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Christian Rape-A-Babe News!

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

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

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

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Retiring Aust bishop seeks forgiveness

A retiring Australian bishop accused of trying to protect himself and the Catholic Church over pedophile priests is seeking forgiveness from anyone he may have disappointed.
The Pope has accepted Brisbane auxiliary bishop Brian Finnigan's resignation after he reached retirement age, the Vatican's press office has announced.
Bishop Finnigan, 77, submitted his resignation to Pope Francis in 2013, a requirement for bishops when they turn 75.
"In a pastoral career spanning more than 40 years, there have been disappointments and challenges," Bishop Finnigan said in a letter to fellow clergy in the Brisbane archdiocese on Thursday.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/aust-bishop-accused-of-lying-retires/news-story/737df03d64d74e23eb9d9e7e2572d651

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson announces return despite still facing charges of concealing child sex abuse in NSW in the 1970s

THE Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, will return to his post next month despite still facing criminal charges of concealing child sexual abuse.
Archbishop Wilson has been on leave since March after he was charged by NSW Police with allegedly concealing sexual abuse perpetrated in the 1970s by paedophile priest James Patrick Fletcher.
Archbishop Wilson, who lived briefly with Fletcher in NSW in the early 1980s, has maintained a public silence since being charged.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/adelaide-archbishop-philip-wilson-announces-his-return-despite-still-facing-charges-of-concealing-child-sex-abuse-in-nsw-in-the-1970s/news-story/e3890d985ca7f74a831cdc27eed06303

Bishop Brian Finnigan retires

A bishop who was accused of putting himself and the reputation of the Catholic Church ahead of “truth and compassion” for victims has retired.
Outgoing Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop and former Ballarat vicar-general and secretary to Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, Brian Finnigan, officially resigned from his senior leadership position in the Catholic Church late Wednesday evening.
The Pope accepted Brisbane auxiliary bishop Brian Finnigan's resignation upon his reaching the retirement age of 75, the Vatican's press office has announced.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3633403/bishop-retires-seeks-mercy/?cs=61

Auxiliary Brisbane Bishop Brian Finnigan quits after accusations of dishonesty before sex abuse royal commission

A BRISBANE bishop has quit after being accused of not being honest in giving evidence at the sexual abuse royal commission.
Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan — one of the city’s three most powerful Catholic Church figures — had his resignation accepted by Pope Francis yesterday.
In a letter to fellow clergymen, he made no direct reference to his appearance before the commission earlier this month. But he wrote: “In a pastoral career spanning more than 40 years, there have been disappointments and challenges.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/auxiliary-brisbane-bishop-brian-finnigan-quits-after-accusations-of-dishonesty-before-sex-abuse-royal-commission/news-story/52eab0282cd3ecee77f4dd6c14bad566

Pope accepts resignation of Australian bishop accused of being evasive at abuse inquiry

Brian Finnegan was accused of not being candid about his knowledge of paedophile priests in a bid to protect himself and the Catholic church
An Australian bishop accused of protecting himself and the Catholic church at the child abuse royal commission has resigned.
The pope has accepted Brisbane auxiliary bishop Brian Finnegan’s resignation upon his reaching the retirement age, the Vatican’s press office has announced.
Finnegan, 77, was accused of not being candid about his knowledge of paedophile priests in a bid to protect himself and the church during his December evidence to the child abuse royal commission’s inquiry into the Ballarat diocese.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/31/pope-accepts-resignation-of-australian-bishop-accused-of-being-evasive-at-abuse-inquiry

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Child abuse ribbons stripped from Castlemaine church

A Castlemaine woman was left deflated after a local Catholic church removed ribbons she had strung to symbolise support for victims of child sexual abuse.
Melinda Webster said she tied ribbons in pink, green, red and purple, with tags explaining their meaning, to the front entrance at St Mary’s Catholic Parish in Castlemaine last week, only to return two hours later and find them gone.
Ms Webster said she was “not surprised, but disappointed” by the ribbons being removed from the church so swiftly.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3630311/child-abuse-ribbons-stripped-from-church/?cs=3380

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Cardinal George Pell accusations do not signify guilt

Unless and until there is proof of collusion or involvement by Cardinal George Pell, or he admits any guilt, he must be presumed innocent.
With a couple of friends on December 19, I declared I wanted to write in defence of Cardinal George Pell, only to be trumped two days later by Amanda Vanstone writing in Fairfax Media under the same heading.
I do not hold her allegiance to the Catholic Church nor do I find Pell a particularly likeable person. He represents an almost extreme version of his church's teaching, particularly with the subjugation of women, the treatment of people who have been divorced, and to homosexuals.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/cardinal-george-pell-accusations-do-not-signify-guilt-20151229-glw401.html

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Father John Walshe apologises for acting contrary to his vows but denies abuse allegations

A Melbourne priest accused of sexual abuse has apologised to his parish for "any hurt or disappointment" his behaviour caused following revelations a church investigation found his conduct inconsistent with his duties.
The ABC has revealed that in 2012 the Catholic Church paid $75,000 compensation to John Roach, who claimed he was sexually abused by Father John Walshe in 1982.
Father Walshe, who now works at St Patrick's at Mentone-Parkdale, denied he abused Mr Roach, but had engaged in "consensual conduct" with another adult.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-24/priest-apologises-to-parishioners-over-sexual-abuse-allegations/7053196

Melbourne man asks for public's support to start foundation for Jesuit abuse victims

A man who is still fighting for compensation over alleged abuse he suffered at Xavier College in the 1970s has turned to crowdfunding in an effort to establish a foundation to support other abuse victims.
Janusz Skarbek, 54, attended the prestigious Melbourne school for three years in the 1970s, but said it was not until decades later that he remembered his ordeal.
He said he told his story at a private hearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and now he is telling it again as part of a public plea to raise $15,000 to start the Fellows Foundation.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-24/melbourne-man-crowdfunding-support-for-jesuit-abuse-victims/7033450

Sex abuse group push

A clergy sexual abuse survivor, who was molested daily at the hands of a disgraced priest, is pushing for a state-wide roll-out of Ballarat’s men’s support group. 
Paul Levey told a child sex abuse inquiry this month, he was sent to live with convicted paedophile Gerarld Ridsdale in Mortlake in 1982 after his parents separated. In harrowing evidence given to the Royal Commission, Mr Levey broke down as he told the inquiry how he was forced to sleep in Ridsdale’s bedroom and detailed the effects the abhorrent abuse had on his life. Mr Levey now wants the Centre Against Sexual Assault Ballarat Survivors Group to be used as a blueprint for similar models across Australia. Mr Levey believed the model would save lives.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3604548/sex-abuse-group-push/?cs=62

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Priest John Walshe who defended George Pell accused of sexually abusing John Roach

A Catholic priest who gave evidence to the child abuse royal commission in defence of Cardinal George Pell was himself the subject of a historical sexual abuse claim, the ABC can reveal.
In 2012, the victim, John Roach, received an apology and $75,000 compensation after the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne accepted he had been sexually abused by Father John Walshe, a parish priest based at Mentone in Melbourne's south east.
Father Walshe denies he abused Mr Roach.
Mr Roach was an 18-year-old seminarian in 1982 when the incident took place.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-23/john-walshe-accused-of-sexual-abuse/7051050

St Patrick's abuse allegations: Claims strike at heart of church

Sano taskforce detectives are appealing for information in relation to allegations of child sexual assault of an unknown number of male victims who were 14 years of age at the time.
The alleged crimes were said to have occurred between 1996 and 2001. The location is peculiarly specific – St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne – the cathedral of the archdiocese of Melbourne.
The police are asking for victims, or anyone with information, to come forward.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/st-patricks-abuse-allegations-claims-date-to-time-church-was-supposedly-cleaning-up-its-act-20151223-glubxd.html

Sisters of Nazareth accused of impeding historic sex abuse investigation

A religious order in Melbourne has been accused of impeding an investigation into historic sex abuse at a former children's home.
Barry Potocic, 54, has spent thirty years trying to identify the nun who he says used him as a sex toy at the age of eight, at Nazareth House in Camberwell.
He suffers post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, as well as serious dental problems — the result of grinding his teeth during regular nightmares.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-23/sisters-of-nazareth-accused-of-impeding-sex-abuse-investigation/7050832

Hearing to decide George Pell fate

A directions hearing will be held in Sydney in February to find out if Cardinal George Pell and Bishop Ronald Mulkearns can give evidence to a child sex abuse inquiry in Ballarat.
The Royal Commission into child sex abuse has called the directions hearing on Bishop Mulkearns to be held on February 5 at 10am immediately following a directions hearing on Cardinal Pell. The purpose is to consider Cardinal Pell and Bishop Mulkearns’ capacity to attend the third part of the public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat on February 22.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3605043/hearing-to-decide-george-pell-fate/

A friend of George Pell gives evidence to help Pell's lawyers

Australia's national child-abuse Royal Commission has learned how George Pell recruited supporters from among suburban priests when he began his rise to power in Melbourne in the 1980s and 1990s. Broken Rites understands that Pell was welcomed particularly by conservative (as distinct from moderate-minded) priests. One of these traditionalist supporters, Father John Walshe, has given evidence to the Royal Commission on behalf of Cardinal Pell's lawyers. This Broken Rites article is an analysis of Walshe's evidence.
Originally a priest in the Ballarat diocese (which covered the western half of Victoria), George Pell moved to Melbourne in 1985 to become the head of the Melbourne seminary (Corpus Christi College, then based at Melbourne's Clayton), which trained priests for Victoria and Tasmania. In 1987 he was appointed as one of Melbourne's four regional auxiliary bishops under the authority of Archbishop Frank Little (Bishop Pell's region was Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs). This is when he became acquainted with allies such as Father John Walshe.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/386

The scandal of defending George Pell: Amanda Vanstone's moral support

Former Howard government minister and ambassador to Italy, Amanda Vanstone, is broadly incorrect to characterise Australians as a pack mob, ignorantly going after Cardinal George Pell in the Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in media commentary.
In recent weeks, questions have been asked in public sphere debate about whether or not Cardinal Pell's inability to complete his long-promised travel to Australia for the royal commission, and to give evidence instead by video link, is an insult to victims and to an inquiry that seeks to uncover the framework and reasoning as to why sexual abuse occurred for so long in religious institutions.

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=17917

Sex abuse claims at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne under police investigation

BOYS as young as 14 were allegedly sexually abused at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne.
Sano Taskforce detectives are investigating claims of assault at the Catholic church between 1996 and 2001.
They are appealing to anyone who was a victim or with any information relating to any alleged sexual assaults committed at the church during this period to contact them.
The Sano Taskforce detectives specialise in investigating historical sexual assault and child abuse matters.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/sex-abuse-claims-at-st-patricks-cathedral-in-east-melbourne-under-police-investigation/news-story/6633cab3e77f51ab891f45ac08955c31

Catholic Church calls Melb victims forward

The Catholic Church is urging anyone who was sexually assaulted at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral during the 1990s to come forward.
Victoria Police's Sano Taskforce is investigating allegations male teenagers were assaulted at the East Melbourne church between 1996 and 2001.
The alleged victims were aged 14 at the time.
"Victoria Police is committed to investigating and bringing to justice those people who prey on children no matter how many years have passed," Sergeant Sharon Darcy said in a statement on Wednesday.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/30428758/police-probe-child-sex-assault-allegations/

Child sex crime detectives investigate abuse claims at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral

Historic child sex crime detectives are investigating allegations that teenage boys were abused at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne.
The allegations relate to 14-year-old boys who may have been abused at the cathedral in the late 1990s.
Detectives from the Sano Taskforce, which investigates historical sexual assault and child abuse, is urging anybody with information to contact them.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/child-sex-crime-detectives-investigate-abuse-claims-at-melbournes-st-patricks-cathedral-20151222-glts4e.html

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

All I want is a Christmas Pell

All contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence wants is cowardly Cardinal Pell to come back home to Australia and face the Commission.
DEAR SANTA, all I want for Christmas is for Cardinal George Pell to come home and face his accusers.
All I want is justice for both the victims and George Pell.
For justice to be done and to be seen to be done, on Australian soil, in Ballarat, the accused and accusers all first among equals.
I am sick of George Pell's constant missing in action time wasting antics, calling in sick and whatever to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, doing everything possible to avoid a personal appearance.
I am sick of George's mate, Bishop Ronald Mulkeans calling in sick to the Royal Commission.

https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/all-i-want-is-a-christmas-pell,8521

Contacting the Royal Commission this holiday season

The Royal Commission thanks the community for its support and contribution to our work this year.

In 2015, we have conducted 14 public hearings, held more than 1,800 private sessions, released our final reports into redress and civil litigation and Working with Children Checks and published 13 case study reports. More than 9,300 people have called our call centre, more than 6,600 have sent emails and letters, and we have served 1,139 notices to produce.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-12/contacting-the-royal-commission-this-holiday-seaso

Sunday, 20 December 2015

In defence of George Pell

The cardinal has become a lightning rod for hatred.

We like to think of ourselves as being civilised. We ban discrimination of all sorts. We believe you are innocent until proven guilty and that everyone is entitled to proper process. But there's an ugly side to humankind that occasionally reverts to animal instincts.
Hunting in a pack is very primal. Rules go out the window. We go looking, desperately, for blood. We become hunters and if you're the hunted, watch out. What's ugly about this is not just the hunt but how few people care.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/george-pell-the-latest-prey-in-the-hunt-for-blood-20151218-glqwlm.html

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Pell behaviour riles

IT'S Christmas time. A time one prays for peace, happiness, joy and all good wishes to our fellow God's creatures. However, there is sadly one creature who purports to be one of God's most superior creatures who isn't giving any presents to Australians this year. In fact, many of us were highly anticipating his arrival last week, only to be severely disappointed by his no-show.
We were expecting the appearance at the Royal Commission investigating Institutionalised Child Abuse of Cardinal George Pell. However, survivors have again been dealt a cruel blow and denied the opportunity of seeing this bloke grilled in a forum where he would be regarded as being no better than anybody else. 

Church in controversial legal tactic to block lawsuits

The Catholic Church attempted for nearly a decade to conceal incriminating documents about child sex abuse using a controversial legal tactic that it has since renounced as "inappropriate".
The bid to manipulate "legal privilege" to keep its records from public disclosure was one in a series of controversial measures taken to protect the reputation and assets of the church after complaints about paedophile priests began "coming out of the woodwork" in the 1980s.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/church-in-controversial-legal-tactic-to-block-lawsuits-20151219-glrhp9.html

Truth must rise above all

A survivor likened the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse to peeling back the layers on an onion.
Each time you peel back a layer, there is another underneath but slowly and steadily you move closer to the core of it. To the truth. With each layer another survivors emerges from out of the darkness with their own story to tell. Often, their stories are so gut-wrenchingly similar, it's as if each of the survivors are holding a mirror to one another. And, there are those who don't have a voice because they've died prematurely and the ones who turned to suicide because the pain of the sex crimes was too great to bear. The commission gives the ones they left behind somewhere to finally place their precious story in the hope their death will be a part of a profound change to protect children of the future.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3579441/truth-must-rise-above-all/

Friday, 18 December 2015

Child sex abuse survivor: 'My belief in truth and justice has taken a beating'

It has been painful for Stephen Woods to watch former Ballarat diocese priests telling the royal commission they ‘couldn’t recall’ being told of horrendous abuse
Stephen Woods, a survivor of horrendous sexual abuse at the hands of three religious figures within the Diocese of Ballarat when he was a schoolboy, says his belief in truth and justice has “taken an utter beating” over the past fortnight.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/19/child-sex-abuse-survivor-my-belief-in-truth-and-justice-has-taken-a-beating

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Cardinal Pell’s no show isn’t a surprise

Clergy sex abuse survivors have every right to be concerned and angry about Cardinal George Pell’s lack of an appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Very few people were actually surprised.
This community, like so many others, has grown very used to the church failing to address what occurred so many years ago.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3581248/cardinal-pells-no-show-isnt-a-surprise/

Royal Commission | full wrap

In her opening address on Monday, counsel assisting the royal commission Gail Furness said Bishop Ronald Mulkearns remained subject to a summons to appear before the commission, but is receiving palliative care and is unfit to give evidence. Read more.
Victim and nephew to convicted paedophile takes to the stand

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell have suggested clergy sex abuse victim David Ridsdale misunderstood a conversation between him and the senior Vatican official in which he claims Cardinal Pell attempted to bribe him. Read more.
Fresh allegations about Pell emerge

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3580387/royal-commission-full-wrap/?cs=4170 

Directions hearing called

The Royal Commission has called a directions hearing to be held in Sydney on Friday 5 February 2016.

The purpose of the directions hearing is to consider Cardinal George Pell’s capacity to attend the third part of the public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat.

The directions hearing will be presided over by Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission and will be live-streamed.

Venue: Hearing Room 1, Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.
Time: 10:00AM AEDT

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-12/directions-hearing-called

Abuse victims treated 'defensively'

TWO NSW government departments put 15 Aboriginal women through legal hell rather than acknowledge what was already known - they had been grossly abused at a remote state-funded children's home at Brewarrina.
A report published on Tuesday by the child abuse royal commission says the Crown Solicitors Office and the Family and Community Services department breached state model litigant policy "in multiple ways" when dealing with civil claims by former residents of the Bethcar Children's Home.

http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/3576160/abuse-victims-treated-defensively/

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Vic bishop 'lacked empathy for victims'

A Catholic bishop showed no compassion for victims of a pedophile priest, an inquiry has heard.
Retired school teacher Ann Ryan said she tried to get former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns to help families still hurting from the abuse inflicted by Gerald Francis Ridsdale in the Victorian town of Mortlake in 1981 and 1982.
Ms Ryan told the child abuse royal commission a local woman told her in 1989 her son had been badly sexually abused by Ridsdale.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30385306/vic-bishop-lacked-empathy-for-victims/

Report into The Hutchins School released

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study No. 20The response of The Hutchins School and the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania to allegations of child sexual abuse at the school - was released today.
The report of Case Study 20 follows a public hearing into The Hutchins School held last year.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-12/report-into-the-hutchins-school-released

Former Wollongong Catholic school teacher charged with 21 child sex crimes

Police have charged a former Wollongong Catholic school teacher with 21 historic child sex offences.
The charges stem from allegations the man interfered with a boy under his authority, up to 26 years ago.
Police from Wollongong Local Area Command investigated the allegations, prompted by information obtained from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.colliemail.com.au/story/3566978/teacher-faces-21-child-sex-charges/?cs=4079

Hobart’s Hutchins School should have been ‘aware’ of 1960s student risk: commission

PREVIOUS administrators of a Hobart boys’ school should have been aware of the risk posed to students by predatory teaching staff in the 1960s, a royal commission report has found.
Commissioners Justice Jennifer Coate and Andrew Murray today released their report into the response of The Hutchins School and the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania to allegations of child sexual abuse at the school dating back to the early 1960s.

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/scales-of-justice/royal-commission-report-lashes-hobarts-hutchins-school-over-risk-to-students/news-story/b3183b4233c05d56230379eed4865055

The Hutchins School avoided apologising for sexual abuse to protect reputation, royal commission finds

A report into the abuse of students who attended Hobart's elite The Hutchins School has found it avoided apologising to an abuse victim in order to protect its reputation.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released its report after weeks of public hearings last year.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-16/hutchins-school-avoided-sex-abuse-apology-to-protect-repuation/7033586

Royal Commission | Priest accused of being untruthful to “save” Pell

A Melbourne priest is being accused of “fabricating” aspects of his testimony to a child sex abuse inquiry to “save” Cardinal George Pell.
During intense questioning counsel assisting the chair Angus Stewart accused Mentone parish priest Rev John Walshe of being untruthful in his testimony to the royal commission into child sex abuse by “fabricating” his recollection of the aftermath of phone call that occurred between Cardinal Pell and David Ridsdale when he lived in with Cardinal Pell in 1993.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3571951/royal-commission-priest-accused-of-being-untruthful-to-save-pell/

Catholic priest denies making up evidence 'to save' Cardinal George Pell

Priest says he spoke to Pell after 1993 phone conversation between Pell and abuse victim who alleges he was asked what it would take to keep him quiet
A Catholic priest has denied making up key parts of his evidence to the child abuse royal commission to “save” his friend Cardinal George Pell.
Melbourne priest Father John Walshe said he spoke to Pell after Pell’s contentious 1993 telephone conversation with abuse victim David Ridsdale, who alleges he was asked by Pell what it would take to keep him quiet.
Walshe previously gave evidence to the commission that Pell appeared concerned for David Ridsdale after the phone call.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/16/catholic-priest-denies-making-up-evidence-to-save-cardinal-george-pell

Warrnambool priest Lawrence O’Toole stayed silent on child sex abuse, inquiry hears

A WARRNAMBOOL priest says he would have been more likely to report a priest for stealing over clergy he suspected were sexually abusing children.
Father Lawrence O’Toole told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse he took a confession at the hospital bedside of a man in 1988 who said Gerard Ridsdale sexually abused him.

http://www.hillsnews.com.au/story/3571415/priest-stayed-silent-on-child-sex-abuse/?cs=2452

Priest denies lying to help Pell

A Catholic priest has denied making up parts of a statement to the child abuse royal commission to "save" his friend Cardinal George Pell.
Mentone parish priest Rev John Walshe has told the commission Cardinal Pell appeared shocked and crestfallen after speaking to abuse victim David Ridsdale, who alleges Cardinal Pell asked what it would take to keep him quiet.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30376007/victim-thought-abuser-no-longer-a-priest/

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Victim thought abuser no longer a priest

A pedophile priest's victim dropped plans to join the priesthood himself after seeing his abuser still ministering in a Victorian parish, an inquiry has heard.
BPD told then Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns "I'm out", after seeing his abuser Paul David Ryan with a couple of teenage boys at the Ararat presbytery in 1993.
Ryan had his hand on one of the boys' shoulders and told him he would give him a lift home from basketball, BPD told the child abuse royal commission.
"Fr Ryan looked at me and said: 'Welcome to the fold.' Then he walked out again with the boys."

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/16/03/37/victim-thought-abuser-no-longer-a-priest


Leading Catholic bishop Brian Finnigan accused of lying to royal commission

A LEADING Catholic bishop stands accused of lying to the child abuse royal commission about crimes committed by Australia’s worst paedophile.
Brisbane’s auxiliary bishop, Brian Finnigan, the former adviser and secretary to former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns, insisted in the past few days he only learned of Gerald Ridsdale’s horrific crimes against children after 1993, when Ridsdale was charged.
However, examination by the Herald Sun of the evidence, given in a private hearing by Bishop Finnigan in July, shows he admitted he knew of abuse complaints against Ridsdale more than 10 years earlier.

Cardinal Pell defends decision not to attended Catholic Church sex abuse inquiry in Australia

Cardinal George Pell has defended his decision not to return to Australia for this week's public hearing of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, with a spokesperson saying reports casting doubt on the authenticity of the evidence of the 74-year-old Cardinal's heart condition were "misleading" and "mischievous".
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse announced on 11 December that Cardinal Pell would not be appearing from 16 December, as planned, and that Mr Justice Peter McClellan, the Commission Chair, had refused an application by the Cardinal's legal representative, Mr Allan Myers, QC, that Cardinal Pell give evidence by video link.

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/2905/0/cardinal-pell-defends-decision-not-to-attended-catholic-church-sex-abuse-inquiry-in-australia

Report into Bethcar Children's Home case study released

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study 19 - The response by the State of New South Wales to child sexual abuse at Bethcar Children’s Home in Brewarrina New South Wales – was released today.
The report follows a public hearing held in October 2014 which examined the responses of the State to complaints made and litigation instituted by former residents of Bethcar Children’s Home, Brewarrina, New South Wales.
The Bethcar Children’s Home was founded in Brewarrina in 1969. It was funded by the State and run by a married couple, Burt and Edith Gordon between 1974 and 1984.  It closed in 1989.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-12/report-into-bethcar-children-s-home-case-study-rel

Child abuse royal commission: George Pell 'crestfallen' after call with abuse victim, priest John Walshe says

A Catholic priest has backed Cardinal George Pell's recollections of a 1993 telephone call where he allegedly offered to buy the silence of a sexual abuse victim.
In the phone call, Cardinal Pell and the victim, David Ridsdale, discussed the fact that Mr Ridsdale had been sexually abused by his uncle, Father Gerald Ridsdale.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-15/pell-crestfallen-after-phone-call-with-abuse-victim-priest-says/7029638

'Poorly' Cardinal George Pell weighed down with worry over upcoming questioning

Cardinal George Pell was worried about his planned appearance at a child abuse royal commission last month, his former housemate says.
Reverend John Walshe​ told the commission on Tuesday that they had had lunch at Cardinal Pell's apartment in Rome in November, towards the end of a European holiday.
Father Walshe said that Cardinal Pell told him that he was trying his best to prepare for the upcoming hearing, where he was to give evidence of his handling of child sexual abuse allegations in Ballarat and Melbourne. The commission was "weighing on him" and he was worried about it, Father Walshe said.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/cardinal-george-pell-was-worried-about-upcoming-royal-commission-testimony-20151215-glnvbc.html

Abuse victim confessed his shame: priest

A Catholic priest who stayed silent when he heard a colleague had sexually abused a child says he would speak up if a priest stole money.
Victorian priest Fr Lawrence O'Toole has told an inquiry he thought a victim of Gerald Francis Ridsdale was confessing his guilt and shame when the man told him about the childhood abuse.
That was in 1988, while Ridsdale was still serving as a priest in the Diocese of Ballarat.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/abuse-victim-confessed-his-shame-priest/news-story/de04435fca2883aa1292c87c789b845b

Child abuse royal commission: Former bishop of Ballarat 'has trouble sleeping at night' over failure to stop paedophile priests

The former bishop of Ballarat, Ronald Mulkearns, has trouble sleeping at night because of his failure to stop paedophile priests preying on children in his diocese, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
Father John McKinnon said Bishop Mulkearns was profoundly sorry for failing to protect children.
"He says he still struggles to sleep of a night," Father McKinnon said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-15/former-bishop-ronald-mulkearns-has-trouble-sleeping-at-night/7029638

Sport academy not protecting young: report

Queensland Academy of Sport still does not have child protection policies in place more than a decade after its head coach Scott Volkers was embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal.
In a scathing report, the child sex abuse royal commission has condemned the academy and Swimming Queensland which reinstated Volkers as coach even though they knew it was inappropriate he work with children.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/sport-academy-not-protecting-young-report/news-story/c2b679913da19b2d9bb571cadd5c9033

Former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns 'profoundly sorry' for moving suspect priests to new parishes

The former Bishop of Ballarat struggles to sleep at night and is "profoundly sorry" for moving priests accused of child sexual abuse to different parishes, one of his former advisers has told a royal commission.
Ronald Mulkearns, the Bishop of Ballarat between 1971 and 1997, presided over decisions to move priests, including paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, between parishes in the diocese, despite child sexual abuse allegations against them.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/former-ballarat-bishop-ronald-mulkearns-profoundly-sorryformovingsuspect-priests-to-new-parishes-20151215-glnqxc.html

Monday, 14 December 2015

George Pell: the Catholic Church's performance at the royal commission is farcical

The Catholic Church continues to harm sex abuse victims by its failure to acknowledge the extent to which it covered-up sex crimes against children.
For three weeks, the County Court of Victoria has been host to countless victim survivors of Catholic clergy child-sex crimes. The severe psychological and psychiatric harm caused by these crimes was evident not only with the primary victims giving evidence, but also the many family members of loved ones who had killed themselves because the pain and damage of the sex crimes were too great to bear.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/george-pells-failure-to-appear-before-royal-commission-another-insult-to-sex-abuse-victims-20151213-glmp01.html

Vic caravan campaign seeks Pell's scalp

A group of angry Catholics is taking its campaign to have Cardinal George Pell removed from the Catholic church on the road - in a bright red caravan.
The small, as yet un-named group has collected more than 10,000 signatures on a petition calling for Pope Francis to sack Cardinal Pell over his response to child abuse within the church in Australia.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/15/03/33/vic-caravan-campaign-seeks-pell-s-scalp

Church needs help to change: ex-priest

The Catholic Church still has not got its act together and needs outside help to change a culture which has protected pedophile priests, an inquiry has heard.
Retired priest Fr John McKinnon said the church would never have held a royal commission into itself and needs people from the outside looking in to change its culture.
"I just think that we need help, but it will have to be help that we don't want, in a sense. Help that's hard for us to face," Fr McKinnon told the child abuse royal commission.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/15/03/34/church-needs-help-to-change-ex-priest

Bishop accused of not being 'candid', lacking 'compassion' in testimony to royal commission

A Catholic bishop has been accused of being untruthful to a royal commission in order to protect himself and the church from criticism over their handling of child sexual abuse allegations against clergy.
Brisbane's auxiliary bishop Brian Finnigan, formerly a secretary and adviser to former Bishop of Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns, has been grilled for almost two days about his knowledge of allegations against serial child sex offenders, including disgraced priest Gerald Ridsdale.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/bishop-accused-of-not-being-candid-lacking-compassion-in-testimony-to-royal-commission-20151214-glnd66.html

Child abuse royal commission: Bishop accused of changing evidence to 'protect church'

A Catholic bishop has been accused of trying to protect himself and the church while giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Bishop Brian Finnigan was among a group of priests who handled complaints of paedophilia among priests in the Ballarat Diocese in the 1980s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-14/bishop-accused-of-trying-to-protect-church-at-royal-commission/7027488

Former Catholic school teacher charged with historic sex offences against a pupil in Wollongong

A former Brother and teacher at a Catholic school in Wollongong has been charged with historic sex offences against a pupil more than 20 years ago.
The 73-year-old is charged with 21 offences, including nine counts of indecent assault in authority and 12 counts of homosexual intercourse between a teacher and a pupil.
The offences allegedly occurred while the man was teaching a Catholic school in Wollongong between 1989 and 1991.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-14/former-catholic-school-teacher-charged-with-historic-sex-offenc/7027048

Bishop accused of protecting church

Counsel assisting the child abuse royal commission has suggested Brisbane Bishop Brian Finnigan's evidence has lacked compassion and has not been candid.
Brisbane Bishop Brian Finnigan has been accused of trying to protect himself and the Catholic Church in his evidence to the child abuse royal commission.
Counsel assisting the commission Angus Stewart SC suggested Bishop Finnigan's evidence has lacked compassion and has not been candid, particularly about Diocese of Ballarat pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale.
Bishop Finnigan, a former Ballarat vicar-general and bishop's secretary, said he did not agree with Mr Stewart's suggestions.

 http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/12/14/bishop-accused-protecting-church

Counting the human cost of the clergy’s silence

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CLERGY sexual abuse survivor Paul Levey says he has spent his whole life trying to escape his past.
Mr Levey said he been a “broken man” since he was forced to live with notorious paedophile Gerard Ridsdale after his parents separated in 1982.
After being subjected to daily sexual abuse at the hands of Ridsdale, Mr Levey spent years in a haze of drugs and alcohol, trying to numb the pain.

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/3565280/victim-tells-of-life-inside-monster-cave/?cs=2452

Report into swimming institutions case study released

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study 15  - The response of  swimming institutions, the Queensland and NSW Offices of the DPP and the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian to allegations of child sexual abuse by swimming coaches - was released today.
The report follows a public hearing held in Sydney in 2014 which examined the responses of several institutions to allegations of child sexual abuse against swimming coaches Scott Volkers, Terrence Buck and Stephen Roser.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-12/report-into-swimming-institutions-case-study-relea

Abuser priest left in Vic parish: inquiry

A PEDOPHILE priest was not removed from parish work in Victoria despite a victim's mother requesting he have no contact with children, an inquiry has heard.
RETIRED priest Fr Brian McDermott said he naively expected then Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns would take the appropriate action against Gerald Francis Ridsdale after the 1987 complaint.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/no-questions-asked-as-abuser-priests-moved/story-fni0xqi3-1227644618137

Calls for truth and justice

THEY are in a city full of people but there were moments Ballarat’s clergy sex abuse survivors never felt more alone.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat commenced at the Melbourne County Court last week.
 As more truth emerges of Ballarat’s dark history of abuse, torture and rape survivors Andrew Collins and Peter Blenkiron say the emotional toll of being away from their loved ones intensifies.

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/3563884/calls-for-truth-and-justice/

Royal Commission | Priests probed on Ridsdale’s sexual behaviour

3pm
Bishop Finnigan is back on the stand.
2.30pm
Fr McDermott is being grilled about disgraced priest Paul David Ryan’s appointment to Penshurst Parish and subsequent leave to go to the United States.
In a document tendered to the commission Ryan voices his desire to escape from “temptation” and travel to America.
2pm
Fr McDermott is back on the stand.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3564054/royal-commission-priests-probed-on-ridsdales-sexual-behaviour/

No questions asked as abuser priests moved

Advisers didn't have their antennas up when they failed to question a Catholic bishop about why he was moving pedophile priests, an inquiry has heard.
Retired Diocese of Ballarat priest Fr John McKinnon says then Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns may have given the impression he didn't want to be queried about priest Paul David Ryan's resignation from a parish, during a College of Consultors meeting in 1991.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/14/03/35/conviction-not-enough-to-remove-priest

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Parent’s worst nightmare

A senior Catholic figure faced scrutiny for failure to respond to the pleas of parents trying to protect their children from paedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale.
Several parents complained to Brisbane auxiliary bishop Brian Finnigan about Ridsdale’s “disturbing” behaviour in Mortlake in 1981, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse was told.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3554104/parents-worst-nightmare/

Accused priest's landmark legal challenge to Church's sexual abuse process

A priest accused of serious sexual misconduct with a "vulnerable" woman is challenging the Catholic Church's Towards Healing procedures in a landmark legal case.
An internal Church assessment concluded the priest had sexually assaulted the woman and he has been stood aside from from his role.
However the priest has taken the Church to the NSW Supreme Court, arguing for the matter to be dealt with via canon law processes that were superseded by the Towards Healing regime in the mid-1990s.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/accused-priests-landmark-legal-challenge-to-churchs-sexual-abuse-process-20151213-glmar9.html

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Boys had penises cut off, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hears

WARNING: Disturbing content
A MAN who alleged his penis was cut off by a male staff member at a Sydney boys’ home was one of many children who were mutilated and severely abused at the facility, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
Daruk Training School in Windsor was home to hundreds of state wards and juvenile offenders from 1960-1991.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/boys-had-penises-cut-off-royal-commission-into-institutional-responses-to-child-sexual-abuse-hears/news-story/42eaeadbf64cdc9a315637720f369d52

Friday, 11 December 2015

Victims angry over Pell commission delay

Victims are angry Cardinal George Pell's postponed royal commission appearance means they have to wait even longer for the Catholic Church to be held accountable.

Cardinal Pell was to appear before the child abuse royal commission in Melbourne next week but will now front a Ballarat sitting in February.

Stephen Woods was among victims of pedophile priests outraged by Cardinal Pell's attempt to give his evidence via videolink from Rome next week, due to a worsened heart condition.

'Being held in February, that's fine, but of course the victims are still waiting,' Mr Woods told reporters.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2015/12/12/victims-angry-over-pell-commission-delay.html

Cardinal Pell unable to fly to Australia for sex abuse inquiry because of pre-existing heart condition

Cardinal George Pell will not travel to Australia next week to give evidence to the country’s royal commission into abuse due to ill health. 
A statement from his office said that due to a pre-existing heart condition a cardiologist in Rome has said it is not safe for the 74-year-old cardinal, who is Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy in the Vatican, to make long haul flights. 

Victim warned of ‘fight’ against church

VICTIM David Ridsdale says seeking legal redress against the Diocese of Ballarat for abuse he suffered at the hands of his uncle was like being molested all over again.
“It was extremely traumatic, that was my experience,” Mr Ridsdale said. “It was just as traumatic in some ways and the trauma continues for me.”
Catholic Church Authorities attempted to pressure Mr Ridsdale’s parents to drop the charges against notorious paedophile Gerald Ridsdale, the child sex abuse inquiry heard.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3551305/victim-warned-of-fight-against-church/?cs=62

Victims left reeling from shock Pell decision

CLERGY sex abuse survivors have been left reeling by news Cardinal George Pell will not be appearing at the child sex abuse inquiry next week. Victim and nephew of disgraced priest Gerard Ridsdale said the lives of survivors had been thrown into turmoil again.
He called for Cardinal Pell to “come and face the music” like the survivors have been forced to do for years.
Cardinal Pell is unable to make his anticipated appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse next week due to ill health, his lawyer has said.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3554084/abuse-victims-in-turmoil/?cs=71

Cardinal George Pell backs out of giving evidence at Royal Commission into clergy abuse

Catholic Cardinal George Pell has deferred giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, despite being due to arrive in Melbourne on Sunday.
Cardinal Pell had requested to give evidence via videolink from Rome, with his lawyers arguing it was unsafe for him to travel to Australia due to health issues.
He was due to arrive in Melbourne on Sunday, and appear before the inquiry from Wednesday to give evidence about clergy abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese and the Ballarat diocese.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/11/16/57/cardinal-george-pell-backs-out-of-giving-evidence-at-royal-commission-into-clergy-abuse

Cardinal George Pell 'too ill' to travel from Rome to Melbourne for royal commission

Cardinal George Pell's testimony to a child abuse royal commission has been delayed until next year because he is too unwell to travel to Australia.
The cardinal was to appear in person at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne next week to give evidence on how he responded to child abuse allegations as a priest in Ballarat and as the Archbishop of Melbourne.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-too-ill-to-travel-from-rome-to-melbourne-for-royal-commission-20151211-gllktf.html

Commission challenges bishop's claims he was unaware of priest's child abuse

Auxiliary bishop of Brisbane, Brian Finnegan, tells royal commission he had no idea Gerald Ridsdale was involved in abuse despite a phone call from a parent
The chair of a royal commission has rigorously challenged claims by the auxiliary bishop of Brisbane, Brian Finnegan, that he was not aware that a now notorious paedophile priest he had oversight of was suspected of abusing children.
Finnegan was secretary to the bishop of the Ballarat diocese, Ronald Mulkearns, between 1979 and 1985, a period during which Gerald Ridsdale was abusing children in his role as a priest at parishes within the diocese.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/11/commission-challenges-bishops-claims-he-was-unaware-of-priests-child-abuse

Royal commission finds Marist failed to remove paedophile Brother John Chute

Marist ignored allegations that a now notorious paedophile teacher was sexually abusing students, instead shuffling him between schools, in one case even promoting him to principal, and failing to refer complaints to police, the royal commission has found.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its formal findings on the cases of Brother John Chute, also known as Brother Kostka, and another Marist brother, Gregory Sutton, on Friday.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/royal-commission-finds-marist-missed-opportunity-to-remove-paedophile-brother-john-chute-20151211-gllaq2.html

Report shows Marist Brothers paid millions to victims of abuse by former Lismore teachers

A report by the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse shows the actions of two former Lismore teachers have cost the Marist Brothers and their insurers more than $10 million.
Brother (John) Kostka Chute was principal at the St Joseph's School in Lismore in 1967.
Although never charged over allegations of abuse at Lismore, a complainant was paid $130,000 in compensation.
In 2008 he was charged and convicted of 19 sexual offences involving six children he later taught at the Marist College in Canberra.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-11/marist-brothers/7022220?section=nsw

Child abuse allegations against Marist Brothers horrendous Rodney Stevens

ALLEGATIONS of child abuse against two former Lismore teachers weren't reported to police by the Marist Brothers, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has revealed.
A report was released today about the public hearing held in Canberra last year examining the response of the Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse in schools in the ACT, NSW and Queensland. 

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/child-abuse-allegations-against-marist-brothers-ho/2870546/

George Pell withdraws from child abuse Royal Commission hearing due to ill health

CARDINAL George Pell has pulled out of giving evidence at the child abuse Royal Commission next week, claiming he is too sick to travel.
Cardinal Pell applied to give evidence by video link to Rome at next week’s hearing, but that request was rejected by the Commission.
Cardinal Pell’s solicitor said he was suffering high blood pressure and could not take long flights.
Cardinal Pell was meant to arrive on Sunday ahead of his planned appearance at the Commission next Wednesday.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/george-pell-withdraws-from-child-abuse-royal-commission-hearing-due-to-ill-health/news-story/b4f3baecba29ff6871d08dd34839610c

Cardinal George Pell 'too ill' to travel from Rome to Melbourne for royal commission

Cardinal George Pell's testimony to a child abuse royal commission has been delayed until next year because he is too unwell to travel to Australia.
The cardinal was to appear in person at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne next week to give evidence on his time as a priest in Ballarat and as the Archbishop of Melbourne.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-too-ill-to-travel-from-rome-to-melbourne-for-royal-commission-20151211-gllktf.html

Child sex abuse inquiry: Cardinal George Pell unable to give evidence at royal commission due to illness

Cardinal George Pell is unable to make his anticipated appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse next week due to ill health, his lawyer has said.
Royal commission chair Justice Peter McClellan said an email had been sent from the Cardinal's solicitors "to advise that the Cardinal is currently affected by serious health conditions that, in the opinion of his treating specialists, make his travel to Australia unsafe".

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-11/george-pell-too-unwell-to-give-evidence-at-child-sex-inquiry/7021846

Pell has to give evidence in Australia

The child abuse royal commission has rejected a bid by Cardinal George Pell to give evidence via videolink from Rome.
Cardinal George Pell's appearance at the child abuse royal commission has been deferred, but he's been told he must still come to Australia to give evidence in person.
The commission has rejected a bid by Cardinal Pell to give his evidence via videolink from Rome after his lawyers argued it would be unsafe for him to travel to Australia due to serious health issues.
Cardinal Pell was to appear before the inquiry in Melbourne from Wednesday to give evidence about clergy abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese and the Ballarat diocese.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/12/11/pell-has-give-evidence-australia

Cardinal Pell told to attend child abuse inquiry after video link request denied

Request from Australia’s highest-ranking cleric to appear by video link because of health reasons has been refused by chair of royal commission
The chair of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse has refused to allow Cardinal George Pell to appear by video link, instead deferring the hearing until February to ensure Pell can appear in person.
A lawyer representing Pell, Allan Myers, made an application for Pell to give evidence next week via video link from Rome rather than appear in person, citing health reasons.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/11/cardinal-george-pell-to-appear-in-person-at-child-sex-abuse-inquiry

Abuse victims seeking 'easy cash': bishop

A Catholic bishop now says he was rash when he told a pedophile priest some child sex abuse victims were trying to get "some easy cash".
The child abuse royal commission has heard Bishop Brian Finnigan, then Ballarat diocese vicar-general, told convicted pedophile Gerald Francis Ridsdale in 1994: "Some of these fellows now see the opportunity to obtain some easy cash."
Bishop Finningan, now a Brisbane auxiliary bishop, said it was a rash statement and not his view of child sex abuse victims who sought damages from the church.
"It's a rash statement not given much thought to at the time when it was written," Bishop Finnigan told the commission.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/abuse-victims-seeking-easy-cash-bishop/news-story/0afdcc911b6a4287ce9d8b440906b92e

Child Abuse Royal Commission: Current Bishop of Brisbane Brian Finnigan 'ignored' complaints about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale

The current Bishop of Brisbane ignored complaints about notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
Bishop Brian Finnigan was the secretary to the Bishop of Ballarat in the 1980s.
In 1981, he took a phone call from concerned parents in Mortlake about Gerald Ridsdale.
Counsel Assisting Angus Steward read a statement from the parents.
"We said that the enquiry was related to the safety of our son," he read.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-11/complaints-about-paedophile-priest-gerald-ridsdale-ignored/7021638

Report condemns Marists over abuse

Two Marist Brothers were allowed to move from school to school in Queensland, NSW and the ACT despite the Catholic order's leadership being aware of their sexual abusing.
The royal commission on Friday released a report into Brothers John (Kostca) Chute and Gregory Sutton.
Chute pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2008 of 19 child sex offences against six of his former students between 1985 and 1989.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/marists-failed-to-deal-with-abusers/news-story/816827cff2e8606b01db391c83dcce03

Bishop not alarmed by parent's safety fear

A bishop says he may have been too blase when told of a couple's concern for their son's safety around a Victorian priest.
Bishop Brian Finnigan, Brisbane auxiliary bishop and former Ballarat vicar-general and bishop's secretary, told the parents in early 1981 he was not aware there was need for concern about priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/11/03/34/clergy-abuse-compo-not-enough-inquiry

Royal Commission finds Marist 'missed opportunity' to remove paedophile Brother John Chute

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has found failures and a "missed opportunity" by Marist staff meant notorious paedophile Brother John Chute was allowed to continue to access and abuse children.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its findings on the cases of Brother Chute, also known as Brother Kostka, and another Marist brother, Gregory Sutton, on Friday.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/royal-commission-finds-marist-missed-opportunity-to-remove-paedophile-brother-john-chute-20151211-gllaq2.html

Brisbane bishop says he was stupid to ignore parents about dirty priest

BRISBANE auxiliary bishop Brian Finnigan was approached by desperate parents about notorious paedophile Gerard Ridsdale but did nothing to protect children from him.
In 1981 a mother told Bishop Finnigan, who was then secretary to Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, she was concerned about the safety of her son.
Bishop Finnigan told the woman there had been no other concerns raised about Ridsdale and did not organise for the woman to see Bishop Mulkearns, claiming it was up to her to take the matter further.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/brisbane-bishop-says-he-was-stupid-to-ignore-parents-about-dirty-priest/news-story/63c13c36bc808a8c857f4c957ab345e2

Report into Marist Brothers case study released

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study no. 13 – The response of the Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse against Brothers Kostka Chute and Gregory Sutton was released today.
The report follows a public hearing held in Canberra last year which examined the response of the Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse in schools in the ACT, NSW and Queensland.


http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-12/report-into-marist-brothers-case-study-released

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Clergy abuse compo not enough: inquiry

A $47,000 compensation payout to the victim of a pedophile priest is not enough, a priest has told an inquiry.
Australian Army chaplain and former Ballarat bishop's secretary Monsignor Glynn Murphy says compensation needs to be a whole package.
Former Diocese of Ballarat priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale has been jailed for abusing 53 children, including victim BWA who he abused for two years.
Dr Kristine Hanscombe QC told the child abuse royal commission BWA initiated proceedings to get compensation shortly after Ridsdale was first convicted in 1993.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30334705/clergy-abuse-compo-not-enough-inquiry/

Bishop hid child sex abuse

FORMER Ballarat Bishop secretary Monsignor Glynn Murphy says despite having knowledge of mounting allegations of sexual abuse against children he never went to police.
Australian army chaplain Monsignor Murphy dealt with sexual abuse allegations from 1993 to 1997 as the special issues committee convenor. He told the inquiry he “implicitly” trusted Bishop Ronald Mulkearns to pass complaints onto police.
“Did I have faith and trust that the Bishop would follow through with information I gave him, yes I did,” he said. "There was no indication to me that he was not passing on any material that he should pass on."

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3551316/bishop-hid-child-sex-abuse/


Priest 'felt powerless' about pedophile

A priest who warned a family to keep their children away from a pedophile priest says he deeply regrets not giving a broader warning.

Fr Eric Bryant has told an inquiry he heard through the grapevine about possible child abuse issues involving Gerald Francis Ridsdale.

'I began to hear and suspect that he had interfered with young people,' he told the child abuse royal commission.

He said around the same time a parent told him they were great friends with Ridsdale, who is now in jail for abusing 53 children.

'I remember taking him aside and warning him to keep the children away from Ridsdale,' Fr Bryant said.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2015/12/10/priest--felt-powerless--about-pedophile.html

Abuse survivor Gordon Hill calls for Catholic Church to properly compensate victims, not offer apologies

A witness who gave harrowing evidence at the child sex abuse royal commission has called for the Government to enforce a redress scheme that would ensure the Catholic Church pay compensation to victims of past crimes.
Despite the mounting evidence of the horrific legacy of clergy abuse across western Victoria, many survivors have yet to receive any compensation for the harm they endured as children and its lifelong effects.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-10/abuse-survivor-calls-for-financial-compensation-from-church/7019284

'Only bishops' could refer child abuse allegations to police, commission hears

Only bishops could refer child abuse allegations they discussed within a Catholic Church committee to the police, despite the fact one of its members was a police officer, a royal commission has heard.
Monsignor Glynn Murphy helped establish the church's Special Issues Committee in the 1990s, initially to help survivors of convicted paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale. The committee also advised Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns on child sexual abuse and other issues. The committee members included police officer Paul Murnane, a retired magistrate and another priest who was a clinical psychologist.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/only-bishops-could-refer-child-abuse-allegations-to-police-commission-hears-20151210-glkpqx.html

Ballarat diocese waited months before moving priest after complaint – inquiry

Child sex abuse inquiry hears bishop did not send Paul David Ryan away after he tried to take bath with young boy so as not to arouse suspicion about him
A Catholic priest escaped immediate censure for trying to take a bath with a young boy because church leaders in Victoria did not want to arouse suspicion about him, the child abuse inquiry has been told.
In 1991 the archdiocese of Ballarat heard from a mother who complained that Paul David Ryan tried to have a bath with her youngest son when he was 12 or 13.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/10/ballarat-archdiocese-waited-months-before-moving-priest-after-complaint-inquiry

Some clergy 'in denial' about pedophilia

Some clergy are in denial about pedophilia and do not believe Australia's worst pedophile priest abused children, a priest says.
Former Diocese of Ballarat priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale is in jail for abusing 53 children but Fr Eric Bryant says some older clergy in particular are still in denial about pedophilia.
"I know Gerry Ridsdale's still got friends amongst the clergy who don't see the severity of what he has done," Fr Bryant told the child abuse royal commission.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30327939/some-clergy-in-denial-about-pedophilia/

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Priest says it was 'impossible' that George Pell joked about child sex abuse

A priest has denied a survivor's allegations that Cardinal George Pell joked to him about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale sexually abusing children.
A survivor, known as BWE, told a royal commission on Monday that he overheard then-Father Pell speaking to parish priest Father Frank Madden in the sacristy at St Patrick's Cathedral in Ballarat while he prepared to serve as an altar boy for a funeral mass in 1983. BWE said Father Madden had asked Father Pell 'How's everything your way?' and that he responded by saying, 'Ha ha I think Gerry's been rooting boys again'."

http://www.smh.com.au/national/priest-says-it-was-impossible-that-george-pell-joked-about-child-sex-abuse-20151209-gljlwd.html

Inquiry hears of church's 'dark ages'

The Catholic Church was in the dark ages when it allowed Australia's worst pedophile priest to continue offending, says a priest who accepts part of the blame.
Two of former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns' consultors have accepted at least some responsibility for Gerald Francis Ridsdale and others being allowed to devastate so many lives.
The church, like a lot of male institutions, gave pedophiles a place to hide, Fr Eric Bryant told the child abuse royal commission on Wednesday.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/09/03/34/bishop-didn-t-tell-advisers-all-inquiry

Victoria Police to apologise for blocking child sex abuse investigation

VICTORIA Police will apologise and pay compensation to a former detective whose investigation into child abuse allegations against a Catholic priest was stymied by senior officers.
The police and church protected paedophile Monsignor John Day, thwarting a 1971-1972 investigation by former Mildura policeman Denis Ryan, the child abuse royal commission has heard.

http://www.news.com.au/national/crime/victoria-police-to-apologise-for-blocking-child-sex-abuse-investigation/news-story/a75018d3d3fa8824580020a2574f9daf

Priest gave a character reference for Gerald Ridsdale without knowing his crimes

A priest who was involved in decisions to move paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale between numerous parishes told a court Ridsdale was an "outstanding priest" without finding out what crimes he was to be sentenced for.
Father Frank Madden was a member of a group of senior priests called the College of Consultors, which advised Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns on various appointments of priests within the diocese between 1979 and 1982.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/priest-gave-a-character-reference-for-gerald-ridsdale-without-knowing-his-crimes-20151209-gljb34.html

Royal Commission | Priest grilled about Ridsdale

Fr Bryant says he was told by Bishop Mulkearns there was a problem with homosexuality in the Ballarat Diocese at a meeting of college of consultors in 1982. Fr Bryant said it was his first meeting as a consultor to the bishop.
“I remember him saying we have a problem with homosexuality and he referred to Ridsdale and what he’d done, but there was no discussion whatsoever,” he told the inquiry.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3547734/royal-commission-priest-grilled-about-ridsdale/

Violent, sexual abuse rife at St Pats

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard from victim BWF on Tuesday.
He told the hearing how he attempted to seek help from the Catholic Church after his younger brother BWG was brutally bashed and molested by disgraced brother Edward Dowlan in 1973.
His evidence sparked more allegations about Cardinal George Pell’s intricate knowledge of abuse at the school.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3546114/royal-commission-brutal-abuse-rife-at-school/

Priest regrets role in moving abuser

A retired Victorian priest says he can't escape some responsibility for allowing Australia's worst pedophile priest to "cause such devastation to so many people".
Former Ballarat diocese vicar-general and consultor Fr Frank Madden has told the child abuse royal commission he accepts some responsibility for Gerald Francis Ridsdale being moved between parishes and allowed to continue offending.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/09/03/34/bishop-didn-t-tell-advisers-all-inquiry

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Senior church figures at Vic abuse inquiry


Mr O'Callaghan told then bishop Denis Hart, who later replaced Cardinal Pell as Melbourne archbishop, in May 1998 that Baker was likely to be charged with child sex offences, documents tendered to the child abuse royal commission show.
Graffiti scrawled in black paint across the windows and pillars of the Catholic Archdiocese building in East Melbourne said:"child molester Pell" and "put Pell in jail for cover up".
They were written on the Victorian County Court and a building belonging to the Melbourne Archdiocese.

http://leaderstandard.com/senior-church-figures-at-vic-abuse-inquiry/

Child abuse royal commission: Victoria Police admits 'Catholic mafia' covered up allegations of abuse

More than four decades after former Mildura police officer Denis Ryan was stopped from investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, Victoria Police has admitted a conspiracy to cover up the crimes went right to the top.
Mr Ryan detailed to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse how his attempt to investigate allegations against Monsignor John Day in the 1970s was thwarted by what he describes as a "Catholic mafia" within the force.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-08/victoria-police-covered-up-allegations-of-abuse-inquiry-told/7010442

Victoria Police to apologise for forcing out officer pursuing paedophile priest

TIM PALMER: The chief commissioner of Victoria Police has promised a formal apology to a man driven out of the force for trying to bring a paedophile priest to justice.

The former officer Denis Ryan told the royal commission into child sex abuse today that his colleagues conspired to cover up the priest's crimes in Mildura in the 1970s.

The commission was told a "Catholic mafia" operated in Victoria Police at the time and that the conspiracy went right to the top.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4368294.htm?site=melbourne

Priest caught with pants down: inquiry

Further claims about Cardinal George Pell's knowledge of child sex abuse by priests are expected to be aired at a royal commission. "When you look at it with the abuse of justice, the aiding and abetting, conspiring... for a religious belief that's got nothing to do with the teaching of Christ, it's only the teaching of the priests". "We say to the victims of Monsignor Day Victoria Police made mistakes in the past". "The reason I went to him was because I wasn't being heard at school", he said. "I think what part of today is about [is] trying to say sorry, to try and make sure we go forward and make sure we don't do these things in the future".

http://chronicledaily.com/2015/12/08/priest-caught-with-pants-down-inquiry/

Police chief commissioner 'concealed priest's sex abuse crimes', inquiry hears

More damning allegations about Cardinal George Pell's intricate knowledge of the sexual abuse of boys have emerged.
Miller said he was horrified by what he read in a book written by Ryan, which documented serial sex offences against children, and misconduct by police. "It was corruption at its highest, an absolute conspiracy...when you look at the abuse of justice". Hazel again said to us: 'He allows us to drive the auto.

http://examinerpost.com/police-chief-commissioner-concealed-priests-sex-abuse/

Ex-police chief 'architect of conspiracy'

Former Victorian police chief Reg Jackson was the architect of a conspiracy to conceal child sex abuse by a Catholic priest, his successor has told an inquiry.

The police and church protected pedophile Monsignor John Day, thwarting a 1971-1972 investigation by former Mildura policeman Denis Ryan, the child abuse royal commission has heard.

Mick Miller, chief commissioner from 1977 to 1987, says he did not know of the existence of a 'Catholic mafia', as described by Mr Ryan, comprising Catholic police officers who protected priests.






http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2015/12/08/ex-police-chief--architect-of-conspiracy-.html

Abuse victim David Ridsdale claims Cardinal George Pell urged him to keep quiet in phone conversation

CARDINAL George Pell is ­alleged to have told a fellow cleric that notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale was “r--ting boys again”, according to contested evidence before the royal commission.
In 1983, the then rising priest in the Catholic Church was allegedly overheard making the comment to Father Frank Madden at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Ballarat a decade before Ridsdale was first charged.
A witness, identified only as BWE, yesterday told the commission he was an altar boy, aged about 12, when he overheard Fr Madden ask the visiting Fr Pell, “how’s everything down your way?”.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/abuse-victim-david-ridsdale-claims-cardinal-george-pell-urged-him-to-keep-quiet-in-phone-conversation/news-story/2dfff0f8413b74898ac302b69a8b70ca

Australia: Australian Royal Commission Recommends Abolishing Limitation Periods Retrospectively - Reinsurers

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a report recommending that all Australian States and Territories abolish limitation periods for child sexual abuse claims, with retrospective action. Given the breadth of institutions which have already appeared at hearings before the Royal Commission, this is expected to have a significant impact for liability insurers and their reinsurers of relevant Australian institutions.

http://www.clydeco.com/insight/updates/view/arc-recommends-abolishing-limitation-periods-retro?utm_source=Mondaq&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=View-Original

George Pell admonished boy who tried to raise abuse, commission hears

CARDINAL George Pell shunned a young boy who begged him to help protect his brother from a notorious church paedophile, the child abuse royal commission has heard.
Witness BWF said he went to see Cardinal Pell at a Ballarat presbytery in 1973 after learning Brother Edward Dowlan was beating and molesting his brother at St Patrick's College in Ballarat.
BWF said he went to see Cardinal Pell out of desperation after the school refused to take action to protect his brother.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/george-pell-admonished-boy-who-tried-to-raise-abuse-commission-hears/news-story/e4982c9e8ddd56900fc032aef724d5de

Pell became angry at boy who told him of abuse by Christian Brother, inquiry hears

Witness says he went to see now Cardinal George Pell, who was serving as a priest in Ballarat in 1973, to tell him his brother had been molested
Cardinal George Pell became angry at a boy who told him his brother had been beaten and sexually abused by a Christian Brother, an inquiry has heard.
Witness BWF went to see Pell, then a Ballarat priest, after finding out his brother BWG had been molested by Brother Edward Dowlan at Ballarat’s St Patrick’s College in 1973, the child abuse royal commission heard.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/08/pell-became-angry-at-boy-who-told-him-of-abuse-by-christian-brother-inquiry-hears

Vic cop 'architect of church conspiracy'

A former Victorian police chief commissioner was the architect of a conspiracy to conceal sex abuse crimes by a Catholic priest, another former police chief says.
Mick Miller, the 1977-1987 chief commissioner, says he did not know of the existence of a Catholic mafia in Victoria Police which protected priests.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/08/03/33/vic-abuse-inquiry-hears-more-pell-claims

Pell 'angry' after hearing abuse claim

Cardinal George Pell became angry at a boy who told him his brother had been beaten and sexually abused by a Christian Brother, an inquiry has heard.

Witness BWF went to see Cardinal Pell, then a Ballarat priest, after finding out his brother BWG had been molested by Brother Edward Dowlan at Ballarat's St Patrick's College in 1973, the child abuse royal commission heard.

'I just blurted out to Pell that Dowlan had beaten and molested BWG and demanded to know what Pell was going to do about it. Pell became angry and yelled at me 'young man, how dare you knock on this door and make demands',' BWF told the commission.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2015/12/08/pell-angry-after-heard-abuse-claim--inquiry.html

Monday, 7 December 2015

Vic abuse inquiry hears more Pell claims

Further claims about Cardinal George Pell's knowledge of child sex abuse by priests are expected to be aired at a royal commission.
Witness BWF will testify on Tuesday at the child abuse royal commission's inquiry into widespread abuse in Victoria's Ballarat diocese.
Mr BWF is expected to give evidence about a conversation he had with Cardinal Pell in the 1970s while he was a student at St Patrick's College in Ballarat, senior counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness SC said.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/08/03/33/vic-abuse-inquiry-hears-more-pell-claims

If Catholic Church is serious about its response to child sex abuse it must remove George Pell

IF the Catholic Church is serious about its response to child sex abuse, then it must get rid of Cardinal George Pell.
Pell is expected in Australia this month to face the child sexual abuse royal commission.
His presence here is a start, but it isn’t enough. Nothing less than the defrocking of Australia’s most senior church member will indicate the church is a fully reformed beast.
No one action can fully compensate victims, but the downfall of Pell — the third-most powerful Catholic in the Vatican — would bring a certain quiet satisfaction to many.
One of the big problems is that Pell continues to keep his head in the sand.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/subscribe/news/1/index.html?sourceCode=HSWEB_WRE170_a&mode=premium&dest=http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/susie-obrien/if-catholic-church-is-serious-about-its-response-to-child-sex-abuse-it-must-remove-george-pell/news-story/57f1592d762c845263a15ab9b3c9ddc0&memtype=anonymous

No Christmas cheer for abuse survivors

Thousands of child sex abuse survivors expecting the Turnbull government to commit to a national redress scheme before Christmas face bitter disappointment.
Hopes the government would, in line with the final recommendation of the child abuse royal commission, announce by year's end its backing of a $4.3 billion scheme are fading, principally because some states are reluctant to come on board.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/07/14/22/no-christmas-cheer-for-abuse-survivors

Brisbane Anglican Diocese to refund school fees to confirmed abuse victims

One of two organisations at the centre of a royal commission into horrific sexual abuse across two decades in two Brisbane schools has pledged to proactively seek out confirmed victims and refund their school fees
The other is yet to indicate whether it will follow suit.
The Anglican Diocese of Brisbane is responsible for St Paul's School, which employed a paedophile music teacher for four years in the 1980s and a sexually abusive student counsellor a few years later.
Last month the diocese adopted a policy to refund the tuition and boarding fees of what's believed to be dozens of students from the Bald Hills school and any other confirmed cases of abuse under the diocese's control.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-anglican-diocese-to-automatically-refund-abuse-victims-20151207-glhqo3.html

Vic bishop believed priest over children

A Victorian bishop who knew about a pedophile priest refused to take the word of a child over one of his priests, an inquiry has heard.
Parish priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale himself has said he was out of control and "went haywire" in the Victorian town of Mortlake, where he is believed to have abused every boy in school.
A victim's parents met with then Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns in 1982, saying: "We've got big problems in Mortlake."

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30297475/vic-bishop-believed-priest-over-children/

George Pell accused of joking about Gerald Ridsdale's abuse of children

A survivor has told a royal commission he overheard George Pell joking about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale "rooting boys again" more than a decade before Ridsdale was convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse.
Cardinal Pell – who will appear at the child abuse royal commission in Melbourne next week – was widely criticised for supporting Ridsdale at his first court appearance for child sex offences in 1993. Cardinal Pell was also present at at least one meeting of senior priests which decided Ridsdale should be moved to another parish, but maintains he never knew children were being abused while he was in Ballarat.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/george-pell-accused-of-joking-about-gerald-ridsdales-abuse-of-children-20151207-glhlmd.html

Bishop in palliative care, will not give evidence at Royal Commission

MORE victims and their parents are expected to appear at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the coming days.
In her opening address on Tuesday, counsel assisting the royal commission Gail Furness said Bishop Ronald Mulkearns remains subject to a summons to appear before the commission, but is receiving palliative care and is unfit to give evidence.

http://www.bunburymail.com.au/story/3542676/bishop-in-palliative-care-will-not-give-evidence-at-royal-commission/?cs=4070

Child abuse royal commission: Cardinal George Pell told priest that Gerald Ridsdale was 'rooting boys again', inquiry told

Cardinal George Pell was overheard in the 1980s discussing the sexual abuse of boys at the hands of convicted paedophile Gerald Ridsdale, a royal commission has been told.
The explosive allegations about what Australia's most senior Catholic knew of abuse by priests in the Ballarat diocese before he became the Archbishop of Melbourne was aired at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-07/cardinal-george-pells-lawyer-questions-abuse-victims-testimony/7006512