, which began in 2006, into child sex abuse within the Catholic Church and whose work led to one of Australia's biggest-ever royal commissions.
Newcastle Herald editor Chad Watson has described McCarthy as a "formidable force".

Catholic church could triple compensation for abuse victims, royal commission told

The Catholic Church's Melbourne archdiocese could afford to double or triple its $75,000 cap on compensation for sexual abuse victims but would need to review the other programs it funds.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse entered its second week of hearings in Melbourne on Monday. The commission is investigating the effectiveness of the church's Melbourne Response, which has paid more than $17 million to 326 abuse victims since 1996.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/catholic-church-could-triple-compensation-for-abuse-victims-royal-commission-told-20140825-1084ny.html

Church Melbourne abuse scheme 'caring'

The Catholic Church's Melbourne Response for victims of pedophile priests is sound and appropriate, the Melbourne archbishop says.

The Melbourne archbishop says the Catholic Church's abuse complaints scheme is sound, appropriate and caring, despite criticism from victims and their families.
But Archbishop Denis Hart says a former federal court judge will review the Melbourne Response including whether the cap on compensation payments should be lifted or removed.
Archbishop Hart told the child abuse royal commission the way the Melbourne archdiocese handled clergy abuse allegations through the Melbourne Response remained sound and the process was conducted with professionalism and compassion.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/25/church-melbourne-abuse-scheme-caring

WRONG ANALOGY? Cardinal outrages child sexual abuse victims - and truck drivers!

Australian survivors of clergy abuse are highly incensed by comments made by Cardinal George Pell. Speaking form the Vatican via video-link, Cardinal Pell gave an analogy which absolved the Catholic Church from culpability in past molestation cases. The comments left abuse survivors feeling hurt and offended - along with truck drivers as well.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Speaking at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell said it would not be appropriate for legal culpability to be "foisted" on church leaders, he drew an analogy between the Catholic Church and a trucking company.He then cited a hypothetical example of a case involving a woman who was molested by a truck driver.

http://www.catholic.org/news/international/asia/story.php?id=56659

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Media Still Withholds Critical Information About Pope Francis

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga was named by Pope Francis as head of a group of cardinals to help him govern the Church one month after the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope. “Vice pope” or the pope’s “right-hand man” is how Rodriguez Maradiaga is usually described in the press.
Australian Cardinal George Pell was appointed by the pope this past February as prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, giving him control of all Vatican finances and administration including hiring and salaries.

http://opentabernacle.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/media-still-withholds-critical-information-about-pope-francis/

Cardinal Pell drives further into failure

Editorial
Leadership is about asking a simple, profound question - ''is this right?'' - and then acting appropriately in response. On this measure, Cardinal George Pell, who now resides in the Vatican after his stints as archbishop of Sydney and before that of Melbourne, has serially failed.
His performance throughout the slow and painful emergence of evidence during the past few decades of rape and other abuse of children by Catholic priests on occasions has been disgraceful.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/cardinal-pell-drives-further-into-failure-20140824-3e8ko.html

Whisked away by the Vatican


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — He was a familiar figure to the skinny shoeshine boys who work along the oceanfront promenade here. Wearing black track pants and a baseball cap pulled low over his balding head, they say, he would stroll along in the late afternoon and bring one of them down to the rocky shoreline or to a deserted monument for a local Catholic hero.
The boys say he gave them money to perform sexual acts. They called him “the Italian” because he spoke Spanish with an Italian accent.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/whisked-away-by-the-vatican/article_69a5044d-4deb-5bb4-a19f-dd9b02540d60.html 

George Pell's logic on child sex abuse is flawed

In his video appearance before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on August 21, the former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, insisted that the Catholic Church should be treated like every other organisation in society. It should not be held responsible for the crimes of its priests in the same way as the "ownership or leadership" of a trucking company is not responsible if one of its drivers picks up a hitchhiker and molests her.

http://www.watoday.com.au/comment/george-pells-logic-on-child-sex-abuse-is-flawed-20140824-107rgq.html

Vatican orders Sydney Archdiocese to reopen abuse inquiry

THE Vatican has asked the Catholic archdiocese of Sydney to review an investigation conducted under previous archbishop Cardinal George Pell, which criticised the credibility of two alleged victims of church child sex abuse. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is also investigating the matter, following the publication of the resulting church decree in The Australian this year.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/vatican-orders-sydney-archdiocese-to-reopen-abuse-inquiry/story-fngburq5-1227035127697?nk=61cd0efd31d8e07f014748c539657bd6#

The Catholic Church still seems more concerned for its reputation than for its victims

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today begins its second week of hearings into the Melbourne Response, the internal complaints process for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, established by George Pell in 1996. The guiding principles of the Melbourne Response include a pastoral and compassionate approach, the truth, and healing of victims.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-catholic-church-still-seems-more-concerned-for-its-reputation-than-for-its-victims-20140824-107rnj.html

Irish seek truth behind babes’ unburied bones

TUAM, Ireland — In 1975, Frannie Hopkins and Barry Sweeney were playing in an apple orchard just off the Dublin Road where the old St. Mary’s mothers and babies home used to be.
Frannie Hopkins, 12, jumped from a wall and whatever he landed on made a funny noise. Barry Sweeney, 10, followed suit and the hollow they felt made them curious.
They pulled back some weeds and found a concrete slab, pulled back the slab, and to their utter amazement saw a collection of skulls and bones.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/08/23/irish-seek-truth-behind-bones/geIYMiLFznAKVfFtPjqkIN/story.html

For Nuncio Accused of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice at Home, Not Abroad

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — He was a familiar figure to the skinny shoeshine boys who work along the oceanfront promenade here. Wearing black track pants and a baseball cap pulled low over his balding head, they say, he would stroll along in the late afternoon and bring one of them down to the rocky shoreline or to a deserted monument for a local Catholic hero.
 The boys say he gave them money to perform sexual acts. They called him “the Italian” because he spoke Spanish with an Italian accent.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/world/americas/whisked-away-vatican-ambassador-accused-of-sexual-abuse-of-minors.html?_r=0 


George Pell's trucking yarn a load of rubbish

Cardinal George Pell's attempt to compare priests with truck drivers will not be welcomed by the Vatican ("Pell uses trucker analogy as apologies made in hearing", August 22). I find it hard to imagine any truck company spending tens of millions of dollars 'defending strenuously'  the known and serial criminal offences of its drivers, after having first sent them on other runs, interstate or overseas.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-letters/george-pells-trucking-yarn-a-load-of-rubbish-20140822-1073gm.html

Saturday, 23 August 2014

How does George Pell sleep at night?

Cardinal Pell gets the roadhouse blues

The breathtakingly arrogant venality and cruel callousness of Cardinal George Pell continues to stun me. Speaking via video link from Rome to the Royal Commission into institutional child abuse on Thursday he compared the responsibility of the Catholic Church for sexually abusing children to that of a "trucking company". You see, if the company's driver picked up a passenger and then sexually assaulted that person, then "I don't think it appropriate for the ... leadership of that company be held responsible".
He said that. He really said that!

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-does-george-pell-sleep-at-night-20140822-1074gd.html

Friday, 22 August 2014

Pell inflicts more agony

His appearance at the royal commission into sex abuse on Thursday confirmed what many victims of horrific acts at the hands of Catholic clergy already knew, he cares very little about them.
Appearing at the commission, not in person but via a video link from the Vatican, Cardinal Pell likened the Catholic Church’s responsibility for child abuse to that of a trucking company whose driver had assaulted a hitchhiker. 
The point he was making was that  the leadership of the company — in this case the Catholic hierarchy — should not be held responsible.

Pell inflicts more agony

His appearance at the royal commission into sex abuse on Thursday confirmed what many victims of horrific acts at the hands of Catholic clergy already knew, he cares very little about them.
Appearing at the commission, not in person but via a video link from the Vatican, Cardinal Pell likened the Catholic Church’s responsibility for child abuse to that of a trucking company whose driver had assaulted a hitchhiker. 
The point he was making was that  the leadership of the company — in this case the Catholic hierarchy — should not be held responsible.

Sex abuse lawyer blasts Pell comments

A WARRNAMBOOL lawyer who has been working with sexual abuse victims has blasted Cardinal George Pell for likening the church to a trucking company.
Cardinal Pell told the Royal Commission on Child Abuse that the Catholic Church was no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company that employs a driver who molests women.
“If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don’t think it’s appropriate, because it is contrary to the policy, for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible,” Cardinal Pell told the commission via video link from Rome.

Sex abuse lawyer blasts Pell comments

A WARRNAMBOOL lawyer who has been working with sexual abuse victims has blasted Cardinal George Pell for likening the church to a trucking company.
Cardinal Pell told the Royal Commission on Child Abuse that the Catholic Church was no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company that employs a driver who molests women.
“If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don’t think it’s appropriate, because it is contrary to the policy, for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible,” Cardinal Pell told the commission via video link from Rome.

Cardinal George Pell’s trucking company analogy outrages sex abuse survivors

VATICAN CITY — One of the most powerful men in the Vatican, charged with cleaning up corruption and fostering financial reform, has outraged survivors of sex abuse by clergy by likening the church to a trucking company that refuses to take responsibility for a driver who molested women.
Cardinal George Pell, a member of Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals, was appointed the Vatican’s first economic prefect early this year by a pontiff who openly admires his “tenacity.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/cardinal-george-pells-trucking-company-analogy-outrages-sex-abuse-survivors/2014/08/22/84b3b6ee-2a1c-11e4-8b10-7db129976abb_story.html

Cardinal George Pell’s trucking company analogy outrages sex abuse survivors

VATICAN CITY — One of the most powerful men in the Vatican, charged with cleaning up corruption and fostering financial reform, has outraged survivors of sex abuse by clergy by likening the church to a trucking company that refuses to take responsibility for a driver who molested women.
Cardinal George Pell, a member of Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals, was appointed the Vatican’s first economic prefect early this year by a pontiff who openly admires his “tenacity.”

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Melbourne Response attaches paedophile 'stigma', investigator says

The Melbourne Response attaches the "stigma" of being a paedophile to priests, brothers and nuns it determines guilty of clerical abuse, the Catholic Church's independent investigator says.
The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse is investigating the effectiveness of the Melbourne Response, the church's internal process for handling victims' complaints.
Jeffrey Gleeson, QC, is one of its two Independent Commissioners who assesses victims' complaints. He appeared before the Commission on Friday and defended the scheme, saying it helped victims feel "believed". He also said it was his role to tell them they did not have to report to police if they did not want to.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-response-attaches-paedophile-stigma-investigator-says-20140822-1076bw.html

Melbourne Response attaches paedophile 'stigma', investigator says

The Melbourne Response attaches the "stigma" of being a paedophile to priests, brothers and nuns it determines guilty of clerical abuse, the Catholic Church's independent investigator says.
The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse is investigating the effectiveness of the Melbourne Response, the church's internal process for handling victims' complaints.
Jeffrey Gleeson, QC, is one of its two Independent Commissioners who assesses victims' complaints. He appeared before the Commission on Friday and defended the scheme, saying it helped victims feel "believed". He also said it was his role to tell them they did not have to report to police if they did not want to.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-response-attaches-paedophile-stigma-investigator-says-20140822-1076bw.html

Catholic priest Glenn Humphreys guilty of indecent assault on teenage boy between 1983-1986

A CATHOLIC priest has been found guilty of abusing a West Australian teenager more than 30 years ago, but acquitted of a rape charge.
Glenn Humphreys, 61, was charged with abusing a boy between 1983 and 1986 when the boy was aged 15 to 17.
A District Court jury found Humphreys guilty late today of four counts of unlawful and indecent assault, but acquitted him of carnal knowledge against the order of nature.
At the start of the trial, Humphrey’s defence lawyer Seamus Rafferty said the priest denied all charges and that the rape incident that was alleged to have occurred during a trip to Quinns Rock did not happen.

http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/catholic-priest-glenn-humphreys-guilty-of-indecent-assault-on-teenage-boy-between-19831986/story-fnii5thn-1227033612010

Catholic priest Glenn Humphreys guilty of indecent assault on teenage boy between 1983-1986

A CATHOLIC priest has been found guilty of abusing a West Australian teenager more than 30 years ago, but acquitted of a rape charge.
Glenn Humphreys, 61, was charged with abusing a boy between 1983 and 1986 when the boy was aged 15 to 17.
A District Court jury found Humphreys guilty late today of four counts of unlawful and indecent assault, but acquitted him of carnal knowledge against the order of nature.
At the start of the trial, Humphrey’s defence lawyer Seamus Rafferty said the priest denied all charges and that the rape incident that was alleged to have occurred during a trip to Quinns Rock did not happen.

http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/catholic-priest-glenn-humphreys-guilty-of-indecent-assault-on-teenage-boy-between-19831986/story-fnii5thn-1227033612010

Victims of ex-Catholic priest reveal torment

A HUNTER man wept in a courtroom on Friday as he asked the questions that expose the tragedy of child sexual abuse.
"What could I have been? What would my life have been like?" asked the man known as ST, as defrocked Catholic priest John Denham, 72, sat metres away in a glass-enclosed dock.
ST told a sentencing hearing at the Sydney Downing Centre court that he struggled with suicide every day because those questions could never be answered.
"I hate life. I look forward to the day I die," he said in a statement read to Judge Helen Syme by his legal representative, Nicola Ellis.

Victims of ex-Catholic priest reveal torment

A HUNTER man wept in a courtroom on Friday as he asked the questions that expose the tragedy of child sexual abuse.
"What could I have been? What would my life have been like?" asked the man known as ST, as defrocked Catholic priest John Denham, 72, sat metres away in a glass-enclosed dock.
ST told a sentencing hearing at the Sydney Downing Centre court that he struggled with suicide every day because those questions could never be answered.
"I hate life. I look forward to the day I die," he said in a statement read to Judge Helen Syme by his legal representative, Nicola Ellis.

Broken Rites helped victims of Father John Denham to gain justice

Broken Rites has helped to obtain justice for victims of a paedophile Catholic priest, Father John Sidney Denham.
  • In Sydney on 2 July 2010, this priest was sentenced to a long jail term after getting away with his crimes for four decades.
  • On 1 August 2013, Denham pleaded guilty to further crimes (on more victims), and he will receive even more time in jail for these crimes.
  • On 22 August 2014, the Sydney District Court began pre-sentence proceedings for Denham. He will be sentenced on a later date.
Denham committed his crimes under the noses of his superiors and colleagues, while these people looked the other way.
The church recruited Denham as a trainee priest in the late 1960s and, according to statements made in court, some of his child-sex crimes were committed during his period of training.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/51

Broken Rites helped victims of Father John Denham to gain justice

Broken Rites has helped to obtain justice for victims of a paedophile Catholic priest, Father John Sidney Denham.
  • In Sydney on 2 July 2010, this priest was sentenced to a long jail term after getting away with his crimes for four decades.
  • On 1 August 2013, Denham pleaded guilty to further crimes (on more victims), and he will receive even more time in jail for these crimes.
  • On 22 August 2014, the Sydney District Court began pre-sentence proceedings for Denham. He will be sentenced on a later date.
Denham committed his crimes under the noses of his superiors and colleagues, while these people looked the other way.
The church recruited Denham as a trainee priest in the late 1960s and, according to statements made in court, some of his child-sex crimes were committed during his period of training.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/51

Royal Commission publishes submissions on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published 42 submissions in response to its recent issues paper on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said submissions were received from a range of individuals and organisations, including government, community service organisations, legal services, survivor advocacy and support groups and other support services.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1445/royal-commission-publishes-submissions-on-statutory-victims-of-crime-compensation-schemes

Royal Commission publishes submissions on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published 42 submissions in response to its recent issues paper on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said submissions were received from a range of individuals and organisations, including government, community service organisations, legal services, survivor advocacy and support groups and other support services.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1445/royal-commission-publishes-submissions-on-statutory-victims-of-crime-compensation-schemes

Church commits sin of omission

THE ill-chosen words of Cardinal George Pell in defending the Catholic Church on its legal responsibilities to the many people abused by its priests will only add to their pain.
In an extraordinary statement while giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell compared the church’s position with no more than that of a trucking company whose drivers molested hitchhikers.
The comparison brought an instant rebuke from the commission’s chairman as well as a barrister representing a victim of abuse.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/church-commits-sin-of-omission/story-fni0ffsx-1227033688725?nk=13a60ecf8da601cb56956d0e1da79e83

Church commits sin of omission

THE ill-chosen words of Cardinal George Pell in defending the Catholic Church on its legal responsibilities to the many people abused by its priests will only add to their pain.
In an extraordinary statement while giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell compared the church’s position with no more than that of a trucking company whose drivers molested hitchhikers.
The comparison brought an instant rebuke from the commission’s chairman as well as a barrister representing a victim of abuse.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/church-commits-sin-of-omission/story-fni0ffsx-1227033688725?nk=13a60ecf8da601cb56956d0e1da79e83

Abuse victims happy with response: church

Most victims of pedophile priests are happy with the Catholic Church's Melbourne compensation process, the man in charge of the payouts says.

But David Curtain QC says capped payments to victims cannot compensate for the harm done to them.

Critics of the Melbourne archdiocese's scheme for handling abuse complaints say it is overly legalistic and re-traumatises victims.

Attention is focused on those who weren't happy with the Melbourne Response but many victims got a lot out of it, said Mr Curtain, the compensation panel chair.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/08/22/12/44/can-t-force-victims-to-see-police-inquiry

Abuse victims happy with response: church

Most victims of pedophile priests are happy with the Catholic Church's Melbourne compensation process, the man in charge of the payouts says.

But David Curtain QC says capped payments to victims cannot compensate for the harm done to them.

Critics of the Melbourne archdiocese's scheme for handling abuse complaints say it is overly legalistic and re-traumatises victims.

Attention is focused on those who weren't happy with the Melbourne Response but many victims got a lot out of it, said Mr Curtain, the compensation panel chair.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/08/22/12/44/can-t-force-victims-to-see-police-inquiry

Pell’s ‘insensitive’ comments draw anger

Sydney -
Australia's leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, came under fire on Friday after drawing an analogy between the church's response to child abuse and a trucking company.
Cardinal Pell, a former archbishop of both Melbourne and Sydney before taking up a high-powered job this year as head of a new Vatican finance ministry after being handpicked by Pope Francis, made the comments on Thursday.