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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

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Ex-priest charged in Sydney's west

On Tuesday 28 April 2015, New South Wales Police charged a former Catholic priest with 19 offences relating to the sexual and indecent assault of children several decades ago during his time in the priesthood.
The case was announced in a NSW Police media release on 28 April 2015.
According to this media release, the investigation began in 2014 when police from the Blue Mountains Local Area Command and the Sex Crimes Squad received information relating to the alleged assault of a young girl by a man at Springwood (west of Sydney) in 1986.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/359

Two men in Sydney face sex abuse charges stretching back four decades

As the Royal Commission today investigates sexual assault allegations at a Melbourne hospital, police have arrested two men in Sydney over incidents of child sexual abuse dating back to the 70's.As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse prepares today to investigate allegations of sexual abuse at a Melbourne children's hospital, two men in Sydney are facing sex abuse charges that stretch back four decades.

http://www.aww.com.au/latest-news/news-stories/two-men-face-sex-abuse-charges-stretching-back-three-decades-20376

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Paedophile volunteer 'abused patient at Royal Children's Hospital'

A paedophile volunteer allegedly abused a young patient at the Royal Children's Hospital in the early 1980s, a Royal Commission will hear next month.
Distressing details of the sexual abuse will be aired at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the hospital's chief executive Christine Kilpatrick has confirmed.
"The hearing will examine a case in which a patient of the hospital in the early 1980s subsequently reporting having been sexually abused by a hospital volunteer," she said.
But there are concerns there may be more victims.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/paedophile-volunteer-abused-patient-at-royal-childrens-hospital-20150429-1mwgsv.html

Royal Children’s Hospital to face grilling over paedophile volunteer allegations

THE Royal Children’s Hospital has been ordered to answer shocking allegations that paedophiles sexually assaulted severely sick and terminally ill patients while volunteering at the hospital over 20 years.
According to allegations, one volunteer is believed to have worked at the RCH, with full access to patients, from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, long after he is said to have sexually assaulted a patient.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/royal-childrens-hospital-to-face-grilling-over-paedophile-volunteer-allegations/story-fni0fit3-1227327428938

Victoria's Royal Children's Hospital's response to abuse allegations to be investigated by royal commission

An allegation of sexual abuse at a Melbourne children's hospital will be investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission will investigate an allegation a child was abused while being treated at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), as well as a number of public and private medical institutions in New South Wales, at hearings commencing on May 6 in Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-30/royal-childrens-hospital-abuse-allegations-to-be-investigated/6432484

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into health care providers and regulators

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney commencing 6 May 2015 at 10:00am.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
  1. The experience of a number of patients of health care services in New South Wales who were sexually abused as children in:
    1. private medical practices; and
    2. public hospitals.
  2. The experience of a number of complainants who made complaints against a medical practitioner to the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) and the then New South Wales Medical Board.
http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-04/royal-commission-to-hold-public-hearing-into-healt

Royal Children’s Hospital to face grilling over paedophile volunteer allegations

THE Royal Children’s Hospital has been ordered to answer shocking allegations that paedophiles sexually assaulted severely sick and terminally ill patients while volunteering at the hospital over 20 years.
According to allegations, one volunteer is believed to have worked at the RCH, with full access to patients, from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, long after he is said to have sexually assaulted a patient.
Details to be aired at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse next month will centre on the treatment of a long-term patient in the early ’80s by a now dead male volunteer who worked at the RCH for over a decade.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/royal-childrens-hospital-to-face-grilling-over-paedophile-volunteer-allegations/story-fni0fit3-1227327428938

Former NSW priest charged over sex abuse

A former Catholic priest accused of abusing eight children between 1975 and 1992 has been charged with several counts of sexual and indecent assault.
The 70-year-old was on Tuesday arrested at a home in Granville, in Sydney's west, following a year-long investigation which began with allegations he abused a young girl in 1986. Seven more victims were subsequently identified during the investigation.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/04/29/16/54/former-nsw-priest-charged-over-sex-abuse

Former priest charged with two sexual assaults, 17 indecent assaults - Granville

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 04:24:07 PM
A former Catholic priest from Sydney’s west has been charged with 19 offences relating to the sexual and indecent assault of children.

Last year (2014), police from the Blue Mountains LAC and the Sex Crimes Squad received information relating to the alleged assault of a young girl by a man at Springwood in 1986.

Detectives made inquiries into the matter and identified seven more children who had allegedly been sexually or indecently assaulted by the man at various locations through NSW between 1975 and 1992.

At the time of the offences, the man was practising as a Catholic priest.

Following their inquiries, detectives yesterday (Tuesday 28 April 2015) arrested a 70-year-old man at a property in Granville.

He was taken to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with:
- Two counts of sexual assault; and,
- 17 counts of indecent assault.

Granted conditional bail, the man is scheduled to appear before Parramatta Local Court on 14 May 2015.

https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/latest_releases?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGNDU5MjkuaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D

Healing trauma through mind and body

Boston Trauma Centre director Bessell van der Kolk believes that traumatic events affect people’s bodies as much as their brains. He explained to Lynne Malcolm why self-awareness is at the centre of his unconventional approach to therapy.Traumatised people live in a world that's different from people who have not been traumatised. Their world looks different in every conceivable measure, whether it's brain or mind or body. It's a different planet.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/healing-trauma-through-the-mind-and-the-body/6425638

Abuse hearing into yoga ashram re-opens

A royal commission will hear oral submissions on how a yoga ashram at Mangrove Mountain in NSW handled child sex abuse allegations.
A national inquiry into how a NSW Yoga Ashram handled allegations of child sex abuse re-opens in Sydney on Wednesday.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hear oral submissions in relation to the Satayananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain, at Governor Macquarie Tower hearing room in Sydney's CBD.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/29/abuse-hearing-yoga-ashram-re-opens

Child sex abuse royal commission to hold Ballarat public hearing

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a public hearing in Ballarat from May 19.
The commission has held public hearings in every Australian capital city.
This year it will hold open hearings in regional Australia for the first time, starting in Ballarat.
It said the city had a deeply disturbing history of institutional sexual abuse.
It will hear the experiences of survivors and the impact of abuse on the town's families and social fabric.
Ballarat survivor Andrew Collins said it was great news.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-29/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-to-hold-ballarat/6429628

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Child sex abuse inquiry: Former Knox Grammar teacher denies 'balaclava man' incident

Former Knox Grammar teacher Christopher Fotis denies any knowledge of the so-called balaclava man incident, when a sleeping student was sexually assaulted by a masked man.
A former teacher at Sydney's Knox Grammar School has denied any knowledge of the so-called balaclava man incident, when a sleeping student was sexually assault by a masked man in 1988.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-04-28/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-former-knox-grammar-teacher-denies-balaclava-man-incident/1440934

Christopher Fotis denies groping student and says he failed to appear at commission because he is a ‘very private person’

A FORMER Knox Grammar School teacher forced to resign after being caught masturbating in front of another school asked for a reference.
Former teacher Christopher Fotis recounted to the royal commission into sexual abuse being called into headmaster Dr Ian Paterson’s office at the elite private school over the arrest for unlawful exposure which he described as a “legal matter”.
“He suggested I should think about or I should resign,” Mr Fotis told the commission.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/christopher-fotis-denies-groping-student-and-says-he-failed-to-appear-at-commission-because-he-is-a-very-private-person/story-fni0cx12-1227324503213

Knox Grammar royal commission: Former teacher Christopher Fotis takes the stand

Disgraced former Knox Grammar School teacher Christopher Fotis​ continued to work in both the public and Catholic education system after being caught exposing his genitals in public, a royal commission has heard.
Fotis, 52, was asked to resign from the prestigious private school in 1989 after being arrested for exposing himself.
He told  the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he worked as a casual teacher in NSW public schools and a Catholic school for six or seven months in 1990 following his arrest.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/knox-grammar-royal-commission-former-teacher-christopher-fotis-takes-the-stand-20150428-1mugsl.html

Knox reference underwhelming: Fotis

A teacher who was asked to resign from an elite private school when he was charged with performing a sex act in public, expected to get a "richer" reference from the headmaster of Knox Grammar.
Christopher Fotis was asked to resign from the Sydney school in 1989 by the headmaster Ian Paterson.
He was given a reference which noted his enthusiasm for his job and his enormous help with extra-curricular events but which made no mention of why he was asked to leave or other complaints against him.
On Tuesday Fotis told a royal commission that it was a "pretty underwhelming" reference.
Fotis was later found guilty of obscene exposure after he was caught masturbating in his car on a street in Ryde, Sydney.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-3058506/Knox-reference-underwhelming-Fotis.html

Former Knox teacher Christopher Fotis denies knowing of assault on student

One-time house master says he first heard about ‘balaclava man incident’ from the inquiry and did not attend when called because he is a ‘private man’

A former teacher at Sydney’s prestigious Knox Grammar school who was suspected of assaulting a student in his bed has told an abuse inquiry he did not attend when called to its hearings in February because he is a “private man”.
Christopher Fotis, 52, took the stand at a reconvened hearing of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse on Tuesday.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/28/former-knox-teacher-christopher-fotis-denies-knowing-of-assault-on-student

Knox Grammar's 'balaclava man' suspect to face royal commission into child sexual abuse

The royal commission into child sexual abuse will today hear from a former teacher accused of donning a balaclava and assaulting a sleeping boarding student at prestigious Sydney boys school Knox Grammar.
Christopher Fotis was arrested after he failed to appear when he was summonsed to attend a hearing in March.
The commission previously heard that, in 1988, a teenage boarder woke to find a masked man groping him from under his bed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/knox-grammars-balaclava-man-to-face-royal-commission/6425170

Knox abuse hearing to resume

A former teacher at an elite Sydney grammar school who was picked up by police will give evidence when a child abuse hearing resumes.

A former teacher at Knox Grammar School who was apprehended by police after he failed to turn up at an earlier hearing into child sex abuse will give evidence on Tuesday.
Christopher Fotis, who taught at the elite Sydney private school in the 1980s, failed to appear before a royal commission in February.
He was arrested in Queensland earlier in April and will be in the witness stand when a hearing resumes into how the school and the Uniting Church handled allegations against a number of teachers.
Fotis, now 52, was asked to leave Knox in September 1989 after he was arrested for masturbating outside a school in North Ryde, Sydney.
The then headmaster at Knox, Dr Ian Paterson, gave him a glowing reference.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/28/knox-abuse-hearing-resume

Northern Territory department records 145 allegations of sexual abuse of children in care in six months

The Northern Territory Department of Children and Families recorded nearly as many allegations of child sexual abuse in the six months to January 2015 as it did in the previous decade, data shows.
In evidence to an inquiry, the department said it noted 145 allegations of sexual abuse of children in care from July 1, 2004 to July 1, 2014.
Then from August 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 it recorded 117 allegations of sexual exploitation

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/northern-territory-sexual-abuse-children-in-care-figures/6426030

Monday, 27 April 2015

Victims' advocate praises Australian Jewish school’s response to allegations

Manny Waks, founder and former head of Australian sexual abuse victims’ advocacy group Tzedek, praises the Melbourne’s King David School for its handling of allegations against its teacher.
Manny Waks, the founder and former head of Australian sexual abuse victims’ advocacy group Tzedek, praised the Melbourne’s King David School for its handling of allegations that one its teachers had acted in an inappropriate manner with students.

 http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Victims-advocate-praises-Australian-Jewish-schools-response-to-allegations-399324

Friday, 24 April 2015

Priest sexually abused girl while hearing her first confession

Victim says school refused to believe her parents and warned them about complaint 

 
A 76-year-old retired priest who sexually abused a seven-year-old girl while hearing her first confession has been jailed for two years.
John Calnan, who is no longer in ministry, was sentenced to three years in jail, with the final year suspended, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting the girl in West Cork in 1989.
Sgt Maurice Downey told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the girl was preparing for her First Holy Communion and Calnan was invited to her school to hear first confessions.
The confessions were being held in a kitchenette area and as Calnan began hearing the girl’s first confession, he put his hands inside her underwear and digitally penetrated her.

Italy: Catholic priest Gratien Alabi charged with murder of missing mother Guerrina Piscaglia

Italian police have charged a catholic priest with the murder of a Tuscan housewife who went missing last year.
Father Gratien Alabi was held in Rome by detectives investigating the disappearance of Guerrina Piscaglia, 50, who vanished from the village of Cà Raffaello, near Arezzo on 1 May 2014.
The married mother-of-one left her house for a walk on International Labour Day, a public holiday in Italy, never to return.
The 45-year-old clergyman was already a suspect in the case although he was previously facing charges of aiding and abetting a kidnapping or murder and banned from leaving Italy, pending an investigation. He has now been charged with murdering the woman and disposing of the body.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/italy-catholic-priest-gratien-alabi-charged-murder-missing-mother-guerrina-piscaglia-1498165

Clergy Abuse Survivors’ Open Letters to the Pope

Pope Francis’s first U.S. trip won’t include Boston. Three survivors wrote open letters on whether it should.

 
This September, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States since he ascended to the papacy in 2013. His itinerary will include stops in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York.
It will not, as of now, include Boston, the epicenter of one of the biggest scandals in the church’s history. In 2002, The Boston Globe reported on a widespread sexual abuse cover-up within the Boston Archdiocese, the effects of which are still felt today.

What happened at Neerkol orphanage

THE EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN AT THE NEERKOL ORPHANAGE AS TOLD BY FORMER RESIDENTS AT THE CHILD ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION:
* A 67-year-old woman said she was sexually abused and raped more than 100 times from age 11 by priest Reginald Durham, who forced her to confess her "sins" and gave her absolution.
* Children who ran away were publicly flogged with whips as an example to others. * Girls were forced to eat "ant sandwiches" under supervision to ensure compliance. * Altar boys were routinely raped by a priest during Latin lessons.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/what-happened-at-neerkol-orphanage/story-e6frfku9-1227318173468

569 Royal Commission referrals made so far

THE 569 Royal Commission referrals to the police could rise if the panel finds that evidence presented in the Neerkol Orphanage hearing is substantial enough for action.
That's what a Royal Commission spokesman, and legal expert Neil Foster (from Adelaide University), said in the wake of the public hearing in Rockhampton this week.
Mr Foster said in previous hearings, which have been held in various locations across Australia since 2013, the commission had made hundreds of referrals to the police for further investigation. 

Full horror of Neerkol revealed at hearing

A more detailed and distressing picture of what went on at a central Queensland orphanage decades ago has been revealed by a national inquiry.

A stock whip wielded by a young man paints bloody stripes across a small boy's bare back while several nuns and dozens of children watch on.
Another boy is locked in a cramped cupboard for an entire day without food or water.
His crime? Wetting the bed.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/24/full-horror-neerkol-revealed-hearing

Neerkol orphanage victim continues her fight for justice

NEERKOL Orphanage victim Margaret Campbell, and her lawyer, are making formal representations to the Queensland boss of public prosecutions to review the case against Rockhampton man Kevin Baker.
Yesterday Aaron Kernaghan, Ms Campbell's solicitor, told The Morning Bulletin he was making those formal representations early next week.
Mr Baker allegedly sexually abused Ms Campbell in 1961 at Neerkol Orphanage, the Royal Commission panel was told at its Rockhampton hearing.
In 2002, the Department of Public Prosecutions decided not to proceed any further with legal action against Mr Baker because of several technical legal issues. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Oral Submissions to be held for Case Study 21 Satyananda Yoga Ashram

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hear oral submissions in relation to Case Study 21 into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain, NSW, on Wednesday 29 April 2015.
The public hearing commenced on 2 December 2014 and examined the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by the Ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-04/oral-submissions-to-be-held-for-case-study-21-saty

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Nun vows to atone for Qld orphanage abuse

A SENIOR Catholic nun who admitted to treating child abuse victims without compassion has vowed to "right the wrong of the past", as a public hearing into a Queensland orphanage wraps up.
THE public apology by Sisters of Mercy national head Berneice Loch came as it was revealed that elderly nuns from her congregation were ashamed and upset after being accused of abusing children.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/abusive-nuns-reluctant-to-meet-victims/story-fni0xqi4-1227315166690

Royal commission into sex abuse hearings end in Rockhampton with calls for redress scheme

AS A royal commission winds up nearly two weeks of evidence related to a Catholic-run orphanage outside Rockhampton, pressure is mounting for a national scheme for pedophilia victims, and for the Queensland Government to close legal loop­holes for child abusers.
A former Sisters of Mercy nun wept on the witness stand as she struggled to articulate her gratitude to abuse victims for changing her attitude to child sexual abuse from “scepticism and disbelief to acceptance and understanding’’.
The commission has also heard a key figure alleged to have committed serious crimes at Neerkol faced far more accusations of abuse than the public was aware of.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/royal-commission-into-sex-abuse-hearings-end-in-rockhampton-with-calls-for-redress-scheme/story-fnn8dlfs-1227316015164

Nun 'sorry' for letting down abuse victims

A senior Catholic nun has apologised for the treatment of former orphanage residents who were met with disbelief when they came forward with child abuse allegations.
The national head of the Sisters of Mercy, the order which ran the infamous Neerkol orphanage near Rockhampton, paid tribute to former residents' "enormous courage" in telling their "heartbreaking" stories at a royal commission last week.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/nun-sorry-for-letting-down-abuse-victims-20150422-1mqsq0.html

Church leaders renew apology as child abuse hearing winds up

CATHOLIC Bishop of Rockhampton Michael McCarthy and Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea leader Sister Berneice Loch have renewed their apology to child abuse victims at Neerkol.
The pair has issued a joint statement this afternoon following the completion of the Royal Commission into child abuse hearing in Rockhampton.
The hearing heard confronting evidence from former residents at the Neerkol orphanage who were victims of sexual and physical abuse.
Bishop McCarthy and Sister Loch's statement said: 

US Bishop Finn, symbol of church's failure on sexual abuse, resigns


U.S. Bishop Robert Finn, the Catholic prelate in the U.S. heartland who became a symbol internationally of the church's failures in addressing the sexual abuse crisis, has resigned. He was the first bishop criminally convicted of mishandling an abusive priest yet remained in office for another two and a half years.
The Vatican announced Finn's resignation as head of the diocese of St. Joseph-Kansas City, Mo., in a note in its daily news bulletin Tuesday.
While the note did not provide any reason for the move, it is rare for bishops in the Catholic church to resign without cause before they reach the traditional retirement age of 75.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/us-bishop-finn-symbol-churchs-failure-sexual-abuse-resigns

The Marist Brothers ignored this abuser. Now they face public scrutiny

This Broken Rites article tells how the Marist Brothers harboured a child-sex offender (Brother John William Chute) for more than 40 years, giving him access to Australian Catholic schoolchildren. Broken Rites has ascertained that the Marist Brothers appointed Brother "Kostka" (as he was known) to at least 12 Catholic schools in Australia between 1952 and 1993, ranging from Lismore in northern New South Wales to Marcellin College in Randwick, Sydney, as well as at least one school in Queensland. His final school was Marist College in Canberra, and it was some Canberra pupils who finally got him convicted and jailed in 2008. However, this Canberra court case was confined to crimes committed within the Australian Capital Territory. Now, in April 2015, John William "Kostka" Chute is scheduled to face charges in the Lismore Local  Court.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/90

MO--KC bishop is ousted-a tiny step forward

MO--KC bishop is ousted-a tiny step forward

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Finally, more than two years after his conviction, Bishop Robert Finn has been ousted. This is a tiny but belated step forward.   
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/us/missouri-bishop-convicted-of-shielding-pedophile-priest-resigns.html?_r=0
After centuries of abuse and cover up done in secrecy, and decades of abuse and cover up done somewhat in public, one pope has finally seen fit to oust one bishop for complicity in clergy sex crimes. That's encouraging. But it's only a very tiny drop of reform in an enormous bucket of horror.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/mo_kc_bishop_is_ousted_a_tiny_step_forward?utm_campaign=finnousted&utm_medium=email&utm_source=snap

Sisters of Mercy leader didn’t listen to sexual abuse victims

THE Sisters of Mercy leader admitted she was less than compassionate when sexual and physical abuse victims first started speaking out.
Not once when the allegations of abuse at Neerkol Orphanage first came to light, did Sister Berneice Loch attempt to contact victims, the Royal Commission panel heard yesterday.
That was the first port of call she should have made, she told the commission. 

Some nuns who abused victims couldn't remember the abuse

UPDATE 11.55AM: Professional Standards Committee leader Di-Anne Rowan says at the time some Sisters of Mercy nuns were named as alleged abuse perpetrators, they were asked to meet with their victims.
It was about 1997 when this occurred.
Ms Rowan said one nun in particular, who was not believed to be working with children any longer, was anxious to meet one witness in the Royal Commission inquiry into child sex abuse at Neerkol Orphanage because she couldn't remember the abuse. 

Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry: Neerkol Orphanage nuns 'nervous' about meeting ...

NUNS accused of abusing children at a notorious Queensland orphanage refused to meet the victims as adults because they feared not remembering what happened, a national inquiry has heard.
Up to five of the Sister of Mercy nuns alleged to have abused children at Neerkol Orphanage were still alive in the 1990s, but many were “anxious and nervous” about meeting victims.
As the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in Rockhampton nears the end of a two-week hearing, a former nun has recalled the reactions of the Sisters of Mercy alleged to have abused and humiliated children at St Joseph’s Orphanage at Neerkol, west of the city.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/child-sexual-abuse-inquiry-neerkol-orphanage-nuns-nervous-about-meeting-victims/story-fnii5v70-1227315180680

'Abusive' nuns reluctant to meet victims

NUNS accused of abusing children at a notorious Queensland orphanage refused to meet the victims as adults because they feared not remembering what happened, a national inquiry has heard.
MEMBERS of The Sisters of Mercy perpetrated a decades-long reign of terror, according to former residents of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton, involving cruel and humiliating punishments to keep children in line.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/abusive-nuns-reluctant-to-meet-victims/story-fnihsfrf-1227315166690

Child sex abuse inquiry: Senior Catholic nun apologises to victims from Neerkol orphanage in Queensland

A senior Catholic nun apologises to victims of sexual abuse at St Joseph's Orphanage at Neerkol, near Rockhampton, during her testimony at a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing.

A senior Catholic nun has apologised to victims of sexual abuse at St Joseph's Orphanage at Neerkol, near Rockhampton, during her testimony at a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing.
Hundreds of children were beaten, molested and raped at St Joseph's over three decades up until the late 1970s.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-04-22/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-senior-catholic-nun-apologises-to-victims-from-neerkol-orphanage-in-queensla/1439736

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sisters of Mercy leader admits she didn’t listen

THE Sisters of Mercy leader admitted she was less than compassionate when sexual and physical abuse victims first started speaking out.
Not once when the allegations of abuse at Neerkol Orphanage first came to light, did Sister Berneice Loch attempt to contact victims, the Royal Commission panel heard yesterday.
That was the first port of call she should have made, she told the commission. 

Melvyn Morrow's Vice takes a message-free look at sex abuse in schools

Set in an exclusive Catholic boys' school rocked by accusations of sexual abuse, a new play, Vice, which is about to open at the King Street Theatre in Newtown, is an investigation into the "blurring of borders", playwright Melvyn Morrow says.
"It's a frightful, delicate and tragically topical subject and when you read about these things happening, everybody feels like they are an expert on the subject because they went to school as well," Morrow explains. "I thought it would be interesting to show what life is like in a school and how teachers deal with moments when they are, for one reason or another, compromised."

http://www.watoday.com.au/entertainment/theatre/melvyn-morrows-vice-takes-a-messagefree-look-at-sex-abuse-in-schools-20150421-1mj7fs.html

Robert Finn, Missouri Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest, Resigns

Three years after Bishop Robert W. Finn became the first Roman Catholic prelate to be convicted of failing to report a pedophile priest, he resigned on Tuesday as head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in northern and western Missouri.
The move comes as Pope Francis is facing mounting pressure from the faithful and from members of his own sexual abuse commission to show that he is serious about keeping bishops accountable when they have shielded or mishandled child abusers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/us/missouri-bishop-convicted-of-shielding-pedophile-priest-resigns.html?_r=1 

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn

.- Nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese, Kansas City-St. Joseph’s bishop has resigned.

The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis’ acceptance of Bishop Finn’s resignation according to Canon 104 Article 2 in the Code of Canon Law in an April 21 statement, released at noon local time.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-accepts-resignation-of-bishop-robert-w-finn-85976/

US bishop who failed to report child abuse resigns

Robert Finn, 62, is the lone American bishop ever to be found guilty of a criminal charge for failure to report an accusation of child abuse. 

In what is likely to be hailed as major step toward accountability for Catholic bishops who mishandle sexual abuse allegations, the Vatican has announced the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/world/52070/us_bishop_who_failed_to_report_child_abuse_resigns#.VTYuyzeZh61

Head nun sorry over Qld orphanage abuse

A SENIOR Catholic nun has apologised for the inadequate way she handled historical child abuse allegations against members of her order.
BUT the national head of the Sisters of Mercy, whose members ran a notorious central Queensland orphanage, says she still believes the allegations should never have been aired in parliament almost 20 years ago.
Sister Berneice Loch was the order's congregational leader in 1993 when former residents of the Neerkol orphanage near Rockhampton began coming forward with claims they had been physically and sexually abused by nuns and priests.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/neerkol-allegations-sensationalised-nun/story-e6frfku9-1227313446365

What has changed since disability care scandal of the 1980s and '90s?

Despite rapes, deaths and neglect in care, the disability sector is obsessed with self-protection.
 
The Age has recently detailed horrendous events that occurred in a disability house in the 1980s and 1990s. The question that cannot be avoided is: what has changed?
Conciliation is not the answer to every complaint.  
Despite the proliferation of policies, procedures and rhetoric about rights and protection, it would be wrong to conclude all is well. The systemic issues of powerlessness of people with disabilities and their families, pressure on the staff and whistleblowers to remain quiet, cover up by senior bureaucrats, secrecy and lack of transparency, allegations of rapes and the high number of deaths in care continue to the present day.
 
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/what-has-changed-since-disability-care-scandal-of-the-1980s-and-90s-20150420-1mom6y.html

Victorian disabled sex abuse scandal worsens as shocking case emerges

A Victorian government-employed carer for the disabled has been charged with 17 serious sexual abuse offences against a person in their care.
The charges are the latest in a series of recent prosecutions involving male carers working for the Department of Human Services or non-government disability care providers such as Yooralla.
In a case before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, the male carer has been charged with multiple counts of sexual penetration of a person with a cognitive impairment and several counts of indecent assault.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victorian-disabled-sex-abuse-scandal-worsens-as-shocking-case-emerges-20150420-1mp6do.html

Queensland nun admits she lacked compassion in orphanage abuse claims

Sisters of Mercy head Berneice Loch admits to royal commission her response to abuse allegations at Neerkol orphanage was inadequate and exacerbated victims’ suffering

A senior Catholic nun has admitted her response to allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a central Queensland orphanage was inadequate and exacerbated victims’ suffering.
The national head of the Sisters of Mercy, Berneice Loch, told a royal commission on Tuesday she was sorry she had not acted more compassionately towards former residents of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/21/queensland-nun-admits-she-lacked-compassion-in-orphanage-abuse-claims

Tasmania's Children's Commissioner wants app developed for kids in state care

Tasmania's Children's Commissioner Mark Morrissey wants to develop a smartphone app for kids living in state care.
The app would enable a child to make confidential requests to their social workers, share feelings and, most critically, disclose abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-21/tas-commissioner-wants-app-developed-for-kids-in-state-care/6408986

Historical Neerkol records destroyed in Brisbane floods Austin King

YOU may find yourself coming to several road blocks when you dig into Neerkol Orphanage's dark and horrific past.
Some Neerkol Orphanage records, kept in a basement in a Brisbane city building, were destroyed in 1974 when a flood swept through the state's capital.
The number of records lost is not known.
That's what Department of Families and Communities officer Majella Ryan told the Royal Commission yesterday when she gave evidence regarding the state's role with the orphanage. 

Church was prepared to pay for pedophile priest's headstone

UPDATE 2.35PM: The former Bishop of Rockhampton has apologised for the way he and the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton acted when allegations of child sex abuse were made in the early 1990s.
Bishop Heenan has given his evidence to the commission and has stepped down from the stand.
UPDATE 11.10AM: The Royal Commission has heard the Diocese of Rockhampton would have been prepared to pay for Fr Reginald Durham's headstone after he died.
It's not known if the church played any part in commissioning the headstone.
The solicitor for witness AYB submitted two photographs of Fr Durham's headstone. One inscription in the area around Fr Durham's burial site reads "made up a royal priesthood to serve God. 

Nun says MP sensationalised abuse claims at Neerkol Orphanage

A SENIOR Catholic nun has attacked a former Queensland MP who revealed former residents at Neerkol Orphanage were being abused for “sensationalising” the issue.
Sister Berneice Loch, leader of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, said she still objected to the naming of Neerkol in a ministerial statement by former National Party MP Kevin Lingard in September 1996.
INQUIRY: Abuse claims shock commission
SORRY: Bishop ashamed of child abuse

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/nun-says-mp-sensationalised-abuse-claims-at-neerkol-orphanage/story-fnn8dlfs-1227313277312 

Neerkol allegations 'sensationalised': nun

THE head of the Catholic order of nuns that ran an infamous Queensland orphanage still believes the sex abuse claims should not have been aired in parliament.
IN September 1996 Families Minister Kevin Lingard caused a sensation when he told Queensland parliament that six people had called a child sexual abuse hotline with historical allegations of abuse at the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.
The ensuing media coverage resulted in numerous former Neerkol residents coming forward to reveal their own stories of abuse.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/neerkol-allegations-sensationalised-nun/story-fnhrvfuw-1227313446365

Sr Berneice Loch made no attempts to contact Neerkol victims

UPDATE 11.45PM: SR Loch has maintained a statement read in parliament in the mid-1990s, regarding sexual abuse allegations at Neerkol Orphanage, were "sensational".
In a statement to the media back in the 1990s, Sr Loch said: "I have to consider it astounding and dismaying that such allegations can be made in the parliament of Queensland without any form of notification.
"That is the first part of your complaint but, secondly... Without any effort having been made to substance Yale the allegations." 

Monday, 20 April 2015

Bishop 'forever sorry' over Qld abuse

A retired Catholic bishop says he'll be "forever sorry" for the way he responded to former residents of an infamous central Queensland orphanage whose shocking stories of abuse were laid bare at a royal commission.
Retired Rockhampton bishop Brian Heenan told the sex abuse royal commission he felt "a terrible sense of shame and disgrace" at what happened to children at the St Joseph's Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/27218783/bishop-forever-sorry-over-qld-abuse/

Catholic bishop ashamed of what happened to abused children at Neerkol

Retired bishop Brian Heenan, who dismissed abuse claims at orphanage as scurrilous, says he now feels a ‘terrible sense of shame and disgrace’

A retired Catholic bishop who was slow to act on child sexual abuse allegations against members of his clergy says he feels shamed by what happened to victims.
Bishop Brian Heenan told a royal commission on Monday he felt a “terrible sense of shame and disgrace” over what happened to former residents of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/20/catholic-bishop-ashamed-of-what-happened-to-abused-children-at-neerkol

Child sex abuse inquiry: Retired Bishop agrees at Neerkol inquiry that headstone for paedophile priest 'offensive'

Retired Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan has agreed it was offensive for a paedophile priest to retain his full title on his headstone when he died, an inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard.
Bishop Heenan returned today to continue giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the central Queensland city.
He has been questioned about the appropriateness of the inscription on the headstone of a paedophile priest's grave: "As made a royal priesthood to serve good."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-20/child-abuse-inquiry-neerkol-rockhampton-in-central-qld/6405416

Retired Queensland Bishop Brian Heenan ashamed of child abuse in Catholic Church, Royal Commission hears

A RETIRED Queensland Bishop has expressed deep sorrow about child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church, and spoken of his own “terrible sense of shame and disgrace”.
Bishop Brian Heenan, appearing at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse at Rockhampton, said listening to a week of evidence from victims had moved him deeply.
“I realised all over again how dreadful it must have been for them,” Bishop Heenan, appointed in 1991 and now retired, said.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/retired-queensland-bishop-brian-heenan-ashamed-of-child-abuse-in-catholic-church-royal-commission-hears/story-fnihsrf2-1227311765915

Bishop's 'shame' at orphanage abuse

A retired Catholic bishop who was slow to act on child sexual abuse allegations against members of his clergy says he feels shamed by what happened to abuse victims.
Bishop Brian Heenan told a royal commission on Monday he felt a "terrible sense of shame and disgrace" over what happened to former residents of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.
Former orphanage residents last week told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse of the physical, sexual and psychological abuse they suffered at the hands of nuns and priests before the orphanage closed in 1978.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-3045972/Qld-bishop-face-questions.html 

Church was prepared to pay for pedophile priest's headstone

UPDATE 11.10AM: The Royal Commission has heard the Diocese of Rockhampton would have been prepared to pay for Fr Reginald Durham's headstone after he died.
It's not known if the church played any part in commissioning the headstone.
The solicitor for witness AYB submitted two photographs of Fr Durham's headstone. One inscription on it reads "made up a royal priesthood to serve God". 

Child sex abuse inquiry: Retired Bishop continues testimony at inquiry into Neerkol orphanage

Retired Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan has returned today to continue giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the central Queensland city.
The inquiry has been told that for more than three decades, children at St Joseph's Orphanage at Neerkol, west of Rockhampton, were raped, molested and beaten.
Today's hearing was due to begin at 10:30am but delayed because of webcast problems.
Bishop Heenan has been explaining the Catholic church's response to abuse allegations at the orphanage from the 1940s to the 1970s, which was run by the Sisters of Mercy.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-20/child-abuse-inquiry-neerkol-rockhampton-in-central-qld/6405416

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Qld bishop to face more questions

A retired Catholic bishop who admitted to putting the church's reputation before child sexual abuse victims is due to face more questions at a royal commission.
Bishop Brian Heenan is expected to return to the witness box when the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse resumes in central Queensland on Monday.
Bishop Heenan was the head of the Catholic diocese in Rockhampton in the 1990s when former residents of the Neerkol orphanage came forward with historical child sexual abuse allegations.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/04/20/03/32/qld-bishop-to-face-more-questions

Lord Janner child abuse scandal: Now Theresa May turns heat on DPP over botched case

Alison Saunders position as the country's top prosecutor looks bleak
She has faced criticism from Home Secretary, police chiefs and MPs
Mrs Saunders said her job was to make legal decisions, not popular ones 


The Director of Public Prosecutions was under growing pressure to stand down last night over her failure to put Lord Janner on trial for serious child abuse offences.
Alison Saunders’s position as the country’s top prosecutor looked bleak as she faced unprecedented criticism from the Home Secretary, police chiefs, crime tsars, prominent MPs – and even one of her predecessors.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3045318/Lord-Janner-child-abuse-scandal-Theresa-turns-heat-DPP-botched-case.html 

Child abuse - the unseen impact on family members, partners and friends

Survivors of childhood abuse often feel that their lives were changed beyond recognition the first time their abuser started to groom and abuse them.
As the vast majority of child abuse survivors do not disclose their abuse for a number of years after the actual assaults, this causes a period of time where they often struggle to manage the emotional impact of the abuse and this then affects their relationships with family members, partners and friends.  Often survivors will become disruptive in school and at home while it is also very common to see them start to drink excessively, take illegal drugs or self-harm in an effort to erase their feelings and memories of the abuse.
Below I have noted extracts from some of my current clients (their names have been anonymised for confidentiality, as have their abusers) who have had a number of different relationships affected due to childhood sexual abuse:

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=7f1a3c3e-820b-46d0-b712-6f5fed48d5c5

Society putting child safety first as schools forced to reveal alleged sex abuse

The co-operation, honesty and transparency shown by schools would not have occurred even as recently as five years ago.

Another week and another school is under investigation for historical child sexual abuse.
Last Monday, Newington College, a private boys' school in Sydney, was the latest school rocked by historic child sexual abuse allegations. The reports indicated that the school sent an email out to the parents of current and former students notifying them of an anticipated court case involving allegations of prior abuse at the school.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/society-putting-child-safety-first-as-schools-forced-to-reveal-alleged-sex-abuse-20150419-1mmadc.html

Friday, 17 April 2015

Ex-bishop Heenan grilled for supporting pedophile priest

WHEN pedophile priest Father Reginald Durham was charged with sexually abusing children, his leader Bishop Brian Heenan wrote him a glowing character reference.
The former Catholic Bishop of Rockhampton (Fr Heenan) believed it was his role at the time to support his priest, knowing full-well there were child sex abuse allegations against Fr Durham.
In yesterday's Royal Commission hearing into child sexual abuse at Neerkol Orphanage, it emerged that Fr Heenan wrote the letter of reference to support his priest's "good" side. 

Hannelore wants the Neerkol stones removed

HANNELORE Worrall (nee Majewski) now wants a bulldozer to knock down the Neerkol Orphanage memorial stones.
They are the very stones she helped commission to remember the children who attended the orphanage before it closed in 1978.
In fact, Hannelore contributed $12,000 towards the memorial, estimated to cost between $36,000 and $40, 000.
Despite pushing strongly for the stones, she became upset outside the Rockhampton Courthouse when a former Neerkol Orphanage resident (who gave evidence) challenged comments Hannelore made to The Morning Bulletin about her experience at Neerkol. 

Orphans recall vicious, sadistic abuse

Commission hears how children’s reports of cruelty by priests and nuns were covered up for decades.
 
Another city, another institution and more harrowing tales of ruined lives. And, as the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse held a hearing in Queensland this week, another scandalous story of cruelty, cover-up and neglect.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11434614

Abuse at the Sisters of Mercy-run Neerkol orphanage has shocked a royal commission

IT WAS Sister Emile who would clean him up and ensure he had a nappy for the bleeding after he would return, yet again, from being raped by the priest after the evening Mass.
The spirit of Sister Emile, whoever she was, flared briefly this week in the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse at Rockhampton.
It was the one point of light amid the medieval darkness that appears to have enveloped St Joseph’s Orphanage at Neerkol for much of the 20th century.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/abuse-at-the-sisters-of-mercy-run-neerkol-orphanage-has-shocked-a-royal-commission/story-fnii5v6y-1227308399664

Bishop Brian Heenan regrets handling of child abuse at Queensland orphanage

A RETIRED senior Queensland cleric has admitted the Catholic Church failed victims of sexual abuse in the Rockhampton diocese.
Bishop Brian Heenan made significant admissions during a day on the witness stand at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse in Rockhampton.
Bishop Heenan, in charge of the diocese during the ’90s as the scandal erupted, admitted he put the Catholic Church’s reputation before his duty to listen to victims — including those abused at the notorious Neerkol orphanage.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/bishop-brian-heenan-regrets-handling-of-child-abuse-at-queensland-orphanage/story-fnii5v6y-1227308524681

Former Rockhampton bishop lauded sex abuser’s ‘unique gift’

The former Catholic bishop of Rockhampton admits failing to protect children in his flock from a pedophile priest, before writing a court reference for the chaplain in which he praised his “unique gift with youth”.
Bishop Brian Heenan told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday that victims told him as early as 1993 that they had been abused as children by priests at the Neerkol orphanage.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/former-rockhampton-bishop-lauded-sex-abusers-unique-gift/story-fngburq5-1227308552053

Marist Brothers to leave Canberra

Canberra's Marist Brothers community is to be disbanded by the middle of the year following the deaths of two members in the past 18 months and the appointment of a third to head a new community in Western Sydney.
Marist Brothers have lived and worked in the ACT since the late 1960s when Marist College Canberra was established.
A spokesman for the order said the decision to close the community would not affect the running of the college which now operates with lay teachers and a lay principal.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/marist-brothers-to-leave-canberra-20150417-1mbkxe.html

A PRIEST who allegedly performed 13 exorcisms on an anorexic girl has been arrested.

Rituals began in 2012 when Valladolid exorcist, Jesus Hernandez Sahagun, was contacted by the girl’s parents who were convinced she was ‘possessed by the devil’.
Dramatic ceremonies which allegedly involved the girl being tied up with crucifixes placed on her head left the girl injured and, on one occasion, she attempted suicide.

 http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2015/04/17/exorcist-priest-arrested/

Francis Hypocrisy: Pope rejects France's gay envoy to Vatican while Vatican battles with new scandals of Italian priests’ gay orgies and gay Swiss Guards

It usually takes a month and a half for the Vatican to accept an envoy’s credentials but its prolonged silence usually means a rejection.  French President François Hollande has appointed   – last January – his chief of protocol and a senior diplomat Laurent Stefanini to the Holy See.  But since Laurent Stefanini is openly gay, the media is now exposing Pope Francis’ refusal to accept Stefanini because of his open homosexuality.  At the same time, the Vatican is reeling with scandals in Italy because of infamous gay Italian priests and by the way, have idiots Catholics forgotten the Vatican Gay Lobby that caused the downfall resignation of Benedict XVI-RATzinger – and the Vatican’s poster gay Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland? 

http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2015/04/francis-hypocrisy-pope-rejects-frances.html 

Child abuse inquiry: Retired bishop Brian Heenan kept paedophile priest in parish, royal commission hears

The retired Rockhampton bishop allowed a priest to stay on at a parish even though he knew he was a paedophile, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
Bishop Brian Heenan also admitted at one point he tried to protect the reputation of the Catholic Church rather than consider the victims of sexual abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-17/royal-commission-child-sexual-abuse-inquiry-rockhampton/6399804

Pedophile priest had 'gift with youth'

A retired Catholic bishop has been forced to defend his character reference for a pedophile priest he described as having a "gift" with children.
 
A retired Catholic bishop described a pedophile priest as having a "unique gift with youth" in a character reference for the man's court sentence.
Former head of the Catholic diocese of Rockhampton in Queensland Brian Heenan told a royal commission on Friday he regretted parts of the 1999 reference letter in support of the disgraced former member of his clergy, Reginald Durham.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/17/pedophile-priest-had-gift-youth

Ex-bishop 'deeply regrets' abuse response

A RETIRED Catholic bishop says he deeply regrets dismissing allegations of child sexual abuse against members of his clergy and admits he put the reputation of the church first.
FORMER head of the central Queensland diocese of Rockhampton Brian Heenan has told a royal commission his response to multiple allegations of child sexual abuse against priests at the Neerkol orphanage was inappropriate and wrong.
Historical allegations of widespread physical and sexual abuse by priests and nuns at the orphanage began emerging in 1993.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/ex-bishop-to-be-called-to-abuse-inquiry/story-fni0xqi4-1227307340651

Former Catholic bishop tells inquiry he failed to adequately protect children

Brian Heenan admits to royal commission that he did not do enough to keep a priest accused of child sexual abuse away from children

A retired Catholic bishop has admitted that he failed to protect Queensland children from a priest who was later convicted of child sexual offences.
The former bishop of the Rockhampton diocese, Brian Heenan, conceded at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse that his response to multiple allegations of historical child sexual offences against members of his clergy was inappropriate and inadequate.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/17/former-catholic-bishop-tells-inquiry-he-failed-to-adequately-protect-children

Retired Rockhampton bishop Brian Heenan knew about at least one sexually abusive priest in his parish

RETIRED Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan knew about at least one sexually abusive priest who had worked in his parish as early as 1994.
But he had no training on how to handle child sex abuse allegations when he was made Bishop in 1991.
Bishop Heenan has appeared as a witness at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Rockhampton, answering questions on the Church’s responses to the abuse allegations at St Joseph’s Orphanage at Neerkol west of the city.

http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/retired-rockhampton-bishop-brian-heenan-knew-about-at-least-one-sexually-abusive-priest-in-his-parish/story-fnii5v6w-1227307673285

Ex-bishop admits he failed to protect kids

A former Catholic bishop admits he was wrong to allow a priest accused of child sex offences to keep working with children.

A retired Catholic bishop has admitted he failed to protect Queensland children from a priest who was later convicted of child sexual offences.
Former bishop of the Rockhampton diocese Brian Heenan conceded at a royal commission that his response to multiple allegations of historical child sexual offences against members of his clergy was inappropriate and inadequate.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/17/ex-bishop-admits-he-failed-protect-kids

Bizarre punishments at Neerkol

Children were made to "eat ant sandwiches" while boys would "fight girls in rings" at the Neerkol Orphanage near Rockhampton. Nine News

http://media.canberratimes.com.au/news/qld-news/bizarre-punishments-at-neerkol-6449980.html 

Former Rockhampton Bishop was protecting church's reputation

12.30PM: THE commission has heard when criminal action went ahead against Fr Durham, Mr Heenan wrote a letter of reference about his priest's character.
Mr Heenan believed it was his duty to write a character reference despite the allegations against Fr Durham.
He said in his reference: "he (Fr Durham) has had a unique life as a citizen of this district, priest to many parish communities, chaplain to service personnel and inspiring friend to young and old alike. I ask that the incredible amount of good he has done will be weighed against the failing that have also been part of his life". 

Child abuse inquiry: Retired bishop says he regrets not reading book written by victim from Neerkol Orphanage in Rockhampton

A retired bishop who dismissed child sex abuse claims made by former residents at a Rockhampton orphanage says he regrets not reading a book written by a victim.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which began hearings on Tuesday in the central Queensland city, was told that for more than three decades, children at St Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage were raped, molested and beaten.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-17/royal-commission-child-sexual-abuse-inquiry-rockhampton/6399804?section=qld

State should take some responsibility: Allaway

ALTHOUGH he will never quite get justice, Allan Allaway wants to see the State Government take some responsibility for the misconduct at Neerkol Orphanage.
"If it wasn't for those so-called authorities at the State Children's Department (at the time), there wouldn't be any physical or sexual abuse at Neerkol," he said.
"Some of those authorities who were supposed to be doing their jobs were never fired over these incidents (of alleged sexual and physical abuse)." 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Neerkol victim fulfils mum’s dying wish

IT WAS hard to obtain justice when the priest of Neerkol Orphanage, Father John Anderson, was friends with the State Children's Department inspector, a Mr Paterson.
That's what former resident David Owen alleged in yesterday's Royal Commission hearing into child sex abuse at Neerkol Orphanage.
But justice, and a promise made to his mother Catherine Pearl Owen, was finally served when David Owen told his story.
Catherine gave birth to David at Kidston in north Queensland. She was just 13 years of age.
The commission heard a police officer of the town, who David knew only as Constable 3322, raped his mother when she was 12. 

Ex-bishop to be called to abuse inquiry

A retired Catholic bishop who came under fire for once dismissing abuse allegations at a Queensland orphanage will face a royal commission.
In 1996, then-head of the Catholic diocese of Rockhampton Brian Heenan labelled claims of child abuse at the Neerkol orphanage "scurrilous" and "slanderous".

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/17/ex-bishop-be-called-abuse-inquiry

Vatican plans to move on sexual abuse responsibility

The Vatican is preparing to introduce legal procedures to establish the responsibilities of bishops and Catholic hierarchy found guilty of protecting priests who have sexually abused children, a spokesman said yesterday.
The issue of accountability was discussed in the presence of Pope Francis by the C9, the group of senior cardinals who advise him.
Victims’ groups accuse the church, the Vatican and the Pope of refusing to take action against hierarchy who have turned a blind eye to pedophile acts. In some cases, the priests are simply moved to different areas or different jobs.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/vatican-plans-to-move-on-sexual-abuse-responsibility/story-e6frg6so-1227306849912

Royal Commission continues into alleged abuse at Neerkol orphanage

AN ALLEGED pedophile priest told his victim he would throw the boy off a bridge in central Queensland if he revealed he was being raped.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse, which winds up a week of testimony in Rockhampton today, heard that Father John Anderson routinely sodomised David Owen, now 76, when Mr Owen was a boy at the Neerkol orphanage outside Rockhampton in the 1940s and ’50s.
The attacks, so severe that the boy required nappies to stop bleeding, were not stopped even when a senior Queensland public servant who inspected orphanages was told of them, Mr Owen said.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/royal-commission-continues-into-alleged-abuse-at-neerkol-orphanage/story-fnihsrf2-1227307145488

Queensland government to meet with Morcombes over allegations of child abuse levelled against foundation adviser

The Queensland government will meet with Bruce and Denise Morcombe after child sex abuse charges were laid against the man who helped set up the education curriculum for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
Former Queensland Director of Child Safety Brett Anthony O'Connor, also a former Catholic brother, was arrested in March and accused of indecently assaulting two 12-year-old boys at schools in Sydney more than 25 years ago.
Police allege the assaults occurred at schools in Hunters Hill in 1987 and Campbelltown in 1989.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/04/16/13/08/disgraced-child-safety-director-launched-education-for-morcombe-foundation

You'll go to hell if you speak out: priest

A CATHOLIC priest at the notorious Neerkol orphanage in central Queensland brutally abused boys as young as nine and told his victims they would go to hell if they spoke out, a royal commission has heard.
THREE former residents of the orphanage told the inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday resident priest Father John Anderson regularly molested or raped them during their time there.
David Owen, 76, said the now-deceased Fr Anderson began molesting him after he became an altar boy at age nine.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/youll-go-to-hell-if-you-speak-out-priest/story-e6frfku9-1227306798569

Neerkol residents allegedly fed stale and rotten food

ONE of the last witnesses to take the stand at today's Royal Commission hearing into Neerkol Orphanage said she was hit across the head for helping her younger sister tie her shoe lace.
Witness AYO, 47, was born in Rockhampton and placed at Neerkol when she was four years old.
She claimed the State Government placed her in the care of the Sisters of Mercy because they believed she was neglected by her parents. 

Compensation for victims says Catholic Church

TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains disturbing details of child sexual abuse.


Over the past few days we've been hearing horrific details of child sex abuse at St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol near Rockhampton in the 1950s and 1960s.

The details have emerged in hearings held by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2015/04/compensation-for-victims-says-catholic-church.html

Nuns were 'savage and brutal'

The physical and sexual abuse of children at the Neerkol Orphanage near Rockhampton "came out of nowhere" and left lifelong scars. Nine News

http://media.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/qld-news/nuns-were-savage-and-brutal-6447984.html 

Child sex abuse inquiry: Former Neerkol resident 'received a bullet in the mail' after reporting child abuse at orphanage

A man who reported sexual abuse at St Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage received death threats after talking to police, including a bullet in his mailbox, the royal commission into child abuse hears.
 A man who reported sexual abuse at St Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage received death threats after talking to police, including a bullet in his mailbox, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-04-16/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-former-neerkol-resident-received-a-bullet-in-the-mail-after-reporting-child-/1437684

Queensland school inspector helped hide boy's brutal sex abuse, inquiry told

76-year-old former resident of Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton, says government official told him to tell no one of his abuse.
A Queensland government official who oversaw children’s institutions in the 1950s helped cover up brutal sexual abuse, a national inquiry has heard.
A former resident of the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton, has told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse an inspector from the state children’s department told him to keep quiet about repeated sexual abuse inflicted upon him by a priest.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/16/queensland-school-inspector-helped-hide-boys-brutal-sex-abuse-inquiry-told

Govt official covered up Neerkol abuse

A Queensland government official who oversaw children's institutions in the 1950s helped cover up brutal sexual abuse, a national inquiry has heard.

A former resident of the Neerkol Orphanage near Rockhampton has told a royal commission an inspector from the state children's department told him to keep quiet about repeated sexual abuse inflicted upon him by a priest.


http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/04/16/13/01/govt-official-covered-up-neerkol-abuse

Child sex abuse inquiry: Priest allegedly lured children into his room with food

A priest lured a 12-year-old girl into his room with food before sexually assaulting her, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
The commission, entering its third day of public hearings, is taking evidence from former residents of the St Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage in Rockhampton.
A witness known as AYA said she was sexually assaulted by one of the priests.
"On my 12th birthday I was sexually abused by Father Reg Durham at Neerkol," she said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-16/priest-allegedly-lured-children-into-his-room-with-food/6396228?section=qld

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Royal commission: Neerkol victim details litany of abuse

JOSEPH Kiernan wasn't supposed to live for long after he was born.
But he lived, only to endure years of alleged sickening physical and sexual abuse at Neerkol Orphanage.
Everyone on the first level of the Rockhampton Courthouse listened, transfixed by the shocking details of Joseph's evidence to the Royal Commission panel, during yesterday's hearing into the Neerkol institution.
The Royal Commission heard that Joseph, 54, was a very sick baby.
He told the commission his mother was told he wouldn't live long and "she should just forget about me". 

Neerkol nuns constantly told me my parents were dead

ALLAN Allaway says he was ripped from his mother's arms when he was a tot.
He was just an innocent six-month-old.
Allan claimed authorities from the State Government's Children's Department (at the time) stole him off his mother and delivered him to the Neerkol Orphanage nursery.
He claimed the "bureaucrats" often made immoral judgments that women who were single couldn't look after their children.
When he was about five years old, Allan would always ask for his mother. 

Church accepts orphanage’s shameful past

THE Catholic Church appears to have accepted the full extent of its shameful past at Neerkol as it faces a catalogue of extraordinary allegations of sexual aggression and cruelty against society’s most vulnerable people, orphaned children.
Francis Sullivan, chief executive of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, made it clear outside the commission yesterday this was no place to challenge the testimony of witnesses and offered unequivocal support for sexual assault victims. Outdated attempts to handle abuse allegations internally had ended and the Church was determined to do all it could to right past wrongs, Mr Sullivan said.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/church-accepts-orphanages-shameful-past/story-fnihsrf2-1227305491173

The horrific orphanage where kids were raped then forced to confess it as a sin: Horrifying accounts of child abuse among the Catholic community in Rockhampton given to the royal commission

Claims of gang rape and physical abuse at Qld orphanage have emerged
Allegations came out during Royal Commission hearing in Rockhampton
One woman said she was allegedly raped with a broom handle by abuser
Same victim claimed she became pregnant at 14 after she was gang raped
While a retired nurse said she had been punched and slapped repeatedly
A third victim said she was raped more than 100 times by a parish priest


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3040028/The-horrific-orphanage-kids-kids-raped-forced-confess-sin-Horrifying-accounts-child-abuse-Catholic-community-Rockhampton-given-royal-commission.html

Shocking allegations continue of child abuse at Neerkol orphanage

A NUN forced a boy to perform oral sex on her at Neerkol Orphanage while another Sister of Mercy forced a child to eat his own vomit, a Royal Commission was told.
Joseph Kiernan, a former resident of the orphanage outside Rockhampton, has told the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse of sadistic physical and sexual abuse at the notorious orphanage, west of Rockhampton, in the 1960s.
Another witness Diane Carpenter, 62, alleged she was once locked in a hot room and forced to drink her own urine to remain hydrated.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/shocking-allegations-continue-of-child-abuse-at-neerkol-orphanage/story-fnihsrf2-1227305509523

Sex Abuse Investigation: Heartwrenching Tales Of Sexually And Physically Abused Children

A first person’s account of a child sex abuse inquiry revealed she was reportedly raped "well over 100 times" by a priest at St. Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage Rockhampton in central Queensland. ABC News reported that The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found out that the children were treated brutally at the orphanage.
Meanwhile, in a previous investigation it was found that hundreds of children were sexually abused, beaten and forced into hard labour there. In fact, the orphanage has always been under numerous police and government inquiries, one notably being by the former Queensland governor Leneen Forde in 1999.

http://au.ibtimes.com/sex-abuse-investigation-heartwrenching-tales-sexually-physically-abused-children-1439759

The burning of a tainted church


Two weeks ago one Melbourne church was burned down, and fires were started in two other churches.
The media response to the fires focused on Rachael Griffiths' remark that she was happy to see her former parish church, St James, Gardenvale, in Melbourne, go up in flames because of the predatory behaviour of one of its parish priests. It also speculated whether the fire may have been lit by a victim of abuse.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=43727#.VS5XTzeZh61

Child abuse inquiry: Claims of gang rape at Rockhampton orphanage

A girl was gang raped at a central Queensland orphanage and gave birth to a child when she was 14, a national inquiry has heard.
A woman made the claims at a public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Rockhampton on Wednesday.
The inquiry is investigating experiences of children at the Neerkol orphanage near Rockhampton between 1940 and 1975.
The woman, referred to as AYL, said she was 10 when she was sent to Neerkol in 1961.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/child-abuse-inquiry-claims-of-gang-rape-at-rockhampton-orphanage-20150415-1mlvou.html

Horrors revealed in day 2 of orphanage Royal Commission

UPDATE 12.45PM: Former resident Joseph Kiernan has given evidence stating Sisters of Mercy nuns allegedly made him lick up his mess after he vomited over the floor in the boys' dormitory at the orphanage.
After this punishment, Mr Kiernan was allegedly beaten by the nun.
UPDATE 11.45PM: WITNESS Ayn has alleged former Neerkol employee Mr Kevin Baker sexually assaulted him while he was a resident.
Ayn did not go into any detail of the alleged sexual assault at the orphanage because it made him feel disgusted.
11AM: In day two of the Royal Commission hearing into Neerkol Orphanage, former resident Diane Carpenter has revealed how she was afraid to take naps because the children were allegedly kicked in their sleep.
Ms Carpenter was born in Emerald and placed in Neerkol Orphanage when she was about three or four years old. 

Neerkol victims stand by abuse claims

Former residents of a central Queensland orphanage have rejected suggestions they fabricated claims of sexual abuse perpetrated by a former groundsman.
Three ex-residents of the Neerkol orphanage near Rockhampton have told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse they either witnessed or experienced sexual assaults at the hands of Neerkol groundsman and bus driver Kevin Baker.
Diane Carpenter, 62, said she saw Mr Baker sodomise a boy while sexually abusing another in the bakehouse.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/04/15/03/36/more-qld-abuse-victims-to-face-inquiry

Demons return on day one of Neerkol Orphanage hearing

OLD demons came back to haunt former Neerkol Orphanage residents who lived at the institution between 1940 and 1975.
The witnesses who will give evidence throughout the two-week hearing were expected to identify the main alleged offenders of sexual abuse as Father John Anderson (deceased), Father Reginald Durham (deceased), Father Cahill (deceased) and Kevin Baker.
Mr Baker, a former employee at the orphanage, denies the allegations of sexual abuse.
A witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, yesterday gave evidence about the sexual abuse she suffered from Fr Durham. 

Broken Rites supported these orphanage victims but a bishop supported the offender

When Broken Rites launched its national telephone hotline in September 1993, our first callers included former inmates of a Catholic orphanage (St Joseph's Home, at Neerkol, near Rockhampton, Queensland). Some of these callers said they were sexually assaulted by Father Reg Durham, who was the "chaplain" at this orphanage from 1965 to 1997. We referred these callers to an appropriate unit of the Queensland Police, and this resulted in Father Reg Durham being jailed in 1999 for child sex crimes. In 2015, Australia's national child-abuse Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Rockhampton into the church's coverp-up of child-abuse at this orphanage.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/34

Child sex abuse inquiry: 'It is something that will never leave you,' survivor says

The Royal Commission is hearing from witnesses from central Queensland in Rockhampton over the next two weeks.
Rockhampton resident Bob Cox told the inquiry in 2013 that he was sexually and physically assaulted over four years at a number of Queensland institutions during the 1960s, including Westbrook near Toowoomba.
"It took me 45 years before I could talk about it," he said.
"I still have nightmares and bad memories of what happened.
"When you get bashed and kicked on the ground and you can't walk away, you crawl away, it still hurts."

http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/04/15/4216766.htm

Orphan beaten after trying to report sex abuse by priest, royal commission hears

A former resident of an infamous central Queensland orphanage has said she tried to blow the whistle on sexual abuse she suffered while in care but was ignored by authorities.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse sitting in Rockhampton has heard that sadistic punishments and sexual abuse were rife at St Joseph’s Neerkol orphanage, which was run by the Sisters of Mercy from 1885 and 1978.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/15/orphan-beaten-after-trying-to-report-sex-abuse-by-priest-royal-commission-hears

Police dig for children's remains at former site of Ballarat orphanage

Search for evidence of unmarked graves is in response to rumours that as many as 25 children went missing prior to the orphanage closing in 1968

Police have gone to the site of a former orphanage in Ballarat to investigate whether scores of children could be buried in the grounds.
Detectives returned to the site in Victoria Street in Ballarat on Wednesday to look for evidence of unmarked graves.
There have been rumours as many as 25 children went missing from the orphanage over the years before it closed in 1968.
The site was bought by a developer in 2013, bringing the issue into the spotlight.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/15/police-dig-childrens-remains-ballarat-orphanage