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Christian Rape-A-Babe News!

News and Views about catholic clergy sexual abuse and related issues
     
Why only terrorists? Hang Catholic Rapist Priests too, deliver justice!

This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.

They lie in the name of their 'Lord',
let us speak out in the name of TRUTH
Catholic clergy Bible thumpers having trouble remembering
Let us tell them
WE HAVE TROUBLE FORGETTING

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Fairbridge Farm case shows we must change the way child abuse claims are handled

American political scientist Wallace Sayre once observed that the bitterest disputes are those with the least at stake. But after six years of legal action, 21 court hearings and 50,000 pages of historical documents, litigation involving institutional child abuse seems the exception that proves the rule.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/fairbridge-case-highlights-need-for-reform-20150629-gi0dx9.html

Children cared for by relatives hidden in system hears royal commission

Nobody knows how many children are being cared for by relatives in “informal” arrangements because they never come to the attention of any system, the royal commission has heard. 
  “The informal out of home care system … offers no legal protection for the child, an aunty or uncle may be looking after the child on just whatever basis,” Alliance for Forgotten Australians chair Caroline Carroll told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/children-cared-for-by-relatives-hidden-in-system-hears-royal-commission/story-fngburq5-1227421664840

Care system often fails kids: hearing

Some children are being placed with carers recruited without references and who may not have undergone a proper working with children check, a child trauma expert says.
Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation, has told a hearing into child sexual abuse there were great variations in the quality of recruitment and selection of carers across jurisdictions in Australia.
Well resourced jurisdictions would follow best practice.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/06/30/care-system-often-fails-kids-hearing

Monday, 29 June 2015

OPINION: Bishop’s actions speak volumes

THE following is a response to Gabriel Wingate-Pearse’s opinion piece  (‘‘Compassion, and so on’’ Herald, 23/6) .
I acknowledge that as the manager of Zimmerman Services, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s child protection service, I am biased. It’s not my intent to comment on the Right Reverend Greg Thompson, Anglican Bishop of Newcastle. Nor am I defending the eloquence, or otherwise, of Catholic Bishop Bill Wright and his introduction of Francis Sullivan on February 25, 2015.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3177535/opinion-bishops-actions-speak-volumes/

GABRIEL WINGATE-PEARSE: Compassion, and so on

WITH few true leaders among us, it was refreshing to hear from Newcastle’s Anglican Bishop last week, who delivered an apology with grace and compassion.
Too often those who become leaders seem to arrive at the top of the pile by virtue of arbitrary succession, internal political machinations or by other means entirely separate to their worth as a leader.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3163039/gabriel-wingate-pearse-compassion-and-so-on/

Signing deal goes against church wishes, says parent

Parents of intellectually disabled students sexually abused by a South Australian Catholic school volunteer in the 1980s are refusing to sign confidentiality agreements with the church.
It is understood three of the six families seeking compensation for children abused by bus driver Brian Perkins at St Ann’s Special School in Adelaide’s southern suburbs between 1986 and 1991 have received payouts but feel devastated by the process.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/signing-deal-goes-against-church-wishes-says-parent/story-fngburq5-1227420733975

George Pell deserves the same justice we all demand

IT is rare an entire society is traumatised. But it is undeniable we are all shattered by the evidence before the royal commission into institutional child abuse.
We have seen the leering face of evil. Horror inflicted on the innocent by monsters.
Nothing has been more traumatic than the revelations of abuse in the Catholic Church. That ministers of the kindest being ever to walk the Earth could be so cruel is almost beyond belief.
But it is beyond dispute, and those most appalled are themselves Catholic.
The victims were our friends, our families, ourselves.
Rage is an inevitable and entirely appropriate response.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/george-pell-deserves-the-same-justice-we-all-demand/story-fni0ffsx-1227420725642

Royal Commission into child sexual abuse: children in care denied access to their own files

Young people who spend their childhoods in Out of Home Care are finding it virtually impossible to access their own case files because the process is choked in red tape, the Royal Commission has heard.
As the Commission continued its examination of institutional child sexual abuse on Monday, four youths who grew up in care described the instability, under-resourcing and lack of ongoing support which continue to characterise the system.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse-children-in-care-denied-access-to-their-own-files-20150629-gi0opo.html

Boy in care moved 22 times across Victoria, royal commission told

A BOY in care in Victoria was moved 22 times to different placements across the state, and his story is a common one, a national inquiry has been told.
And the constant moving increased the risk from sexual predators, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses of Child Sexual Abuse was told.
A resumed hearing into out-of-home care is hearing from youth advocates who have themselves spent time in care.
Kate Finn from the Youth Movement Initiative said the biggest risk for children in care was “instability”.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/boy-in-care-moved-22-times-across-victoria-royal-commission-told/story-fni0fit3-1227420071806

Lismore Marist Brothers child sex abuse case wait continues

IT'S been just over a year since the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse heard the harrowing stories from victims of paedophile Marist Brothers at St Carthage's in Lismore in the 1980s, but it's still unclear when the commission will hand down its findings.

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/still-waiting-on-abuse-case/2688705/

Care kids 'constantly moved'

The care system where children are moved frequently through foster homes and refuges is increasing their risk of being abused, an inquiry has been told.

A boy in care in Victoria was moved 22 times to different placements across the state and his story is a common one, a national inquiry has been told.
And the constant moving increased the risk from sexual predators.
A resumed hearing into out-of-home care by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses of Child Sexual Abuse is hearing from youth advocates, who have themselves spent time in care.
Kate Finn from the Youth Movement Initiative said the biggest risk for children in care was "instability".
Ms Finn works in the Bendigo region in Victoria.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/06/29/care-kids-constantly-moved

Child sex abuse inquiry: High turnover rate of foster families, youth workers leaves children vulnerable, royal commission hears

Instability caused by the high turnover rate of foster families and youth workers leaves children in care vulnerable to being targeted by sexual predators, an inquiry has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this week resumed public hearings into allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care.
Today it heard from a panel of four youth workers from around Australia who were themselves foster children.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/foster-families-youth-worker-turnover-leaves-kids-vulnerable/6580090

Children in care at higher risk of sexual abuse hears Royal Commission

Children in out of home care are at higher risk of sexual abuse because persistent instability in their home life makes it hard to form lasting, safe relationships, the royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began its hearings into out of home care arrangements in Sydney today in which former children in care, now advocates, gave evidence.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/children-in-care-at-higher-risk-of-sexual-abuse-hears-royal-commission/story-e6frg6nf-1227419940450

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Ex-priest John Joseph Farrell is named in court on charges re northern New South Wales

A former Catholic priest, John Joseph Farrell, 62, appeared in court on 25 June 2015, charged with 26 sexual offences allegedly committed several decades ago in northern New South Wales. This was a preliminary hearing, by a magistrate, to enable this particular batch of charges to be officially filed for the first time. The magistrate allowed the publishing of Farrell's name. Farrell was remanded in custody for the next step in the court process which is scheduled for a mention in Sydney's Central Local Court on 30 June 2015.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/365

Thornbury Bookstore murder of Maria James: priest Anthony Bongiorno cleared

DETECTIVES investigating the cold case murder of a mother in 1980 have cleared her family’s priest as a suspect.
Maria James was stabbed to death at the Thornbury Bookstore 35 years ago.
The case was reopened in 2013 when her son revealed new evidence that he alleged may have implicated Father Anthony Bongiorno.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/thornbury-bookstore-murder-of-maria-james-priest-anthony-bongiorno-cleared/story-fnii5smr-1227417416975

Friday, 26 June 2015

US Supreme Court/Obama (2) vs. Pope Francis/Chaput (0)

The US Supreme Court, with at least two Catholic Justices in favor, has within 24 hours just handed Pope Francis’ central positions two defeats — one by declaring that gays have a constitutionally protected right to marry, and the other by upholding Obamacare with its free access to effective contraception to millions of US couples. These are clear victories for children, women and gay folks and underline the political losing streak the pope is on, despite his superficial but declining popularity in the polls. The papal defeats also indicate that the pope’s main goal of avoiding an Australian style national US investigation into institutional child sexual abuse is increasingly unlikely to be achieved. Read The Gay Marriage Opinion here. 

http://christiancatholicism.com/us-supreme-courtobama-2-vs-pope-francischaput-0/

Powerful portrait of clergy sexual abuse survivor entered into Archibald

A HARROWING portrait of clergy sexual abuse survivor David Ridsdale has been entered in the prestigious Archibald Prize.
Ballarat artist Domenico Milivoj Micich was compelled to use the nephew of one of Australia’s most notorious pedophiles, Gerald Ridsdale, as the subject of his artwork in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3173969/powerful-portrait-entered-into-archies/?cs=62

Passport proves Cardinal George Pell’s point

CARDINAL George Pell has provided his full passport details in an extraordinary step to disprove allegations that have been made against him.
A former child victim of a paedophile Christian Brother has claimed that in 1969 Dr Pell, who was then a young priest, heard him pleading for help a few weeks after he had been raped.
The cardinal has this week given the Herald Sun access to a copy of his full passport showing his travel between the 1960s and 1970s. The passport makes it clear that Cardinal Pell was not in Australia in 1969. The Herald Sun reported on Monday that Paul Lyons, 55, had challenged the cardinal to prove he was not in Ballarat at the time he told priests at St Alipius Presbytery of his rape.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/passport-proves-cardinal-george-pells-point/story-fnn8dlfs-1227416933253

Remaining submissions for redress consultation paper published

The Royal Commission has published further submissions in response to its consultation paper on redress and civil litigation, released by the Royal Commission 30 January 2015.
The submissions are available on the Royal Commission website

Submissions were required to undergo procedural fairness and privacy checks prior to publication.
1. The incidence of child sexual abuse in contemporary out-of-home care settings.
2. Recruitment, assessment and training of carers in out-of-home care.
3. Monitoring and oversight of children in out-of-home care in the context of preventing child sexual abuse and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
4. Systems, policies, practices and procedures for
a. reporting allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care
b. responding to allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care, and
c. supporting children who have been sexually abused in out-of-home care.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-06/remaining-submissions-for-redress-consultation-pap

New hope for clergy abuse survivors

Survivors of clergy sex abuse who have already received payments from the Catholic Church may be entitled to a further settlement, according to a leading lawyer.
Shine Lawyers partner Roger Singh has represented a number of people with claims and believes the evidence presented at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse may allow survivors who have already received payments to be open to further settlements.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3172985/new-hope-for-clergy-abuse-survivors/?cs=62

Prison terms for child sex offenders have not lengthened despite royal commission

Prison sentences for child sex offences in Victoria have largely stayed the same in recent years despite expectations they would rise following the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Sexual penetration of a child under 12 was the only one of the five child sex offences where the average imprisonment term grew, from three years and four months in 2011/12 to four years and seven months in 2013/14.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/prison-terms-for-child-sex-offenders-have-not-lengthened-despite-royal-commission-20150625-ghxeva.html

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Irish cardinal admits inquiries into child rapist priest were only to protect church

Seán Brady tells historical abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland that Catholic clerics kept investigations into Brendan Smyth secret to protect church’s ‘good name’

Senior figures in Ireland’s Catholic church set up inquiries into historical sexual abuse by solely to protect the church from scandal, the former leader of Ireland’s Catholics has admitted.
Dr Seán Brady, the former primate of All Ireland, told an inquiry into historical abuse on Thursday that he and other Catholic clerics were sworn to secrecy about these tribunals so that the “good name” of the church could be protected.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/25/irish-cardinal-admits-inquiries-into-child-rapist-priest-were-only-to-protect-church

Even bishops should be held accountable


The long history of covered-up sexual abuses committed by priests within the Catholic Church has stained the reputation of the religious institution and remains a sensitive topic for Catholic members and clergymen. When such abuse cases are discovered, victims are often silenced and the offenders are whisked away to a new environment.
Bishops, higher ranked ministers holding local jurisdiction, often participate in such cover-ups and are not held responsible. However, Pope Francis has approved of a new office that will investigate bishops who cover up sexual abuse cases committed by priests.

http://www.redandblack.com/views/even-bishops-should-be-held-accountable/article_05888a3c-19f6-11e5-8d14-c38d9ff07905.html 

Brady’s evidence raises questions about 1975 abuse investigation

Retired Catholic primate’s role in looking into Brendan Smyth allegations unclear

Hearing Cardinal Seán Brady’s evidence to the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was to be reminded of a damning conclusion in Judge Yvonne Murphy’s 2009 report on clerical child sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese.
He told the inquiry in Banbridge on Thursday that clergy investigating child sexual abuse were bound to secrecy so that the Catholic Church’s “good name” could be protected.
“The scandal was kept a secret; very, very secret . . . Everybody involved would be bound to secrecy too,” he said.

Child protection tightened

THE state government has flagged it may further tighten child protection laws, on top of changes it is making after a Royal Commission threw the spotlight on systemic failings surrounding former Scout leader and paedophile Steven Larkins.
A bill containing initial changes, including a requirement for those in charge of organisations that deal with children to undergo child protection screening, passed the state's Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3169347/child-protection-tightened/

Feds cut funding for child abuse support

Support services for child abuse survivors are under threat because of federal funding cuts to a key specialist provider - Adults Surviving Child Abuse.
ASCA lost funding for crucial survivor workshops from the federal government 12 months ago when a community investment program was folded.
From June 30, it will no longer receive money for training related to supporting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/06/25/15/39/feds-cut-funding-for-child-abuse-support

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Public hearing into out-of-home care to resume

The Royal Commission will resume its public hearing in Sydney from Monday 29 June 2015 at 10:00am. The hearing is currently scheduled to run for one week.

This is the second stage of the Royal Commission’s public hearing examining preventing child sexual abuse in out-of-home care and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in out-of-home care.


http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-06/public-hearing-into-out-of-home-care-to-resume

Victorian Anglican Church to modernise governance to help any future victims of abuse

The Anglican Church in Victoria will soon become a company to allow any future child sexual abuse victims to sue for damages.
All five of the church's Victorian dioceses voted to incorporate following a recommendation by the 2013 Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse.
It ends the legal debate about whether the church can be sued by creating a legal entity accountable for children in its care.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-24/incorporation-of-anglican-church-to-make-it-easier-to-sue/6570804

View from the Street: Child abuse is fine, provided it's in Nauru

Also, marriage not OK for same-sex couples that want it, must be financially imposed on straight couples that don't. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

We don't no education (funding)
There was a flurry of activity earlier today as the government floated one of its popular "thought bubbles" and then hastily deflated said bubble after realising that maybe people didn't want to see public education destroyed after all.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott started the day with a nifty new idea created as part of a discussion paper by his own Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: means-testing families with regards public education, charging optional top-up fees, and having the Federal government provide no money for schools at all - or maybe just the private ones.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/view-from-the-street-child-abuse-is-fine-provided-its-in-nauru-20150622-ghum3b.html

Commie Pope

Two years into his reign, Pope Francis has emerged as an extreme socialist obsessed with the usual phony leftist problems such as manmade global warming, American institutional racism, and income inequality.
Muslims are indiscriminately slaughtering Christians around the world while Christianity itself seems on the verge of being eclipsed globally by Islam, but these things barely register with this pope.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/matthew-vadum/commie-pope/

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Anglican Safe Church Network welcomes Australian bishop's vow to deal with past abuses

The Anglican Communion Safe Church Network (ACSCN) has welcomed steps that the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle of the Anglican Church of Australia is taking to address past cases of abuse within the Diocese.
The Diocese of Newcastle has launched the initiative Facing the past: Shaping a healthy future to address a “history of abuse within the Anglican Church in its area,” Bishop Gregory Thompson has announced.

http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2015/06/anglican-safe-church-network-welcomes-australian-bishops-vow-to-deal-with-past-abuses.aspx

Controversial faith backs abuse inquiry

EHOVAH'S Witnesses say they are fully co-operating with a royal commission that will hold a public inquiry into the denomination's handling of child sexual abuse allegations.
A SPOKESMAN for the Witnesses said in a statement released on Tuesday that they consider the safety of children to be of utmost importance and were committed "to doing all we can to prevent child abuse".
On Monday, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse announced it would hold a public inquiry into the denomination.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/controversial-faith-backs-abuse-inquiry/story-e6frfku9-1227411666244

Monday, 22 June 2015

Justice McClellan to address 14th Assembly

The Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Justice Peter McClellan AM will address the Uniting Church in Australia’s 14th Assembly meeting in Perth next month.
Justice McClellan will address the meeting on Wednesday 15 July at the University of Western Australia.
UCA President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney has welcomed Justice McClellan’s agreement to address the Assembly and thanked him for the Commission’s important work to date.

http://www.insights.uca.org.au/news/justice-mcclellan-to-address-14th-assembly-2

Jehovah's Witnesses face abuse hearing

A national inquiry will in July examine the responses of another church, Jehovah's Witnesses, to allegations of child sexual abuse.
 
Jehovah's Witnesses, the sometimes controversial Christian church, is to face public examination by the royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions.
A public hearing into the church will be held in Sydney starting on July 27, the commission announced on Monday.
The experience of survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses Church in Australia will be investigated as will its responses and those of its company - the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd - to allegations made against members.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/06/22/jehovahs-witnesses-face-abuse-hearing

Jehovah's Witnesses to appear before sex abuse royal commission

The Jehovah's Witnesses Church in Australia is the latest religious group to come to the attention of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
 
The child sex abuse royal commission will hold a public hearing into controversial Christian group the Jehovah's Witnesses, next month.
The inquiry, to be held in Sydney, will hear from people who were allegedly sexually abused within the Jehovah's Witnesses Church in Australia.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jehovahs-witnesses-to-appear-before-sex-abuse-royal-commission-20150622-ghue73.html

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Rape victim claims Cardinal George Pell ignored his pleas after abuse

AN abuse victim who claims Cardinal George Pell overheard his pleas for help after being raped as a child is preparing for a showdown with the senior Catholic.
Waiving his anonymity for an interview with the Herald Sun, Paul Lyons, 55, has challenged Cardinal Pell to prove he was not in Ballarat at the time of the alleged incident, ahead of the cardinal’s appearance at the second round of royal commission hearings in the town later this year.
“I want Pell to produce the pages of his passport as proof that he was visiting Australia at the time,” Mr Lyons said.
Cardinal Pell has said he was studying at Oxford at the time Mr Lyons says he was brutally raped, aged 9, in a Ballarat school by a Christian Brother teacher.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/rape-victim-claims-cardinal-george-pell-ignored-his-pleas-after-abuse/story-fni0fee2-1227408696739

750,000 UK men want child sex, say crime chiefs: Astonishing figures from UK's 'FBI' reveal that 'one in 35 men may be child abuser'

One in 35 men pose a risk of being a child abuser, Government was warned
    As many as 250,000 may be sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children
    So many paedophiles that we are all living near one, top crime official says
    Home Office Minister says this is a watershed moment for British society
Up to 750,000 men living in Britain may have an interest in having sex with children, the Government has been warned.
A shocking analysis by the National Crime Agency reveals that about one in 35 adult males poses a potential risk of being a child abuser or of seeking out child sex images online.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Serious sexual abuse occurring in Victoria’s residential care units

SERIOUS sexual abuse is occurring in residential care units according to a report to be released by Victoria’s Commissioner for Children, Bernie Geary.
The child safety watchdog flagged the upcoming review would reveal serious category one incidents, including sexual assaults, were being reported weekly by children in state boarding houses.
Up to 500 children from 12 to 16-years-old are now being housed in government boarding facilities, according to Mr Geary.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/serious-sexual-abuse-occurring-in-victorias-residential-care-units/story-fni0fit3-1227406719981

Between the devil and the Holy See

On May 25, a relatively new but increasingly important ritual unfolded with some ceremony behind the ‘Mure Leonine’, the ancient walls of the Vatican City State.
This rite, however, involved neither sacrament nor prayer: just a phalanx of forensic accountants, international bankers and behind the scenes, a quartet of increasingly powerful Australians, led by the Pope’s Financial Tsar, Cardinal George Pell.
It is only the third time in two centuries that l’Istituto per le Opere di Religioni (IOR) – probably best known as the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank – has released its financial accounts, allowing public scrutiny of its income, assets and expenditure.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/george-pell-between-the-devil-and-the-holy-see/story-e6frg6z6-1227406038131

Inspector Beth Cullen failed to investigate child sex abuse allegations, Police Integrity Commission finds

A senior NSW police officer engaged in misconduct by failing to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse raised during regular meetings with the Catholic Church, the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) has found.
In a report tabled in Parliament late yesterday, the PIC concluded that Inspector Beth Cullen had a conflict of interest by sitting on an internal church advisory panel, known as the Professional Standards Resource Group (PSRG).

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-19/police-officer-failed-to-investigate-child-sex-abuse-allegations/6559472

Broken Rites helped to nab Marist Brother 'Romuald' for his child-sex crimes (including buggery)

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 18 June 2015)
Broken Rites has helped to obtain justice for schoolboys who were sexually assaulted by Marist Brother William Cable (also known as "Brother Romuald") in Catholic schools around Sydney and the Newcastle region. During Brother Romuald's life of crime, his Marist colleagues and superiors looked the other way, protecting him from the police and giving him access to more victims. Eventually, victims (acting separately) began to contact Broken Rites and/or the New South Wales Police. Detectives from Newcastle then found more victims. On 18 June 2015 "Romuald" Cable, aged 83, was sentenced to at least eight years jail regarding 19 victims. These 19 were not Brother Romuald's only victims — these are merely those who have spoken to the detectives. Other victims have remained silent.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/230

Mindy Kaling interview gets awkward with accidental child abuse joke

Actress and comedian Mindy Kaling has learned the hard way that there's no second chances – only awkward moments immortalised on the internet forever – when it comes to live television.
Kaling was on Good Morning America yesterday morning to promote the latest Disney Pixar offering Inside Out, an animated film set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.

http://www.9news.com.au/entertainment/2015/06/18/15/05/mindy-kaling-interview-gets-awkward-with-accidental-joke

‘I know what he did to my son’: Audrey Nash

AUDREY Nash does not need to hear Francis William Cable say he sexually assaulted her son Andrew, 13, in 1974 in the months before Andrew hanged himself in the bedroom of his family home.
‘‘I know he did,’’ said Mrs Nash, 89, who left a Sydney Downing Centre court on Thursday as a judge read the dreadful details of Cable’s crimes against children when he was Marist Brother Romuald. ‘‘I couldn’t stay in there to hear what he did to young boys, but I went back in.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3156984/i-know-what-he-did-to-my-son/

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Stop the silence: Terry Skippen, victim, survivor of paedophile Brother Romauld

TERRY Skippen was 13 in 1960 when he was sexually abused in his classroom by Hunter Marist Brother Romuald, and 65 in 2012 when he became the first of Romuald's victims to make a statement to police.
He told a judge last week he wanted to be identified to send a message to other victims of child sexual abuse - whether decades ago in institutions like the Catholic Church, or now, by a family member.
"I'm speaking to the media to plead with people who are victims of abuse not to live in silence," Mr Skippen said.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3157213/stop-the-silence-victim/

Climate Encyclical, Children & Contraception: Conflicting Contradictions of Pope Francis

Please consider reading Pope Francis’ final Climate Encyclical here.
After a two year “honeymoon period”, more Catholics are increasingly questioning the actions of the media magnified Pope Francis. This is especially the case as the pope’s ongoing deeds continually fall short of his earlier words. Recent polls show US Catholics are less positive increasingly toward the pope on the environment and the priest sex abuse scandal. A global poll last year showed that most Catholics oppose the pope’s position on contraception and actually support birth control. And Irish Catholic voters recently overwhelmingly rejected the pope’s position on same sex civil marriage. Some see the pope’s “over-hyped” new encyclical on climate change (Climate Encyclical) as the pope’s desperate way of trying positively to change the subject from so much of the negative reporting he now steadily faces.

http://christiancatholicism.com/climate-encyclical-children-contraception-conflicting-contradictions-of-pope-francis/

The frail monster with a walking stick: Victims cheer as Catholic teacher is jailed for at least eight years for horrific abuse during 15-year reign of terror

Francis William Cable was found guilty for indecent assault and buggery
The Catholic school teacher preyed on young boys between 1960 and 1974
He has been sentenced to at least eight years in jail for the horrific crimes
The 84-year-old's victims cheered as the sentence was handed down
A former Marist Brother has been sentenced to at least eight years in prison for sexually abusing 19 schoolboys in Catholic schools across New South Wales.
Francis William Cable, also known as Brother Romuald, was found guilty on four counts of buggery and 21 counts of indecent assault.
The 83-year-old preyed on school boys he taught at Marist colleges at Maitland, located in the Lower Hunter Valley, and Pagewood, located in Sydney's eastern suburbs, between 1960 and 1974.

Paedophile Francis William Cable: Victims speak out about horrific abuse at Marist Brothers schools

From the top of the steps at Sydney's Downing Centre court complex the past two-and-a-half years seemed "like an eternity" to Terry Kippen.
Moments before he had watched as Francis William Cable – one of the state's worst Catholic school paedophiles – was slowly taken away by prison officers to serve a maximum 16-year prison term.
For decades Cable had quietly gone about his daily life as Mr Skippen and 18 other men struggled to cope with the consequences of the horrific abuse he had inflicted on them at Marist Brothers schools in Newcastle and Sydney between 1960 and 1974.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/paedophile-francis-william-cable-victims-speak-out-about-horrific-abuse-at-marist-brothers-schools-20150618-ghri5z.html

Marist Brother sentenced to at least eight years' jail for child sexual assault

Francis William Cable, known as Brother Romuald, had been found guilty of assaulting 19 schoolboys at Catholic schools in NSW between 1960 and 1974

An 83-year-old Marist Brother has been sentenced to at least eight years in prison for sexually assaulting 19 schoolboys in New South Wales over a 15-year period.
Francis William Cable, known as Brother Romuald, was found guilty over four counts of buggery and 21 counts of indecent assault at Catholic schools where he taught in the Hunter region and Sydney between 1960 and 1974.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/18/marist-brother-sentenced-to-at-least-eight-years-jail-for-child-sexual-assault

Bishop horrified: "We can’t have mates looking after mates"

UP TO 30 perpetrators over four decades have molested children – including the children of priests – within the Anglican diocese of Newcastle, an emotional Bishop Greg Thompson said in an extraordinary interview after apologising to victims and the community on Wednesday.
Bishop Thompson marked his 500th day as head of the church in the Hunter by telling clergy ‘‘We can’t have mates looking after mates any more’’, and revealing some of the dark secrets being investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to  Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3153779/bishop-horrified-we-cant-have-mates-looking-after-mates/

The End of the Sex Abuse Crisis

The conversation about Catholicism and Pope Francis is about to be dominated by the topics of the environment and climate change, thanks to tomorrow’s (official; there have been leaks) release of the pontiff’s ecological encyclical, Laudato Si. But let me sneak in a belated comment on last week’s news that the Vatican is setting up a tribunal to handle accusations of negligence by bishops in sex abuse cases, with coincided, probably not coincidentally, with the resignations of the archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul and his auxiliary over their handling of a now-defrocked predator priest.

http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/the-end-of-the-sex-abuse-crisis/?_r=0

Sydney’s Jewish community taking action to detect child sex abuse in wake of Royal Commission findings

TWENTY prominent rabbis from across Sydney attended a seminar on child sex abuse at Jewish House in Bondi on Monday.
Rabbi Mendel Kastel, chief executive officer of Jewish House, said it was a direct result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
At the commission, disgraced Rabbi Yosef Feldman came under fire for his comments regarding child sex abuse “hype” and the need for paedophiles to receive greater leniency.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/sydneys-jewish-community-taking-action-to-detect-child-sex-abuse-in-wake-of-royal-commission-findings/story-fngr8h22-1227403626583

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Opinion: Tim Carmody’s child protection credentials make him right man for Chief Justice role

JUSTICE Peter McClellan AM, chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, stated in his very first public speech in the role that he thought he knew about child sexual assault. That was, however, before he was assigned to his current post, where he quickly realised how much he didn’t know or understand and the impact this crime has on victims, families and entire communities.
He pledged that all judges would be trained so they, too, could garner a better understanding.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-tim-carmodys-child-protection-credentials-make-him-right-man-for-chief-justice-role/story-fnihsr9v-1227402559365

Archbishop Philip Wilson: More than 40 witnesses named in brief of evidence

THERE are more than 40 witnesses named in a brief of evidence against former Hunter priest, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, who is accused of concealing child sex abuse in the Catholic church.
The brief is more than 2000 pages long, Magistrate John Chicken was told in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
Archbishop Wilson was not in court, having been excused if legally represented.
Magistrate Chicken asked Mr Wilson's barrister, Simon Buchen, if the list of 40 witnesses could be 'whittled down'.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3152317/2000-page-brief-of-evidence-against-archbishop-wilson/

Vatican summons Irish bishops to explain role in paedophile scandals

Tribunal aims to address allegations Church turned blind eye to abuse, writes Malachi O'Doherty

 Several Irish bishops may soon find themselves having to explain to their bosses why they ignored or covered up the sexual abuse of children.
 
The disclosure of the secret shame of the Catholic Church in Ireland has already been massive and shocking, but far from complete.
Now the Vatican itself is poised to summon at least 12 Irish bishops to explain themselves before a tribunal.
The idea for a church investigation into abuse and cover-ups came from the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/vatican-summons-irish-bishops-to-explain-role-in-paedophile-scandals-31308458.html

Cardinal Bernard Law still enjoying retirement in Rome

Cardinal Bernard Law resigned in disgrace as Archbishop of Boston in late 2002 and continues to live in gilded retirement Rome.

 Even for an institution that measures its history in centuries, not decades, the Vatican’s move toward sanctions against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests seems glacial.
So when news arrived last week that Pope Francis has approved the creation of a church tribunal to do just that, embracing the recommendations of a papal commission led by Boston’s archbishop, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, you could imagine a Greek chorus of abuse victims responding: “It’s about time.’’

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/06/16/vatican-sexual-abuse-tribunal-has-much-work/KnytYUqx6q3OLDz7H5YJYP/story.html

Royal Commission into child sexual abuse considers cover-up

THE Catholic Education Office provided a record of service statement for a sacked lay teacher and convicted child sex offender in 1979, but did not report him to police, after it was allegedly told he had sexually abused four children.
Former St Patricks Sutherland principal Brother Anthony Whelan, who retired as director of Broken Bay Catholic Schools Office in 2012, told a church investigator in 2010 that he reported ‘‘sexual misconduct’’ by teacher Thomas Keady to the Catholic Education Sydney Office in 1979 and was advised to ‘‘summarily dismiss’’ Keady.

http://www.theleader.com.au/story/3153236/royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse-considers-cover-up/

Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson apologises for church's handling of child abuse

Updated
Newcastle's Anglican Bishop has fought back tears while apologising for past church cover-ups and the poor handling of complaints about child sexual abuse.
Greg Thompson marked 500 days in the position by saying sorry for "the terrible harm done [by] a culture of not listening".
"If you are a victim or a survivor of abuse I want to encourage you to come forward," he said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-17/newcastles-anglican-bishop-greg-thompson-sorry-for-church-abuse/6552688

New Barnardos campaign seeks to highlight realities of child abuse in Australia

Child protection charity Barnardos Australia has launched its latest fundraising appeal, with a campaign depicting real injuries suffered by children referred to their care.
The integrated media campaign is based on a real child abuse case and the creative features depictions of caseworker files, doctors’ reports and foster carer correspondence.

http://mumbrella.com.au/new-barnardos-campaign-seeks-to-highlight-realities-of-child-abuse-in-australia-300433

Anglican bishop apologises for church's handling of child sexual abuse

Newcastle's Anglican Bishop has fought back tears while apologising for past church cover-ups and the poor handling of complaints about child sexual abuse.
If you are a victim or a survivor of abuse I want to encourage you to come forward," he said.
"I want to assure you that when you do share your story the church will believe you and you will be supported in that process."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-17/anglican-bishop-apologises-for-child-sexual-abuse-and-cover-ups/6552688

Victims’ symposium to be held in Perth next month

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Leaders in the field of ‘victim services and research’ will discuss the latest ways to improve the lives of victims at the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology (WSV), to be held 05 – 09 July in Perth, Western Australia.

Organised by Victim Support Australia in partnership with angelhands, the Australian Institute of Criminology and the WSV and sponsored by the Western Australian Government, the Symposium is expected to attract more than 450 professionals including victims’ advocates, researchers, police, child protection workers, lawyers and social workers.

http://www.impactpub.com.au/micebtn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18906:victims-symposium-to-be-held-in-perth-next-month&catid=16:mice-news&Itemid=49

Dozens of witnesses named in brief of evidence against Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson

A Newcastle court has heard there are around 40 witnesses in their case against Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson, who's been charged with concealing child sexual abuse.
Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson was excused from his second Newcastle local court appearance this morning.
He has previously pleaded not guilty to concealing the serious indictable offence of another person.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-17/dozens-of-witnesses-named-in-brief-of-evidence-against-catholic/6552356

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

More smoke and mirrors from the Vatican on child sexual abuse

Cardinal Desmond Connell, the former archbishop of Dublin, told the Murphy commission in Ireland that mental reservation was deceiving someone without telling a lie. He said it is permissible to use "an ambiguous expression realising that the person who you are talking to will accept an untrue version of whatever it may be."

http://ncronline.org/blogs/examining-crisis/more-smoke-and-mirrors-vatican-child-sexual-abuse

Entertainment industry must face the music at sex abuse inquiry

Like the Catholic Church, the entertainment industry has developed a poor reputation as the guardian of the children in its care.
The history of the commercial exploitation of child stars is well documented. But Monday's announcement that the royal commission would swing the spotlight onto former child actors and industry workers for reports of sex abuse was a warning call for Australia's television, stage and film industries.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/entertainment-industry-must-face-the-music-at-sex-abuse-inquiry-20150616-ghp7lq.html

Paedophile preys on students in class via chat site

A sexual predator has used a webcam to masturbate in front of Year 7 students at a Victorian state high school.
Police have investigated the disturbing incident, which took place on Thursday and involved two students at Lilydale Heights College and an unknown man.
During a class in the library, a 12-year-old used her laptop to visit the live camera chat website Omegle, which spruiks itself as a place to "talk to strangers" and has been known to attract paedophiles.
The 12-year-old and her friend were then exposed to an adult performing the sexual act.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/paedophile-preys-on-students-in-class-via-chat-site-20150616-ghpgph.html

Yeshivah Centre's leadership dissolved in wake of abuse revelations

The embattled board of the Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne has been dissolved, after shocking child abuse revelations at the Royal Commission.
All board members stepped down in recent days under pressure from the Parents and Friends Yeshivah Melbourne group, which was set up after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/victoria/yeshivah-centres-leadership-dissolved-in-wake-of-abuse-revelations-20150616-ghpclb

Focus on entertainment industry abuse

CHILDREN have been sexually abused in the entertainment industry and child protection advocates say the same names keep popping up.
BRAVEHEARTS founder and CEO Hetty Johnston said the group had been providing police with the names of alleged offenders in the industry for many years and hoped victims would tell their stories to the child abuse royal commission.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/entertainment-industry-abuse-gets-examined/story-e6frfku9-1227398430616

Clergy sex abuse scandal sees surge of activity. What’s behind it?

Twin announcements from the Vatican on Monday showcased a surge of activity surrounding what Pope Francis once labeled a “scourge” of sexual abuse against minors, a scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church for decades. But survivors’ advocates, as well as one prominent Catholic conservative group, fear political motivations lie behind these latest actions.
Jozef Wesolowski, a defrocked archbishop and the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will stand trial next month on charges stemming from child sex assault, the Holy See said Monday. It marks the first Vatican-held criminal trial for sexual abuse.

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/clergy-sex-abuse-scandal-sees-surge-activity-whats-behind-it 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Rome-- "Why the recent flurry of clergy sex moves?"

For immediate release Monday, June 15
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org
With this recent flurry of movement on clergy sex abuse, we suspect that Francis' public relations advisors are trying hard to burnish his imagine prior to his US trip. But over the course of a long clerical career, Francis has ignored and concealed heinous crimes against kids and promoted or tolerated other clerics who are doing the same. One or two or three small steps doesn't erase decades of complicity. 

http://www.snapnetwork.org/rome_why_the_recent_flurry_of_clergy_sex_moves

Vatican to hold first paedophilia trial, accepts US bishops' resignation over child sex abuse

A former papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic will be tried for paedophilia next month in the first case of its kind to be brought before a Vatican court.
The Vatican announced on Monday, the first hearing in the trial of Jozef Wesolowski had been scheduled for July 11 this year.
The Polish cleric is accused of possession of child pornography in Rome in 2013-14 and the sexual abuse of minors during his 2008-13 spell as the church's representative in the Dominican Republic.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-15/vatican-to-hold-first-trial-of-senior-cleric-for-paedophilia/6548170

Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis resigns after charges of sex abuse coverup

Ten days after prosecutors charged the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of mishandling repeated complaints related to clergy sex abuse, the archbishop and another top bishop there resigned Monday in a rare public fall for U.S. church officials.
Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché were not charged individually in the case and said they were stepping down to remove distractions from the archdiocese as it faces a crisis.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/15/archbishop-of-st-paul-and-minnesota-resigns-after-charges-of-sex-abuse-coverup/

Catholic Archbishop and Aide Resign in Minnesota Over Sexual Abuse Scandal

The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a deputy bishop resigned on Monday after prosecutors recently charged the archdiocese with having failed to protect youths from abuse by pedophile priests.
In statements released Monday morning, the archbishop, John C. Nienstedt, and an auxiliary bishop, Lee A. Piché, said they were resigning to help the archdiocese heal.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/15/us/archbishop-nienstedt-and-aide-resign-in-minnesota-over-sex-abuse-scandal.html?_r=0 

The Lawyer Taking Down Minnesota’s Rapist Priests

Jeff Anderson’s fight for justice has nearly bankrupted the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and helped bring criminal charges against its leaders over sexual abuse--and he’s not done yet.
“Greg” walked into Jeff Anderson’s St. Paul office one day in 1983 and began telling a story that was then virtually unheard of: He’d been raped by a priest as a child.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/09/the-lawyer-taking-down-minnesota-s-rapist-priests.html

Vatican indicts ex-ambassador to Dominican Republic

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been indicted on charges he sexually abused young boys in the Caribbean country and had child pornography on his computer, and will stand trial next month in a Vatican court.
The Holy See said Monday that Jozef Wesolowski will have his first hearing July 11, the first time such a high-ranking Vatican official will stand trial for sex abuse.

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Vatican-indicts-ex-Dominican-ambassador-on-sex-6327370.php

US Archbishop Quits After Archdiocese Charged With Cover-Up

The embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a deputy bishop resigned Monday after prosecutors there charged the archdiocese with having failed to protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest.
The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche. They resigned under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign before they retire because of illness or some other "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.
Earlier this month, prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as a corporation of having "turned a blind eye" to repeated reports of inappropriate behavior by a priest who was later convicted of molesting two boys. No individual was named in the complaint.

Breaking news: Archbishop of St. Paul, Minnesota, resigns but insists he leaves with a 'clear conscience' despite 300 allegations of abuse

 John Nienstedt submitted resignation to Pope Francis who accepted today
    Stepped down along with Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche
    300 complaints have been lodged against employees in archdiocese
    The majority of cases date from the 1950s to the 1980s

The Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota has resigned following claims of a sex-abuse cover-up.

Archbishop John Nienstedt and deputy bishop Lee Anthony Piche submitted their resignations to Pope Francis today, a release said.

They resigned under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign before they retire because of illness or some other 'grave' reason that makes them unfit for office.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3124606/Archbishop-St-Paul-Minnesota-resigns-amid-sex-abuse-cover-claims-against-Archdiocese.html

Rolf Harris adds insult to injury with new song mocking his victims

ROLF Harris has written a song from his British jail cell mocking his victims as money-grabbing “wenches”. In a letter obtained by the Mail on Sunday, the disgraced Australian entertainer said his victims were “joining the feeding frenzy” by getting their “hooks into his dough”.
He also said his life behind bars was “no hardship really”.
The 85-year-old was handed a six-year jail term last year for a string of sex attacks on girls as young as seven.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/more-reports-of-sex-abuse-in-aussie-tv-and-entertainment-industry/story-fni0fee2-1227398980296

More reports of sex abuse in Aussie TV and entertainment industry

AUSTRALIAN entertainers will come under the spotlight by the child sexual abuse royal commission following reports of local abuse within the entertainment industry.
The Herald Sun can reveal numerous reports of abuse by people working in the industry have been made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
It has sparked a call by the commission today urging anyone who has suffered abuse to come forward.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/more-reports-of-sex-abuse-in-aussie-tv-and-entertainment-industry/story-fni0fee2-1227398980296

He has been convicted and jailed but he is STILL a Marist Brother

By a Broken Rites researcher (article posted 13 June 2015)
A Marist Brother (Terry Gilsenan) has served time in jail for committing child-sex crimes while he was on the staff of a Catholic school in Sydney but, despite this, he is still a Marist Brother in 2015 and he is cited as a contact person on a church website, selling comic books and school resources for the Marist Brothers.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/364

Child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse would like to hear from anyone who has experienced, or has information regarding, child sexual abuse in institutions in the entertainment industry.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said that the Royal Commission is calling for people with information about child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry to contact the Royal Commission.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-06/child-sexual-abuse-in-the-entertainment-industry

Child sex abuse royal commission: focus on child stars in entertainment industry

Child sex abuse within the entertainment industry is set to be exposed with the Royal Commission calling on former child stars and other industry workers to come forward with information.
Advertisements will be run in industry publications and Sydney and Melbourne newspapers and a call-out has been issued on Monday, asking for people with information about child sex abuse in institutions in the entertainment industry.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-focus-on-child-stars-in-entertainment-industry-20150615-gho311.html

Child sex abuse entertainment industry inquiry

The Royal Commission is calling people abused as children in the entertainment industry to come forward.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse wants to hear from anyone who has experienced, or has information regarding, child sexual abuse in institutions in the entertainment industry.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said anyone thinking of coming forward should be assured that the confidentiality of their information will be protected.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/child-sex-abuse-entertainment-industry-inquiry/story-fn59niix-1227398464789

Sunday, 14 June 2015

'Padded cells' at Perth schools reports among calls to disability abuse hotline

Reports of "padded cells" at two Perth schools were among calls to a confidential "dob-in" hotline set up to address abuse and neglect of people with disabilities.
The hotline was set up after a Senate inquiry into abuse of people with a disability in residential and institutional settings, which held sittings in Perth in April, heard witnesses recount testimonies of horrific rapes, brutal physical assaults, severe neglect and regular humiliation, where people had been left alone in their own faeces for hours on end.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-14/padded-cells-at-perth-schools-reports-among-calls-abuse-hotline/6544538

Papal Tribunal for Bishops: an affront to The Hague, United Nations, International Criminal Court, civil courts of justice, suffering victims; a Vatican Empire PR campaign

Papal Tribunal for Bishops: an affront to The Hague, United Nations, International Criminal Court, civil courts of justice, suffering victims; a Vatican Empire PR campaign
*Another Emperor’s New Clothes fairy-pope-tale of the Vatican Roman Catholic Church.
*Another Devil-as-Angel-of-Light PR stunt by Pope Francis!
*Another Opus Dei Beast Deceits Team PR Stunt of the Day!
*Another Jesuits Masters of Deceits strategy to camouflage Vatican Mammon Evil Beast!
*The Vatican Roman Catholic Church’s JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army is the largest religious pedophile ring on the planet earth – thanks to its cooperators of popes, cardinals and bishops who covered it up and its Eucharist modus operandi that makes 1.2 billion Catholics feel-good about it.


http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2015/06/papal-tribunal-for-bishops-affront-to.html

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Child sex victims outraged over jailed Marist Brother's sales job

A MARIST Brother who was jailed in 2001 for sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old boy, but remains a Marist Brother, is selling comic books and school resources for the order through its official Australian schools website.
Brother Terry Gilsenan was jailed for offences against the boy in the 1980s, but has been the order’s contact person for sales of the ‘‘Champagnat Comic Book’’, and ‘‘cards, posters and publications for your school or ministry’’, for an unknown period until this week.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3144513/child-sex-victims-outraged-over-jailed-marist-brothers-sales-job/

Royal Commission considers cover-up

THE Catholic Education Office provided a record of service statement for a sacked lay teacher and convicted child sex offender in 1979, but did not report him to police, after it was allegedly told he had sexually abused four children.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3143387/royal-commission-considers-cover-up/

Catholic Church in WA launches Safeguarding project in response to child sexual abuse

The Catholic Archbishop of Perth says a new project to protect children from child abuse is his major priority during his time in the role.
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said the Safeguarding Project, believed to be the first of its kind nationally, has been launched in response to what he described as the "terrible scandal of sexual abuse of children" in the care of the Catholic Church.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-13/catholic-church-launches-child-protection-project/6538908

Friday, 12 June 2015

A Marist Brother is being sentenced for some of his crimes, including buggery

On 12 June 2015, in Sydney's Downing Centre District Court, pre-sentence proceedings began for a Marist Brother, Francis William Cable (known as Brother "Romuald"), who has been found guilty of 13 serious child sex offences against two schoolboys after a jury trial. After the jury's verdict, he entered guilty pleas to offences against another 17 schoolboys. The offences occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, when Brother "Romuald" Cable was aged in his thirties and forties. The offences include buggery, plus multiple counts of indecent assault. These 19 schoolboys are not necessarily Brother "Romuald" Cable's only victims - these are merely those who have taken the opportunity to speak with police detectives. Too often, other similar victims remain silent.

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/230

Church abuse the product of a sick society

The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse has revealed some of the outrageous abuse of children at the hands of Catholic priests, brothers and nuns.
It was not just the abuse itself that was appalling, but the decades-long coordinated cover-up by the church hierarchy, and the penny pinching that has denied the victims anything approaching adequate financial compensation for their torment.

https://redflag.org.au/article/church-abuse-product-sick-society

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Judgment Day For Pervert Priests?

Pope Francis’ new judicial tribunal will now tackle the enablers of child abuse by priests: the bishops.
For the first time in the long and sordid history of the Catholic Church’s saga with pedophile priests, the Vatican has approved a special judicial tribunal that could bring to justice the bishops who have helped protect offending priests.
But is it enough to protect kids? Survivors groups hope that this time the Vatican has come up with an approach that will work.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/11/judgment-day-for-pervert-priests.html

‘TOP BISHOP seeks review of earlier Bishops’ misdeeds too! Why not? Let’s start with Ratzinger, Sodano, Bertone, Levada, Law, Rigali, Mahony, Pell, et al.

Bravo ! Instead of amnesty for old crimes, the top leader of the Irish Catholic Church, Primate Eamon Martin, has said that Pope Francis’ newly announced tribunal, which will judge bishops accused of covering up child sexual abuse, should also investigate abuse allegations relating to events a long time ago. Irish bishops, it appears, are likely still reeling from Irish voters’ overwhelming rejection of the pope’s civil marriage position.

http://christiancatholicism.com/top-bishop-seeks-review-of-earlier-bishops-misdeeds-too-why-not-lets-start-with-ratzinger-sodano-bertone-levada-law-rigali-mahony-pell-et-al/

Cardinal Pell’s Lawyer: Peter Saunders’ Allegations ‘Objectively False’

In a letter to the Vatican sexual-abuse commission member, attorney Richard Leder said Saunders’ criticisms of the cardinal were ‘either uninformed as to the relevant history or were deliberately selective.’
 VATICAN CITY — A lawyer representing Cardinal George Pell has asked Peter Saunders, a sexual-abuse survivor and member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to correct “false allegations” he has made against the cardinal and withdraw them.

Australian bishops 'won't be investigated' by Vatican until after royal commission

A Vatican tribunal to judge bishops accused of covering up child sex abuse is unlikely to investigate any Australian bishops until after the royal commission has concluded, the church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council says.
The Vatican announced on Wednesday night that it had established a tribunal under its doctrinal arm, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "to judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors".

http://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-bishops-wont-be-investigated-by-vatican-until-after-royal-commission-20150611-ghlugs.html

Pope's sex-abuse inquisition

Pope Francis yesterday approved the establishment of a Vatican department to judge bishops accused of covering up, or not preventing, sexual abuse of minors.

The department will be under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm, "to judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors".
Victims' groups have for years been urging the Vatican to establish clear procedures for making bishops more accountable for abuse in their diocese.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2015/06/11/Popes-sex-abuse-inquisition
 

Senior priest welcomes Vatican inquiry into the cover-up of abuse

A senior Victorian priest has welcomed a new inquiry into the cover-up of abuse by priests, approved by the Vatican last night.
Pope Francis has approved a Vatican department to hear accusations of bishops covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of minors.
Father Kevin Dillon of St Mary's Church has told Neil Mitchell that current methods of holding priests to account are inadequate.

http://www.3aw.com.au/news/senior-priest-welcomes-vatican-inquiry-into-the-coverup-of-abuse-20150611-ghlhku.html

Priest guilty of child-sex crimes in New South Wales

On 1 June 2015 a Catholic priest was found guilty of 31 child sex offences committed against boys in the Hunter Region, north of Sydney, in the 1980s. The priest was remanded in custody. He will be sentenced on a later date.
According to the Newcastle Herald, this Guilty verdict was returned by a jury in the Sydney District Court jury after more than a week of deliberations.
The court heard evidence from four men who described how they were sexually abused by the priest at different locations in the Hunter region when they were children.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/363

Same sex attractions, the priesthood, and the Church

June 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The knowledge of psychological and medical science related to homosexuality is essential to Bishops and episcopal conferences to protect the sacrament of marriage, Catholic family life and the priesthood.
Further, this same knowledge is essential so that Magisterial teaching can be unambiguously clear for the good of the faithful.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/same-sex-attractions-the-priesthood-and-the-church

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Vatican tribunal to hear cases of bishops accused of covering up child abuse

Pope Francis approves proposals to create specific process for dealing with bishops who are negligent in handling abuse
 Pope Francis has established a tribunal to investigate bishops accused of failing to protect children and vulnerable adults from sex abuse, in a move seen as the most forceful act by the pontiff to date to tackle the church’s legacy of abuse and cover-ups.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/10/vatican-department-to-judge-bishops-accused-of-covering-up-child-abuse

Pope Francis approves new Vatican department to investigate bishops who cover up sexual abuse

Pope Francis has approved an unprecedented Vatican department to judge bishops accused of covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of minors, meeting a key demand by victims' groups.
A statement said the department would come under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm, "to judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors".

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-11/pope-approves-new-office-to-investigate-bishops-on-sexual-abuse/6536990

Bishops who hide abuse to face tribunal

Pope Francis has approved the creation of an internal Church tribunal empowered to punish bishops who cover up sex abuse by priests.

Under the reform, bishops suspected of protecting pedophile clerics or of failing to respond promptly to allegations of abuse could face charges of 'abuse of episcopal office' under canon law, the Church's internal set of rules.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2015/06/11/bishops-who-hide-abuse-to-face-tribunal.html

‘Pope Punts; Backs Pell & Mueller Over O’Malley; Failed CDF To Get 5 Years To “Develop Proposals” To Judge Bishops On Child Abuse Crimes

Pope Francis is conducting Vatican business as usual at the “old boys’ club”, it appears. Pope Francis has responded, in effect, to Peter Saunders’ attempt to get the illusory papal advisory “abuse commission” under Cardinal Sean O’Malley to hold Cardinal George Pell, Bishop Juan Barros and other bishops accountable for alleged child sexual abuse cover-up crimes. The pope has apparently passed the buck to his successor and evidently left the unaccountable bishops’ abuse scandal mess under its current failing Vatican set up.

http://christiancatholicism.com/pope-punts-backs-pell-mueller-over-omalley-failed-cdf-to-get-5-years-to-develop-proposals-to-judge-bishops-on-child-abuse-crimes/

Rome--Yet another church abuse panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 10
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)
At best, most church abuse panels have been ineffective distractions. At worst, they’ve been manipulative public relations moves We suspect this new one won’t make a difference either.  
Throughout this decades-long crisis, church panels, procedures, protocols and promises have been plentiful. They’ve also been irrelevant. As long as clerics are in charge of dealing with other clerics who commit and conceal child sex crimes, little will change.


http://www.snapnetwork.org/rome_yet_another_church_abuse_panel

Francis approves process of accountability for bishops on sexual abuse

Vatican City
Pope Francis has approved the outline of a new system of accountability for Catholic bishops who do not appropriately handle accusations of clergy sexual abuse, in what could be a breakthrough moment on an issue that has plagued the church globally.
Proposed by Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley at the behest of the pope's commission on clergy sexual abuse, the system gives power to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to judge bishops "with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors."

http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-approves-process-accountability-bishops-sexual-abuse 

How the Vatican Empire runs the best PR campaign in the world today…as the Roman Empire copycat. Via divinity of Caesars, popes, giant statues, coins

Take a look at these two giant statues and see how identical they are -- a giant statue of John Paul II in Mexico and a giant statue of Julius Caesar in Rome.  They have identical stance and hand gestures.   Almost all statues of John Paul II have this stance and gesture of Emperor Caesar. The Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team who created the 27 years papacy and sudden sainthood of John Paul II is copycatting ancient statues of the Caesars who were the self-proclaimed Roman deities of the Roman Empire.  All roads lead to Rome – so giant statues of Emperor Cesar was in every country, every temple and every roadside of countries that Rome conquered.  

http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2015/06/vatican-empire-akin-to-roman-empire-how.html 

Royal Commission hatred is childish

In my early years of secondary school there was a very fine footballer in the senior team of another school. I had never met him, but hated him with a passion. For me he was the embodiment of evil: came from a snobs school, had a non Anglo-Irish name, represented the wrongs inflicted on Ireland, ran rings around our team, and was a filthy player.
I later recognised that he was an unassuming young man who was scrupulously fair in his play. But that was later. In boyhood hatred created its object out of all the prejudices that lay to hand.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=43767#.VXgU7KGZh61

Vic churches to become 'companies' so child abuse victims can sue

A number of Anglican dioceses in Victoria plan to become companies so child abuse survivors will know who to sue if they wish to go to court.
An Anglican diocese in Victoria has voted to become a company so child abuse survivors will know exactly who to sue if they launch a case against the church.
Wangaratta is the third Anglican diocese in Victoria to make the decision to incorporate.
Ballarat and Bendigo have already voted to make the change and the diocese of Melbourne will vote on whether to do so in the next few weeks.
The Victorian decisions cut through debates about the legal status of Anglican and Catholic churches in sex abuse law suits.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/06/10/vic-churches-become-companies-so-child-abuse-victims-can-sue

Faith, bigotry and the children of gay parents

Opponents of gay marriage are unfairly dragging children into the debate, but studies show they are just fine, thank you.
Oh, won't someone think of the children? All those same-sex couples, procreating in the pews before the bouquet is thrown, inveigling their queer coupled friends to share fresh sperm in jars and syringes for its application before God's eyes.
It must be so, considering the clarion call against same-sex parenting by George Pell's replacement as Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher. He's wasted no time dragging church-sponsored, age-old stigmatising and irrational fear-mongering into the 21st century.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/faith-bigotry-and-the-children-of-gay-parents-20150609-ghjl0s.html

Royal commission private sessions open to Warrnambool child sex abuse survivors

SURVIVORS of child sexual abuse will be able to detail their experiences at private sessions with a royal commissioner in the Warrnambool district.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has scheduled the sessions next week.
It will also hold a community information forum in Warrnambool on Wednesday June 17 for people interested in learning more about the commission's work.

http://www.standard.net.au/story/3134422/royal-commission-private-sessions-open-to-warrnambool-child-sex-abuse-survivors/

Child sex abuse royal commission to hold private sessions for victims in Warrnambool

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has announced it will hold private sessions for abuse victims across Warrnambool, in south-west Victoria, next week.
A public forum, addressed by Commissioner Justice Jennifer Coate, will be held on Wednesday, June 17.
It follows a public hearing held in Ballarat last month, which detailed experiences of child sexual abuse at the hands of the Catholic clergy.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-10/warrnambool-forum-to-give-voice-to-child-sex-abuse/6534310

Anglican diocese votes to give sex abuse survivors a clear legal entity to sue

Wangaratta becomes the third Anglican diocese in Victoria to choose to become a company so there is an identifiable church body to sue
 
An Anglican diocese in Victoria has voted to become a company so child abuse survivors will know exactly who to sue if they launch a case against the church.
Wangaratta is the third Anglican diocese in Victoria to make the decision to incorporate.
Ballarat and Bendigo have already voted to make the change and the diocese of Melbourne will vote on whether to do so in the next few weeks.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/10/anglican-diocese-votes-to-give-sex-abuse-survivors-a-clear-legal-entity-to-sue

COMMENT: We must show child abuse lessons have been learnt

IT doesn’t matter if you support turning back the boats, rescuing at sea, offshore detention, or temporary protection visas.
It’s important, but let’s just put all that aside.
The fact is, once refugees and their children are placed in detention, their safety is our responsibility; not just the government, but all of us.
That’s how democracies work. We all have a say because we care. So do we? Care, I mean.
Abuse isn’t just perpetrator gratification, it’s more about power.
That’s what children in detention don’t have, but governments ooze.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3136352/comment-we-must-show-child-abuse-lessons-have-been-learnt/?cs=308

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Child sex abuse survivors get to air their stories at royal commission hearings in Warrnambool

SURVIVORS of child sexual abuse will be able to detail their experiences at private sessions with a royal commissioner in the Warrnambool district.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has scheduled the sessions next week.
It will also hold a community information forum in Warrnambool on Wednesday, June 17, for people interested in learning more about the commission’s work.
Commissioner Justice Jennifer Coate will provide an overview of the commission and answer questions from the public.

http://www.standard.net.au/story/3136325/child-sex-abuse-hearings-set-for-warrnambool/?cs=72

Royal commission calls for information on child sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar School

The royal commission into child sexual abuse is calling for anyone with information about abuse at Geelong Grammar School to come forward.
"If you were sexually abused at Geelong Grammar School, or have any information about sexual abuse of a child at Geelong Grammar School, the royal commission would like to hear from you," the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said in a statement.
"The identity of anyone that provides information will be protected and will be kept confidential."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-09/royal-commission-calls-for-information-on-geelong-grammar-school/6532736

Child sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar School

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse would like anyone who has information regarding child sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar School to contact the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission is tasked with investigating how institutions, including schools, responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.

If you were sexually abused at Geelong Grammar School, or have any information about sexual abuse of a child at Geelong Grammar School, the Royal Commission would like to hear from you.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-06/child-sexual-abuse-at-geelong-grammar-school

Royal Commission to hold community forum in Warrnambool

Warrnambool residents are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum on Wednesday 17 June.

Commissioner Justice Jennifer Coate will address the forum, provide an overview of the work of the Royal Commission and answer questions from the community.

Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the community forum is open to any members of the public who have an interest in the Royal Commission.


http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-06/royal-commission-to-hold-community-forum-in-warrna

Former Salvation Army official will fight child sex abuse claims

A former Salvation Army church official accused of historic child sexual abuse over 25 years intends to plead not guilty.

William Edwin Steele, 71, from Thornlie briefly appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with four counts of indecent acts, three counts of indecent dealing with a boy under 14 years, two counts of indecent assault and one count of aggravated indecent assault.
His lawyer said he intended to fight the charges.
Outside court, Salvation Army spokesman Bruce Redman said the organisation was shocked by the charges.
He said the Salvation Army had been in contact with the alleged victims.

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/former-salvation-army-official-will-fight-child-sex-abuse-claims-20150609-ghjr98.html

Salvation Army soldier to deny child sex charges

A 71 year-old former Salvation Army soldier has told a court he intends to deny charges that he sexually assaulted four boys during a period of 35 years.
William Edwin Steele was not required to plead to the string of charges put to him at Perth Magistrate's Court today, but said through his lawyer he would fight the allegations.
They allegedly involve the abuse of boys aged between 11 and 18 during the years 1963 to 1989.
Four separate alleged victims were named in court today, within charges that police say arise out of an "extensive investigation".

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/28383038/salvation-army-soldier-to-deny-child-sex-charges/

Former Salvo charged with child abuse

A FORMER Salvation Army church official has been charged with historic child abuse stemming over 25 years.
THE 71-year-old man, who has been linked to several West Australian churches, allegedly abused boys aged between the ages of 11 and 18 from 1963 to 1989.
Police allege the man rented a flat in South Perth where the abuse occurred.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/former-salvo-charged-with-child-abuse/story-fni0xqi4-1227389224402

Former Salvation Army officer charged with 10 child sex offences in Perth

A 71-year-old former Salvation Army officer from Perth has been charged with 10 child sex offences.
It is alleged the man assaulted boys aged between 11 and 18 over a 26-year period from 1963 to 1989.
Police from the Child Abuse Unit said it would be alleged the offences occurred in Gosnells, Maddington, Beckenham and South Perth.
They said the man, from the southern suburb of Thornlie, was associated with several churches and was a band member who assisted in organising trips and events.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-09/former-salvation-army-officer-charged-with-10-child-sex-offences/6531378