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.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
The priest in question is believed to have willingly gone to the police. Under Diocese guidelines, he has been suspended of his pastoral duties by the Archbishop, who has contacted the prosecution to ensure they were aware of the affair.
In a press release, the Catholic Church said it was for the legal system to deal with the matter.
The images were uploaded to a website that was being monitored by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the US, police said.
But it says the group can't afford to pay financial compensation.
Reverend Trevor Leggott today faced the child abuse royal commission, which has been looking at allegations of severe physical and sexual abuse at the home.
DARWIN'S Retta Dixon home was run by the Aborigines Inland Mission - now the Australian Indigenous Ministries, or AIM - from 1946 until 1980 when abuses were perpetrated by staff against resident mixed-race Aboriginal children who had been taken from their families.
Royal commission: NT magistrate Michael Carey admits recommendation to drop court action against sex offender did not meet guidelines
NEXT year's figures will show a near doubling in reported cases of child abuse, says the NT's Children Commissioner Dr Howard Bath.
He told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that a very large number of sexual assault cases have been wrongly labelled as neglect.
Retta Dixon victims offered apology by religious group leader but 'no cash available' for compensation
Northern Territory Children's Commissioner Howard Bath has given evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing in Darwin.
Monday, 29 September 2014
It was a voluntary children's home for boys aged between 11 and 16 but from the 1970s it accepted children from the welfare authorities, predominantly from deprived parts of Belfast.
Rubane was the subject of a police investigation in the late 1990s.
Three De La Salle order brothers were charged but none were convicted after their trials did not go ahead because of legal issues.
Peter Gogarty, who was repeatedly abused by a Catholic priest during the 1970s, has written twice to commission chairman Peter McClellan about the hearing into unrelated allegations of child abuse, held earlier this year.
His first letter, sent in July, criticised the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for what Mr Gogarty alleged to be “an opportunistic personal attack” on a senior barrister giving evidence.
Last financial year the NT Department of Children and Families received almost 13,000 notifications of possible child maltreatment, up 30 per cent from the previous year, and launched almost 5000 investigations, also a 30 per cent rise.
As of June 30, there were 932 children in out of home care, a 25 per cent increase on 12 months ago. 85 per cent of these children were Aboriginal.
Sunday, 28 September 2014
This is how Beth Heinrich started her private submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Shearman was an assistant Anglican priest, and he and his wife were in charge of the hostel where Beth boarded.
Whatever its supernatural claims may be, the Vatican is hardly exempt from this very natural law of the jungle.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Bishop Kieran Conry made the announcement in a letter to be read out at Masses in his Diocese of Arundel and Brighton this weekend.
In the letter Bishop Conry, 63, said he had not been involved in any criminal behaviour and asked for his flock’s prayers.
Felicia Irwin claims Fr Cleary's housekeeper and secret lover, Phyllis Hamilton, is her birth mother.
The man known as "the singing priest" fathered two sons with his housekeeper Phyllis Hamilton, throughout their 26-year relationship.
'I want an apology before I die': The 'wayward' women abused by nuns in Ireland's notorious Magdalene laundries who are still demanding justice more than two decades after the last one closed
Says she was sent to the laundry as punishment for stealing apples aged 11
Gave birth to a daughter Carmel while there who was then taken from her
Is now campaigning for justice for the other women who were sent there
Explains that all she wants is an apology from the church before she dies
Child sexual abuse royal commission: NT magistrate 'should give evidence' over dropped Don Henderson case
Friday, 26 September 2014
Details of Jozef Wesolowski's massive child porn stash have been revealed after the 66-year-old was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week.
Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, email@example.com)
Yesterday, the Vatican ousts a controversial bishop. Today, the Vatican claims it's powerless over bishops and that bishops are not “representatives or delegates” of the pope.
In a response to a United Nations child rights committee, top Catholic officials are doubling-down on the ludicrous claim that “bishops do not act as representatives or delegates” of the pope.
The Vatican claims that its ancient, rigid, global and crystal clear hierarchy isn't a hierarchy at all but some kind of loosely-knit communal club with no real leader or power.
THE Retta Dixon Home was operated in Darwin by the Christian Aborigines Inland Mission (AIM) from 1946 until 1980 for mixed-race Aboriginal children who had been taken from their families and made wards of the state.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Jack Karczewski QC told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing in Darwin there was no good reason in law why Mr Henderson could not be charged over some allegations against him that were abandoned in 2002
NT DPP would proceed with charges against alleged Retta Dixon sex abuser Henderson if they came before desk now
The royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard evidence from nine people who described sexual and physical abuse at Retta Dixon.
The facility operated from 1946 to 1980 and housed mainly Aboriginal children, many of whom were part of the Stolen Generation.
No-one has ever been charged over alleged abuse at the home.
The public hearing will inquire into the state government's responses to complaints made and litigation begun by former residents of Bethcar Children's Home in Brewarrina.
The hearing will inquire into the experiences of former residents, the government's monitoring of them and the operations at the home.
A public hearing in Sydney next month will investigate allegations that children were sexually and physically abused at the Bethcar Children’s Home in Brewarrina, northern NSW, during the 1970s and 1980s.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Documents before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse reveal a litany of problems with the Retta Dixon Home inside Darwin’s Bagot Aboriginal reserve, beginning soon after it opened in 1946.
A “complete inquiry” commissioned in 1953 prompted the acting director of native affairs, R.K. McCaffery, to warn the NT administrator that missionaries at the RDH were “fanatical”, untrustworthy and that, in one case, boys had been indiscriminately beaten by a carer “gone berserk”.
In 1957, an NT bureaucrat told the federal Treasury secretary that the RDH was an unsuitable institution crippled by social problems. Another document, dated 1959, described girls expressing overt hostility and “repulsion” towards a superintendent who had a habit of touching them.
The public hearing will inquire into the responses of the State to complaints made and litigation instituted by former residents of Bethcar Children’s Home, Brewarrina, New South Wales.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
A FORMER police officer has been accused of failing to properly investigate sex abuse claims in the face of a cover-up at a home for Aboriginal children in Darwin.
ROGER Newman was head of the Northern Territory sex crimes unit when he began investigating allegations against Donald Henderson, a carer at the Retta Dixon home, in 1998.
THE inaugural head of the Northern Territory police sex crimes unit bungled an investigation into allegations a convicted pedophile serially abused Stolen Generation children during his time as a carer at a Darwin missionary, a royal commission has heard.
Former detective Roger Newman began his investigation in the late 1990s after receiving a complaint alleging that former “house parent” Donald Henderson had committed at least 100 separate sexual acts on children while working at the Retta Dixon Home in the 1960s and 1970s.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions will hold private session for Tiwi Islanders as part of its engagement with Indigenous communities.
At a public hearing in Darwin the commission has heard confronting evidence of the brutalisation and sexual maltreatment of Aboriginal and mixed-race children in the Retta Dixon home from 1946 to 1980.
Several witnesses have testified about sexual and physical abuse at Retta Dixon, with a number pointing the finger at Mr Henderson, a former "house parent".
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Ein weiterer Missbrauchs-Skandal erschüttert den Klerus in Rom. Der Papst greift hart durch. Doch das Vorgehen des Vatikan nährt auch Zweifel.Rom. Die italienischen Medien reagierten mit kaum unterdrückter Begeisterung. „Schock im Vatikan. Es ist das erste Mal“, titelte die Tageszeitung La Repubblica gestern anlässlich der Festnahme des ehemaligen Erzbischofs Jozef Wesolowski wegen Kindesmissbrauchs.
Sie hatte knapp 25 Jahre Zeit, über ihre Stasi-Karriere nachzudenken. Sich mit dem Unrecht auseinanderzusetzen. Doch Helga P. (78) wählte den anderen Weg und erklärt bei einer öffentlichen Buchpräsentation Anfang September, warum sie Kinder von DDR-Flüchtlingen in Heime brachte.
Der Vatikan hat einen wegen Kindesmissbrauchs angeklagten Ex-Erzbischof festnehmen lassen. Es habe Fluchtgefahr bestanden, weshalb Papst Franziskus persönlich anordnete, den ehemaligen Erzbischof Jozef Wesolowski festzunehmen, sagte Vatikansprecher Pater Federico Lombardi laut mehreren übereinstimmenden Medienberichten.
Meanwhile former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma has provided a statement to the Royal Commission, denying allegations he knew of the abuse and did nothing.
The 67-year-old whistleblower, a former house parent who can’t be named, said a previous mission worker named Margaret Clark told her: “We knew about (the sexual abuse) – it was going on for years.”
UNIVERSITY of Canberra Chancellor Dr Tom Calma has denied he was told of child sexual abuse suffered by residents at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin.
ON Tuesday the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse was told by a witness identified only as AKV that Dr Calma was working as a Northern Territory government welfare officer and visited the home, which housed mixed race Aboriginal children who had been made wards of the state.
But one bishop from their flock will stand by her side today. His presence, Heinrich says, will give her the strength to tell her whole story – for the first time – to a private session of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne.
Geelong-based Bishop Peter Danaher expects there will be opposition to his supportive stance from within the church, but he knows it is the right thing to do.
"There will be people who will be absolutely horrified that I have done this," he said. "I believe in my own conscience that I need to be there with Beth."
The home for Aboriginal and mixed-race children, between 1946 and 1980, has been described as a house of horrors.
The three Royal Commissioners were shown the grounds, as well as cottage two, where house parent Don Henderson lived and allegedly carried out horrendous acts of child sexual abuse.
The commissioners also saw the chicken pen at the back of the block, where children said they were scared to be caught alone with Henderson.
A CARER at a Darwin missionary home where Stolen Generation children allegedly suffered vicious sexual abuse knew kids living there were at risk, but did not warn police, parents or other carers because doing so would have been “inappropriate”, a royal commission has heard.
The carer, a “house parent” named Lola Wall, told a hearing in Darwin that she would have called police had her own children reported similar allegations.
Ms Wall said that it was not her responsibility to do so for the Aboriginal children in her care because they were under the “umbrella” of welfare.
Dr Calma, 60, sent a statement to the Royal Commission following the evidence of a 54-year-old Retta Dixon survivor, who yesterday said that he reported allegations of sexual abuse and brutal corporal punishment to a “helpless” Dr Calma, who he believed was a welfare worker, in the 1960s or 1970s.
READ: MAN SAYS HE TOLD TOM CALMA ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE
Counsel assisting the commission Sophie David read Dr Calma’s evidence in which he stated he was a Commonwealth Government public works (construction) employee, sitting at a desk and doing concrete tests, in the 1970s.
University of Canberra Chancellor Dr Tom Calma has denied he was told of child sexual abuse suffered by residents at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin.
On Tuesday the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse was told by a witness identified only as AKV that Dr Calma was working as a Northern Territory government welfare officer and visited the home, which housed mixed race Aboriginal children who had been made wards of the state.
AKV said his assumption was that Dr Calma was working for the NT welfare department, and visited the home several times in the early 1970s, but that they only spoke once.
"He was pretty dismayed," AKV said.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
The multi-disciplinary centre will contain forensic units, allowing victims to be examined at the same building where they are given counselling rather than travelling to hospital.
It will be the principal centre in Victoria, supporting existing sites in Geelong, Seaford and Mildura. Police, the Centre Against Sexual Assault and the Department of Human Services are all located in the same building, with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine also at the Mildura and Dandenong centres.
For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vatican officials in Rome claim they have put an accused child molesting ex-archbishop on house arrest. We're skeptical.
Josef Wesolowski faces allegations of child sexual abuse in the Dominican Republic. We are grateful that this action has finally been taken, feel it should have happened months ago, and believe it's better if secular authorities are able to jail and prosecute Wesolowski.
Josef Wesolowski had already been defrocked in June after the Vatican’s canon law court found him guilty of abuse and imposed its toughest penalty under church law: laicization, or returning to life as a layman.
"I want people to know a small percentage of women are just as capable of abusing power as men are," said Emma Pham, who was sexually abused by Dominican nun Sister Kay Fennell at the St Lucy's School for the Visually Impaired at Wahroonga in 1979.
I promised you last week that I would offer you full argument in this week’s column for why morality does not need God. Now that my public debate with Professor John Lennox has come and gone – and thank you for those who generously travelled afar to fill the Wits Great Hall – I can write out of my basic argument for those who were not there.
Some of the allegations concerned a “house parent” called Don Henderson. The commission has heard Mr Henderson adopted two children from the home and was later seen acting suspiciously around shops and schools in Darwin.
Former residents of the Retta Dixon home for mixed-race indigenous children in the Northern Territory said no authority could be trusted with allegations that house parent Donald Henderson had molested them.
In evidence a witness known only as AKV said he was repeatedly abused by a former house parent at the home, Donald Bruce Henderson, who in 1984 was convicted of sex crimes against two boys unrelated to his time at Retta Dixon.
Veronica Johns, 56, had two supporters sit with her in the witness box as she gave evidence of the abuse she suffered at the Northern Territory home, where she lived from the ages of three to 15.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, sitting in Darwin, was told the alleged abuse was reported to Dr Calma in the 1970s, while he was working for the Northern Territory government.
A man sexually abused as a young boy at a government-run home in Darwin says he reported his treatment to Aboriginal human rights campaigner Dr Tom Calma in the 1970s.
The now 54-year-old victim, identified only as AKV, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse on Tuesday that in the early 1970s when he was about 10, he was approached by an indigenous man from the Darwin region and told him what had happened to him.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Dutch bishops visiting Rome this week have given Pope Francis grim tidings about the Church’s future in the Netherlands.The bishops, according to this report, told the Pope in Rome that about two-thirds of all Roman Catholic churches in Holland would have to be shut or sold by 2025, and many parishes merged, because congregations and finances were:
In a long-term shrinking process.
The former prime minister John Howard has stood by his statements the he believes the Bringing Them Home report was wrong in its conclusions that genocide had been practised against Indigenous Australians.
In a wide-ranging interview aired on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program, Howard was asked about several controversial aspects of his leadership, including his refusal to offer a formal apology to the stolen generations.
“I did apologise in a sense; I delivered a statement of regret to the parliament,” Howard said.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is sitting in Darwin to examine the Retta Dixon Home, which from 1946 until 1980, housed children of mixed descent as well as some unmarried mothers.
The home was run by the Aborigines Inland Mission (AIM).
Sandra Kitching, 64, has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that she was victimised by one of the “house parents” in her time at the Christian mission, on Bagot reserve.
“He was a big bloke and very cruel,” she said.
“If you backchatted him or complained to the Superintendent (of the home) he’d chain you to the bed and leave you there until you were sincerely sorry.”
Many of those living at the home, which operated between 1946 and 1980, were members of the Stolen Generation, taken from their parents due to their mixed race heritage.
Lorna Cubillo, now 78, was born at Banka Banka Station in Central Australia and was taken away from her family in 1947, when she was aged about eight.
She lived at the home, for mixed race and Aboriginal children as well as some unmarried mothers, until she was about 16.
One of the girls in her dormitory used to have fits "and was chained up with a dog chain to her bed", Ms Cubillo told the commission sitting in Darwin on Monday.
"She was fed with an enamel plate and cup, just like a dog, and often had bad chafing around her ankle where the chain would rub."
Retta Dixon was run by the NT government, which commissioned the Aborigines Inland Mission - an interdenominational Christian group now known as the Australian Indigenous Ministries - to operate the home from 1946 until 1980, when it closed.
The commission is sitting for the next fortnight to hear evidence from nine residents of the home, which operated between 1946 and 1980 and housed Aboriginal and mixed race children and unmarried women. Many of the residents were also members of the Stolen Generation.
Royal Commission into child sexual abuse and institutional responses
to alleged atrocities at the Retta Dixon Home.
Victims and their families, government officials, lawyers and media
crammed into a room at the NT Supreme Court this morning.
THE commission is sitting for the next fortnight to hear evidence from nine residents at the Retta Dixon Home, which operated in Darwin from 1946 until 1980 and housed predominantly half-caste children and some unmarried women, up to 100 at a time.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse will on Monday begin hearing from members of the stolen generations who say they were sexually abused at a Darwin home.
The 17th public hearing of the royal commission is examining how the government and administrators responded to allegations of child sexual abuse by employees at the Retta Dixon home between 1946 and 1980, when it closed.
The inquiry is looking in to Retta Dixon House, which housed Indigenous members of the Stolen Generation from 1946 to the 1980s.
In her opening remarks, Senior Counsel Assisting Sophie David said the allegations were 'harrowing'.
Eighteen witnesses will give evidence over the coming fortnight, including former residents.
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Banners and petitions were wielded by fellow Sandhurst Diocese parishioners calling for Cardinal George Pell's sacking over the Catholic church's handling of child sex abuse claims.
The group will set up after Mass and look for signatures on a petition calling for the resignation of Cardinal George Pell.
The decision to protest in Bendigo came after Bishop Tomlinson described the Melbourne Response into child sex abuse as "groundbreaking" in a statement to the media earlier this month.
Stolen Generation children in Darwin to detail 'sexual abuse, emotional deprivation' at royal commission
The details of their abuse will shock many, according to former resident of the home Barbara Cummings.
"You know this is our home town and people never really, I don't think, realised the horrors that some of these children endured," she said.
From her birthplace at Banka Banka Station in central Australia in 1938 to Darwin's Supreme Court on Monday morning, it has been a long walk to justice for Lorna Cubillo.
Ms Cubillo, 76, will be the first Northern Territory witness to give evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which will focus for the next fortnight on the Retta Dixon home, where Ms Cubillo lived from 1947 to 1956.
Joyce Thacker has refused to quit as head of children’s services despite a damning report that found 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013 because of “serious failings” by the council where she works.
THE last two decades have revealed a culture of abuse of children, by Church and State, in 20th-century Ireland. We are still coming to terms with that dark chapter of our history, as the survivors push for recognition and justice.
Friday, 19 September 2014
The Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, 54, takes over the reins after Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Pell to lead the newly created Secretariat for the Economy in Rome.
In seven years 480 charges have been laid against 14 alleged offenders, and more than 350 witness statements have been obtained.
Five alleged offenders – three Catholic priests and two brothers – are currently before the courts.
His name is John Parmeter, pictured above, and he wants people to know who he is as Strike Force Georgiana enters its eighth year investigating historic child sexual abuse cases.
New community announcements in Yolngu Matha and Modern Tiwi are being aired on Northern Territory radio stations in Darwin and more than 40 remote locations from today. The announcements will air ahead of the Royal Commission’s first public hearing in Darwin commencing Monday 22 September.
Bishop of Parramatta Anthony Fisher, who grew up in Lakemba, said Australians were “living in troubled times” and the Catholic Church had a role to play in getting the message out.
The current Bishop of Parramatta will replace Cardinal George Pell, who was transferred to the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy earlier this year.
BISHOP of Parramatta Anthony Fisher, 54, was appointed to his new role by Pope Francis on Thursday night.
Bishop Fisher has vowed to repair the relationship between the church and survivors of abuse, insisting there will be no more cover-ups and that victims will come first.
To the survivors of abuse and to the church's youth, Archbishop Fisher said: "To both of them I say, no excuses, no cover-ups. I am ashamed and I'm sorry for where we've failed you in the past. The church can do better and I'm determined to play my part as a leader in Sydney."
The current Bishop of Parramatta will replace Cardinal George Pell, who was transferred to the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy earlier this year.
The Archbishop-elect committed to regaining the trust and confidence of the church and wider community amidst the ongoing investigation of sexual abuse of children within Australian institutions.
The newly appointed Catholic archbishop of Sydney is “committed to playing a leading role in regaining the confidence of the community and of our own members” after the clerical sex abuse scandal.
ZDF-Doku über Geld und Katholische Kirche am 24. September 2014, 22.45 Uhr
Rund 179.000 Menschen sind allein im vergangenen Jahr aus der Katholischen Kirche ausgetreten. Die „ZDFzoom“-Autoren Nina Behlendorf und Nicolai Piechota nehmen am Mittwoch, 24. September 2014, 22.45 Uhr den Hauptgrund für die neue Austritts-Welle ins Visier: die undurchschaubaren Finanzen.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
The newly appointed Catholic Archbishop of Sydney is "committed to playing a leading role in regaining the confidence of the community and of our own members" after the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher to succeed Cardinal George Pell, who left the position in February to become the Vatican's finance chief in Rome.
Archbishop-elect Fisher, who's expected to follow Cardinal Pell's orthodox approach, said he was determined to do everything he could to make sure the abuse doesn't happen again.
The Vatican announcement comes several months after Cardinal Pell was appointed to a newly created Secretariat for the Economy in Rome, charged with cleaning up the Vatican's finances.
Bishop Anthony immediately committed the church to "doing better" in its response to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests and brothers.
In the weeks and months after the film went out, Martin was contacted by other mothers who had their own stories to tell. Now, Martin Sixsmith goes on a journey to investigate the Irish Catholic Church's role in an adoption trade which saw thousands of illegitimate children taken from their mothers and sent abroad, often with donations to the Church flowing in the other direction. In Ireland and in America, Martin hears the moving stories of the parents and children whose lives were changed forever and discovers evidence that prospective parents were not properly vetted - sometimes with tragic consequences.
In particular, Australia's royal commission on sexual abuse will examine the way in which the churches Houston was linked with dealt with the abuse.
Originally trained as a Salvation Army officer, Frank Houston later became a Pentecostal pastor in the Assemblies of God. He founded Sydney Christian Life Centre, which was in 1999 merged with his son Brian's church – Hills Christian Life Centre, now known as Hillsong.