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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
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Let us tell them

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Sex abuse royal commission to wind down public hearings

The long-running child sexual abuse royal commission has indicated the number of public hearings will slow down with the final case study to be heard in March next year.
Chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Peter McClellan​ announced public hearings would be drawing to a close in his remarks ahead of an inquiry into convicted paedophile priest John Joseph Farrell.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Royal commission finds South Australian child protection system must be overhauled

Phasing out commercial childcare workers and subjecting workers to public screening register among recommendations
South Australia’s “toxic” child protection system has failed the state’s most vulnerable children and must be overhauled, a royal commission has found.
In her final report after two years of investigations, the former supreme court justice Margaret Nyland has called for dramatic changes to what she has described as a system in crisis.
Commercial childcare workers would be phased out, social workers would no longer be allowed to close files because of a lack of resources and all child protection workers would be subject to a public screening register.


SA’s disturbing history of child protection and abuse inquiries and royal commissions

THE release of the Nyland Royal Commission on Monday is the latest in a series of reports into the state’s child protection system.
Over the past 10 years there has been a litany of inquiries into the Government’s failure to protect children, including three high-profile inquiries also led by former Supreme Court justices.
They repeatedly found a culture of secrecy, unwieldy bureaucracy, lack of resources and a failure to put children first


Child Protection Systems Royal Commission makes 260 recommendations, warns of no quick fixes

There are no quick fixes to the child protection system in South Australia, royal commissioner Margaret Nyland has warned, finding the sector needs significant additional resources and changes to the law.
The final report makes 260 recommendations including an overhaul of the child welfare system, with a focus on abuse prevention and early intervention.
The two-year inquiry was prompted by former Families SA carer, and paedophile, Shannon McCoole's abuse of vulnerable children in state care.


Lawyer admits tearing up priest’s resignation letter

A SOLICITOR and former trustee of the Anglican DIocese of Newcastle has admitted tearing up the original 1990 resignation of paedophile priest Stephen Hatley Gray, which was then replaced with one dated the day before Gray was charged with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy.
Central Coast solicitor Keith Allen, who began giving evidence to the Royal Commission on Friday, was again subjected to an intense examination by the commission’s chairman, Peter McClellan, and counsel assisting, Naomi Sharp.


Solicitor says he didn't tell bishop to deny knowledge of paedophile priests

Keith Allen says he did not advise bishop Alfred Holland to say he could not recall any knowledge of abusers
A solicitor has denied he advised a former bishop of a New South Wales Anglican diocese to say he could not recall any knowledge of paedophile priests when giving evidence to the child sex abuse royal commission.
Keith Allen, who had been a member of several boards in the Anglican diocese of Newcastle for 40 years, returned to the witness stand for a second day at a commission hearing into how the diocese handled abuse allegations over 30 years.


Solicitor denies tampering

A critical document in a child sex abuse case against an Anglican priest may have been altered by someone attached to the diocese of Newcastle.
A document used to halt the trial of a priest charged with child sex abuse may have been altered by someone attached to the Anglican diocese of Newcastle in the Hunter region of NSW, an inquiry has been told.
A register of services produced at the 1991 trial of a priest given the pseudonym CKC was subpoenaed by his defence team and led to the case being dropped by the prosecution.
On Monday solicitor Keith Allen who acted for CKC denied he had doctored the register when he was shown it at a rectory before it was produced at the trial.


Paedophile priest's resignation letter destroyed by lawyer, sexual abuse royal commission told

A church council member who acted as the lawyer for paedophile priest Stephan Gray said he destroyed Gray's original resignation letter, despite considering him a "dangerous sexual predator".
The royal commission case study in Newcastle is looking at the past and present systems, policies and practices within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle for responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.


Friday, 5 August 2016

Queensland child sex abuse victims lose chance to challenge past compensation claims

The Queensland government has dashed the hopes of child sex abuse victims that its bill to remove age limits on compensation claims would clear the way for fresh lawsuits against churches and schools.
The government revealed it would not table laws to “remove past deeds” struck by institutions in lesser settlements based on the 21-year age limit on victims bringing civil actions.


No recollection at all

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse is inquiring into events in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, and a former assistant bishop of Newcastle, Richard Appleby, is being questioned about his statement to the commission.
It’s Thursday afternoon, and the commission has been going since Tuesday morning.
Counsel assisting, Naomi Sharp, has just taken Bishop Appleby through the evidence of others who insist they told him of child sexual abuse by some of the priests in the diocese when he was deputy to the bishop at the time, Alfred Holland.


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese week 1 wrap up | photos

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese started on Tuesday, August 2.
Eight Anglican bishops and archbishops, including six current or past bishops of Newcastle, will give evidence into child sexual abuse in the Hunter region during the public hearing.


Anglican bishop Roger Herft ‘berated’ mother over priest abuse

The Anglican Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, “berated” the mother of a child abuse victim after she discovered his diocese kept no records of a complaint that her son had been assaulted by a trainee priest, a royal commission has heard.
The woman, who cannot be named, subsequently received a $2000 “gift” from the diocese, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard today.
“I believe that the payment was an attempt at buying us off,” she said.


Child sex abuse royal commission: Survivor says Newcastle Diocese fought hard to deny duty of care

A clergy abuse survivor has told a royal commission's hearings in Newcastle that the Anglican church fought very hard to deny its duty of care.

The man, who can only be identified as CKU, gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The public hearings at Newcastle courthouse are looking at the past and present systems, policies and practices within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle for responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
CKU told the commission he lived with his mother at St John's college at Morpeth while she trained to be a priest.


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Church stopped keeping problem priest list

A former assistant bishop at a NSW Anglican diocese where child sex abuse by clergy was widespread will continue his evidence to a royal commission on Friday.
Bishop Richard Appleby, who served as auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Newcastle in the Hunter region of NSW from 1983 to 1992, said on Thursday he was not aware during that time of allegations of child sex abuse against clergy and lay workers in the diocese.


Retired former Newcastle assistant bishop denies being told of abuse

RICHARD Franklin Appleby, 75, trained with disgraced priest Graeme Lawrence at the notorious Morpeth College. He was assistant bishop of Newcastle from 1983 to 1992, when various witnesses have told the royal commission they came to him with complaints about abusive priests in the parish.
But despite this evidence, and through a long and probing session of examination by commissioner Peter McClellan and counsel assisting Naomi Sharp, Bishop Appleby insisted he had never known of any sex abuse in his parish, and would have fought it “decisively” had anyone told him.


Anglican Church helpline ‘was run by child sex abuser’

An Anglican Church-run phone helpline for child abuse victims was answered by a senior cleric who was later defrocked for having group sex with a teenager, a royal commission has heard.
Graeme Lawrence, the then dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle, NSW, failed to tell those calling the helpline that he had a close working relationship with at least one of the priests who were the subject of repeated alleg­ations of abuse.


Herft “broke promise to sack priest”

Perth’s Anglican Archbishop Roger Herft promised to remove a priest at the centre of historic child sex allegations, an abuse victim has claimed, but no action was taken.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was also told how a notorious paedophile priest was found with a hoard of hard-core pornography, but Archbishop Herft recommended the priest be given only spiritual counselling.
The royal commission is examining claims of child sexual abuse in the Hunter region of NSW dating back decades.


Child sex abuse royal commission: Survivor says abuse 'continues to prey' on his mind

An Anglican Church abuse survivor has told a royal commission's hearings in Newcastle his abuse continues to prey on his mind, 40 years later.
The man, who can only be identified as CKA, gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The public hearings at Newcastle courthouse are looking at the past and present systems, policies and practices within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle for responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.


Royal commission hears of years of abuse by priest CKC

A FORMER Anglican altar boy has told the royal commission of four years of abuse at the hands of a priest code-named CKC.
A trial against the priest was no-billed soon after it started and the 55-year-old former altar-boy – given the pseudonym CKA – told how his family suffered abuse and death threats as a result of him taking action against CKC.
He said an elderly woman from the church spat on him and said he was “nothing but a troublemaker”.


NSW priest may face abuse retrial

An Anglican priest may be retried over the alleged abuse of two boys, a NSW crown solicitor has told a hearing in Newcastle.
An Anglican priest accused of child sex abuse 15 years ago may face a retrial, a royal commission has been told.
The trial against the priest given the pseudonym CKC fell over when his defence team, made up of prominent church people, produced a register showing that the abuse could not have happened when the complainant said it did.
CKA, the man who alleged serious prolonged abuse by the priest, told a hearing in Newcastle on Thursday he would never recover from the impact of the church's response which was to throw its full weight behind the priest who ruined his life.


Senior cleric defrocked over teen sex manned church abuse hotline

A church-run telephone hotline for child abuse victims was answered by a senior cleric who was later defrocked for having group sex with a teenager, a royal commission has heard.
Graeme Lawrence, then the dean of Newcastle’s Anglican Cathedral in NSW, also failed to tell those calling the hotline that he had a close working relationship with at least one priest who was the subject of repeated allegations of abuse.


Priest's porn collection was 'shocking'

A former Anglican archdeacon in the Hunter says he told then bishop Roger Herft in 1998 a local priest had child pornography which was a criminal offence.

A furniture removal crew was so shocked by pornography they found at an Anglican priest's home in NSW that they refused to go back to finish the job.
Colvin Ford, former archdeacon of the Upper Hunter in the diocese of Newcastle, told a royal commission on Thursday a manager of a local furniture removal company rang him in 1998 to say distressing pornography had been found at the home of Peter Rushton, a senior priest in the diocese.


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

I can’t recall sex abuse claims, says ex-bishop Alfred Holland

The business manager of the Newcastle Anglican diocese was told a former bishop would be ­advised “to say that he can’t recall anything” when questioned about child abuse at a royal commission, documents reveal.
The bishop, Alfred Holland, yesterday told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he had no memory of being told about such crimes while at the diocese, despite documentary and witness evidence suggesting that he was.


Priest tells royal commission of the cost of speaking out against Peter Rushton

An Anglican priest who spoke out against serial paedophile priest Peter Rushton told the royal commission on Wednesday the process had taken a huge toll on him.
He has also told of hearing that Rushton had been with two vice squad detectives joking about which boys they would take to their tents one night after a scouting trip to the Williams River, in the Hunter Valley.


Anglican Church 'silenced' abuse victims

The Anglican Church in Australia would rather silence child abuse victims than bring perpetrators to justice, a clergyman who blew the whistle on pedophile colleagues in a NSW diocese has told an inquiry.
Roger Dyer, the priest who in 2006 took over at a Newcastle parish where notorious pedophile Peter Rushton had worked, said on Wednesday there has been a systemic failure by Anglican bishops to deal with pedophiles in the church's ranks.


Abuse Royal Commission: Police joked with paedophile priest Peter Rushton

Two police detectives joked with a paedophile Anglican priest about the children “they would have in their tent that night,” a royal commission has heard.
The evidence, given on oath before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today, is the first time it has heard the child abuse scandal now consuming the Anglican diocese of Newcastle in NSW may extend beyond the church.


Child sex abuse royal commission: Former Newcastle bishop says he never knew of allegations against Rushton

A former bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has denied ever being told allegations that one of his priests, Peter Rushton, had sexually abused children.
Former bishop Alfred Holland today gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is examining abuse within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.


Bishop denies knowing about pedophiles

A former bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle where pedophile priests operated has denied any knowledge of their activity during his tenure.
An Anglican bishop who promoted suspected pedophiles to senior church positions has refused to acknowledge any responsibility for their attacks on children.
Bishop Alfred Holland who ran the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle from 1978 to 1992 denied on Wednesday he was ever told by another priest that Peter Rushton had abused his son.
When it was put to him at a royal commission hearing he was lying about his knowledge of Rushton's activities, he said: "It is the truth. It is the truth".


Royal Commission hears ‘no structure to deal with’ priest misconduct complaints

THE Anglican Diocese of Newcastle had no formal structure to deal with complaints about Bishops during some of the worst years of paedophilia within the church.
Bishop Alfred Holland, Bishop of Newcastle from 1978 to 1992, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this morning that complaints were dealt with only on an “ad hoc” basis.


Newcastle Anglican diocese's defrocked Dean is still influential, the royal commission has heard

HE was the man who brought Newcastle together in 1989 after an earthquake killed 13 people and severely damaged the Anglican Christchurch Cathedral.
He was the senior Newcastle cleric with a prominent role on the Anglican Church’s sexual abuse working group in 2003 that developed national professional standards.
But the 13th Anglican Dean of Newcastle, Graeme Lawrence, was also in a “gang of three” protecting a notorious Hunter paedophile priest, and led a Griffith group of offenders to the Hunter who were later defrocked after child sex allegations, the royal commission has heard.


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Royal commission hears of harrowing evidence of rape in Newcastle Anglican Diocese

More than 30 years of child sexual abuse by clergy and lay members of various Anglican parishes have been laid bare on the opening day of the royal commission's two-week hearing into the Anglican diocese of Newcastle.
In her opening address, counsel assisting the commission Naomi Sharp outlined allegations against various church figures – some of them dead,  others alive and still fighting to stay out of jail.


Royal Commission hears evidence of widespread abuse within Anglican diocese

MARK COLVIN: This story from the child abuse Royal Commission contains details you may find disturbing.

A hearing in the New South Wales city of Newcastle has been told that Anglican priests abused young boys over decades.

One victim broke down as he recalled being repeatedly raped, often by groups of men who conspired to ensure that the behaviour was kept away from the public eye.

The commission will investigate the conduct of at least nine men over the next fortnight; with allegations the church buried complaints against them at the time.

Thomas Oriti reports.

THOMAS ORITI: He was nine years old when he first met his abuser, and decades on, Paul Gray, is still coming to terms with what happened.


Bishop was told pedophiles fostering kids

A royal commission is hearing evidence that a pedophile ring preyed on boys for decades in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
A mother has told an inquiry she informed the local bishop that an Anglican priest and a youth worker who were fostering children had booked a "sex tour" in Europe, but she never heard from the Church again.
Susan Aslin, who has four boys, said in the late 1970s she became concerned that Anglican youth worker James (Jim) Brown was preying on one of her sons.
Ms Aslin was giving evidence on Tuesday at a child sex abuse royal commission hearing into how the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle responded to repeated allegations of child sex abuse against a number of its clergy and lay workers over three decades.


Paedophile ring headed by a senior Anglican priest forced children at a boys' home to have group sex in a locked room - and cut them to symbolise 'the blood of Christ'

  • A paedophile ring used an Anglican boys home to abuse children 
  • St Alban's Home in Newcastle was also used to gain access to the boys
  • Priest Peter Rushton is said to be the head of the paedophile ring 
  • A two week hearing is being conducted by the Royal commission 
  • Paul Gray testified to being raped by Rushton when he was 10

Anglican priest's godson weeps as he tells inquiry of rape by gang of men

Paul Gray tells royal commission into child sex abuse his godfather, Father Peter Rushton, anally raped him and took him to be raped by others
Paul Gray broke down in the witness stand at a royal commission hearing when he told how he was repeatedly raped by a gang of men at a boys’ home run by the Anglican church in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.
Gray wept as he recalled on Tuesday how his godfather, Father Peter Rushton, who was a priest at Cessnock, had anally raped him when he was just 10.


Decades of Anglican diocese abuse revealed

Paul Gray broke down in the witness stand at a royal commission hearing when he told how he was repeatedly raped by a gang of men at a boys home run by the Anglican Church in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Mr Gray wept as he recalled on Tuesday how his godfather Father Peter Rushton, who was a priest at Cessnock, had anally raped him when he was just 10.
In the mid-1960s Rushton began taking Mr Gray to St Alban's Boys Home where he was locked in a room and a number of men would rape or have oral sex with him, the commission was told.


Newcastle Anglican Church ‘harbouring’ active child abusers

The Anglican Church in Newcastle, NSW, is “harbouring” a large number of active child abusers and has a history of violent abuse dating back decades and involving some of the city’s most influential people, a royal commission has heard.
The commission, whose public hearing opened this morning, has heard evidence that church officials provided boys to be raped and were allegedly protected by senior figures in the diocese.


Child sexual abuse in Newcastle's Anglican Diocese examined in royal commission

Child sexual abuse within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle is being examined by a royal commission at public hearings that have started in the city today.
The latest case study is expected to go for two weeks and will focus on the experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as potential paedophile networks.


NSW boys home used by pedophile ring

A royal commission is hearing evidence that a pedophile ring preyed on boys for decades in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, NSW.
An Anglican home for boys in the Hunter region of NSW was used by a pedophile ring headed by a senior clergyman to access and sexually abuse children.
On Tuesday the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse opened a two-week hearing into what the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle did to stop priest Peter Rushton and a pedophile network of clergy and laypeople who preyed on children for decades.


Boys allegedly locked in rooms to be repeatedly raped by different men

A ROYAL Commission will hear evidence of boys being systematically raped on a weekly basis by senior leaders of the Anglican Church in the Hunter Region.
In a heart-wrenching opening statement this morning to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Naomi Sharp, counsel assisting, outlined evidence to be presented by victims and Bishops who were in positions of power when the alleged abuse took place.


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese | live blog

Tuesday, August 2

Survivor, Paul Gray tells his story

Mr Gray has asked to take a short break. Justice McClellan has left the inquiry room to allow Mr Gray time to compose himself.
Mr Gray said on many occasions father Peter Rushton would cut Mr Gray’s back with a small knife and smear his blood on his back – which was symbolic of the blood of Christ –  as he continued to rape him.
After the sexual intercourse, Mr Gray said Mr Rushton would clean his wounds.


Monday, 1 August 2016

Child abuse survivors will no longer face time limits to sue

The passage of time will no longer be a barrier for ACT survivors of child sexual abuse to sue institutions like the Catholic church for justice.
The ACT government will introduce a bill on Tuesday to scrap time limits that prevent survivors from lodging civil claims too long after their abuse has occurred.


ACT Government looks to remove time limit on sex abuse civil claims, allowing historic victims to sue institutions

Canberra survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will soon be able to pursue compensation in the courts regardless of when the abuse took place, if legislation to be introduced by the ACT Government passes the assembly.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell will today move to strike out a requirement that victims begin civil proceedings against institutions within six years of turning 18.


Newcastle royal commission hearing will reveal ugly truths

IT has been a long time coming.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will open its 42nd case study at Newcastle Courthouse at 10am on Tuesday. For two weeks it is expected to hear evidence about how Newcastle Anglican diocese has dealt with child sex allegations over decades.
More significantly, it will hear evidence from individuals within the diocese, including senior clergy, about what they did, or didn’t do, when allegations were raised by children, and when those children turned to the church for support years later as adults.


Royal commission will hear from four former Newcastle Anglican bishops about child sexual abuse allegations

EIGHT Anglican bishops and archbishops, including six current or past bishops of Newcastle, will give evidence during a royal commission public hearing from Tuesday into child sexual abuse in the Hunter region.
Former Newcastle Bishops Alfred Holland and Richard Appleby will give evidence in the first few days of the hearing after survivors Phillip D’Ammond and Paul Gray give evidence on Tuesday about being sexually abused as children.


The Latest: Pope on Pell: Let Justice Take Its Course

The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local):
11:30 p.m.
Pope Francis says he won't address child molestation allegations against a top Vatican Cardinal who is one of his most-trusted aides until justice officials in Australia have made a determination.
The pope told reporters on the plane Sunday returning from World Youth Day in Krakow that the accusations against Cardinal George Pell, Francis' top financial adviser, "are in the hands of justice." He said that the accused deserved the benefit of the doubt, adding that "once justice has its say, I will speak. "

Pope Francis confirms he will take no action against Cardinal George Pell while police investigate alleged child sex offences

POPE Francis has confirmed he will take no action against Cardinal George Pell while an ongoing police investigation into alleged child sex offences continues.
Breaking his silence on explosive allegations levelled at the Cardinal last week, Pope Francis said he would only act at the conclusion of the criminal investigation.
“One must not judge before the justice system judges,” the pope said.


Pope holds off position on Pell claims

Pope Francis says he will wait until Australian justice takes its course before taking a position on Cardinal George Pell, who is under investigation in his homeland over sexual abuse allegations.
But the pope, speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome form Poland on Sunday, said Pell, now the Vatican's powerful economy minister, should not undergo a trial by the media or by rumour.


Pope Francis will await judgment on Cardinal Pell over sex abuse claims

ROME (RNS) Pope Francis says he will not address sexual abuse allegations against the Vatican’s finance minister, Cardinal George Pell, until Australian judicial authorities complete their investigation.
In a press conference on the papal flight returning from World Youth Day in Poland late Sunday, the pontiff said the allegations against Pell “are in the hands of the justice system” and the cardinal should not be judged “before the justice system judges.”


Pope Francis 'doubts' sexual abuse case against Cardinal George Pell

Pope Francis says there are "doubts" over the case being made against Vatican finance chief George Pell, Australia's most senior Roman Catholic, for alleged child abuse.
"There are doubts. 'In dubio pro reo'," he said, using a Latin expression meaning that a defendant may not be convicted by the court when doubts about his or her guilt remain.


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Newcastle royal commission public hearing to reveal widespread abuse in Anglican diocese

MEN and women involved with Newcastle Anglican diocese’s St Alban’s Children’s Home knew children were being sexually abused, the royal commission will hear.
A public hearing starting on Tuesday is expected to hear evidence that a woman walked into a room more than once where a child was being sexually abused by men, but turned and left the room.


Vatican representative vows to move city from “evil past”

THE first Vatican representative to meet with clergy abuse survivors on Ballarat soil has vowed to do all humanly possible to help move the city forward from its “evil” past.
 President of the commission for child protection of the Gregorian University Father Hans Zollner vowed to continue to work with survivors deeply affected by the scourge of abuses.
His words comes days after alleged victims of Cardinal George Pell claimed he groped their genitals in the 1970s.


Cardinal George Pell’s trial by media achieves justice for no one

Just when you think the demonisation of Cardinal George Pell can’t get any worse, it does. And with every allegation, as flimsy and contagious as they are, comes the damaging insinuation that where there’s smoke there’s fire.
 The fanfare around ABC’s 7.30 program last week would make you think Pell has been accused of the most heinous crimes, that he is the master paedophile sitting atop the global paedophile ring that is the Catholic Church.


John Pirona's death was the catalyst for a royal commission

FOUR years ago the suicide of Belmont North child sexual abuse victim John Pirona was the catalyst for a royal commission.
On Tuesday the first of back-to-back Hunter public hearings into the Anglican and Catholic churches starts - the 42nd and 43rd hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
It has held more than 5500 private sessions with survivors, taken more than 31,000 calls and received more than 18,000 letters and emails. It has referred more than 1600 matters to authorities including the police, leading to prosecutions and investigations across Australia.


Saturday, 30 July 2016

Parents demand George Pell portrait is taken off Mentone school hall

Parents at a Catholic primary school in Mentone are agitating to have a portrait of Cardinal George Pell removed from their school hall after allegations of sexual abuse emerged against the priest recently.
On Wednesday night, ABC's 7.30 aired detailed allegations made by former students of St Alipius primary school in Ballarat, who alleged Cardinal Pell would play with them in the swimming pool and molest them by touching their genitals under water.


Friday, 29 July 2016

Media Watch Dog: The ABC/Spigelman court for instant ‘justice’

What a stunning performance by ABC reporter Louise Milligan on 7.30 last night.
On Wednesday, the powers-that-be at the taxpayer funded public broadcaster decided to devote the entire 30 minutes of 7.30 to allegations about what George Pell did between four and three decades ago in Ballarat and Torquay respectively. Cardinal Pell declined to be interviewed for the hatchet job and 7.30 — according to what an ABC spokesperson has told MWD — decided not to let anyone speak in his defence.


Leaks add a bitter flavour to allegations against Cardinal Pell

Wednesday night’s 7.30 program on ABC television carried allegations against Cardinal George Pell that, if true, are devastating: life-ruining for victims such as Damian Dignan and Lyndon Monument; confronting for all citizens committed to the wellbeing of children; and earth-shattering for Catholics who still have faith in their church. The ABC report is also troubling for those of us concerned about due process and the rule of law.
With the benefit of hindsight, we can all say it would have been better if onlookers such as Les Tyack in the Torquay Surf Club — claiming to have credible evidence of unseemly behaviour by an adult such as Pell towards children — went to the police promptly rather than waiting 30 years. As it was put on 7.30, “One summer day, (Tyack) says he witnessed a strange incident, so strange it later compelled him to go to police.” The incident is alleged to have occurred in the mid-1980s.


WA Marist brother accused of assaulting boy, 10

A FORMER Marist brother has been charged over the alleged indecent assault of a 10-year-old boy at a WA primary school.
Police will allege the man, now 73, was employed as a teacher when he indecently assaulted the boy for the first time in 1982.
He was arrested by Rockingham Detectives and charged with two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 years of age.
The man is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on July 29.


Cardinal George Pell won’t be asked to stand down from Vatican post, church insiders say

CARDINAL George Pell will not be asked to stand down from his powerful Vatican post while a police investigation into alleged child sex offences continues, church insiders say.
But the cardinal could be forced to step aside if the alleged abuse is reported to the church’s internal Towards Healing scheme.
There have been calls for the cardinal, who works closely with Pope Francis as the Vatican’s finance chief, to stand down this week following explosive allegations he fondled two boys while swimming with them in the 1970s.


George Pell at the Ballarat pool: 'Everything he did was done with a grandeur'

Cardinal George Pell was a larger-than-life figure at the Eureka pool in Ballarat through the summers of the late 1970s. This was when – it is now sensationally alleged – he sexually abused two boys in the pool.
"A big, strong, good-looking man," says Paul Tatchell​, a former mayor of Moorabool shire and himself a victim of rape by a notorious Catholic priest in Ballarat – Edward Dowlan​ – in the bad old days. Pell was on Richmond's reserves list to play footy 20 years before. He gave up sport for the church. But he had kept in shape.


Rape jokes about nuns, suggestions to read Lolita and seedy handwritten notes: How a sick priest groomed a girl, 15, for sex before driving her to the bush and assaulting her

  • Joan Isaacs, 63, was groomed and sexually assaulted by a chaplain at 15 
  • Francis Derriman faked a terminal illness to get sympathy from students
  • He told Ms Isaacs having sex with him would be the 'ultimate gift to God' 
  • Father Derriman was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault in 1998
  • Ms Isaacs said the Catholic Church failed her in the years after her abuse

'Cover-up culture' serves church poorly

REQUIREMENTS for celibacy and the exclusion of women from the priesthood were areas the Catholic Church could consider as it grapples with issues of child sexual abuse.
Former Dean of the North Coast Parish of the Catholic Church, John Dobson, speaking in the wake of the latest allegations levelled again Cardinal George Pell, said psychologists dealing with offending priests have raised issue with the benefits of enforced celibacy.
Father Dobson said once people were set up as direct representatives of God it opened a lot of doors to odd places.

Police must interview Pell

Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer Frank Brennan has called for Victoria Police to travel to Rome immediately to interview Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell over allegations of child sexual abuse.
In an opinion piece for public affairs publication Eureka Street the outspoken priest said the whole saga wreaked of injustice and incompetent policing. He also called for the Victorian Government to take resolute action and demand Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton get to the bottom of the leaks.


There is one point where the Pell cheerleaders are right

Is there a more polarising figure in Australia than Cardinal George Pell?
His clipped speech, at times imperious language, and senior position in a church that failed lamentably to deal with paedophiles in its own ranks has left him detested by many.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Cardinal George Pell child sex claims before public prosecutor

Victoria Police yesterday opened the door to charging Cardinal ­George Pell with child sex offences as senior Catholics stridently backed the faith’s third most senior figure amid a fresh wave of devastating publicity over alleged abuse.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton yesterday made clear that charging Cardinal Pell was a live option for the force after confirming the Office of Public Prosecutions was investigating multiple allegations against the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.
The Australian has seen no evidence in the public realm to support charges against Cardinal Pell and Mr Ashton has declared that the force will be guided by the ­direction of the OPP.


George Pell: Vatican unlikely to respond to child abuse allegations until police investigation complete, expert says

The Vatican is not likely to respond to child abuse allegations against Cardinal George Pell until the outcome of police investigations, according to a Vatican expert.
"The Vatican will want to wait and see how any investigation proceeds," Christopher Lamb, correspondent for Catholic journal The Tablet, told Lateline.
"I don't think they'll be taking any kind of actions or any steps before that legal process concludes."
Mr Lamb, currently in Krakov, Poland to cover World Youth Day, said the allegations against Cardinal Pell had "certainly been on the radar here".


Cardinal George Pell under police investigation for 1970s accusation he touched children’s genitals while in public pool

The Victoria Police sought advice from the Office of Public Prosecutions multiple allegations of child abuse against Australian Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranked cleric in the country’s Catholic Church. The complaints include the cardinal allegedly touched the genitals of children in the late 1970s while in a Ballarat public pool.
The complainants are from Ballarat, Torquay and Melbourne who submitted eight statements from the alleged victims, witnesses and family members. Taskforce Sano is investigating the allegations, according to ABC’s “7:30” show aired on Wednesday.


Vatican treasurer investigated over child abuse claims

The Vatican’s treasurer is under investigation over claims he abused children, police announced today.
Cardinal George Pell is accused of multiple offences dating from the  Seventies to the Nineties in his home country Australia.
The cleric, one of the world’s most senior Catholics, branded the allegations a “scandalous smear campaign”.


Police investigate abuse allegations against Pope aide George Pell

Vatican finance chief George Pell is being investigated in relation to child abuse allegations. Police in his home country of Australia have been looking into allegations against the cardinal for more than a year.

Victoria state police confirmed on Thursday that they had referred the allegations of child abuse against the cardinal to the public prosecutor's office for advice on whether to press charges.
The allegations, dating from the 1970s to the 1990s, were detailed on Wednesday in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report which included interviews with alleged victims.


Pell 'exposed himself to boys in 1980s'

Les Tyack says he saw a naked George Pell expose himself to three young boys in the Torquay surf club changerooms in the late 1980s.
The businessman said he told his wife and some friends about the incident 15 years ago and gave a statement to Victoria Police five years ago.
But he went public this week in a bid to encourage others to come forward.
"I thought there may be other situations that people have witnessed and have thought about it but never done anything about it," Mr Tyack told AAP on Thursday.


Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Maitland-Newcastle

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious. The public hearing will commence on 29 August 2016 in Newcastle.


Hunter Catholic priests' alleged sexual relationship used by a child sex offender priest, says author

SADISTIC Catholic paedophile priest John Denham committed crimes against boys without fear of exposure because of an alleged sexual relationship between Catholic priests Tom Brennan and Patrick Helferty, writes a former St Pius X, Adamstown student in an explosive new book.


Victoria Police must interview Cardinal George Pell for sake of justice

The presumption of innocence is fundamental to our legal system and to natural justice.
Cardinal George Pell, the third highest-ranking leader of the Catholic Church, is accused by a number of people of child sexual abuse, for which he has been under investigation for more than a year by Victoria Police's Taskforce Sano, established following the state parliamentary inquiry that was a precursor to the federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


George Pell and Denis Hart became archbishops but Father Tony Bongiorno didn't

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 25 July 2016
According to Broken Rites research, the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese has finally been forced to admit that Father Anthony Bongiorno committed sexual crimes against children during his 30 years working in Melbourne parishes. Anthony Salvatore Bongiorno began training for the priesthood about 1960, aged 25, in the same trainee group as George Pell and Denis Hart, both of whom eventually became archbishops of Melbourne. In 1994, Pell (then an auxiliary bishop in Melbourne) officiated at a requiem mass for Bongiorno's brother Sam. Anthony Bongiorno's child-sex crimes were covered up until some were exposed in the mid-1990s. The total number of Bongiorno's abused children is unknown. For example, in 1980, a woman in Bongiorno's parish learned that her son (aged 11) was a Bongiorno victim but this woman was murdered before she could expose Bongiorno about her son's abuse.


Archbishop George Pell hired a publicity firm to paint him as "helping victims"

By a Broken Rites researcher

In 1996, Broken Rites informed the Australian public that the Catholic Church had been harbouring Father Nazareno Fasciale (pronounced "Fah-SHAH-lay") while he was committing crimes against children. Police charged Fasciale but he suddenly died. Then church leaders, including George Pell, gave this pedophile a grand funeral. One church leader said that the church is "immensely proud" of Fasciale. When Broken Rites exposed this (and other) church cover-ups, George Pell's diocese (Melbourne) went into damage control, hiring a public relations firm to announce the "Melbourne Response", a forerunner of the church's "Towards Healing" strategy.
Father Fasciale (pronounced "Fah-SHAH-lay") was harboured in the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese for 44 years while he committed sexual crimes against girls and boys. The cathedral authorities continually ignored any complaints from Fasciale's victims. Fasciale knew that the church would protect him.


Why is Cardinal George Pell reluctant to re-appear in Australia?

By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 26 July 2016
Cardinal George Pell is a frequent flyer, travelling in Business Class. During his years as Archbishop of Sydney, he would regularly make the flight to Rome so as to keep an eye on career opportunities at the Vatican. Now he has become the third most important person in the Vatican. With a Vatican passport, he still goes on plane trips from his Rome headquarters, but he is reluctant to appear in public in Australia.


George Pell: The surf club allegation

When local businessman Les Tyack walked into the Torquay Surf Club change rooms one day in the summer of 1986-87, he encountered a scene that struck him as "very odd" — George Pell with three boys he estimates were aged between 8 and 10.
  • Local businessman, Les Tyack, says he witnessed an "odd" incident involving George Pell at the Torquay Surf Club in 1986-87
  • He did nothing at the time but last year reported it to the Royal Commission and Victoria Police's Taskforce SANO
  • Cardinal Pell emphatically denies ever abusing anyone

"I said, 'Hi George', and at that time he was towelling, had the towel going across his shoulders drying his back, but he was facing three young boys standing about three or four metres across from him," Mr Tyack told 7.30.
He thought it was "a little strange", but he put his gear onto the bench and had a shower.


'The ABC has no licence to destroy the reputation of innocent people': Cardinal George Pell demands an investigation into 7.30's 'inaccurate' claims he abused two boys

  • Cardinal George Pell accuses police officers of 'conspiring' against him
  • Cardinal Pell, 75, is facing multiple child abuse allegations
  • Australia's senior Catholic calls for inquiry into Victorian Police 
  • Two men claim the cleric abused them at a Victorian pool in the 1970s
  • Lyndon Monument, in his 40s, said he 'wasn't game' to ever say anything
  • Cardinal Pell has denied the allegations and police are investigating 

    Cardinal George Pell rejects claims he sexually abused two men

    VICTORIA Police has denied some of its officers leaked information to the media about an ongoing investigation into complaints made against Australia’s highest ranking Catholic Cardinal George Pell.
    Cardinal Pell has called for a fresh review after ABC television last night aired a story saying the cleric was being investigated over multiple allegations related to inappropriate behaviour involving children going back almost 40 years.
    The cardinal denies all of the allegations made by the complainants and said he’s being subjected to trial by media on the back of leaking “by elements of the Victoria Police to the ABC”.


    Cardinal George Pell under pressure to face child sex abuse claims

    CALLS have been made for Cardinal George Pell to stand down from his senior role at the Vatican and return to Australia to face allegations of child sex abuse made against him.
    Speaking about the allegations on Melbourne’s 3AW radio, commentator Neil Mitchell said Pell needed to return to Australia.
    “George Pell needs to step down from his role at the Vatican and come back to Australia,” Mitchell said this morning.


    Victoria's top cop says sex abuse charges against George Pell still a possibility

    Charges could still be laid against Cardinal George Pell over a string of allegations of child sex abuse going back decades, says Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton.
    Mr Ashton appeared on radio on Thursday morning responding to explosive allegations aired on ABC 7.30, as well as subsequent claims by Cardinal Pell of a "conspiracy" to pervert the course of justice.


    Top papal aide in child-sex probe

    Vatican finance chief George Pell is being investigated by Australian police over child sexual abuse allegations, a report by the national broadcaster said yesterday, as the leading Catholic cleric denounced the claims as "totally untrue''. When he was the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney in 2002 Pell was accused of sex abuse but was later cleared.


    Vatican treasurer reportedly under investigation over abuse claims

    George Pell’s office says ‘ABC has no licence to destroy reputation of innocent people’ 

    Cardinal George Pell, the Australian-born Vatican treasurer, is being investigated by police in relation to multiple allegations of child abuse in his home country, the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) reported on Wednesday.
    In a statement issued in Rome on Wednesday, Cardinal Pell’s office said he “refutes all the allegations made on the program”.

    Meanwhile, in Victoria: Police chief denies leaking George Pell abuse claims

    Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton got out of the blocks early today to fend off claims of conspiracy from Cardinal George Pell as the issue of the sexual abuse claims against the cleric flared again.
    Cardinal Pell responded overnight to ABC reports containing interviews from alleged victims of abuse at his hands in the 1970s to deny all allegations. He also accused rogue police and the national broadcaster of a “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice”.


    Monday, 13 June 2016

    Calls for Royal Commission of Inquiry into church sex abuse

    The Government is being asked to investigate alleged abuse within the Catholic Church, to give closure to survivors before they die.
    Peter Hercock, a former chaplin at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt, has admitted two charges of rape, one of attempted rape and four of indecently assaulting a girl aged between 12 and 16.
    He was last month sentenced to six years and seven months in jail, four decades after his offending began.
    One of his victims, Ann-Marie Shelley, 60, is calling on the Government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into sexual abuse in the New Zealand Catholic Church.


    Royal Commission into abuse at Bathurst

    ANYONE affected by child sexual abuse at schools, churches or sporting groups is urged to attend Tuesday's Royal Commission public forum (SUBS-TUES) in Bathurst.
    This will be the only public forum in the region for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
    The forum is open to individuals, community groups and service providers and will give people the chance to find out more about the commission's work or register to share their story with a Royal Commission officer.


    JAILED: The Christian Brothers sheltered Brother David Standen while he damaged these vulnerable young lives

    A prominent Catholic educator, Christian Brother William Peter ("David") Standen, was the principal at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral College for a decade before he retired in 2010. During his career he also spent six years as the deputy principal at St Dominic's College, Penrith, in Sydney's outer-west. On 10 June 2016, Standen was jailed for indecently assaulting vulnerable young boys at one of his earlier schools (a Catholic boarding school in south-western New South Wales between 1977 and 1981). These boys were aged 10, 11 or 12, feeling isolated and homesick in their first year away from their rural families. The Catholic Church sheltered Brother Standen during these crimes, putting the boys in danger.


    Friday, 20 May 2016

    Shattering the silence: Ballarat’s cycle of sexual abuse

    Corey Artz made a harrowing journey back to his hometown with one purpose: To end the cycle of child sexual abuse which has crippled Ballarat and protect future generations of children.
    His visit follows the reignition of the debate about whether abuse victims are at risk of becoming abusers.
    While experts argue it is a rare exception, Mr Artz’s abuser David Ridsdale was himself an abuse victim.


    PETA sends Cardinal Pell vegan starter kit after he chows down a steak

    The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are "concerned" about the recent health issues that prevented the Cardinal from travelling to Australia earlier this year.

    Cardinal George Pell was seen digging into a hearty beef steak helped down with a beer last month - and the people at PETA aren't pleased.
    After recent health concerns that prevented the Catholic official from flying back to Australia to front the Royal Commission into Child Sexual abuse, the Australian branch of the animal rights organisation took it upon themselves to suggest he kickstart a new diet plan.


    Cardinal George Pell downs beer amid claims of 'bad heart'

    Cardinal George Pell, who was deemed too ill to fly to Australia for the child abuse royal commission, has been spotted out and about in Rome downing a large beer and a hearty meal.
    Australia’s most senior Catholic stated that he was unable to travel overseas as the long flight would put him at risk of ‘heart failure’.
    The 74-year-old Cardinal was spotted drinking beer and enjoying a lunch of steak and chips at a restaurant in Rome on April 18, leading one heart-broken mother to slam his medical report as ‘bunkum’.


    George Pell has been photographed eating chips and drinking beer, despite heart claims

    Senior Vatican official cardinal George Pell has been photographed enjoying steak and chips and a beer in a Rome restaurant just weeks after he said he was too ill to return to Australia to face the royal commission into child abuse in the Catholic church.
    Two months ago, the Vatican’s financial boss, who turns 75 in June, gave three days of testimony to the commission via videolink from Rome.


    'I am absolutely disgusted': Mother whose six children were abused by a priest slams Cardinal George Pell after we found him drinking beer and tucking into steak and chips - despite being 'too ill' to face the royal commission

    Cardinal Pell was seen enjoying a big meal of steak and chips in Rome
    Australia's most senior Catholic washed down his food with a tall beer
    Six weeks earlier Cardinal Pell claimed he was 'too ill' to return to Australia
    Ruth Lane's six children were all abused by Ballarat Brother Grant Ross
    She said that Pell's dinner shows his claims were 'absolute bunkum'
    Two-page report stated flying home placed him at risk of 'heart failure'
    He gave evidence via video link to Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission


    Monday, 7 March 2016

    Blunt, tough George Pell is the victim of a show trial

    Cardinal Pell deserves some justice for doing his imperfect best to clear up child sexual abuse.
    Last week we saw Cardinal George Pell cross-examined for  about 20 hours at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse,  with the 74-year-old prelate speaking via video link from Rome. Afterwards there was a meeting with victims who were pleased to hear he would try to set up a centre for survivors of abuse.


    Wife of Sydney dance 'predator' to testify

    The wife of a dance teacher awaiting sentencing for preying upon children at his Sydney school will give evidence at an inquiry in Sydney today.
    The woman will testify under a pseudonym at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
    The commission is entering the fifth day of a hearing into child abuse at two schools in Sydney.


    Ballarat abuse survivors urge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to act on redress scheme

    Child sexual abuse survivors from Ballarat who flew to Rome to watch Cardinal George Pell give evidence at the child abuse royal commission want the Prime Minister to commit to a redress scheme.
    The Victorian group arrived home on Sunday after a crowdfunded trip to Rome.
    "A lot of people might think this is the end of our journey. It's not," abuse survivor Andrew Collins told reporters at Melbourne Airport.


    'A crime scene': Doveton priest haunted by parish's dark history

    A Catholic priest whose parish is at the centre of historical sexual abuse allegations has spoken of the burden of living in a possible "crime scene".
    Father Michael Shadbolt, parish priest of Holy Family church in Doveton for 17 years, said he was horrified by allegations that some of his predecessor priests had committed sexual and other assaults on parishioners.


    Pell grieves for Ballarat: special interview

    Cardinal George Pell says he grieves for Ballarat and prays daily for victims whose lives have been shattered by the Catholic Church's scourge of sexual abuse.
    In a his bid to try and set the record straight in his hometown, Australia's most senior cleric spoke directly with The Courier in Rome on Saturday.
    He accepted some victims may never be healed and others would never be willing to accept any help from an institution that failed to protect them.


    Dance studio abuse victims speak at inquiry

    A dance teacher who is now in jail for for multiple child sex abuse offences dressed a nine-year-old girl in his wife's clothes and jumped on her when he came out of the shower, an inquiry has been told.

    A former student of RG Dance has told the child sex abuse royal commission how she was terrorised, bullied and abused by Grant Davies, a founder of the Sydney dance school who pleaded guilty to 47 child sex abuse offences in 2015.A dance teacher who is now in jail for for multiple child sex abuse offences dressed a nine-year-old girl in his wife's clothes and jumped on her when he came out of the shower, an inquiry has been told.


    Grant Davies continued to teach after abuse claims raised, royal commission told

    A dancer who was groomed and molested by Sydney dance teacher Grant Davies has told a royal commission Davies' actions escalated for years after police were first alerted to claims he was abusing students.
    The witness, given the pseudonym BZP, was among a number of young students who complained to police about Davies in 2007.
    A former teacher at RG Dance, which Davies ran with his sister, Rebecca Davies, also raised concerns about Davies' behaviour in 2007, the commission heard.


    Dance teacher's abuse led to 'heartbreak'

    A 24-year-old dancer has told of her heartbreak and sadness when at 15 she lost former friends and teachers at a Sydney dance school because she spoke out about being sexually molested and bullied by the school's founder.
    The child sex abuse royal commission has been hearing evidence of how Grant Davies, who founded RG Dance at Sydney's Five Dock with his sister Rebecca, stalked students online, physically abused them in the studio and relentlessly bullied them.


    Saturday, 5 March 2016

    The Vatican’s moral failure is the core of this child sex abuse evil

    CARDINAL George Pell last week blamed Bishop Ronald Mulkearns for the paedophile priest scandals in Ballarat. Archbishop Frank Little was at fault in Melboune. Errant individuals in a system, went the argument.
    Pell cast himself as a bystander. Passive, perhaps, but unwitting. He may have been blinded by ambition. Here, by his own reckoning, sat the most hopelessly incurious scholar in Oxford history. Legalistic. Cold.


    'Una Bomba' Francesca Chaouqui points finger at Cardinal George Pell

    "Did you meet with the Pope today? What did the Pope say?" asked a TV journalist, as Cardinal George Pell brushed past him with a little wave to the cameras, stepping into Rome's Hotel Quirinale.
    "I've got the full backing of the Pope," Pell replied.
    It was an odd reply: not quite an answer to the question posed. Of all the things the Pope may have said about an inquiry into historical abuse by Catholic priests in Australia, or the finances of the Vatican, this comment came first to the cardinal's mind.


    'Bloke from Ballarat' Cardinal George Pell sits down with child sex abuse survivors

    Cardinal George Pell was just a "bloke from Ballarat" when he sat down with child sex abuse survivors in a Rome hotel to discuss their concerns, survivors spokesman David Ridsdale says.
    And he says the cardinal is starting to deliver a little action rather than just words to help survivors, with an offer on Friday of the resources of the Australian Catholic University.


    The tragic legacy of George Pell

    The pressure is now on Pope Francis to do more to rid the Catholic church of the stain of child sex abuse.
    The penitential prayer with which Catholics begin their Mass, and which Cardinal George Pell would have recited thousands of times, asks God's forgiveness for what they have done and for what they have failed to do.


    'That would be taken as an admission of guilt': Cardinal George Pell says he won't resign over church child abuse scandal

    Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, says he won't be resigning over the church's child abuse scandal in Australia.
    Cardinal Pell, now the number three in the Vatican and in charge of the organisation's finances, said he hoped he and the church could now get a fair go from the Australian people.
    He said he wouldn't be resigning for the sake of the church. 

    First steps of a long road for survivors

    Details for turning Ballarat into a healing centre may not yet have formed but survivors, supporters and the church are unanimous about the need for such a centre to help stem the damaging legacy of sexual abuse.
    The idea spoken of by Ballarat survivors in the international media this week gained momentum with high profile support but underlying it is an enormous ongoing demand for these services in the region.
    Phil Nagle was among a group of child abuse survivors who met Cardinal Pell and he said the discussion was focused on the future not the past.


    Friday, 4 March 2016

    The Cardinal Pell interview

    Sky News contributor Andrew Bolt sat down with Cardinal George Pell , the only one on one interview given by Australia's most senior Catholic.

    Cardinal Pell has just finished giving four days of testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Pell gave the evidence via video link from the Vatican in Rome where he is now stationed.

    He was unable to travel to Australia on the grounds of ill health.

    Pell's testimony covered what he was told about a number of peadophile priests operating in dioceses throughout Victoria.

    Cardinal Pell was adamant he was never specifically told about priests sexual abusing children but says he should have done more to investigate rumours of abuse.


    George Pell says paedophile Gerald Ridsdale was a mystery man

    Australia’s most notorious paedophile priest was a tense and unusual man but not someone Cardinal George Pell came to know well despite sharing a house with him.
    “I didn’t warm to him but we never clashed,” Cardinal Pell told Sky News on Friday, speaking of the 10 months he lived with Gerald Ridsdale at the Ballarat East presbytery where Ridsdale molested an 11-year-old girl in the 1970s.
    The country’s now most-senior Catholic said Ridsdale in essence was “a mystery man”.


    Andrew Bolt interviews Cardinal George Pell after the Royal Commission in Rome

    A DEFIANT George Pell has stated he will not resign over the child abuse scandal and said the Catholic Church was being held to a higher standard than others.
    In an exclusive interview with Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt, Cardinal Pell complained he had become a hate figure, when asked about a police investigation into allegations he had abused between five and seven children.
    He said Victoria’s police commissioner may have been given misinformation and might be wrong.
    “I think it’s extraordinary, it’s completely false, there’s been no approach to me,” he said.


    Unheard abuse survivors reach out en masse in wake of Pell testimony

    The messages arrived quickly, mere moments after the first news stories went up this week about Cardinal George Pell.
    Were do i get help mate, wrote the anonymous man.
    i was abused by all of them aĺl the brothers im 47 and i have been silent.
    For this one survivor among many, the royal commission hearings this week were too much. The denials. The foggy memories. The feeling of helplessness took him back to that time when he was tied to a chair, sexually abused and belted with canes.


    Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson launches another bid to quash charge of child abuse cover-up

    A court has heard Adelaide's Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson is launching another bid to have a charge of concealing child sexual abuse thrown out.
    Wilson is the most senior Catholic clergyman in the world charged with covering up child sexual abuse.
    He has pleaded not guilty to concealing the serious indictable offence of another person.
    The charge relates to when Wilson was an assistant parish priest in East Maitland in the Hunter Valley in the 1970s, and worked with the now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher.


    Thursday, 3 March 2016

    'He's a big bully... the best developed narcissist I've ever met': Priest launches extraordinary attack on Cardinal George Pell... who he has known for 30 YEARS

    Father Michael Kelly, a Jesuit priest, expressed 'dismay' and 'disgust
    Fr Kelly has known Cardinal George Pell for more than 30 years
    ''It's now made plain to the world just who he is and what he's like'
    Pell has met with sex abuse survivors in Rome at an 'emotional' meeting
    A priest who has known Cardinal George Pell for 30 years has launched a scathing attack on the Catholic leader, describing him as a 'bully' and 'the best developed narcissist' he knows. 
    Father Michael Kelly, a Jesuit priest and journalist, told ABC Radio he has been dismayed and disgusted with Pell's appearance at the child abuse Royal Commission this week.
    'It's now made plain to the world just who he is and what he's like... But I must say I'm not surprised,' he said. 

    Pell could have stopped molester’s Tassie move

    A CHILD sex molester, shipped to Tasmania after leaving a trail of victims in Victoria, could have been stopped 20 years earlier if then young priest George­ Pell had reported a student’s claim to him about the Christian Brother, a Royal Commission has heard.
    The Christian Brother at the centre of the alleg­ations — Edward Dowlan — was moved to Tasmania after his offending became known.

    George Pell’s pledge to survivors during meeting in Rome

    CARDINAL Pell has had an “honest and occasionally emotional meeting” with survivors of child sex abuse in Rome and said he wants to see Ballarat become a model for healing for others.
    Speaking after an hour-long session with the group of survivors who have travelled to Rome, the Cardinal said he heard each of their stories and suffering individually.
    “I’m committed to meeting with these people from Ballarat and surrounding areas. I know many of their families and I know the goodness of so many people in Catholic Ballarat.”


    As abuse hearing ends, Cardinal Pell says he ‘should have done more’

    Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2016 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to an Australian committee investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell has expressed his regret for failing to take more action against abusive priests in the 1970s and '80s.
    One of the things Cardinal Pell has most lamented throughout the process is that he “should have done more” as a priest-advisor to his bishop, and as an auxiliary bishop.
    He expressed regret “that I didn’t do more at that stage,” adding that “in retrospect I might have been a little more pushy” when issues came up and he didn’t seem to have all the facts.


    Vatican finance chief says meeting abuse victims hard, vows to help

    Rome (AFP) - Vatican finance chief George Pell on Thursday described a meeting with Australian victims of priest sex abuse as "hard" and vowed to work to ensure suicide "is not an option" for them.
    Just hours after admitting to an Australian Royal Commission that he "should have done more" to follow-up claims a priest in his charge was abusing boys, Pell met victims of abuse from Ballarat near Melbourne.
    "I've just met with about a dozen of the Ballarat survivors, support people and officials, and I've heard each of their stories and of their suffering," he told reporters in a pre-prepared statement. "It was hard."