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.
Monday, 31 August 2015
SHADOW attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC, opposition families spokesperson Jenny Macklin and spokesperson for women Claire Moore said it was clear that redress was an important part of healing for the thousands of people affected by the evil crimes.
"Hundreds of care leavers have shown immense courage in putting their life stories on the public record. Their stories outline a litany of emotional, physical and sexual abuse," they said in a statement.
I hope you are well.
It is important that I relate to you the following ‘conversation’ that transpired between Rabbi Telsner and myself yesterday.
Kieran Tapsell on Vatican Blocking Bishops, then: The Interview: Gayby Baby: Same sex families and schools
Sunday, 30 August 2015
ON Monday the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hand over its findings on how to compensate people who were abused as children while they were in care at government and non-government facilities.
Saturday, 29 August 2015
Entering the office he saw an older priest sitting in an armchair, and felt a little safer. At least he wasn’t alone. But not even an audience could stop Fox.
Friday, 28 August 2015
The remorseless Salesian priest left Australia in 1999, shortly before the first known complaints were made to his superiors.
Child abuse royal commission: Children still being sexually abused inside Victorian juvenile justice system, inquiry hears
Jozef Wesolowski, 67, was found dead early Friday in the Vatican room where he has been held on house arrest, a statement from the Vatican said.
Vatican officials immediately intervened and initial checks "indicated that the death was from natural causes," a press statement said.
It said the Vatican prosecutor ordered an immediate autopsy and that Pope Francis was informed.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
1. The experience of former students of Geelong Grammar School, Victoria.
2. The responses of the School Council, Principals and other members of staff of Geelong Grammar School to:
a. concerns raised about inappropriate conduct, or
b. complaints about child sexual abuse
The charges against Father Julian Benedict Fox were laid by the Sex Crime Squad of the Victoria Police. In 2012, the Sex Crime Squad established a special team of detectives in Melbourne, called "Task Force Sano", to investigate child-abuse allegations in religious organisations.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sex Abuse has barely rated a mention in news items recently until earlier this week when Bishop Geoffrey Robinson gave evidence.
Bishop Robinson was part of a group of senior clerics who developed the Church’s Towards Healing program for victims of clerical child sex abuse. His evidence contained criticisms of Cardinal George Pell and Pope John Paul II.
WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN:
* On Monday, the federal government will receive recommendations for a redress scheme for child sex abuse victims.
Department of Health and Human Services secretary Dr Pradeep Philip says there is no one who would not be deeply shocked, saddened and appalled by what some of the centre's residents endured in the past.
"These experiences are abhorrent and should never have occurred," Dr Philip told The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Friday.
Thursday, 27 August 2015
General Sir Hugh Beach denies involvement in paedophile ring after being outed by former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor
These cases raise a murky set of questions about the extent of child sexual abuse and the impunity enjoyed by prominent figures.
GRANT Holland said he believed there was a basic breach of residents' human rights during his time as a youth officer at the Baltara Reception Centre from 1983 until the early 1990s.
Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman has told a budget estimates hearing her department receives about 300 reports daily.
But she insists her department is able to respond and ensure children are safe.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Shocking child abuse, including rapes by priests and public floggings by nuns, occurred at the Sisters of Mercy-run Neerkol orphanage in central Queensland for generations, until it closed in 1978. In submissions published yesterday, counsel assisting Sophie David SC said evidence presented to the royal commission showed the state government failed to protect the children by inadequately supervising Neerkol.
The alleged offences happened in the Lake Macquarie region, near Newcastle.
The public hearing inquired the experiences of a number of men and women who were resident at St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol operated by the Sisters of Mercy between 1940 and 1975.
The submissions can be found on the Case Study 26 page on the Royal Commission’s website.
Royal Commission representatives visiting Ballarat haven't provided answers for clergy sex abuse survivors
The visit was an attempt to find some solutions to the myriad of problems created by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse decision to relocate Ballarat hearings to Melbourne.
Clergy sex abuse survivors spokesperson Andrew Collins said the survivors left the meeting still confused by the decision.
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
The hearing, starting on October 6 in Adelaide, will look into the experiences of former child residents between 1940 and 1990 at The Salvation Army Boys’ Home in Nedlands — also known as Hollywood Children’s Village — as well as the Eden Park Boys’ Home in South Australia and Victoria’s Box Hills Boys’ Home and Bayswater Boys’ Home.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
The bishop played an important role in developing the Australian church's response to the issue in the 1990s.
Australia is holding a national inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
In a day of remarkable evidence before the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson offered damning assessments of the most senior Catholic clerics on the planet. Pope John Paul II “handled the abuse poorly”. Cardinal George Pell was a “most ineffectual bishop” and “the majority of the priests wished he’d get transferred somewhere else.” Even Pope Francis is not providing “real leadership”.
Monday, 24 August 2015
How five unmarried mothers were buried in an unmarked mass grave alongside 796 babies who went missing at Irish nuns' Mother and Baby home of horrors
Historian Catherine Corless says babies were buried in grave behind home
Probe reveals 9 mothers died in home but burial records exist for only four
The Sisters of Bon Secours say it would now be inappropriate to comment
The bodies of five women who died at a home for unmarried mothers are believed to be buried in an unmarked mass grave with nearly 800 missing children, according to new research.
The recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are a key outcome for the national inquiry, which will run until the end of 2017.
Commission chair Peter McClellan announced the August 31 hand-over at the conclusion of a hearing in Sydney on Monday.
Cardinal George Pell “destroyed the unity” of the Catholic church’s response to child sex abuse, an Australian bishop has told the royal commission.
Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who played a key role in developing the Australian church’s response to child sex abuse, also said Pope Francis was yet to show strong leadership on the issue and one of his predecessors, John Paul II, responded “poorly” to revelations of child abuse.
The outspoken former Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney is giving evidence about that 'condemnatory' 1996 correspondence with the then papal nuncio and about other run-ins with the hierarchy and its response to abuse at a royal commission in Sydney.
IN a withering appraisal of how the church shrouds itself in secrecy when it comes to confronting its own faults, retired bishop Geoffrey Robinson said it had still not found the leadership it needed to tackle child sex abuse effectively.
Retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson said the establishment of the Melbourne Response by then Archbishop Pell in 1996, months before the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference launched the nation-wide Towards Healing, was totally unexpected.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded 3315 sex crimes against people younger than 15 in NSW last year, compared with 1015 in Victoria. During the reporting period, NSW had a population of 7.6 million and Victoria a population of 5.9 million.
Geoffrey Robinson, former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney, gave a scathing assessment of the Catholic Church's response to victims of sexual abuse committed by clergy, in his evidence at a royal commission.
Sunday, 23 August 2015
Saturday, 22 August 2015
Catholic Church bishop Ronald Mulkearns likely to avoid facing child sex abuse royal commission because of ill health
Former bishop Ronald Mulkearns has been admitted to Ballarat’s St John of God hospital, where he on Saturday was in intensive care.
His ill health casts doubt over whether the commission will force him to give evidence.
Friday, 21 August 2015
Author and theologian Bishop Robinson, who will give evidence on Monday at a public hearing of the child sex abuse royal commission, is described as a "voice in the wilderness" within the church by Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN).
A Catholic bishop who more than a decade ago called for an end to the worldwide cover-up of child sex abuse by the church will take the stand at a royal commission hearing in Sydney.
Former Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who helped write the church's sex abuse policy in Australia, will give evidence at a public hearing of the abuse royal commission on Monday.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Victorian youth centre workers did not believe a 15-year-old girl when she told them she was being raped by her father, and no one reported him to the police, a royal commission has heard.
Witness BGD has told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse some of the youth workers at Winlaton youth training centre were supportive but others did not believe her.
Child abuse royal commission: Authorities 'allowed' girl to be raped by father for decades, inquiry told
Royal commission child abuse: Raped, bashed and dominated, incest victim says authorities knew but failed to act
The woman, who cannot be named because her two younger sons do not know the horrific truth, told the commission her father started raping her when she was 13 years old, threatening to kill her if she told anyone.
Child sex abuse royal commission: Former Retta Dixon home residents dismiss findings as a 'farce' that 'blames the victim'
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
"We're getting organisations across the board — sporting, church, commercial organisations — ringing us up," said Bravehearts chief executive Hetty Johnston.
Child abuse royal commission: Turana superintendent knew boys were sexually abused but took no action
Giving evidence before the royal commission today, Mr Green said on a few occasions boys told him they were being sexually abused by other inmates.
The Commission this morning released its report into allegations of sexual abuse at Darwin’s Retta Dixon Home for Aboriginal and Stolen Generation children, which operated between 1946 and 1980.
The Retta Dixon Home was established by Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM) at Bagot Aboriginal Reserve in 1946 as a home for Aboriginal children and mothers and a hostel for young Aboriginal women.
The series was known as "Prisoner" in Australia, and "Prisoner: Cell Block H" or "Caged Women" overseas. It ran from 1979 to 1986.
Young and vulnerable children had to bow to older and bigger boys as well as staff who acted like "top dogs" at a Victorian youth centre, an inquiry has heard.
Long-time Turana youth officer Ashley Cadd said he saw staff members give boys duties and then "ride the boy all day long".
"'I'm the top dog and you're only a peasant' - that's the sort of thing that came through," Mr Cadd told the child abuse royal commission.
"'You'll do as I tell you. You'll jump when I tell you and if I say go and stick your head in the toilet, that's what you'll do.'"
Child abuse royal commission: Children too frightened to report abuse at state-run youth centre, former worker says
The cases of up to 166 children recently abused were assessed by the office of Commissioner for Children and Young People Bernie Geary, including some who were attacked multiple times.
One 14-year-old was exploited by numerous men, the report says, including “known child sex offenders”.
THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found the Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM), which ran Darwin's Retta Dixon home for mixed-race Aboriginal children, "did not meet the obligations that it had to children in its care".
Child sex abuse royal commission: Retta Dixon operators did not meet obligations of care to Darwin children, inquiry finds
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
It has become clear throughout the hearings that those who experienced child sexual abuse in institutions were ignored and disbelieved by the adults and institutions they trusted. These institutions did not take appropriate actions to assist children and young people.
Children made to clean floors with toothbrushes at government-run training centre, royal commission hears
He's charged with two counts of detaining for advantage without causing injury to victim, 10 counts of assaulting a female under 16 and committing an act of indecency, and three counts of common assault.
A former resident of Turana Youth training centre, a home in Victoria for children placed into state care, has told a royal commission she was sexually abused by a staff member after she sought to escape repeated abuse by another resident.
Monday, 17 August 2015
Child abuse royal commission: Boy given 'shock therapy to cure his homosexuality' after reporting rape
A 62-year-old man has described how two senior staff members at the Turana youth training centre, where he was a ward of the state, repeatedly raped him from the age of 15 and how he was bashed by a police officer to whom he reported the abuse.
Giving evidence to the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse on Monday, Norman Latham said he was made a ward of the state in 1962 when he was 15 because his father repeatedly bashed him and his mother, prompting him to run away from home frequently.
Norman Latham, 69, appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday, where a friend read out his statement of the alleged systematic abuse he suffered in the 1960s.
Through his statement, Mr Latham told the commission that two senior staff members at the Turana Youth Training Centre took turns sexually assaulting him within weeks of him entering the system in 1962.
He had met the 35-year-old at a government facility, where she was a staff member and he attended.
They started having sex when he was 14 and soon after he started living with her and her family.
Mr Bennett is launching action against the Government for the sustained sexual and physical abuse he suffered — some of it while in her care in the ’80s and ’90s.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse authored a report on state and territory working with children checks which was tabled in parliament today.
Children in Victorian state-run youth facilities were forcibly given contraceptives, raped and abused by staff members in charge of their care, and forced by staff to strip naked during terrifying and degrading “medical” examinations, the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse has heard.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
McKenna pleaded guilty in 2013 to 34 charges of sexual offending against 17 young victims when he was warden at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning between 1975 and 1990.
Friday, 14 August 2015
Young girls were assaulted by neighbors. Teenagers were raped by their fathers. Victims were forced to pray with their abusers.
In one of many interesting exchanges at a royal commission into child sex abuse on Friday, a member of the group's governing body was asked if he disagreed with those who say efforts to highlight and deal with abuse within the church are engaged in "apostate lies".
SENIOR church figure Geoffrey Jackson told the sex abuse royal commission that any changes the Jehovah's Witnesses made to their rules and doctrine had to be informed by God.
Mr Jackson said God's word is accessed through the Bible and the church's first-century interpretation of it.
Lord Janner faces 22 charges spanning the 1960s to the 1980s and was told the case would go to crown court for trial. His lawyer had unsuccessfully argued for him to appear via video link.
Victim Kaz Gray said inquiries did not go far enough and some individuals were allegedly still working with children.
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.
Geoffrey Jackson is one of seven men on the church's New York-based Governing Body, which oversees decisions regarding the organisation's 8.2 million members internationally.
There are so many survivors of sexual abuse, and no free, ongoing support groups. A survivor of sexual abuse does not get fixed through a short course: they need ongoing support and help.
A MEMBER of the secretive church's New York-based governing body Geoffrey Jackson is giving evidence at a child sex abuse royal commission hearing in Sydney.
A member of the secretive church’s New York-based governing body Geoffrey Jackson is giving evidence at a child sex abuse royal commission hearing in Sydney.
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Dr Norman Goldwasser, who applied conversion or reparative therapies to treat same-sex attraction, is the keynote speaker at Tzedek Australia's Melbourne education forum in September.
Several survivors of child sexual abuse in the Jewish community have condemned Dr Goldwasser's involvement, including the founder and former chief executive of Tzedek.
The ex-MP's lawyers had argued it was "barbaric, inhumane and uncivilised" to force him to attend as he was too ill.
The relocation from Ballarat to Melbourne has drawn strong comments from all corners of the community with many angry at the decision and lack of reasoning behind it.
This is despite many openly saying huge numbers of their classmates had taken their on lives as a result of the horrific crimes.
The findings of the investigation were only made public in May as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, despite being completed in 2012.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
According to the Consultation Paper, the absence of broad support required for a national redress scheme, particularly from the Federal Government, has led the Victorian Government to press ahead with a State scheme in order to meet its commitment to work on the implementation of recommendations made in the 2013 Betrayal of Trust Report.
The public hearing inquired into the response of Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, New South Wales and the Uniting Church in Australia between 1970 and 2012 to concerns raised about inappropriate conduct by a number of teachers towards students at Knox Grammar School.
The submissions can be found on the Case Study 23 page on the Royal Commission’s website.
First, we should judge church officials NOT by what their terrible predecessors did but by what responsible officials would do. It's little comfort to a girl who's been raped under Francis to say "Well, under Benedict, there might have been an even smaller chance of your predator being ousted."
Neither Benedict nor Francis has exposed a single child molesting cleric or really punished a single complicit church official. They've made lots of reassuring talk but taken little meaningful action.
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
It will also now allow ‘media commentators, affected parties and impaired audiences to engage with the commissions in real time.’
Ted Heath child abuse claims: Former Prime Minister was 'not a paedophile... just an old, sad, gay man' says brothel owner
EXCLUSIVE: The sordid truth behind Australia's worst paedophile ring: The girl, 13, 'forced into sex slavery by her own father' and the 'God-loving' pastor who gave her amyl nitrate before raping her
David Volmer, a Perth preacher who ran the ACTS evangelical church, is on bail awaiting sentencing
He pleaded guilty to 12 charges of indecent dealing, sexual penetration and stupefying a child last month
Amyl nitrate was used as a 'stupefying vapour' with 'intent to... sexually penetrate a child', court documents reveal
In 2012 Mr Volmer wrote a book, The God Standard, and lamented that 'sexual immorality has become a way of life'
Monday, 10 August 2015
It is anticipated that the hearing will hear from one witness, Mr Geoffrey Jackson, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
New York-based Geoffrey Jackson is in Australia to visit a sick family member and the commission had previously been told he would not be able to give relevant information about how the church formed its policies around handling of sexual abuse complaints.
In the continuing saga of Maurice Van Ryn, John has once more been in touch to offer sympathy and support to victims and their families.
He has also shared his experience of finally receiving an apology from the Church – 55 years after the abuse began.
Christopher Fotis, who taught at the elite Sydney school in the 1980s, appeared before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in April after being arrested on a warrant for failing to appear at an earlier date.
The motivation of individuals who sexually abuse children remains a complex and poorly understood problem in society.
Child sexual abuse is not a new phenomenon, but debate around prevention strategies has been stifled by the combination of misunderstanding, disgust and retribution on behalf of victims.
Counsel assisting the commission David Lloyd has sought findings against Dr Ian Paterson under the Crimes Act, it has been revealed.
Ian Paterson’s lawyer, Jim Harrowell, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse there is no evidence to support a submission from the commission’s own legal representative suggesting he could face the charges.
Sunday, 9 August 2015
Police are considering a limited inquiry into claims that Sir Edward Heath was a child sex abuser, avoiding a full criminal investigation, which would be longer and costlier, the Guardian understands.
Those favouring the limited inquiry believe it may give potential victims validation more quickly than a full criminal investigation.
Paedophile principal Brother Nestor violently abused students at a Maitland Catholic school when he was principal: victim
Fairfax Media reported on Saturday that the Marist Brothers issued a formal apology to Patrick Garnham as part of a settlement over his sexual abuse at the hands of Brother Nestor at Marist Maitland in 1976, when Mr Garnham was 11.
The Sunday Herald has learned that there are currently 14 major police operations, four public inquiries and six other investigations - including probes by the BBC, the police watchdog, and two government departments - are either ongoing or have been carried out to date.
Saturday, 8 August 2015
REBUTTAL:America-The Catholic Pagan: 10 Questions for Camille Paglia. “When the Catholic Church trims its doctrine for politically correct convenience, it will no longer be Catholic.”
Patrick Garnham received the apology as part of a settlement after telling the Marist Brothers he was sexually abused by Marist Maitland principal Brother Nestor, whose real name is John Littler, in 1976 when he was 11.
Pluscarden Abbey is now at the centre of a police probe into claims youngsters were molested.
It is understood the investigation is focused on allegations a young boy was violently sexually abused and two others suffered physical harm at the 13th century Roman Catholic site in the 1960s and 1980s.
White Flowers Alba campaigner Andi Lavery told The National he had been dealt with aggressively by a Police Scotland call handler when initially advocating, and making the complaint on behalf of two men.
Friday, 7 August 2015
All of England is still reeling with shock and indignation at recent revelations that Sir Jimmy Savile was a predatory pedophile (and an alleged necrophiliac). Savile was the nationally beloved host of a number of BBC programs, including the very popular and long-running Top of the Pops. But reports are that he sexually abused hundreds of young girls (and boys) throughout his 40-year career…
She says investigating the issue could take weeks.
A malfunctioning computer system is being blamed for 671 suspected cases failing to make it to police and child protection authorities, despite being filed by school staff.
Almost 30 reports of abuse, ranging from behavioural changes to bruising, neglect and sexual abuse, were never investigated by child safety officers or police.
He did not attend court on Friday as lawyers said he was "unfit" to appear.
But the chief magistrate ruled that although Lord Janner did not have to play a part in the hearing, he was legally required to attend.
The former Labour peer and MP, 87, who has Alzheimer's, faces a trial of fact over 22 child sex charges in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
His lawyer Andrew Smith QC told the first court hearing in the case at Westminster Magistrates Court: "Lord Janner is not in attendance. The reason for that submission on his part is that he is unfit to face the court."
Criminal proceedings start on Friday against former Labour peer Lord Janner – who has dementia – over allegations of historical child sexual abuse.
The hearing at Westminster magistrates court comes after an independent review overturned a ruling by the country’s top prosecutor that Janner should not be charged because he has Alzheimer’s disease.