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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

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Catholic Church in Luxembourg Priest questioned over sexual abuse allegations

A Luxembourgish priest is being questioned by Luxembourg Police over allegations he sexually abused a minor.
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.

http://www.wort.lu/en/luxembourg/catholic-church-in-luxembourg-priest-questioned-over-sexual-abuse-allegations-542aa08bb9b398870806e9d6

Vermont Sisters Sue Jehovah's Witnesses For Child Sex Abuse

Two sisters raised in Vermont filed lawsuits Tuesday against the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, alleging that an ordained minister of the church sexually abused them as children.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-sisters-sue-jehovahs-witnesses-child-sex-abuse

Pope’s most important step on sex abuse may come in Kansas City

News yesterday that the Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, first reported by Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter, is potentially a prelude to the most significant step Pope Francis may ever take with regard to the church’s child sexual abuse scandals.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/09/30/robert-finn-kansas-city-popes-most-important-step-on-sex-abuse-may-come-in-missouri/

Retta Dixon home abuse apology ‘an insult’

VICTIMS of horrific alleged child abuse at a Darwin missionary home have accused the organisation responsible for their care of offering empty words, after its head apologised for their treatment but refused to accept blame or sell assets to fund compensation.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/retta-dixon-home-abuse-apology-an-insult/story-fngburq5-1227075688043

Sydney teacher charged with publishing child pornography

A Catholic primary school teacher has been charged with publishing child pornography on the internet after police searched his home in Sydney's west.
Police said they seized "a number of electronic devices" from the 58-year-old man's home in Auburn after being tipped off by US authorities.
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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/sydney-teacher-charged-with-publishing-child-pornography/5779920

Australian Indigenous Ministries apologises to sexual abuse victims

MARK COLVIN: The head of the evangelical group which ran the Retta Dixon Home in the Northern Territory has apologised to former residents of the notorious Indigenous children's mission.

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.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4097739.htm

Group can't afford NT abuse compo: inquiry

A CHRISTIAN organisation that ran a Northern Territory home where numerous Aboriginal children were sexually abused says it can't afford to compensate its victims because that would mean curtailing its missionary work.
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.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/nt-child-abuse-under-reported/story-e6frfku9-1227075415132

Royal commission: NT magistrate Michael Carey admits recommendation to drop court action against sex offender did not meet guidelines

A Northern Territory magistrate has admitted a recommendation he made in 2002 to drop court action against sex offender Don Henderson was made quickly, and did not meet guidelines.
At the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the NT's Acting Chief Magistrate Michael Carey gave evidence about a memo he sent in 2002 when he worked at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/apology-to-retta-dixon-victims-but-no-cash-for-compensation/5779136

NT child abuse under-reported

CHILD abuse in the Northern Territory has been under-reported by half because of a misunderstanding of the process, an inquiry has heard.
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.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nt-child-abuse-under-reported/story-fni0xqi4-1227075415132?nk=ee840f53d4478ee8541a00e4e4132149

Retta Dixon victims offered apology by religious group leader but 'no cash available' for compensation

The head of the ministry that cared for children at Darwin's Retta Dixon home has apologised for the sexual and physical abuse they suffered, but said his group could not offer money to victims.
At today's Darwin hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Reverend Trevor Leggott said sorry to abuse victims.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/apology-to-retta-dixon-victims-but-no-cash-for-compensation/5779136

Kinship care standards for Indigenous children 'generally lower'

Indigenous children looked after by relatives in the Northern Territory do not recieve the same standard of care as children placed with other carers, an inquiry has heard.
Northern Territory Children's Commissioner Howard Bath has given evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing in Darwin.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/care-standards-for-indigenous-children-generally-lower-inquiry/5779136/?site=indigenous&topic=latest

Monday, 29 September 2014

Stephen Hawkings: There is no God

The price Aboriginal children paid at Retta Dixon

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has asked searing questions about the behaviour of people in power across Australian society, writes Greg Pemberton. In Darwin this week, it turns its attention to the homes for Aboriginal children run by missionaries 50 years ago, when government policy was one of assimilation and young children were stolen from their families. 

http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-price-aboriginal-children-paid-at-retta-dixon-20140929-10mb2z.html 

Kieran Conry scandal: Cardinal Nichols faces questions about a cover-up

Cardinal Nichols this morning faces his biggest crisis since he became Archbishop of Westminster in 2009. On Saturday Bishop Kieran Conry – head of evangelisation for England and Wales – resigned as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton after (at least) two affairs with women became public. Now Conry has told the Mail:

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/damian-thompson/2014/09/kieran-conry-scandal-cardinal-nichols-has-a-crisis-on-his-hands/

Abuse 'rampant' at boys' home

On Monday, the inquiry was hearing evidence on the Rubane House in Kircubbin, which was run by the De La Salle religious order from 1951 to 1985.
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.

 http://www.u.tv/News/Abuse-rampant-at-boys-home/ecaeea3f-4dac-46d2-b87a-2fae75960a8d

‘Shunned’ victim of pedophile priest turns on royal commission

A FORMER victim of a pedophile priest has accused the child abuse royal commission of treating him “with the same lack of ­respect shown to me by the Catholic Church” after his complaint about the conduct of an inquiry went unanswered.
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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/shunned-victim-of-pedophile-priest-turns-on-royal-commission/story-fngburq5-1227074414319

Child sexual abuse inquiry: NT magistrate Carey to appear over dropped charges against paedophile

Northern Territory Magistrate Michael Carey has been called before an inquiry to explain why fresh charges against a convicted child sex offender were dropped 12 years ago.
Justice Peter McClellan last week said he wanted Mr Carey to appear before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in relation to a memo he wrote in 2002 recommending court action be dropped against Don Henderson.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-29/nt-magistrate-carey-to-appear-at-darwin-child-sex-abuse-inquiry/5777450

Cases of children in NT out of home care jump 90pc in five years

THE number of children in out of home care in the Northern Territory has risen 90 per cent in the past five years, increasing the pressure on already-stretched child protection services, a royal commission has heard.
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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/cases-of-children-in-nt-out-of-home-care-jump-90pc-in-five-years/story-fn59niix-1227074041400

Child abuse allegations in Northern Territory jump 30pc, royal commission told

There has been an almost 30 per cent jump in the annual number of child protection reports in the Northern Territory, a royal commission in Darwin has heard.
The large increase in the number of allegations of child abuse in the jurisdiction has shocked local authorities, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25134468/child-abuse-allegations-in-northern-territory-jump-30pc-royal-commission-told/

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Abuse inquiry chief urges DPP oversight

THE chairman of the royal commission examining horrific allegations of child sexual abuse at a Darwin missionary home has flagged improvements to the oversight of public prosecuting authorities after cases against an alleged serial predator were wrongly dropped.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/abuse-inquiry-chief-urges-dpp-oversight/story-e6frg6nf-1227072034497?nk=ee840f53d4478ee8541a00e4e4132149

Beth's story: a church sex abuse case study in 'secondary victimisation'

"I was a young schoolgirl with everything before me. I was a student doing well at Forbes High School, coming first in four subjects ... However, my life and future plans were stolen from me by the criminal actions of an Anglican priest ... Donald Shearman."
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.

 http://www.smh.com.au/comment/beths-story-a-church-sex-abuse-case-study-in-secondary-victimisation-20140926-10mrwh.html

Bishop Kieran Conry had affairs with two women, one of them married

Update: The Mail has now published its allegations against Bishop Conry. They’re much more serious than I imagined. He appears to have behaved disgracefully; by his own admission there is more than one woman involved. I’ll quote only the last paragraph, which goes to heart of the matter: the responsibility of the Catholic Church for allowing this man to run an important diocese during years of rumours, well-founded in at least two cases.

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/09/bishop-kieran-conry-resigns-after-breaking-vows-catholics-should-be-angry/

Australian cardinal faces the Vatican’s law of the jungle

In bureaucracies everywhere, when someone’s interests are threatened by a cycle of reform, one time-honored resistance strategy is to dig up dirt on the reformers. For maximum effectiveness, the dirt should be related to a brewing crisis in which people are tempted to shoot first and ask questions later.
Whatever its supernatural claims may be, the Vatican is hardly exempt from this very natural law of the jungle.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/09/27/australian-cardinal-faces-the-vaticans-law-of-the-jungle/

Saturday, 27 September 2014

English bishop announces shock resignation

An English bishop has announced his resignation after disclosing that he has been unfaithful to his promises as a priest.
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.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2014/09/27/english-bishop-announces-shock-resignation/

Woman claims she is Father Michael Cleary’s daughter

A 29-year-old woman is seeking a paternity DNA test to find out if Father Michael Cleary is her biological father.

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.

http://www.laois-nationalist.ie/news/national-news/2014/09/27/woman-claims-she-is-father-michael-clearys-daughter/

'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

Mary Merritt, 83, spent 14 years at a Magdalene laundry in Dublin
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

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2771725/I-want-apology-I-die-The-wayward-women-abused-nuns-Ireland-s-notorious-Magdalene-laundries-demanding-justice-two-decades-one-closed.html

Child sexual abuse royal commission: NT magistrate 'should give evidence' over dropped Don Henderson case

A judge at the royal commission into child sexual abuse says he is willing to sit after hours to take evidence from a key witness who is a current Northern Territory magistrate.
In the final moments of Friday's hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan said he was conscious that magistrate Michael Carey had professional responsibilities to meet, but it was clear he should give evidence.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25123905/child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission-nt-magistrate-should-give-evidence-over-dropped-don-henderson-case/

Friday, 26 September 2014

Vatican Paedophilia Scandal: Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski Stored Over 100,000 Child Porn Videos

A former Vatican archbishop accused of paedophilia stored tens of thousands of child porn videos and photos on a computer in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic, it has emerged.
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.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/vatican-paedophilia-scandal-archbishop-jozef-wesolowski-stored-over-100000-child-porn-videos-1467410

Catholic Priest goes on tourism trip to rape and have sex with children

Let's call him the chocolate monster. Taking images of naked boys was not enough. Now the criminal Reverend posted as a tourist with the intent to rape young boys in Honduras. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, was arrested Thursday by US authorities and will remain in custody until a hearing Monday before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh. The judge must decide then whether the priest will remain jailed until he can stand trial.

http://www.eturbonews.com/50784/catholic-priest-goes-tourism-trip-rape-and-have-sex-children

An Open Letter to Catholic Clergy

The Survivors Movement has stalled. Whether it’s because Pope Francis is putting on such a good show, victim organizations like SNAP are not cutting it, all of us who came forward getting senile or whatever, the situation is the same. As false as that perception may be, most Catholics seem to feel that the problem’s been solved,

http://www.renegadecatholic.com/blog/2014/09/open-letter-catholic-clergy/

Child Porn Found Former Nuncio’s Computer

Józef Wesołowski knew how to use technology to make illicit internet connections. Grave violation of duties

by Fiorenza Sarzanini
 ROME - Monsignor Józef Wesołowski kept a secret archive on a computer at the Santo Domingo nunciature. The 66-year-old Polish former archbishop, arrested three days ago for paedophilia by Vatican gendarmes at the order of Pope Francis, had more than 100,000 files containing pornographic photos and videos. Some were downloaded from internet and others the victims themselves were forced to take.

http://www.corriere.it/english/14_settembre_26/child-porn-found-former-nuncio-s-computer-5c811a7e-456d-11e4-ab4c-37ed8d8aa9c2.shtml 

Rome- Vatican claims to be powerless, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.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.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/rome_vatican_claims_to_be_powerless_snap_responds

Insufficient evidence to pursue child abuser

The Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission has been told there was enough evidence to pursue court action against alleged child abuser Don Henderson.But the NT Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the case in 2002.The chief commissioner investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse said there was grounds for review of the operation of the DPP.Head of the DPP Jacek Karczewski said he agreed to that call, and said that there was enough evidence to proceed to court action in 2002.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/darwin/2014/09/26/insufficient-evidence-to-pursue-child-abuser.html

Carers at NT home used 'excess' punishment

IT was known as early as the 1950s that carers at the Retta Dixon home were using excessive corporal punishment against Aboriginal children, and that punishments had a "sexual flavour", an inquiry has heard.
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.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/nt-abuse-victims-not-told-case-dropped/story-fnhrvfuw-1227071798844

NT sex offender could face historic charges: DPP

Sex offender Donald Bruce Henderson could face new charges of sexual abuse in relation to decades old allegations he molested a child from Darwin's Retta Dixon home, the NT's chief law officer says.
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

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-26/abuse-victims-in-darwin-to-hear-legal-options-for-redress/5771060/?site=indigenous&topic=latest

Royal commission chair calls for change after NT predator case dropped

THE chair of a royal commission examining horrific allegations of child sexual abuse at a Darwin missionary home has called for changes to improve the scrutiny of public prosecuting authorities after cases against an alleged serial predator were dropped when they should have gone to trial.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/royal-commission-chair-calls-for-change-after-nt-predator-case-dropped/story-fn59niix-1227071428905

NT DPP would proceed with charges against alleged Retta Dixon sex abuser Henderson if they came before desk now

The NT Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has told a royal commission that if some of the charges levelled at convicted child sex offender Donald Henderson in 2002 came before his desk again he would proceed with them.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-26/abuse-victims-in-darwin-to-hear-legal-options-for-redress/5771060

Alleged abuse victims in Darwin to hear legal options

Alleged victims of abuse at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin will today learn their legal options for redress when an inquiry resumes.
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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-26/abuse-victims-in-darwin-to-hear-legal-options-for-redress/5771060/?site=indigenous&topic=latest

Royal commission turns focus on Brewarrina's Bethcar Children's Home

THE Royal Commission will hold a public hearing into a children's home in western NSW.
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.

http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/2585423/royal-commission-to-hold-public-hearing/?cs=112

Child abuse commission broadens scope to focus on indigenous kids

THE child abuse royal commission will investigate the treatment of Aboriginal children at a remote NSW children’s home, after the commission’s chair signalled it will increasingly focus on the sexual abuse of Australia’s indigenous people.
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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/child-abuse-commission-broadens-scope-to-focus-on-indigenous-kids/story-fngburq5-1227070816553

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Abuse claims at Darwin’s Retta Dixon Home go back 50 years

AUTHORITIES were alerted to missionaries sexually abusing ­Stolen Generation children at a Darwin home as early as 1966, when a carer was convicted of ­indecently assaulting three boys aged between 10 and 13.
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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/abuse-claims-at-darwins-retta-dixon-home-go-back-50-years/story-fngburq5-1227070813851

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into Bethcar Children’s Home

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney from 22 October 2014 at 10:00am.
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:

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1605/royal-commission-to-hold-public-hearing-into-bethcar-children%E2%80%99s-home

Breakaway Opus Dei bishop removed by Pope

The Paraguayan bishop infuriated advocates for victims of sexual abuse by taking in an Argentine priest called a “serious threat to young people” by his former superiors. 

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis on Thursday forcibly removed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who had promoted a priest accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour and clashed with his fellow bishops on ideological grounds.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/pope/2014/09/25/pope_francis_catholic_church.html 

Pope removes Paraguay bishop over 'sex abuse cover-up'

Move follows arrest of former papal envoy to Dominican Republic
 Vatican City, September 25 - Pope Francis has removed a bishop in Paraguay accused of embezzlement and covering up complaints of sexual abuse in his parish. Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, from the diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, has been replaced by an "apostolic administrator," Msgr. Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela Rios, the Vatican said in a statement on Thursday. 

Catholic diocese urged to come clean on panel resignations

A clergy abuse survivors group wants clarification on who has resigned from a panel set up to determine the future of two Hunter Catholic priests.
A Special Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse found Monsignor Allan Hart and Father William Burston to be unimpressive witnesses, prompting calls for them to resign.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-25/catholic-diocese-urged-to-come-clean-on-panel-resignations/5767698

Child sex abuse inquiry: 'Crystal clear' evidence to support charges against Don Henderson

There was clearly evidence to support charges against convicted sex offender Donald Bruce Henderson, who had numerous claims of child abuse against him dropped in 1976 and again in 2002, the head of an inquiry says.
The chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, on Thursday challenged the NT Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Jack Karczewski QC, who in 2002 was a deputy DPP.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-25/clearly-evidence-to-support-charges-against-don-henderson/5770072

A FORMER police officer has been accused of failing to...

NT cop accused of failing on abuse claim.
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.

http://www.fchornet.com/news/a-former-police-officer-has-been-accused-of-failing-to-h6991.html

Northern Territory detective ‘bungled’ Retta Dixon paedophile probe

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. 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/northern-territory-detective-bungled-retta-dixon-paedophile-probe/story-fn59niix-1227070419245 

THE inaugural head of the Northern Territory police sex crimes...

Northern Territory detective ‘bungled’ Retta Dixon paedophile probe.
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.

http://www.fchornet.com/news/the-inaugural-head-of-the-northern-territory-police-sex-crimes-h6858.html

Claims sex offender Donald Bruce Henderson abused Darwin children at swimming spots for years

Convicted child sex offender Donald Bruce Henderson allegedly molested numerous children in swimming spots across Darwin and was seen acting suspiciously as late as 1992, a royal commission in Darwin has heard.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-25/claims-sex-offender-henderson-abused-darwin-children-for-years/5769464

Tiwi Islanders to have private hearings with sex abuse royal commission

Indigenous prisoners across Australia also will be offered chance to share their stories
 The royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions will hold private session for Tiwi Islanders as part of its engagement with Indigenous communities.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/25/tiwi-islanders-to-have-private-sessions-with-sex-abuse-royal-commission

Abuse hearings for Tiwi Islanders

The royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions will hold private session for Tiwi Islanders as part of its engagement with Aboriginal communities.
Aboriginal inmates in prisons across Australia are also being contacted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to make sure they can share their stories.
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.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/national/a/25104346/abuse-hearings-for-tiwi-islanders/

Commission to hear why sex charges against Henderson were dropped

A royal commission in Darwin is expected to hear from the Northern Territory's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to understand why charges against convicted child sex offender Don Henderson were dropped in 2002.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will enter its fourth day of hearings in Darwin, which have focused on sex abuse at the Retta Dixon home, which housed mainly Aboriginal children from 1946 until 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".

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25103906/commission-to-hear-why-sex-charges-against-henderson-were-dropped/

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Schock für die katholische Kirche

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.

http://www.mittelbayerische.de/nachrichten/politik/artikel/schock-fuer-die-katholische-kirche/1124758/schock-fuer-die-katholische-kirche.html

Die Stasi-Frau und die Heim-Kinder

Was passierte mit Kindern von Republikflüchtlingen in der DDR? So rechtfertigt sich eine Stasi-Funktionärin bei einer Buchpremiere.
  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.

http://www.bz-berlin.de/berlin/mitte/die-stasi-frau-und-die-heim-kinder

Ex-Bischof Wesolowski im Vatikan verhaftet

Er soll für Sexspiele mit Minderjährigen bis zu 135 Dollar gezahlt haben. Jetzt ist der ehemalige Bischof Jozef Wesolowski im Vatikan verhaftet worden. Papst Franziskus setzt seine harte Linie durch.

http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article132554835/Ex-Bischof-Wesolowski-im-Vatikan-verhaftet.html

Vatikan nimmt ehemaligen Erzbischof fest

Auf Wunsch von Papst Franziskus persönlich ist ein ehemals hoher Geistlicher festgenommen worden. Ihm wird der Missbrauch von Kindern vorgeworfen.
 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.

http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2014-09/erzbischof-angeklagt-kindesmissbrauch

Demanding justice for women and children abused by Irish nuns

An inquiry last year into Ireland's Magdalene laundries, where for decades thousands of women were forced to work by nuns, found no evidence that workers were abused. But those who experienced life inside laundry walls angrily reject this, and are insisting that the nuns be held accountable.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29307705

Prosecutor inept on Henderson: inquiry

An inept prosecutor was the only reason an alleged pedophile was not convicted in a 1976 trial for sexually abusing Aboriginal children in his care, a royal commission has heard.
Former Detective Sergeant Roger Newman was head of the Northern Territory sex crimes unit in 1998 when he began investigating Donald Henderson, who had been a carer at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin for mixed race Aboriginal children taken from their parents and made wards of the state.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25096302/prosecutor-inept-on-henderson-inquiry/

Children not 'responsibility' of worker

A house parent at Retta Dixon House while sexual abuse of children was allegedly taking place said it wasn't her 'responsibility' what was happening to children not in her care.

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.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/09/24/children-not--responsibility--for-house-parent.html

Claims of blind eye to abuse

RETTA Dixon Home workers knew young children were being sexually abused “for years” before one woman managed to publicly expose the worst alleged predator, the Royal Commission has heard.
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.”

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/claims-of-blind-eye-to-abuse/story-fnk1w5xw-1227069477442?nk=7b4b11b76acd4c16247e0e4bf6c8c75e

Retta Dixon: Accused child abusers should appear at royal commission, witness says

A woman who gave evidence about abuse at a government-run home for Aboriginal children in Darwin says the alleged perpetrators should be forced to appear at a royal commission.
Sandra Kitching, 64, visited the site of the former Retta Dixon home on Wednesday, along with the commissioners presiding over the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-24/accused-retta-dixon-abusers-should-appear-at-royal-commission/5766684

UNIVERSITY of Canberra Chancellor Dr Tom Calma has denied he...

Tom Calma says he was not told of NT abuse.
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.

http://www.fchornet.com/news/university-of-canberra-chancellor-dr-tom-calma-has-denied-he-h5433.html

Blind orphan abused by nun speaks out

A BLIND Vietnamese orphan who was five when she came to Australia, 11 when she was sexually abused by a Catholic nun, and 35 when she received $15,000 compensation for her ‘‘personal trauma’’, has spoken out for the 10 per cent of people reporting female perpetrators to the child sexual abuse royal commission.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2579670/blind-orphan-abused-by-nun/?cs=4173

Church sex abuse survivor Beth Heinrich appears at Royal Commission

For the better part of two decades, Anglican church leaders "passed by on the other side of the road" when child sexual abuse survivor Beth Heinrich appealed to them for justice.
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."

http://www.smh.com.au/national/church-sex-abuse-survivor-beth-heinrich-appears-at-royal-commission-20140924-10ldo1.html

Commissioners tour Retta Dixon House

Royal Commissioners investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse have toured the site of the Retta Dixon House.

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.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/darwin/2014/09/24/commissioners-tour-retta-dixon-house.html

A CARER at a Darwin missionary home where Stolen Generation...

Child abuse claims not our responsibility: home carer.
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.

http://www.fchornet.com/news/a-carer-at-a-darwin-missionary-home-where-stolen-generation-h5299.html

Child sexual abuse inquiry: Human rights campaigner Dr Tom Calma denies knowing of sex abuse claims

Prominent human rights campaigner Tom Calma has denied he was told of child sexual abuse occurring at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin, in response to a claim made yesterday at an inquiry.
In a statement read out at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Dr Calma - a former ACT Australian of the Year - said he had never worked as a welfare officer with the NT government, which ran the home.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-24/dr-tom-calma-denies-knowing-of-sex-abuse-claims/5765846

Claims Indigenous rights campaigner Dr Tom Calma visited Retta Dixon Home dismissed

UNIVERSITY of Canberra Chancellor and Indigenous rights campaigner Tom Calma never visited Retta Dixon Home and was not employed by the NT Government or as a welfare officer.
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.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/claims-indigenous-rights-campaigner-dr-tom-calma-visited-retta-dixon-home-dismissed/story-fnk1w5xv-1227068981877?nk=7b4b11b76acd4c16247e0e4bf6c8c75e

Tom Calma says he was not told of NT abuse

Dr Tom Calma has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse he was not told of child sexual abuse at the Retta Dixon Home.

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.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/09/24/tom-calma-says-he-was-not-told-nt-abuse

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Sex abuse centre to open in Dandenong

A $10 million centre at the forefront of Victoria Police's fight against sexual abuse will open in Dandenong on Wednesday.
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.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sex-abuse-centre-to-open-in-dandenong-20140923-10kzly.html

Rome--Vatican claims “house arrest” for defrocked archbishop

Vatican claims “house arrest” for defrocked archbishop
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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)
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.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/rome_bishop_house_arrest 

Vatican opens a criminal trial against former Dominican Republic ambassador

The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters.
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.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/09/23/dominican-republic-josef-wesolowski-vatican-puts-ex-dominican-envoy-under-house-arrest/

Child sexual abuse: women make up 10 per cent of perpetrators reported to royal commission

A blind Vietnamese orphan who was five when she came to Australia, 11 when she was sexually abused by a Catholic nun and 35 when she received $15,000 in compensation for her "personal trauma" has spoken out for the 10 per cent of people reporting female perpetrators to the child sexual abuse royal commission.
"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.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/child-sexual-abuse-women-make-up-10-per-cent-of-perpetrators-reported-to-royal-commission-20140923-10kznh.html

Our hopes for the new archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher

What are the ideal characteristics of a man taking on the formidable job of Archbishop of Sydney in this early 21st century? Bishops have always occupied a venerable place in the life of the church. Even though Rome has steadily centralised its power in the last 150 years, the temperament and approach of a local bishop really matters to his people, more than is generally recognised by our largely secular society.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/our-hopes-for-the-new-archbishop-of-sydney-anthony-fisher-20140921-10jw9j.html 

Why God’s not a moral imperative

God plays no necessary role in moral reasoning, writes Eusebius McKaiser.
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.

http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/why-god-s-not-a-moral-imperative-1.1754106#.VCGhOSWVuds

Tom Calma ‘definitely’ told of Retta Dixon Home abuse

INDIGENOUS human rights campaigner Tom Calma was told of horrific allegations of sexual abuse at a Darwin missionary home that were not followed up, a royal commission has heard.
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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/tom-calma-definitely-told-of-retta-dixon-home-abuse/story-fngburq5-1227068305285

Carers knew of abuse in home: inquiry

Carers at a home for Aboriginal children knew and did nothing for years as their colleague sexually abused their charges, a royal commission has heard.
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.

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/carers-knew-of-abuse-in-home-inquiry-20140923-3ge4v.html

Child sexual abuse inquiry: Allegations told to Tom Calma not followed up, royal commission told

Prominent human rights campaigner Tom Calma was told of sexual assaults against a young boy in the 1970s that were not followed up, a royal commission in Darwin has heard.
In the second day of hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Darwin, there was more graphic evidence of abuse at the Retta Dixon Home, that mainly housed Aboriginal children between 1946 and 1980.
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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-23/prominent-rights-campaigner-told-of-sexual-assaults/5763700

Children raped by others in home: inquiry

Children as young as seven were raped by other children at the Retta Dixon home for indigenous wards of the state, a child sexual abuse royal commission has heard.
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.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/09/23/12/57/house-parent-abused-kids-inquiry-hears

Human rights campaigner Tom Calma was ‘helpless’ when told of sexual abuse allegations: inquiry

PROMINENT indigenous human rights campaigner Tom Calma was told of horrific allegations of sexual abuse at a Darwin missionary home that were never followed up, a royal commission has heard.
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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/human-rights-campaigner-tom-calma-was-helpless-when-told-of-sexual-abuse-allegations-inquiry/story-e6frg6nf-1227067834476

A MAN sexually abused as a young boy at a...

House parent abused kids, inquiry hears. 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

Abuse allegations heard at Commission

Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Dr Tom Calma was told of an abuse allegation at Retta Dixon House in Darwin, decades ago, the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission has been told.Witness AKV - going under a pseudonym, with a protected identity - said he spoke to Mr Calma when he was a welfare offices.The witness, a 54-year-old Eastern Arrente man from Alice Springs said he was sexually assaulted twice, and we witnessed horrific abuse.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/darwin/2014/09/23/abuse-allegations-heard-at-commission.html

House parent abused kids, inquiry hears

The royal commission into child abuse has heard a victim told social justice campaigner Tom Calma of his suffering.

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.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/09/23/house-parent-abused-kids-inquiry-hears

Monday, 22 September 2014

Holland: bleak future for Catholic Church

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.

http://freethinker.co.uk/2014/09/21/holland-bleak-future-for-catholic-church/ 

FULL STORY: How the church continued covering up for this priest

At last, in September 2014, a victim (John Parmeter) has spoken publicly about how he was sexually abused for years by a prominent Australian priest, Father Peter Brock, beginning at the age of nine in 1968. The Catholic Church culture of silence blocked John from complaining until 2007 when he was aged nearly 50 and, by then, the church's cover-up had damaged John's life. In 2008 John received a written apology from the priest and later a financial settlement from the church. But the church authorities still praised Father Brock and elevated him to a prominent national role, thereby making John Parmeter feel abused again by the continuing cover-up. John's public statement in September 2014 exposes the church's cover-up, thereby helping other victims.

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/120

John Howard: there was no genocide against Indigenous Australians

Former PM says he did not accept the conclusions of the Bringing Them Home report

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.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/22/john-howard-there-was-no-genocide-against-indigenous-australians

House parents abused us: NT victims

A horrifying picture of sustained physical and sexual abuse suffered for decades by mixed-race and Aboriginal children at a home in Darwin is unfolding at a national inquiry.
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).

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/09/22/12/18/inquiry-delves-into-abuse-in-the-nt

Children chained like dogs, sexually assaulted at Retta Dixon home, abuse inquiry hears

Children were "chained like dogs" and sexually assaulted at a government-run home for Aboriginal children in Darwin, a child sex abuse inquiry has heard.
A former resident of the Retta Dixon home in Darwin told the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse of vicious beatings at the facility.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-22/children-chained-like-dogs-and-sexually-assaulted-inquiry-told/5761080

Royal Commission hears shocking claims of abuse at Christian mission

ABORIGINAL girls were chained to their beds, starved and flogged with leather belts until they bled, as punishment at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin.
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.”

http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/royal-commission-hears-shocking-claims-of-abuse-at-christian-mission/story-fnk0b1zt-1227066331812

Retta Dixon children ‘chained up and beaten’, inquiry hears

ABORIGINAL children at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin suffered harrowing sexual and physical abuse, including being chained up, beaten until they bled and repeatedly touched inappropriately, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/retta-dixon-children-chained-up-and-beaten-inquiry-hears/story-e6frg6nf-1227066410248

Abuse rife at home for Aboriginal kids

Aboriginal children in care at the Retta Dixon Home were flogged with belt buckles, sexually abused in cars and chained up in bed "like a dog", a royal commission has heard.
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."

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/abuse-rife-at-home-for-aboriginal-kids-20140922-3gb0z.html

Child sex abuse inquiry: Ex-residents of Darwin's Retta Dixon home to appear at inquiry

Former residents of the Northern Territory's Retta Dixon home say they want to lift the secrecy over what happened at the facility by giving evidence before a child sex abuse inquiry in Darwin.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is expected to hear evidence from 18 witnesses during its two-week hearing in Darwin, focusing on alleged events at the home, which housed Aboriginal children and young women.
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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-22/retta-dixon-child-sex-abuse-allegations-to-be-aired-in-darwin/5760176

Retta Dixon children abused on camping trips, inquiry hears

CHILDREN at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin were sexually abused after being taken on camping trips to remote locations, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/retta-dixon-children-abused-on-camping-trips-inquiry-hears/story-e6frg6nf-1227066410248?nk=7b4b11b76acd4c16247e0e4bf6c8c75e

CHILDREN at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin were sexually...

Retta Dixon children abused on camping trips, inquiry hears. CHILDREN at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin were sexually abused after being taken on camping trips to remote locations, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard. The commission 
 Retta Dixon children abused on camping trips, inquiry hears.
CHILDREN at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin were sexually abused after being taken on camping trips to remote locations, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard. 

http://www.fchornet.com/news/children-at-the-retta-dixon-home-in-darwin-were-sexually-h2195.html 

STORIES of violent beatings, children being sexually abused while on...

Inquiry delves into abuse in the NT. STORIES of violent beatings, children being sexually abused while on remote camping trips and a culture of fear at a home for Aboriginal children in Darwin will all be heard by the Royal Commission into Institutional Respo

Inquiry delves into abuse in the NT.
STORIES of violent beatings, children being sexually abused while on remote camping trips and a culture of fear at a home for Aboriginal children in Darwin will all be heard by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. 

http://www.fchornet.com/news/stories-of-violent-beatings-children-being-sexually-abused-while-on-h2185.html 

Royal Commission into child sex abuse gets underway

Royal Commission into child sex abuse gets underway 
 THE sexual abuse children suffered at the hands of “house parents” and
other kids - who had also been violated - will be explored at the
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.

http://www.news.com.au/national/northern-territory/royal-commission-into-child-sex-abuse-gets-underway/story-fnn3gfdo-1227066331812

Inquiry delves into abuse in the NT

STORIES of violent beatings, children being sexually abused while on remote camping trips and a culture of fear at a home for Aboriginal children in Darwin will all be heard by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.
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.

http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/breaking-news/inquiry-delves-into-abuse-in-the-nt/story-fnjbnvyh-1227066385840

Child sex abuse inquiry to hear from members of stolen generations in NT

Inquiry will examine response to allegations of abuse at Retta Dixon home between 1946 and 1980

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.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/22/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-to-hear-from-members-of-stolen-generations-in-nt

Abuse inquiry into Retta Dixon home

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearings are underway in Darwin.

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.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/09/22/abuse-inquiry-into-retta-dixon-home.html

Sunday, 21 September 2014

'Sack Pell' group holds protest outside Bendigo Sacred Heart Cathedral

PARISHIONERS at Bendigo's Sacred Heart Cathedral were greeted with a confronting scene when departing Mass on Sunday.
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.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/2574039/sack-pell-group-protests-at-bendigo-church/?cs=80 

Group calls on Bishop to retract comments

A GROUP of parishioners from within the Sandhurst Diocese will hold a protest at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday, angry at comments made by Bishop of Sandhurst Leslie Tomlinson.
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.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/2571941/group-to-protest-at-sacred-heart/?cs=80

Stolen Generation children in Darwin to detail 'sexual abuse, emotional deprivation' at royal commission

Stolen Generation children who say they were sexually abused at a Darwin boarding school will recall their experiences before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Eighteen witnesses are expected to testify over two weeks of public hearings in the Northern Territory, including nine former residents of the Retta Dixon Home.
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.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25070123/stolen-generation-children-in-darwin-to-detail-sexual-abuse-emotional-depravation-at-royal-commission/

NT abuse inquiry into Retta Dixon home

The Northern Territory's Retta Dixon home will be the next focus of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/09/21/nt-abuse-inquiry-retta-dixon-home

Official at centre of Rotherham child sex abuse scandal sparks anger by going off work sick

MP Keith Vaz branded £130,000 a year Joyce Thacker's absence from her desk "a fudge"

A town hall official at the centre of the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal has sparked anger by going sick.
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.

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/world-news/rotherham-child-sex-abuse-councils-4286041

A history of child abuse in Ireland

The mistreatment of children is not new in Ireland, writes Aileen Lee. In the 18th and 19th centuries they were kidnapped for use as beggars, robbed of their clothes, or sold as servants and transported to British colonies in America
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.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/a-history-of-child-abuse-in-ireland-287151.html

Friday, 19 September 2014

Pell’s successor vows to improve Church’s record on abuse

A successor to Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' group of nine cardinal-advisers, has been announced to run the archdiocese of Sydney.
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.

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/1160/0/pell-s-successor-vows-to-improve-church-s-record-on-abuse

Strike Force Georgiana: investigations and convictions

STRIKE Force Georgiana was launched in October 2007 from Lake Macquarie local area police command.
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.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2572602/strike-force-georgiana-investigations-and-convictions/?cs=305

The Catholic Church's dirty secrets: abuse, injustice and a damning letter

HE’S the man whose statement to Hunter police about being sexually abused by a Catholic priest launched Strike Force Georgiana in 2007, and ultimately led to a royal commission.
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.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2572537/the-churchs-dirty-secrets-abuse-injustice-and-a-damning-letter/?cs=4173

Royal Commission calls for Indigenous survivors to share their story

Indigenous communities in the Top End are encouraged to learn more about the Royal Commission and share their story of child sexual abuse in an institution.
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.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1588/royal-commission-calls-for-indigenous-survivors-to-share-their-story

Documentary unearths further horrific abuse of adoptees from Catholic nuns' homes

The documentary “This World: Ireland’s Lost Babies” unearths further truths about the 40,000 to 60,000 babies who were involuntarily given up for adoption, many to the United States, from Catholic mother and baby homes in Ireland, during the 1950s and 60s.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Documentary-unearths-further-horrific-abuse-of-adoptees-from-Catholic-nuns-homes.html

Bishop Anthony Fisher calls for harmony in first address as archbishop of Sydney

THE newly appointed Catholic Archbishop of Sydney wants Australians to set an example to the rest of the world by showing how different nationalities can live together in peace following the anti-terror raids yesterday.
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.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/bishop-anthony-fisher-calls-for-harmony-in-first-address-as-archbishop-of-sydney/story-fngr8huy-1227064222533

New Sydney Catholic Archbishop vows 'no cover-ups' in wake of sex abuse inquiry

The newly appointed Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, the Reverend Anthony Fisher, has promised "there will be no excuses and no cover-ups" in the wake of the child sex abuse inquiry.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard the Catholic Church was actively involved in covering up sex offences against children over several decades.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-19/sydney-catholic-archbishop-anthony-fisher-vows-no-cover-ups/5755666

Child abuse victims at the top of new Sydney Archbishop's agenda

Bishop Anthony Fisher has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Sydney in an announcement by Pope Francis, Thursday.
The current Bishop of Parramatta will replace Cardinal George Pell, who was transferred to the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy earlier this year.

http://www.christiantoday.com.au/article/child.abuse.victims.at.the.top.of.new.sydney.archbishops.agenda/17979.htm

Little faith in new archbishop: victims

SURVIVORS of abuse at the hands of Catholic priests say they have little hope the church will change under the newly-appointed archbishop of Sydney.
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.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/little-faith-in-new-archbishop-victims/story-fni0xqi3-1227064241645?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dailytelegraphbreakingnewsndm+%28Daily+Telegraph+|+Breaking+News%29

"I am ashamed": new Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher admits church has failed abuse victims

The new archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney,   Anthony Fisher, has used his first news conference to express his shame and sorrow for child abuse by the clergy and the church's abandonment of its victims.

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."

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/i-am-ashamed-new-archbishop-of-sydney-anthony-fisher-admits-church-has-failed-abuse-victims-20140919-10j90t.html

Child abuse victims at the top of new Sydney Archbishop's agenda

Bishop Anthony Fisher has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Sydney in an announcement by Pope Francis, Thursday.
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.

http://www.christiantoday.com.au/article/child.abuse.victims.at.the.top.of.new.sydney.archbishops.agenda/17979.htm

New Catholic archbishop of Sydney aims to 'regain community confidence'

‘There can be no more cover-ups,’ says George Pell’s successor Anthony Fisher, of the clerical sex abuse scandal
 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.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/19/new-catholic-archbishop-of-sydney-aims-to-regain-community-confidence

Die Katholische Kirche und das liebe Geld

Glaube, Liebe, Kapital: Die Katholische Kirche

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.

http://www.serienhai.de/katholische-kirche-und-geld/9985 

Cottbuser Opferhilfe berät zu Ansprüchen aus Heimkinderfonds

 Frist für Anträge läuft am 30. September aus
Cottbus Ehemalige DDR-Bürger, die im Zeitraum zwischen 1949 und 1990 in einem Kinder- und Jugendheim oder einem Jugendwerkhof untergebracht waren und dort Unrecht und Leid erfahren haben, können eine Entschädigung aus dem Heimkinderfonds beantragen. Im Auftrag der Landesbeauftragten zur Aufarbeitung der Folgen der kommunistischen Diktatur für das Land Brandenburg, die eigentlich Anlauf- und Beratungsstelle für ehemalige Heimkinder ist, berät auch die Opferberatungsstelle Cottbus Betroffene.

http://www.lr-online.de/regionen/cottbus/Cottbuser-Opferhilfe-beraet-zu-Anspruechen-aus-Heimkinderfonds;art1049,4743190

Thursday, 18 September 2014

„Ich habe Kindheit und Jugend verdrängt“

Rund 3.000 Anfragen zu Hilfen aus dem DDR-Heimkinderfonds sind in der Beratungsstelle für Sachsen-Anhalt eingegangen. Bis Ende Juli wurden bereits die Anträge von 800 Betroffenen bearbeitet. Einer von ihnen ist Karl-Heinz Stiemer aus Wolfen, der neben dem Antrag auf Entschädigung von seiner ihm bis dahin unbekannten Schwester erfuhr.

http://www.mz-web.de/mitteldeutschland/ddr-heimkinder-hilfsfonds,20641266,28446092.html

A conversation with Sydney’s new Archbishop

(Vatican Radio)  It’s only been one week since the 54 year old bishop of Paramatta, Australia, Anthony Fisher OP received a visit from Apostolic Nuncio who informed him that the Pope was appointing him to lead the nations’ ‘Mother Church’, the Archdiocese of Sydney.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/09/18/a_conversation_with_sydney%E2%80%99s_new_archbishop/1106787 

'Abuse can't happen again': new archbishop

Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher has been appointed to succeed George Pell as Catholic Archbishop of Sydney.
 
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.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/09/18/abuse-cant-happen-again-new-archbishop

Catholic Church names Bishop Anthony Fisher as Cardinal George Pell's successor

The Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, has been appointed the ninth Archbishop of Sydney, replacing the controversial Cardinal George Pell.
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.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/catholic-church-names-bishop-anthony-fisher-as-cardinal-george-pells-successor-20140918-10j15o.html

Stift Admont bedauert Prozessverzögerung bei Missbrauchs-Klage

Das Stift Admont hat im Fall einer Zivilrechtsklage eines ehemaligen Zöglings am Landesgericht Leoben gegen zwei Admonter Patres und das Stift bedauert, dass sich die am Montag begonnene Neuverhandlung aufgrund eines Befangenheitsantrages des Klägers erneut verzögere. Das Stift sehe den Antrag und dessen nun erforderliche Prüfung durch den Senat des Landesgerichts als unbegründet, hieß es in einer Stellungnahme des Stiftes gegenüber "Kathpress".

http://www.kathpress.co.at/site/nachrichten/database/64670.html

Kremsmünster: Gedenktafel erinnert an Missbrauchsopfer

Das Stift Kremsmünster (Bezirk Kirchdorf) hat nach dem Missbrauchsskandal, der 2010 bekannt wurde, nun eine Gedenktafel. Jahrzehntelang wurden im Stiftsgymnasium Schüler durch Geistliche missbraucht.
„Mit dieser Gedenktafel wollen wir das Leid der Opfer anerkennen“, so Abt Ambros Ebhart in einer Presseaussendung am Mittwoch. Die Tafel befindet sich im Durchgang vom äußeren Stiftshof zum Gymnasium und zur Sternwarte. Die zentrale Figur in der Missbrauchsaffäre, der ehemalige Konviktsdirektor, war im Sommer 2013 zu zwölf Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. Das Urteil ist aber nicht rechtskräftig, derzeit liegt der Akt beim Obersten Gerichtshof (OGH), der im Oktober darüber entscheiden wird, wie er auf APA-Anfrage mitteilte.

http://religion.orf.at/stories/2668989/

This World: Irelands Lost Babies | FULL DOCUMENTARY

In 2013 the movie Philomena was shown in cinemas across the world and earned four Oscar nominations. The film was based on the true story of Philomena Lee, who was forced by the Catholic Church to give up her illegitimate son for adoption, and detailed her journey with journalist Martin Sixsmith to find her child 50 years later.
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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y6KZEUHx_s&feature=share

Child abuse investigation into Frank Houston, father of Hillsong lead pastor Brian Houston

Child abuse allegations against Frank Houston, the father of Hillsong's lead pastor Brian Houston, are to be investigated by a national inquiry, the Guardian reports.
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.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/child.abuse.investigation.into.frank.houston.father.of.hillsong.lead.pastor.brian.houston/40751.htm

Sex abuse inquiry into Hillsong 'father'

Child sex abuse allegations against the man who founded the pentecostal movement which became the Hillsong Church will be examined by a national inquiry.
The sex abuse royal commission will examine how the Sydney Christian Life Centre and Hills Christian Life Centre, (now Hillsong Church) and the Assemblies of God in Australia, (now Australian Christian Churches) treated allegations against the Pentecostal christian pastor Frank Houston and two other men.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25050317/sex-abuse-inquiry-into-hillsong-father/