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.
Friday, 31 July 2015
Under cross-examination, Monica Applewhite told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the Jehovah's Witness Church did not meet "best practice" in handling abuse claims.
Dr Monica Applewhite, an American researcher and consultant, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse she had been an expert witness at four trials involving allegations of abuse within the Jehovah's Witness Church.
The commission heard she was never critical of the church in her evidence at the trials in the US and UK.
The charity Kids Company, hailed by politicians and celebrities for its work with some of Britain’s most troubled youngsters, was on Thursday placed under investigation by Scotland Yard’s child abuse command.
The allegations, which the charity said were “historical but serious” are potentially damaging for the organisation, which is currently fighting for its financial life.
McDaniel was just hours away from being the face of a Reveal investigation showing how Jehovah’s Witnesses hide sexual abuse from law enforcement agencies and banish those who speak up about it.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse has rejected the opinion of an international child abuse prevention expert employed by Jehovah's Witness Church to testify on its behalf.
Monica Applewhite, a US-based consultant who specialises in child abuse risk analysis for organisations, including churches, has been subject to intense questioning at an inquiry in Sydney on Friday.
Dr Applewhite has been employed by Watchtower Australia, the legal entity of the Jehovah Witness Church, to give expert evidence on its policies and publications at the hearing into the church.
Thursday, 30 July 2015
The investigation began in 2001 and published its first stories in January 2002. The reports ultimately led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law in December of that year.
In addition, it also spurred a national review of the church's policy regarding sexual abuse by clergy, and at their June 2002 meeting, the bishops approved the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," or Dallas Charter, and formed the National Review Board to report on dioceses' implementation of the charter and to study the sex abuse issue in the Catholic church. The investigation won the newspaper the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
The first stage of the public hearing was held in Ballarat in May 2015. Because of the logistical issues relating to the anticipated level of interest in the community, the next stage of the hearing will held in the ceremonial court in the County Court complex in Melbourne.
More than 50 priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for clerical sex abuse since 2001, new figures show.
There have been 55 laicisations since 2001 - meaning
they have been evicted from the clergy - after new rules were put in
place to protect children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church.
In a press release issued this afternoon the Royal Commission stated it anticipated Cardinal George Pell and Bishop Ronald Mulkearns would give evidence at the public hearing which will take place in Melbourne and not Ballarat due to logistic issues.
The former priest, Robert Claffey, on Thursday entered formal pleas in Geelong Magistrates’ Court of not guilty to 14 charges of indecent assault, one of committing an indecent act on a child under 16 and one count of buggery on a girl.
Cardinal Pell has already agreed to return from Rome to give evidence to the inquiry into widespread abuse in the Ballarat diocese.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Catholic Church prioritised protecting reputation over children in Ballarat abuse case, senior sergeant says
Mr Claffey is charged with historical sex offences dating back to 1970.
Bishop Mulkearns gave evidence this morning in Mr Claffey’s committal hearing at the Geelong Magistrates Court.
The court heard Mr Claffey offered his resignation to Bishop Mulkearns in 1989 after the bishop supposedly met with the father of an alleged victim.
In both court cases, the charges were laid in the Ballarat Magistrates Court by detectives from the Sano Taskforce in the Victoria Police sex crimes squad in Melbourne.
Father Leslie John Sheahan belongs to the Ballarat diocese, which covers the whole of western Victoria, extending to Mildura in the state's far-north, to Horsham in the far-west and to Portland on the south-western coast. The city of Ballarat is where the bishop is based.
Bishop Mulkearns (born in 1930) was the head of the Catholic Church throughout the western half of the state of Victoria (with his cathedral in the city of Ballarat), from 1971 to 1997. Father Robert Claffey worked in west Victorian parishes under Bishop Mulkearns in the 1970s and 1980s. Claffey is charged with having committed indecent assaults at various locations in western Victoria, including Ballarat, Warrnambool, Portland and Apollo Bay, between 1970 and 1992.
Until now Fr Mulkearns has avoided giving evidence at inquiries into institutional sexual abuse, citing health issues, meaning three decades of secrets from his tenure in Ballarat have remained sealed.
But he has been forced to testify in a prosecution against former priest Robert Claffey who is charged with a string of sexual assault charges.
During an information session in Woden on Wednesday afternoon, Jane Rosengrave spoke of her experience detailing multiple instances of abuse.
"I want people to know what I have been through," she said. "I want them to see how hard my life has been and learn from the mistakes of the past," she said.
Child sex abuse royal commission hears Jehovah's Witness Church did not sanction self-confessed paedophile
Bishop Mulkearns was forced to give evidence against former priest Robert Claffey who has pleaded not guilty to a string of sexual assault charges.
Appearing in Geelong Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Bishop Mulkearns, now retired, underwent a compulsory examination revealing evidence about child sexual abuse for the first time in almost two decades.
Church elder Dino Ali admitted on Wednesday that a judicial hearing in 1989 dealt with the adultery matter before allegations of sexual abuse, because they were dealing with "one issue at a time".
He also said they could not be sure the man's confession was true, based on his history of lying.
The sex predator admitted to molesting his daughter to a committee of church elders, who also heard corroborating statements from the victim, her sister and mother.
However, the evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was that the confession and three witness statements did not amount to proof in the eyes of the elders investigating the claim, all of whom were friends of the perpetrator.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
The sect is the commission’s 29th case study since September 2013. And there is still a long way to go because the depravity that destroyed young lives, which was hidden for decades, was so widespread. The commission’s report should provide insights and guidance about the best strategies for preventing such crimes and dealing with them in future. Current and past church leaders and others are morally obliged to co-operate. The vast majority are doing so.
The woman, known as BCG, told the royal commission into child sexual abuse that her father sexually abused her when she was 17, while her mother and six siblings were away.
She said she used “to pray to Jehovah to put angels” around her bed to stop her father’s abuse but it did not stop.
Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan has, however, also warned the church against falling into the trap of believing that police are waging a vendetta.
Mr Sullivan said was he seriously concerned after The Weekend Australian revealed police had vastly overstated the number of people who had committed suicide as a result of clergy abuse.
In a harrowing day of evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the woman detailed how her father repeatedly sexually abused her and her three sisters.
Chairman Phil Lafferty said he has already started a petition calling for tougher sentencing for paedophiles.
Mr Lafferty said he hopes to meet with Justice Minister Michael Gove to discuss child abuse sentencing.
Jehovah’s Witness ‘ministerial servant’ held in high regard by congregation while assaulting daughters
While the rest of the Jehovah’s Witness branch held her father in high regard as a “ministerial servant”, he was flogging her at home until she bled and had sex with her and three of her sisters, the commission was told.
JIM Bello an elder in a congregation in Western Australia visited the woman, referred to as BCB, in 2012 to discuss her allegations of abuse by an elder in the church in the 80s and 90s.
On Tuesday Mr Bello said he had been told by a branch oversees to visit BCB and her husband at their WA farm to see if he could help and to gain information.
Monday, 27 July 2015
In Victoria for instance:
- a principal, school teacher or nurse must disclose to Child Protection a reasonable belief that child abuse has occurred (or may occur); and
- any adult at the school must disclose to Victoria Police a reasonable belief that an adult has sexually abused a child under the age of 16.
She was said to be at the centre of abuse and denied 26 charges. A jury has convicted her of all but three counts.
She was found guilty of offences including rape and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Two men were found guilty of child sex abuse charges and a woman of assault.
Maggie Kirkpatrick, best known for playing “The Freak” on acclaimed small-screen soapie Prisoner, says she will fight to clear her name when she faces court in August.
Victoria Police’s Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team charged Kirkpatrick, 74, with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under the age of 16.
Mr Fellows is on trial at the Old Bailey in London where he denies perverting the course of justice by making a false claim against Mr Clarke.
The 75-year-old politician told the court the claim was "preposterous".
Jurors have heard that in 2012 Mr Fellows told national news reporters Mr Clarke had assaulted him in the office of political lobbyist Ian Greer during a cash-for-questions sting by ITV's The Cook Report.
Jehovah's Witnesses destroyed more than 1000 cases of child sexual abuse since 1950 to 'protect their wives' Royal Commission told
Child sex abuse royal commission hears Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report 1,000 alleged perpetrators
And of the 1006 alleged offenders identified by the church since 1950 not a single one was reported to the police or other “secular authorities”.
Paedophiles repeatedly promoted to positions of authority in Jehovah’s Witness church royal commission told
Church Elder Max Horley told the child sex abuse royal commission today that it was protocol to destroy notes including those he made during meetings between another elder Bill Neill and the teenage girl who accused him of abusing her.
Jehovah's Witnesses destroyed notes about child sexual abuse to stop them falling into the wrong hands and to "protect their wives", a church elder has told a national hearing in Sydney.
The opening day of a royal commission hearing into abuse within the controversial church has heard how more than 1000 cases of child abuse since 1950 were dealt with internally and never reported to police.
It has also heard that victims were made to confront their abusers and left feeling as if they had sinned.
Instead, the church, which has almost 70,000 active members, followed its policy of handling allegations internally.
The opening day of the hearing into the Jehovah's Witnesses at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told that church elders blamed at least two victims for their sexual abuse.
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Music mogul Raymond Stevenson, who discovered the former Voice judge when she was 15, said he and his friends were regularly beaten and drugged at Shirley Oaks in Surrey.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Labor has pledged to act on the recommendations of the royal commission into child sexual abuse, including a redress scheme for victims.
The inquiry was set up by the Gillard government in 2013 and is due to report in December 2017.
The ALP national conference being held in Melbourne on Saturday passed a resolution to act on the commission's findings, in consultation with victims, and to report annually to the parliament on the implementation of the recommendations.
Friday, 24 July 2015
Brother Peter Pemble also admitted assaulting two other boys during that period but has never been charged.
Fairfax media reported that the paedophile Marist Brother was sent to the Marist Brothers High School at Maitland in 1971, shortly after finishing at teachers college.
Judge Peter Berman, who heard the case in the Newcastle District Court, said Pemble had selected a boy the following year to help him organise sporting activities before isolating him on at least two occasions and indecently assaulting him.
Simon Danczuk spoke out yesterday after the Cabinet Office released a forgotten MI5 letter about a politician with a “penchant for small boys”.
Written by then-head of MI5, Sir Anthony Duff, the 1986 note made no reference to child safety but concluded that the unnamed MP had denied the allegation, adding that “the risk of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger”.
Apparently “overlooked” during a 2014 Home Office investigation, it has now been published in a supplement to a review on whether the government covered up abuse allegations in the 1980s.
I won't name child abuse MP: Fury as Mrs Thatcher's Cabinet chief defends failure to act over senior Tory
Ex-Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong defended apparent abuse cover-up
Was warned by security services in 1986 that MP had ‘a penchant for boys’
Said he believed decision not to investigate claims was ‘correct at the time’
The most senior civil servant in the Thatcher government was accused of a ‘shocking’ and ‘cavalier’ attitude last night after he defended an apparent child abuse cover-up.
Catholic Brother Bernard Hartman jailed for three years over sex attacks on children in 1970s and 1980s
In another scandalous blow to the church, Brother Bernard Hartman was jailed for three years, with one year suspended, for sustained sexual attacks on two young girls aged under 11 in the 1970s and a male student in the early 1980s.
County Court Judge James Parrish described the offending as “blatant” and a grave breach of Hartman's position as a teacher at St Paul's College in Altona North.
Sir Maurice Oldfield, the former Director and Controller of Intelligence in Northern Ireland, had been at the home in 1978, Mr Kerr claims.
He left Northern Ireland under a cloud of sexual innuendo two years later.
A closet homosexual, he was accused of making a pass at a man in the bar of the Old Crow Inn in Comber, but no charges were ever brought and his friends said it was black propaganda by intelligence rivals while the police denied dealing with any complaint.
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Kincora was supposed to be a haven for boys aged 15 to 18 from troubled backgrounds, including those most at risk of abuse. But for some of the 168 who passed over its threshold, the experience was one of being tossed from the furnace into the fires of a man-made hell.
Child abuse investigators found no consideration had been given to the threat to children the politician posed but MI5 had warned senior officials that the accusations could be damaging for the administration.
He went on to become principal at St Gregory's college in Campbelltown in western Sydney.
However, they were not discovered as they were not properly catalogued.
It is known they include Kincora abuse claims passed to the authorities by ex-Army press officer Colin Wallace.
The public hearing will inquire into the experiences of former child residents at Turana Youth Training Centre, Winlaton Youth Training Centre and Baltara Reception Centre between the 1960s and early 1990s.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
1. The experience of survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia.
2. The responses of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse within the Church.
Child abuse investigators found no consideration had been given to the threat to children the politician posed but MI5 had warned senior officials that the accusations could be damaging for the administration.
Now in her 30s, Karen wasn't understood when she first told her parents what her uncle, Mark Sewell, was doing.
Government has revealed to Sky News the titles of abuse documents which include names of leading British political figures from the 1970s and 1980s.
They relate to well-known people from Westminster, who have died, including Margaret Thatcher's former parliamentary secretary Sir Peter Morrison, former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, former diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister Sir William van Straubenzee.
The papers also refer to the Kincora children's home in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Secret files ‘show MI5 let abuse claim MP off hook’: Security chief said the case would ‘embarrass the Government’
Sir Peter Morrison, an aide to Margaret Thatcher, has also been named
Cabinet Office confirmed papers exist which relate to men, who are all dead
Paper also reveals concerns of abuse at Kincora children's home in Belfast
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
The batch of files relate to three senior government figures, all of whom are now dead: Sir Peter Hayman, a former diplomat and M16 worker, Sir William van Straubenzee, a former minister, and Sir Peter Morrison, who was an aide to Margaret Thatcher.
Child sex abuse inquiry: Leading Westminster figures including ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan named in Government documents
But the identity of the “celebrity actor” is being kept under wraps by police.
The allegations against the well known name are being probed by officers as part of Operation Fervant, the national inquiry into alleged sex abuse by celebrities or people in positions of trust.
The resolution will be moved by Charlton MP Pat Conroy, whose electorate is in the Hunter Valley, and Sydney Leichhardt councillor Darcy Byrne. It is being supported by whistleblower policeman Peter Fox.
The royal commission into child sex abuse is yet to finalise the witness list for when it returns to Ballarat at the end of this year but Bishop Mulkearns is considered highly likely to be asked to give evidence.
Wilson has already pleaded not guilty to concealing the serious indictable offence of another person.
Sex abuse royal commission to investigate 'horrible' youth training centres where children were 'treated as numbers'
Operation Fervant, the probe into alleged misconduct by celebrities or people in positions of trust, has led to a number of inquiries being opened across the county.
It also emerged on Monday that on-the-job staff drug testing is not conducted at Nauru, despite allegations of guards trading marijuana for sexual favours from female detainees.
Veteran lawyer Alex Lewenberg is being investigated by the Legal Services Commissioner over comments to a victim of notorious Jewish paedophile David Cyprys.
A complaint was made in March.
In covertly recorded conversations Mr Lewenberg, who had represented Cyprys, is said to be heard telling the victim Jews shouldn’t help police prosecute fellow Jews.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
David Grace QC warned Geelong Magistrates Court against accepting the evidence of Bishop Mulkearns in its criminal proceedings against Robert Claffey, who is charged with historical sex offences. Magistrate John Lesser ordered that Bishop Mulkearns appear and give sworn evidence next week about the alleged pedophile activities of Mr Claffey, despite the objections of Mr Grace.
The precursor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was a NSW special commission of inquiry into high-level police and Catholic Church collaboration to protect paedophile priests in the Hunter region of NSW.
Philip Kirk, 22, from York was found to have downloaded nearly 1,000 indecent images of children and searched online for child murders and Girl Guide groups.
"I have been a paedophile since the age of 13 and openly a paedophile for the last three years," Kirk wrote in a letter to May.
The organisation's Matthew Bowden said former residents and child sex abuse survivors at the Pleasant Creek Special School in Stawell requested the visit.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Westminster paedophile scandal: Tory minister Leon Brittan 'liked boys to dress in women's underwear'
The late Conservative MP and British diplomat were both named by alleged victims during an investigation by Australian current affairs programme 60 Minutes entitled Spies, Lords and Predators.
The show's reporter, Ross Coulthart, said the allegations of a paedophile ring involving politicians, lords, the police and other high-profile names as "Britain's biggest ever scandal", which has the potential to "rock the establishment".
Former bishop Ronald Mulkearns has for years avoided scrutiny over his alleged failure to curb systemic sex offending among his clergy in the west Victorian diocese of Ballarat, where the Catholic Church’s worst crimes were committed.
After having a stroke in 1998, Father Mulkearns avoided the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse in institutions, citing ill health, and had appeared unlikely to attend the royal commission into institutional responses.
In a comprehensive examination of the country's criminal justice system, the sex abuse royal commission says Australian law punishes individual offenders but not organisations.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Inquiry judge will hear 30,000 VICTIMS of predators – but Goddard probe says that’s less than 1% of adults who were abused as children
Saturday, 18 July 2015
Three days before Holy Communion, eight-year-old Peter* was "grabbed" in the St John Vianney Catholic Church at Greenacre by Father Terrence Millard, "positioned" in front of a symbolic image of Jesus Christ being nailed to the cross and then punished with a "smack" to the upper buttocks for perceived bad behaviour.
Friday, 17 July 2015
These amendments resulted from a recommendation from the Betrayal of Trust inquiry in Victoria that the Limitations of Action Act be amended to exclude child abuse from the operation of the limitation periods under that Act. The changes commenced on 1 July 2015.
There will now be no time limit within which to sue if an action is founded on the death or personal injury of a person resulting from:
Thursday, 16 July 2015
'Give me back my mother's body': Woman whose mum was buried in Magdalene Laundry mass grave demands justice
Mary Collins has told how her family was torn apart when the Traveller was “snatched from the side of the road” and thrown into the hated institution.
The Chair of the Royal Commission Justice McClellan foreshadowed the redress recommendations and outlined the complexity of the issues at the Uniting Church in Australia’s 14th Assembly meeting, held at the University of Western Australia.
“Our terms of reference require us to consider justice for survivors,” Justice McClellan said.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Pat Comben, who served as education and environment minister in the Goss government, was ordained as a deacon by controversial Brisbane archbishop and former governor-general Peter Hollingworth after retiring from politics in the mid 1990s.
In 2013, he gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse over the abuse of orphans at the North Coast Children’s Home in Lismore.
The president of the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, flagged on Wednesday that the commission was considering a report which discusses whether an institution should be held criminally liable "for the sexual abuse committed by a person associated with that institution."
WA Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said the alleged assaults against two ten-year-old boys and one 16-year-old occurred when the man was an Anglican Priest in Ravensthorpe and a scout leader in Wembley.
Commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan gave an overview of the figures during an address to the 14th Assembly of the Uniting Church meeting in Perth this morning.
The chairman of the commission, Justice Peter McClellan, is set to make the comments today in Perth in a speech to mark the half way point of the hearings.
He says greater accountability is needed for the places and organisations where sexual abuse takes place.
Institutions including religious organisations, schools and sporting groups must never again be allowed to silence children or fail to protect them, according to the chair of the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Despite the demand, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will not be seeking a further time extension, with 1527 people in the queue for a private session with the inquiry.
Monday, 13 July 2015
Denial is a funny thing, isn’t it? I’m sitting at a dinner party, freshly wounded from a failed relationship, and someone is talking drunkenly about Jimmy Savile. “Well all those people who have come forward as victims, I bet it’s just for the money, isn’t it? Those people just want attention.” And at that moment, something inside me shatters. I fall through the glass floor of my own denial and remember that I was sexually abused. By my grandad, starting from around the age of five or so.
Sunday, 12 July 2015
The independent inquiry into child sex abuse led by Justice Lowell Goddard is expected to last five years.
Lambeth Palace said the archbishop wanted the Church to be reviewed first.
But it said if this did not happen within six months, then the archbishop would instigate an "independently-led past cases review".
Mr Watson, 48, said: “The MI5 files are key to understanding who knew what and when.
“They might also reveal how reported crimes were not adequately investigated and on whose orders.”
Saturday, 11 July 2015
A former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic fell ill and was taken to hospital ahead of the opening of his trial on Saturday for alleged child sex offences, a Vatican official said.
Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and "apostolic nuncio", or Vatican ambassador, in Santo Domingo, is accused of paying boys to perform sexual acts, of downloading and buying pedophile material, and offending Christian morality.
The 66-year-old former archbishop was placed in intensive care at a Vatican hospital, Holy See officials said Saturday, just hours before a trial against him was set to begin.
The details about Jozef Wesolowski's medical condition have not been disclosed.
The secret was that her father had begun raping Lucy in his bed when she went on Family Court-ordered access visits to his house in a regional Australian town.
Jimmy Savile: Pervert's nephew arrested in connection with allegations of sexual assault of girl in the 70s
Adrian Marsden, a 59-year-old father of six, was held by police 'for several hours' after the alleged victim came forward.
Marsden publicly spoke out against his depraved uncle when the former Radio 1 DJ's sickening child abuse was exposed.
Justice Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge chairing the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, had initially not included the Royal household in a list of institutions to be investigated over historical crimes.
Friday, 10 July 2015
This undertaking provides the greatest possible protection for whistleblowers, consistent with the requirements of the public interest.
The full text of the Attorney-General's undertaking is attached here.
Gordon Anglesea, 78, a senior policeman in Wales for 34 years, is accused of abusing three boys between the ages of 11 and 16 in the late 1970s and ’80s.
The decision to hold a public hearing follows a request by the royal commission in June for anyone who was sexually abused at the school to come forward with information.
Geelong Grammar wrote to the school community in May and said it was fully cooperating with the royal commission's request for information.
Justice Lowell Goddard, head of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, said she will use every legal power to force witnesses to give evidence.
She has written to hundreds of British institutions including the church, the NHS and every Government department ordering them not to destroy records that could relate to child abuse.
Even spy agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ will be ordered to hand over any relevant files.
The first high-ranking Vatican official to be charged with paedophilia will face a criminal court in the Holy See on Saturday, in an unprecedented test of Pope Francis’s commitment to tackling the church’s legacy of sexual violence against children.
The trial of the former nuncio Józef Wesołowski from Poland marks the first time that the church has used the criminal justice system put in place by the Argentinian pontiff to handle cases of alleged clerical wrongdoing.
AS many as one in every 20 children in England and Wales may have been sexually abused, according to the head of the independent inquiry into historical abuseBut the true figures "may be worse" because of systematic "under-recording and mis-recording" by police, Justice Lowell Goddard warned.
Catholic priest who also works as a police chaplain charged with child sex offences in Kempsey in 1980s
It is alleged the offences took place in the Lismore Diocese in the 1980s.
Police said the investigation was referenced at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
They are alleged to have been committed against two brothers, aged nine and 11, in the Lismore Diocese in 1985.
The diocese takes in the region from the Queensland border to Camden Haven, south of Port Macquarie.
One in 20 children may have been victims as abuse says chairman of abuse inquiry as she opens probe which will take five years
A High Court judge from New Zealand was appointed to ensure impartiality
Public bodies have been ordered not to shred any possible evidence
It is feared the inquiry will take take up to five years to complete