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.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Under the bold proposal clergy would for the first time be forced to undergo government-specified training and security checks and would be monitored by a national body, or risk losing government funding.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
This "know-nothing" archbishop was put in charge of managing the church's response to child-abuse crimes
UK: The Goddard Inquiry: the scope of inquiry into historical child sexual abuse extends to England and Wales
The Council of Australian Governments is expected to meet in early November - on a day to be confirmed - and AAP understands the controversial redress scheme will be a hot topic on the agenda.
Monday, 28 September 2015
Robert Claffey is due to stand trial on 14 counts of indecent assault, one count of committing an indecent act on a child under the age of 16, and one count of buggery on a girl.
But the County Court heard today Mr Claffey would face more charges after two new victims had made statements to police.
A South Australian parliamentary inquiry into child protection and care has released a 170-page interim report, making 40 recommendations and noting substantial issues relating to child-protection agencies, social workers and foster carers.
A key network for people brought up in orphanages and other institutions has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to establish as a "matter of urgency" a national redress scheme for abuse survivors.
The new prime minister is a parliamentary patron of Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN), which wants the federal government to back the $4.37 billion scheme recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Saturday, 26 September 2015
He pleaded not guilty at Newcastle Local Court yesterday with Wilson's legal team calling for a permanent stay of proceedings.
Friday, 25 September 2015
The alleged abuser, now 73, was a leading member of a Canberra religious community closely linked to the Catholic Church, and stands accused of abusing a number of girls, including two of his own daughters.
The attorneys-general today wrote to federal Attorney-General George Brandis calling for the “earliest possible indication from the Commonwealth as to whether it intends to establish and fund a national redress scheme” for abuse victims.
Catholic Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson moves to stop criminal case over sexual abuse by colleague
Archbishop Philip Wilson was charged in March with concealing information about the 1971 sex assault of a 10-year-old boy by pedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW town of Maitland.
The charge relates to when Wilson was an assistant parish priest in East Maitland in the 1970s and worked with paedophile priest James Fletcher.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
The inquiry will look at the experiences of former students at Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul's School at Bald Hills when it commences hearings in Brisbane from November
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse announced on Friday it would commence public hearings on November 3 into Brisbane Grammar School (BGS) and St Paul's School at Bald Hills.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Revelations that former boarding master Peter Jeremy Longley abused six young boys interstate follows news that the Geelong school knew of sex abuse allegations involving two other former teachers.
In particular, what should we make of royal commission evidence about sexual abuse in any specific institution? Recently, the spotlight has been on Geelong Grammar School.
I know of many other schools where such abuse occurred. But when any school’s past inadequate response to suspected or reported abuse becomes apparent, it’s only fair to consider that failure in the context of our wider society’s poor response to sexual abuse.
Three former students at The Geelong College have reported abuse to the school over the past 20 years, but it never passed that information on to police. In one case the then Presbyterian school agreed to pay for counselling after a confidentiality agreement was signed.
The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is after 2 years, at its halfway mark. The Commission is focused on systemic issues and institutional responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse. Public hearings have been the main way the Commission does its work.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
For him, it was forty years in the making. A detective based in Melbourne, Mr Ryan transferred to Mildura in 1962 because his doctor said a drier climate would help his son’s asthma.
Within ten years he had uncovered shocking claims of sexual abuse against possibly hundreds of children at the hands of Monsignor John Day.
Royal Commission chief executive Philip Reed said the Royal Commission is tasked with investigating how all institutions have responded to child sexual abuse.
Sunday, 20 September 2015
“We are pleased that the Royal Commission’s Report recommends that a process for redress must provide equal access and equal treatment for survivors,” said Mr McMillan.
“We strongly support the Report’s recommendation for a single national scheme to meet the needs of survivors.
The Medicare safety net provides additional Medicare benefits to help people pay for out-of-hospital doctor visits and tests, including psychiatry and radiotherapy services, ultrasounds and X-rays after they reach certain thresholds of appointments.
Friday, 18 September 2015
Even as Pope Francis has sought to reform the Vatican’s safeguards against child abuse, the Catholic Church has allowed allegedly abusive priests to escape to parts of the world where they would face less scrutiny from prosecutors and the media. The investigation tracked down and confronted five such priests. Some of these men were the subject of criminal investigations but went abroad without charges being brought against them.
The church hid the crimes of Brother Ted Dowlan (alias Ted Bales) — but Broken Rites helped to expose this cover-up
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Police said the 52-year-old, from the western suburbs, had been charged with three counts of indecent assault, relating to incidents between 2000 and 2001.
It is the second arrest in South Australia by detectives from a special police branch responding to the Royal Commission.
Denis Ryan, who was a detective in Mildura in the 1960s and ’70s, was the first officer to investigate Day’s crimes but he was forced off the case by his superior offices.
He said there was an element within the police force, known colloquially as the Catholic Mafia, that would protect priests from facing criminal charges.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
John Tovey was sentenced to 15 months' jail in Napier District Court on Wednesday morning after pleading guilty to two charges of indecent assault.
The offending occurred in Napier between April last year and January 2.
Tovey, 64, was previously a vicar in North Canterbury and a priest-in-charge at Churton Park in Wellington for five years, and then in Wainuiomata for 10 years, before moving to Hawke's Bay in 2010, where he became associate priest at All Saints parish in Taradale.
He held the position until late 2011.
Why would the pope personally invite a dissident cardinal embroiled in a sex abuse scandal to the Synod?
Media outlets seeking the perspective of a survivor of child sexual abuse knew to contact the 44-year-old mom in Newport Beach, known for her advocacy and incisive – sometimes blunt – commentary.
So as her husband and 9-year-old son slept, Casteix swung into action, talking to reporters over the next six hours.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hearing oral submissions on Thursday as a follow-up to its February hearing into the Yeshivah centres and schools in Melbourne and Sydney.
The submissions being considered are in response to recommended findings in the case made by counsel assisting the commission Maria Gerace, which have not yet been made public.
A report on redress and civil litigation recommended state and territory governments remove any limitation periods that applied to damage claims by a person who had been sexually abused.
A South Australian man has been charged with sex offences after allegations were raised at the child abuse royal commission.
The man, aged in his fifties, from Peterborough in the state's mid-north, was arrested on September 2 after a woman told the national inquiry of her abuse while in state care in the 1980s.
The public hearing commenced on 2 February 2015 and examined the response of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi to allegations of child sexual abuse.
The oral submissions will commence at 10am at Royal Commission Hearing Room 1, Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.
Disability advocates have been calling for a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings following evidence that has been presented at Senate Inquiry into the issue.
Royal Commission: Cranbrook School knew Nicholas Sampson advised teacher to avoid child sex abuse complaint
Nicholas Sampson was recruited to become the head of Cranbrook in 2012 after stints as headmaster at Marlborough College in the UK from 2004 to 2012 and Geelong Grammar in Victoria between 2001 and 2004.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
The court heard the woman was abused at school, on camp and at Ms Leifer's home.
The alleged abuse occurred in the headmistress' home, at school camps and on school grounds.
The landmark Supreme Court decision is one of Victoria's highest ever payouts in a child sex abuse case and sets a precedent that one legal expert said would "strike terror into the hearts" of schools embroiled in abuse scandals across the country.
Adass Israel School and former headmistress Malka Leifer were sued by the ex-student who says she was sexually abused several times a week between 2003 and 2006.
The alleged abuse occurred in the headmistress’ home, at school camps and on school grounds.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Andrew Collins, who was abused by Catholic clergy in Victoria as a child, said the recommendation that payments be assessed against criteria including severity of abuse and impact of abuse was unjust.
“I’ve never met a victim who said my abuse was worse than yours,” he said.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the Royal Commission is tasked with investigating how institutions have responded to child sexual abuse.
“These institutions include sporting clubs and associations,” he said.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its report on redress and civil litigation this week.
Among the 99 recommendations, the Commission has proposed a single $4 billion national redress scheme established by the Australian Government with a minimum payment of $10,000, a maximum of $200,000 with an anticipated average payment of $65,000.
Catholic Church welcomes royal commission's call for national redress scheme for child sexual abuse victims
Royal commission compensation proposal for child sex abuse victims 'an insult' says Ballarat survivor
Under the plan, abuse survivors would receive an apology and counselling but also a payment of between $10,000 and $200,000.
Monday, 14 September 2015
Even though its preferred scheme - one administered by the federal government - was resolutely opposed by Canberra earlier in the year, the commission said on Monday it was the best way forward.
In a major blow for Melbourne’s Catholic Archdiocese, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today released its report into Cardinal Pell’s Melbourne Response.
The report of Case Study 16 follows a public hearing into the Melbourne Response held in August last year.
Child sex abuse royal commission: Catholic Church's Melbourne Response discouraged some victims from going to police, inquiry finds
The statement follows a meeting by the school council for the exclusive Bellevue Hill private school yesterday to address community perceptions.
The child sex abuse royal commission heard last week that when Mr Sampson was head of Geelong Grammar, he allegedly advised a teacher to retire early in order to avoid a formal complaint about sexual abuse.
'Huge demand' for child abuse support after Ballarat royal commission hearings says Centre Against Sexual Assault
One program involves providing therapy for young people up to the age of 16 who sexually abuse other children.
On Monday the school's board, lead by prominent businesspeople Helen Nugent and Roger Massy-Greene, emphatically re-affirmed their support of the headmaster, Nicholas Sampson.
THE commission also wants limitation periods that now apply to damages claims by abuse survivors to be removed and the change to be applied retrospectively regardless of whether or not a claim was subject to a limitation period in the past.
Sex abuse royal commission: Federal, state governments should compensate survivors when churches, schools fail to, report recommends
And when institutions fail to cover the full cost of compensation, federal and state governments should cover the difference, the royal commission concluded in its long-awaited report on redress on Monday.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has called on the Federal Government to establish a single national redress scheme which would be funded largely by the institutions where the abuse occurred, including schools, religious groups and government organisations.
CARE Leavers Australia Network executive officer Leonie Sheedy says recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that a national scheme be set up to provide compensation and care to all victims is a welcome initiative.
Friday, 11 September 2015
On Thursday the school's headmaster, Nicholas Sampson, admitted he paid a teacher at his former institution, Geelong Grammar, to retire early to avoid any formal complaints of child sex abuse being made against him.
The man, known as TW until a sentencing hearing later this month, where a suppression order is expected to be lifted, is in custody after convictions against five children in the Lake Macquarie area.
HEADMASTER Stephen Meek said the school was appalled by any form of abuse and unreservedly apologised on its behalf.
"We failed those students who were in our care and who became victims of sexual abuse," Mr Meek told the child abuse royal commission.
He offended against six boys between 1980 and 1983.
In sentencing, Judge Patrick told the court Buckley's behaviour towards these boys was "clearly absolutely wrong".
Buckley, 74, pleaded guilty to 13 charges including gross indecency against six victims who were young students at Geelong Grammar’s Glamorgan campus in Toorak in the early 1980s.
- Former Geelong Grammar headmaster said he had 'no business' reporting abuse to police
- Geelong Grammar paedophile teacher paid to retire to avoid scandal
- Student has 'no memory' of repeated abuse at school
- Sex abuse at Geelong Grammar was 'modest', former headmaster tells abuse royal commission
Stephen Meek, who became headmaster in 2004, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that victims had been left with ongoing trauma and some felt unable to speak about their abuse.
John Hamilton Buckley was a housemaster and teacher at Glamorgan, Geelong Grammar's junior campus in Toorak, when he abused six students aged 10 to 13.
The 74-year-old has since forged a high-flying arts career, but will spend at least four years and nine months behind bars after being sentenced by Judge Jane Patrick on Friday.
'Your behaviour was disgraceful, repeated, predatory, often planned and extremely serious...,' she told Buckley
Thursday, 10 September 2015
He painted a sad picture of a brave and lonely Sisyphus with his band of bishops in tow, pushing a boulder with a reasoned response to the crisis up the Vatican Hill, only to have it pushed back by popes and cardinals who had no idea about the issue and a blindness about the incapacity of canon law to deal with it.
THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held its 4000th private hearing in a jail in August as Britain followed Australia’s lead in tackling child sexual abuse.
The royal commission heard evidence on August 19 from a prisoner who had been sexually abused as a child.
In Britain, the head of its newly established Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse praised the ‘‘remarkable’’ response to the Australian commission.
Justice McClellan’s speech is available here.
Justice McClellan also delivered an address at the Supreme Court Conference in Bowral on Friday 4 September. You can access a copy of this speech here.
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Child abuse royal commission: Former Geelong Grammar principal regrets handling of sexual abuse complaints
A staff member and former student, known as BLW, came to Mr Sampson in the first half of 2004 to tell him his brother had allegedly been abused by Harvey.
The new law should also clarify professional privilege and confidentiality including that of priests in the confessional, Francis Sullivan CEO of the church's Truth Justice and Healing Council told AAP.
The move is designed to pre-empt the sex abuse royal commission, which is expected to recommend such laws.
Francis Sullivan, chief executive of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, said nationally consistent police reporting legislation would aid victims and any reporting should require anyone who has a reasonable belief that a sex offence has been committed against a child to report it to police.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
John Lewis refused to accept the proposition at the child sex royal commission yesterday that he should have notified the police when student BKM claimed in 1982 that staff member Jonathan Harvey had made sexual advances to him.
A royal commission wants major changes to how the Australian legal system handles child sex abuse cases.
The final recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on redress and civil litigation went to the federal government at the beginning of last week.
Abuse survivors and institutions await the publication of the commission's proposals, which are due to be tabled in the federal parliament and made public before the end of this week or early next week.
The prestigious school also insisted on a confidential $32,000 settlement in a bid to protect its reputation and prevent other students coming forward with claims, the child abuse royal commission heard on Tuesday.
The prestigious school also forced a victim to sign a confidentiality agreement, even though it had failed to cover the student’s costs and the settlement was less than half the amount sought in compensation, the inquiry heard.
Geelong Grammar headmaster did not investigate alleged abuse which occurred 'twelve thousand miles away'
Under questioning at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the former headmaster said a father had "buttonholed" him twice at cricket matches around the year 1986, claiming his son had been abused by Harvey, and possibly others, while on an overseas trip.
John Lewis was the headmaster of Geelong Grammar when he received complaints that Harvey had tried to have sex with a student and that Harvey had allegedly abused another student on an overseas trip in the 1980s.
Child abuse royal commission: Geelong Grammar principal did not think he was entitled to investigate abuse claims
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
THE child abuse royal commission has heard then Geelong Grammar School headmaster Nicholas Sampson suggested it would be sensible for long-time teacher Jonathan Harvey to retire a year early in 2004 following a misconduct complaint.
Child sexual abuse royal commission: Headmaster of Sydney's Cranbrook School Nicholas Sampson writes to parents over evidence
Monday, 7 September 2015
Unlike what was happening on the other side of the world, there was no publicity for the woman who possesses only one photograph from her childhood and fell pregnant to her father six times - bearing four of his children, one of which died in infancy.
Child abuse royal commission: Geelong Grammar teacher 'offered generous retirement' after student made abuse complaint
Child sex abuse victims back royal commission return to Ballarat but anger remains over Melbourne hearing
However, survivors remain disappointed the second hearing, where Cardinal George Pell will give evidence, is being held in Melbourne.
Sunday, 6 September 2015
As four-year-old David cried quietly in his bed at Swan Homes, an Anglican orphanage in Middle Swan, he wondered if they had come for him again.
Friday, 4 September 2015
A former Geelong Grammar teacher feared being fired if he blew the whistle on complaints of abuse at the elite school, an inquiry has heard.
Former Highton campus deputy master Paul Claridge said the school punished one victim by expelling him, but he was concerned about his position if he went outside Geelong Grammar’s “extremely rigid” structure.
Former Geelong Grammar teacher believes his son committed suicide after being abused by paedophile at school
Paul Claridge, who was deputy master of Highton campus between 1986 and 1993, said the heirarchical structure of the school, and staff members' concerns about their career prospects, prevented them from doing more to investigate suspicions about Phillippe Trutmann, who was convicted in 2005 of sexually abusing more than 40 boys between 1985 and 1995.
Malcolm Powys, who was the head of the elite school's Highton campus between 1993 and 1997, said he had been "sickened" to discover the extent of the abuse perpetrated by Phillippe Trutmann, who worked as a boarding house assistant between 1985 and 1995.
In 2005 he was convicted of sexually abusing at least 40 male students between 1985 and 1995, and sentenced to six-and-a-half years' jail.
How the state of Victoria used to 'care' for its most vulnerable!
Several months before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commenced a public hearing on Victorian state-run youth training centres, a woman emailed me.
Her message was a single stark line: ‘The place still makes my heart race when I think of the time spent there.’
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Andrew Collins said survivors like himself were bitterly disappointed with the decision.
Cardinal Pell said he would return from the Vatican to give evidence to the second part of the child abuse royal commission's inquiry into abuse by clergy in the Ballarat diocese.
Geelong Grammar should repay the school fees of abuse victims because the elite school failed children and parents, a former student has told the royal commission.
The student, referred to as BKM, told the child abuse royal commission, which is hearing evidence about five decades of child abuse at the school, his final year was ruined when a teacher indecently assaulted him.
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
The arrest is the first in South Australia from a referral from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Counsel assisting, David Lloyd, said there would be particular focus on five convicted perpetrators of child sexual abuse who worked at Geelong Grammar between the 1950s and 2007. The commission would also hear evidence of abuse by five other staff members, including school chaplains.
But some former Geelong Grammar students paint a very different picture of life at one of Australia's most prestigious schools, one that included canings, bullying and sexual abuse.
A CODE of silence discouraged students from reporting five decades of abuse which continued until as recently as 2007 while those who did speak out were met with inaction or even threatened with expulsion, the child abuse royal commission heard.
GEELONG GRAMMAR ABUSE - THE TEACHERS WHO WERE FOUND OUT
* GRAHAM LESLIE DENNIS: Jailed 2008 on for gross indecency, indecent assault on male student late 1950s.
* JOHN HAMILTON BUCKLEY: Worked at school 1962-1991. In 2014 admitted 14 charges dating from 1980, including indecent assault, gross indecency, sexual penetration of minor, child pornography. Remanded Port Phillip Prison awaiting sentence. Not to be confused with another teacher named John Buckley.
Sex abuse royal commission: Geelong Grammar chaplain tried to hypnotise students before sexually assaulting them
The royal commission turned its focus to Geelong Grammar, where serious and ongoing sexual abuse occurred from the late 1950s until 2007.
* Australia's largest co-educational boarding school - 1,500 students pre-school to year 12; 900 boarders years 5-12. * 350 staff (181 teaching) * Former students prominent in business, politics, law, medicine. * Prince Charles attended rural campus Timbertop 1966.
A committee on Monday criticized the detention center on the remote island as inadequate and unsafe for asylum-seekers and called for children to be removed from the facility as soon as possible.