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, 31 March 2015
Rapson was in February found guilty by a County Court jury of five counts of rape and one charge of indecent assault, but details of that trial – and his name – were suppressed because of trials that were to follow.
Father Edward Evans admitted to the police he had touched the girls bottom, but said it had been an affectionate gesture and not sexual.
Father Evans, 85, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on charges of committing acts of indecency and sexual assault on the girl in the 1990s.
He has pleaded not guilty.
David Edwin Rapson is one of the most notorious paedophiles in Victorian history with a string of victims from his offending that spanned three decades.
In 2013 he was jailed for 13 years for sickening crimes on kids, but was released on appeal after serving just 11 months of that sentence.
His convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal after a concession by the Office of Public Prosecutions that Rapson should have faced several trials.
Fire almost destroyed the 123-year-old St James Church in Brighton on Monday morning, but another blaze at St Mary's in St Kilda East caused little damage.
Both churches are linked to Ronald Dennis Pickering, who moved from parish to parish around Melbourne abusing boys between 1958 and 1993, when he fled to his native Britain. He died there in 2012, having never been charged.
Justice Peter McClellan, who leads the five-year royal commission, told a child abuse conference in Auckland today that institutions were already responding after hearings on 25 institutions so far.
"We are driving change, for example, in the whole daycare/after-school care sector in Australia," he said.
Monday, 30 March 2015
But Father Edward Evans, 85, told them it was not sexual and he did not know it was a crime.
Father Evans allegedly told the officials he knew it had been wrong but thought, after 20 years, all had been forgiven and forgotten.
In a rare and frank appraisal of Australian judges to be presented on Tuesday at an international conference in New Zealand, Justice Peter McClellan said, "Judicial assumptions about human behaviour are still, in relatively contemporary times, informing the content of the law."
Canberra priest Edward Evans allegedly told church official that incident with girl was 'not sexual'
Evans is accused of six offences against the girl.
Arson chemists are yet to determine the cause of the suspicious blaze which destroyed St James Church in Brighton early on Monday morning.
The Catholic church, one of Melbourne's oldest, was attended by notorious priest Ronald Pickering.
A Melbourne suburban Catholic church, St James in Brighton/Gardenvale, which has been destroyed by fire, is a significant historical landmark because it was the scene of countless child-sex sex-crimes committed by Father Ronald Pickering. This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about how the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese harboured Father Pickering, enabling him to escape a police prosecution. Since then, the archdiocese has admitted that Pickering was an offender. Some Pickering victims ended up committing suicide. Australia's current national Royal Commission into institutional responses to child-abuse should investigate how the Melbourne archdiocese covered up for so many criminals such as Pickering.
The massive blaze started at the historic St James Church in the beachside suburb Brighton just after 6am today.
It had been the home of priest Ronald Pickering, who was found to be a pedophile by the Catholic church but was never brought to justice before his death.
Judy Courtin speaking with 702 ABC Sydney Mornings' Linda Mottram
Investigations are underway into the fire, which broke out at the 123-year-old church about 6.30am, gutting the heritage-listed building and destroying its roof.
The Brighton church was attended by notorious paedophile priest Ronald Pickering from 1978 to 1993, before he fled to the United Kingdom, fearing prosecution.
Sunday, 29 March 2015
This very brave survivor, who has been facing his demons all these years, has also been fighting tirelessly for justice for all survivors of child sex crimes, especially for adequate financial support and redress. Like thousands of others, he has, at great personal risk, opened his heart and soul and told his story to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the responses by non-government organsiations into child sexual abuse and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Two members of the new Vatican commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse say they are both concerned and surprised at the pope's decision to appoint a bishop in Chile who is accused of covering up abuse, even witnessing it while he was a priest.
Speaking in brief NCR interviews Thursday in personal capacities, the commission members also said some in their group are considering traveling to Rome to speak to the pope face-to-face on the matter.
One no-brainer on the list would be a perception that he’s backtracking on “zero tolerance” when it comes to sexual abuse in the Church, and two recent story lines suggest it’s not an abstract worry.
A thunderous protest engulfed the arrival of a controversial Chilean bishop to San Mateo cathedral on Saturday. To many, the appointment casts a shadow on Pope Francis' reform agenda for the clergy abuse crisis.
The scene of screaming protestors pushing and shoving as Bishop Juan Barros, 58, enters the cathedral in the southern Chilean city of Osorno can be seen on a YouTube clip.
Pope Francis' decision to send Barros, a bishop for 11 years who served as a military chaplain, to Osorno has ignited new media coverage on Rev. Fernando Karadima, 84, a notorious pedophile in Chile who was ousted by the Vatican four years ago, and who Barros used to share a close connection with.
Francis has apparently followed for two years a dual strategy of (a) trying to underplay and string out the scandal with a near farcical abuse commission under disgraced Cardinal Law’s former canon lawyer, and (b) changing the subject with media distractions, like needless foreign trips and endless photo ops, contrived canonizations and aimless synods, papal “double speak” and mixed messaging, pontifications on stopping global warming and militarily opposing ISIS threats and other public relations gimmicks, like pizza deliveries in St. Peter’s Square. This strategy has failed. Children’s safety is too important to Catholic parents to be buried for long in distractions.
Friday, 27 March 2015
The 65-year-old has been ordered to serve at least three years of a six-year prison sentence for indecently assaulting 20 boys under his care at Victorian schools in the 1970s and 1980s.
Ted Bales — who changed his name from Edward Dowlan to hide his true identity — was ordered to serve at least three years for assaulting more than 20 students, some of whom were as young as eight.
County Court judge Richard Smith said on Friday that Ted Dowlan, who changed his name by deed poll to Bales in 2011, had preyed on vulnerable boys as young as eight years old over a 14-year period at six different schools from the first year he became a Christian Brother in 1971.
The Victorian County Court heard Bales physically punished his victims to make them vulnerable.
He was previously jailed in the 1990s for abusing other boys, some of them the classmates of the victims in the latest case against him.
State governments and churches that ran children's homes should not be allowed administer a redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors, a royal commission has been told.
Leonie Sheedy the chief executive of Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) said a national independent redress scheme needed to recognise all forms of abuse and neglect suffered by children in care.
"Past providers and governments that operated orphanages, children's homes and other institutions should contribute to this national scheme but should have no say in how the redress in managed," she said on Friday.
Christopher Bates, the national chief executive of the organisation which runs activity programs for children in all states and territories said today retrospective liability for child sex abuse would “impact today’s members”.
Mr Bates told a child sexual abuse royal commission that Scouts Australia supported a national non-confrontational scheme that involves independent assessment of the status of the claim.
The Law Council of Australia has backed a national redress scheme for abuse survivors and says the commonwealth has the mechanisms to establish one.
Duncan McConnel, the president of the society which represents 60,000 Australian lawyers, says it is possible for the states and territories to refer power to the commonwealth.
Child sex abuse royal commission: Care Leavers Australia Network wants own compensation scheme for victims
Leonie Sheedy from the Care Leavers Australia Network said all forms of abuse should be recognised, not just sexual abuse.
"It is our view that the care leavers' experience is so unique that it requires its own redress scheme," she said.
The Law Council of Australia has backed a national redress scheme for abuse survivors and says the commonwealth has the mechanisms to establish one.
Duncan McConnel, president of the society which represents 60,000 Australian lawyers, says it's possible for the states and territories to refer power to the commonwealth.
Dr Andrew Morrison SC (pictured), spokesperson for the ALA, said the government’s apparent abdication of responsibility was “very troubling”.
“The federal government took the responsibility for setting up a Royal Commission to investigate this issue of institutional child sexual abuse, yet it won’t support the provisional recommendations of its own inquiry,” Dr Morrison said.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Bales, a defrocked layman living in Thomastown, was formerly known as Edward Vernon Dowlan.
The congregant, who was a victim of child sexual abuse, has filed a claim against the Yeshivah Centre and Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Telsner with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Right Commission (VEOHRC).
The victim, who has been the subject of bullying and intimidation because he came forward to police, was granted an Interim Intervention Order (IIO) against someone within the Yeshivah Centre community.
Father Edward Evans, 85, is accused of repeatedly abusing the girl at his home in Braddon, near where he delivered German-language services, and while they were alone in a car outside Cooleman Court.
The church's cover-up of Brother Edward Dowlan (alias Ted Bales) — and how Broken Rites helped to expose this
Patrick Parkinson, professor of law at the University of Sydney and a specialist in family law and child protection, was giving evidence on Thursday at the second day of a royal commission hearing into a redress scheme for thousands of child abuse survivors.
Redress funds for abuse survivors should be used to expand Medicare, a royal commission has been told.
Louise Roufeil, executive manager of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), said an overhauled Medicare system was essential to properly help thousands of people traumatised by childhood experiences in care.
Dr Roufeil said the doorway to services was very narrow and entry "very difficult and when you can get in, the capacity to fully provide treatment is limited".
Her evidence on Thursday to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse came a day after the federal government knocked back a commission suggestion that Medicare be expanded.
The commission had factored counselling costs into a $4.3 billion redress model to be funded by governments and non-government institutions.
Kennett told The Age last year that he was “reassured that George said ‘yes’, he’d get stuck into it ... it’s not for me to sit in judgment … of whether the response was adequate or not”.
As the commission continued to examine the issue of redress for victims on Thursday, the executive manager of the Psychological Society, Louise Roufeil, said the maximum of 10 private counselling sessions provided for people with mental health issues under Medicare were nowhere near sufficient to support abuse victims.
That region includes the areas where most of the Melbourne Jewish community lives.
It also includes the Yeshivah Centre and its schools, Yeshivah College and Beth Rivkah Ladies College. Most of the parents of students at these school are my constituents and many are personally known to me.
Like all of you, I was shocked and angered at the revelations made at the hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
"I think that what the government is saying to survivors is that they would prefer [them] to suffer in silence …" abuse victims advocate Nicky Davis told the Royal Commission into child sex abuse on Wednesday
"They don't want us to reveal their shortcomings, to make them face their financial responsibilities and that's just not acceptable."
The statements were made in a blunt, two-page submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is trying to develop a redress scheme for those who have suffered abuse.
The Catholic Church says it is disappointed the federal government has so quickly rejected a national scheme to compensate abuse survivors.
In its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the church backed a national, fair, compassionate and independent scheme which would be run by the federal government with the participation of state and territory governments.
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC), told a national inquiry on Thursday that it was surprising that the Commonwealth had initiated the inquiry and "yet has so quickly discounted itself from one of the most fundamental issues we have to redress".
Child sex abuse royal commission: Catholic Church says rejection of national compensation and support scheme surprising
Other family members were in the Newcastle home, watching television and doing homework, at the time.
His death, in 1974, came after an apparently uneventful day at school where his class teacher was also a serial child sex offender.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Father Edward Evans, now 85, went on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday over allegations he abused a young girl at his home on five occasions and at Cooleman Court on another.
Most of the incidents are alleged to have happened in Evans's house, where the girl's family would sometimes go after church.
Father Patrick Kervin, 58, fronted Port Kembla Local Court on Wednesday charged with one count of indecent assault.
Police allege that while serving as chaplain at the Bellambi school in 1988, the Catholic priest, now living in Sydney, assaulted a 15-year-old boy.
An early intervention program for very young victims of sexual abuse is needed to avoid chronic adult mental health illness across Australia, a royal commission has heard.
Wayne Chamley from Broken Rites, a support group for people abused in the Catholic Church, said on Wednesday a national redress scheme for abuse survivors should include an early intervention program for children between the ages of three and 12.
He was giving evidence at a royal commission hearing into how to compensate victims of childhood sexual abuse.
The alleged offences happened in the Lake Macquarie region, near Newcastle.
McGrath's case was mentioned briefly in Newcastle, and the ABC has been told the brief of evidence is 8,000 pages.
Child sex abuse royal commission: Victims condemn Federal Government opposition to national support scheme, referral of responsibility to institutions
THE opening day of a three-day hearing into redress for thousands of people who were abused as children in institutions heard the federal government had rejected a proposal for a national scheme.
The knock-back was described as disappointing by Peter McClellan, the chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Child sex abuse royal commission: Federal Government does not back national support scheme for victims, wants institutions to accept responsibility
The statements were made in a blunt, two-page submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is trying to develop a redress scheme for those who have suffered abuse
Ms Davis, who was abused from the age of 12 by a member of the Passionist Order north of Sydney, was giving evidence at a royal commission hearing into the proposals, at which the federal government has also declined to appear.
Federal government's refusal to set up national fund for child sex abuse victims criticised by commissioner
The federal government’s refusal to establish a national compensation scheme for child sex abuse victims is disappointing, Justice Peter McClellan, the royal commissioner, has said.
In an opening address on Wednesday to a public hearing into redress for abuse survivors, McClellan said it was disappointing that the approach most likely to ensure a “just, fair and consistent outcome for all victims” was not supported by the Commonwealth.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
The 77-year-old teacher is due to stand trial in June over alleged historical sexual abuse at St Ignatius in Adelaide.
The former Catholic Brother is accused of sexually assaulting the boys in Adelaide in the early 1980s.
He previously taught at Riverview at Lane Cove from the late 1970s to the early ’80s.
The former Adelaide St Ignatius’ students made the allegations in recent years.
NSW Police began investigating the sexual abuse allegations made by a former St Ignatius College, Riverview student after they learned the same teacher was before the courts charged with a number of child sex offences.
As of October, St Barnabas had fulfilled its $75,000 contribution to the fighting fund, but Holy Trinity had only supplied a quarter of the $128,000 asked of it.
Bishop Ian Palmer said he could not provide an updated total for Holy Trinity’s contribution, saying it had provided funds as costs arose.
“Across the diocese, we are meeting the targets we require for legal costs,” he said.
A SUBMISSION to the child sexual abuse royal commission Canberra says establishing a single national redress scheme would be extremely complex and require significant time and resources.
"This is likely to be frustrating to survivors of child sexual abuse and undermine confidence in the outcomes of the Royal commission's work," it said in the submission published on Tuesday ahead of a public hearing in Sydney on Wednesday.
Compensation plan for child sexual abuse risks creating two classes of victims, Tasmanian Government says
An estimated 500 Tasmanians would be eligible, costing non-government institutions more than $70 million.
Monday, 23 March 2015
Invited participants will speak to their submissions at the public hearing, which is scheduled for three days.
Paul Hine, principal of Saint Ignatius’ College in Riverview delivered the letter to students yesterday, saying that he had been made aware of the allegation from 30 years ago by the Professional Standards of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus.
He said the allegation has been reported to the police and they are assisting with the investigation.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
A dark scenario and under Australian law, a wholly legal one.
Over the past few months there has been a lot of talk, fuelled in large part by the abject behaviour of radical Islamists, about how in a secular society such as ours the law should trump God every time.
A former Catholic brother has been arrested over a number of sex offences allegedly committed against boys at two Sydney schools in the 1980s.
The 52-year-old man was charged on Friday after a police investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted boys at St Joseph's College in Hunters Hill in 1987 and St Gregory's College in Campbelltown in 1989.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Jesuit priest Stanislaus Hogan jailed over child pornography found in Saint Ignatius' College quarters
He was on the college staff at the time of his arrest.
Hogan told the Adelaide District Court he used some of the books and videos as a way to help understand both paedophiles and himself.
What Archbishop Philip Wilson knew about paedophile priest James Fletcher in 1976 will be tested in court next month
Through the 1970s Fletcher was a serial preyer on young, defenceless boys and was left to run unchecked by the Catholic Church.
By 1989, when Feenan was 12, Fletcher was still on the prowl and the young boy was to become just another in a long line of the priest’s victims.
The question is: Why wasn’t Fletcher stopped? Did the Catholic Church turn a blind eye to the monster in its midst or was it just oblivious?
Grant wanted to know what Cotter knew of child sex allegations involving fellow priest Vince Ryan.
Fr Stanislaus Hogan, 70, had 1555 child pornography images, as well as magazines, videos and books, in his locked bedroom at the Jesuit St Ignatius College in Athelstone in Adelaide.
School principal Iain Belot said he was ''horrified, dismayed and deeply sorry" that abuse could have happened at the school.
He promised to provide any help or support to anyone who may have suffered sexual or physical abuse at the school.
"For the past decade or more, Calvin Christian School has applied rigorous and exhaustive processes in the recruitment of both teaching and support staff," he said.
People judge her. Well you would. The morphine addiction, the stolen cheques, the prison time, the family gang connections. So how did the life of a sweet little convent girl go so off the rails?
I am talking to 52-year-old Bonnie Schlef in the foyer of Christchurch District Court. She is there to support her son - a son charged with leaving her horrifically battered, with a cracked neck, in an attack last August. The second such attack, she says.
Schlef is clutching a sheaf of correspondence. Letters to Prime Minister John Key, Justice Minister Simon Power, and everyone else from there down.
"A cleric or monk who sexually molests youths or boys is to be publicly whipped, his head shaved, spat upon, and kept in prison for six months in chains on a diet of bread and water," wrote Basil the Great, the Greek bishop of Caesarea in the 4th century.
He also recommended the offender be watched and not let anywhere near young people once released.
Basil's solution is extreme by today's standards, but it leaves you asking how, 1600 years later, secrecy and cover-up became the Catholic Church's modus operandi with errant clergy.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
THE charging of Archbishop Philip Wilson for allegedly concealing a child sex allegation against Hunter priest Jim Fletcher is significant for anyone who has been sexually abused as a child, whether in an institution or by a family member.
It says that no one is above the law. It says that child sexual abuse is a crime and is ultimately about the abuse of power.
And what we have seen so distressingly since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is that many, many children over many decades have reported that they were sexually abused, and many adults in many institutions beyond the Catholic Church have failed them.
This is big news but not quite as big as many seem to be assuming and not for the same reasons.
32 people came forward to talk about their experiences, but there has been no word on public hearings coming to the region.
The Hunter has been at the forefront of the push to expose child sexual abuse, with outspoken former police officer Peter Fox partly credited for pushing the federal government into setting up the Royal Commission.
Speaking recently to the ABC, Mr Fox said he expected the hearings would cover a range of issues.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
The Archbishop of Adelaide, charged on Tuesday over the alleged cover up of child sexual abuse by a fellow priest, has stepped down from his role in a supervisory group that deals with the royal commission.
Victims’ advocates have welcomed the charge, but labelled the church’s response to it “arrogant.”
Ian Temby QC: the ‘$1000 an hour’ barrister who will defend Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson against sex abuse cover up claims
Sydney QC Ian Temby, 72, who charges up to $1000 an hour, will oversee Archbishop Wilson’s defence as the latest prominent case in an almost 50-year career.
Having represented both sides of the bar table, he was Australia’s first Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, the founding NSW corruption watchdog and is a former royal commissioner.
The Archbishop’s case, described by experts as “extremely unusual”, is expected to cost at least $10,000 a day to defend.
Former priest says charging Archbishop with concealing child sex abuse likely to lead to other charges against clergy
The Salvos, as the Christian organisation is commonly known, said the telephone service would close at the end of June. It has been running since 1983.
The decision was made as part of an internal Salvation Army review that's "considering the best possible means by which The Salvation Army can serve the Australian community".
Mrs Feenan — whose son, Daniel, exposed the crimes of paedophile priest Father James Fletcher — said a charge of concealing church sexual abuse against Archbishop Wilson was a major development.
“It was a relief to realise finally that a senior person could be charged. I have faith in the legal system, I always say the church let us down but the legal system and the police didn’t,” she said.
THERE are more than 50,000 children in out-of-home care in Australia and at least half that number are in foster care. The remainder are in small group residential homes or in relative/kinship care.
Karen Larkman general manager of CatholicCare, the official Catholic welfare agency in Sydney, said on Wednesday mandatory ongoing training for people who foster children was needed across the out-of-home care sector in Australia.
‘‘The whole meeting had a huge impact on him,’’ said a Hunter relative of the man who was also at the meeting where former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons galvanised the room with the quote that evil flourishes when good men do nothing.
Charges were filed March 17 by New South Wales Police Force after an investigation by a team of detectives set up specifically to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in the 1970s by Father Jim Fletcher.
The charge stems from 1976, when the archbishop was a young priest working in the diocese.
"I am disappointed to have been notified by the NSW Police that it has decided to file a charge in respect to this matter," Archbishop Wilson, 64, said in a statement.
Philip Wilson has strenuously denied a NSW police allegation that he concealed a serious offence regarding child sexual abuse in the state’s Hunter region.
The abuse was allegedly committed during the 1970s by another priest, when both men worked in the Maitland Diocese, near Newcastle.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Survivors’ long wait for any senior church official to be held responsible for covering up widespread and systemic child sex crimes is finally over.
At last those who enable and coverup the sexual exploitation of defenseless children are no longer a protected species. We hope this charge is the first of many.
For too long, survivors have seen those responsible for enforcing laws against covering up child sex crimes ignore evidence and fail to investigate case after case.
Most institutional child sexual violence involves senior officials refusing to act, not reporting to police, and allowing predators continued access to their favourite prey.
Fletcher, known to his trusting congregation as Father Jim, was finally outed as a depraved and calculating paedophile when he was jailed for molesting an altar boy in the early 1990s.
The disgraced priest died while serving his sentence, but revelations in the past decade have shown his offending stretched back to at least the 1970s.
Fletcher’s housemate at the Maitland-Newcastle diocese was a young priest by the name of Philip Wilson — now the Archbishop of Adelaide.
Archbishop Wilson’s alleged involvement in turning a blind eye to or covering up Fletcher’s heinous crimes was the subject of a special inquiry and on Tuesday resulted in a criminal charge.
A prominent Australian Catholic Church leader, Archbishop Philip Wilson, has claimed (in 2010) that during his rise from junior priest to church administrator, he "knew nothing" about the sexually-abusive behaviour of fellow-priests — even though he lived and worked with some of these criminals. Does Wilson's "know-nothing" attitude help us to understand his extraordinary rise to the top of the Australian church hierarchy? Wilson's senior roles eventually included the managing of church sexual abuse.
From 1996 onwards, Wilson was a long-time member of the Australian bishops' National Committee for Professional Standards -- the body that was established to oversee the management of the church's sexual-abuse crisis.
A former Maitland priest, Archbishop Philip Wilson has become the most senior Catholic clergyman to be charged with concealing the sexual abuse of children.
Police attached to Strike Force Lantle charged the 64-year-old with concealing a serious offence yesterday.
Media Release - Tuesday March 17, 2015“I am disappointed to have been notified by the NSW Police that it has decided to file a charge in respect of this matter.
The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976, when I was a junior priest, that a now deceased priest had abused a child.
● Archbishop Philip Wilson charged with concealing child sex abuse
The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson says he’s disappointed that NSW police have decided to charge him with concealing child sex abuse.
‘‘The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976, when I was a junior priest, that a now deceased priest had abused a child,’’ he said in a statement on Tuesday. From the time this was first brought to my attention last year, I have completely denied the allegation.’’
The Adelaide archbishop was charged on Tuesday with one count of concealing a child sex allegation made against the late Hunter priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s, nearly nine months after the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry recommended the charge.
Strike Force Lantle set up in 2010 to investigate allegations of sexual abuse cover up in Catholic Church
The strike force was set up in 2010 to investigate allegations that the Catholic Church had covered up sexual abuse committed by notorious former Hunter Valley priest Denis McAlinden.
McAlinden was charged with child sex offences in Western Australia in 1992 and was later acquitted, before the church allegedly took steps to remove him from Australia with a one-way plane ticket.
In 2011, victims’ groups branded the strike force a “disgrace”, alleging police had failed to properly investigate the McAlinden complaints.
In 2004, Anglican Archbishop Ian George resigned in the aftermath of a report that criticised the handling of such allegations under his stewardship.
Although there was absolutely no suggestion he had broken any church rules or laws of the state, he carried the can and bore the brunt of an avalanche of public criticism towards the church, which started at the top with then-premier Mike Rann and flowed through to his own parishioners.
PHILIP Wilson is believed to be the most senior Catholic official in the world to face charges of this nature.
The report found that The Salvation Army received more than 100 claims of child sexual abuse concerning boys' homes, but in most cases those who reported were disbelieved, told they were liars, punished or ignored.
Hunter police have today charged the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference vice president with failing to report child sex allegations against the late Hunter priest Jim Fletcher.
Police will allege the archbishop, who was born in Cessnock, failed to report child sex abuse allegedly committed by paedophile priest Jim Fletcher when both men were working in the Maitland diocese near Newcastle in the 1970s, the Australian reports.
Fletcher died in 2006 after being jailed for raping a 13-year-old boy between 1989 and 1991.
Commission spokeswoman Danielle Redmond said there had been a large number of people in the state's north wanting to meet the commission.
There have been arrests in Victoria following an investigation into 28 people suspected of preying on children in care and grooming them for sex.
Details of the investigation, which began in 2013 and ends later this month, were outlined on Tuesday at a royal commission hearing in Sydney into child sexual abuse.