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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
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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Royal commission hears paedophile wants to protect archbishop Aspinall

KIM LANDERS: Let's go now to the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission in Hobart.

A convicted paedophile has agreed he'd prefer that his evidence worked to protect the reputation of the Anglican Church and the archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall.

But former priest Robin Goodfellow has denied he'd lie on oath to achieve that goal.

The royal commission is examining how the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania and the Church of England Boys Society handled dozens of abuse allegations from the 1970s to the early 2000s.


Absent empathy

There is now every chance George Pell will not return to Australia to face the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Suppressed medical certificates allowed him to delay giving testimony in December, and it looks likely a similar appeal will be made on his behalf next week.It is an appalling thought for those who have gone through the hurt of testifying that the country’s most senior Catholic may never sit in the stand where they were heard. That he may never face them. That he may never feel the heat of their anguish.


Friday, 29 January 2016

Police were not alerted to boys' abuse

Police were not alerted to boys' abuse
Tasmania's Anglican community was Sue Clayton's life in the 1980s, but after hearing reports of sexual abuse by a priest and disagreeing with how the church handled the allegations, her world started to crumble.
Confidential revelations in 1987 by two teenage boys that they had been molested prompted the school teacher to arrange a meeting with then-Archbishop Phillip Newell to express her concerns.


Health issues force Cardinal Pell to cancel speaking appearance in US

Cardinal George Pell, who announced in December that health problems prevented him from traveling to Australia to testify before a commission investigating sexual abuse, has also cancelled a speaking date in January in the United States.
The Australian cardinal, who now serves as prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, was scheduled to appear in Miami this month. But citing a “worsening” heart condition, he said that doctors had advised him against making the trip from Rome.


Woman told to keep quiet about abuse

An Anglican bishop told a Tasmanian woman to keep quiet about allegations of child sexual abuse, a royal commission has been told.
Sue Margaret Clayton, a former lay reader with the church, said that in June 1987 she had a meeting in Hobart with then-Archbishop Phillip Newell to discuss the abuse of two boys, who had confided in her.
"You are to speak to no one," Ms Clayton said she was told at the end of the meeting.
"He said 'these matters were of a confidential nature'."
A year later the alleged offender, Louis Daniels, was promoted to the position of archdeacon, one of the state's top-four church leaders.


Child sex abuse royal commission hearing continue in Hobart

A FORMER Tasmanian priest says it wasn’t until after his resignation that senior members of the Anglican Church knew of his offending.
Robin Goodfellow, who was previously known as Garth Hawkins, spent almost six years in prison for offences against seven boys while he worked at various parishes across Tasmania in the 1970s and 1980s.
But when he resigned in 1988 to move to Victoria, it was not because the church tried to move him on, he has told a royal commission hearing in Hobart.


'We didn't share boys'

TWO convicted child sex offenders told a royal commission they denied sharing boys or that there was a paedophile ring inside the Anglican Church.
Former Anglican priests Garth Hawkins and Louis Daniels told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse they did not discuss their predilection for young boys with other priests.
Former Burnie Archdeacon Daniels, who has been convicted of sexual offences against 11 boys, said he had suspected some priests were attracted to young men or had behaved inappropriately, but didn't see or hear anything to substantiate it.


Paedophile suspected Anglican Church friend 'in cahoots' with other offenders

A former Anglican rector and convicted paedophile has said he suspected a church friend was "in cahoots" with other offenders sexually abusing boys around Australia.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been examining the Anglican Church and its youth group, the Church of England Boys Society (CEBS), at a public hearing in Hobart.
Former rector Garth Hawkins, who changed his name to Robin Goodfellow, was convicted in 2003 for sexually abusing seven boys as he moved between Tasmanian parishes in the 1970s and '80s.


Turnbull government to start negotiations on national child abuse redress scheme

The Turnbull government has agreed to lead a national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors but has not committed to contributing any shortfall funding for institutions that cannot afford to pay compensation.
Attorney-General George Brandis and Social Services Minister Christian Porter said in a joint statement on Friday that they would develop a "nationally consistent approach" so that survivors of all institutions would "receive proper redress, irrespective of the location of the institution at the time of the offending or the present status of the offending institution".


Federal Government announces national approach to compensation for victims of 'heinous' institutional child sex abuse

The Federal Government has taken the next step towards compensating victims of institutional child sex abuse by confirming plans to consult with states on a national scheme.
The Coalition announced plans to put in place a nationally consistent approach to "redress" for victims, following the lengthy Royal Commission process that had been underway since 2013.
The Attorney-General George Brandis and Social Services Minister Christian Porter jointly released a statement confirming plans to consult with state governments about a nationally consistent compensation scheme.
The statement read: "Governments and non-government institutions should take essential responsibility for the wrongs committed under their care".


George Pell might be too unwell for royal commission appearance

The Vatican are yet to confirm whether Australia's most senior Catholic priest, Cardinal George Pell, will be well enough to return ahead of his scheduled appearance at the royal commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse when it resumes next month.
Last month, Cardinal Pell angered child sexual abuse victims when he cancelled his flights just days before he was originally due to appear in Ballarat - citing ill health as the reason for his non-appearance.


Cardinal George Pell's appearance at royal commission in doubt due to poor health

There remain doubts over whether Cardinal George Pell will return to Australia next month to give testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, after he failed to travel to the United States this week for a speaking engagement.
Australia's highest-profile Catholic, who is based in Rome where he manages the Vatican's finances, previously cancelled a planned trip to Melbourne in December to give evidence to the commission due to a "worsening" heart condition.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

NSW child abuse compensation claims statute of limitations should be lifted, survivors better supported, Greens MP says

The NSW Government is under pressure to act immediately to introduce legislation to lift the statute of limitations that bars victims of abuse in institutional care from pursuing civil compensation cases.

The call came as the NSW Government reached legal settlements with women who were abused as girls at the Parramatta Girls Training School.


Former Anglican priest and paedophile 'suspected' other child sex abusers, Hobart inquiry hears

Tasmanian paedophile Louis Daniels, a former Anglican priest, has told an inquiry he recognised the characteristics of people like himself and suspected the activities of two other child abusers.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining the Anglican Church and its youth group, the Church of England Boys Society (CEBS), at a public hearing in Hobart.


Boys in society 'sitting duck': witness

A convicted child sex offender has described an Anglican boys' society as a "sitting duck" for predators.
Former Tasmanian archdeacon Louis Daniels, 68, on Thursday gave evidence to a royal commission investigating the Church of England Boys' Society across the island state and also in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide.
Daniels, who has been jailed for his abuse of 11 boys and has settled a civil claim with another, was asked about the culture within the church and whether its branches helped facilitate his offending.
"A boys' society, unless it is very closely managed, is a sitting duck," he replied.


'Secret understanding' among Tas abusers

An inquiry into child sex abuse in Tasmania has been told that clergy had a mutual understanding of one another's attraction to young boys.
Senior Anglican clergy shared a secret understanding of each others' attraction to young boys, a royal commission has been told.
The inquiry into the Church of England Boys' Society being held in Hobart was on Thursday hearing evidence from convicted child-sex offender Louis Daniels, 68, a former archdeacon who was one of Tasmania's top four church leaders in the early 1990s.
Daniels has since been jailed for pleading guilty to abusing 12 boys.


George Pell too unwell to fly, days before decision on royal commission appearance

Pell’s office in Rome confirms cardinal still ill, raising doubts about his scheduled appearance before royal commission into child sexual abuse
Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, is still too unwell to fly and will address a philanthropic Catholic organisation in the US on Thursday via video link from Rome.
It comes days before Australia’s royal commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse is due to hear from Pell’s lawyers about whether he will be well enough to appear in person before the commission in February, when hearings are due to continue in Ballarat.


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall dismissed '80s abuse complaint: Royal Commission

TIM PALMER: The child sex abuse royal commission has heard that three decades ago, the current Archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall, brushed off a complaint that a priest had abused a boy.

A witness gave evidence to the commission that Phillip Aspinall had some time before the complaint suggested the teenager sleep in the priest's bed.

The inquiry is in Hobart examining how the Church of England Boys Society and the Anglican dioceses of Tasmania, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane handled abuse allegations against five paedophiles connected with the church.And a warning: Samantha Donovan's report contains graphic material.


Quietly uncovering a Church scandal

Spotlight (M). Director: Tom McCarthy. Starring: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber. 129 minutes
When word first circulated a few years ago of a new film chronicling the 2001-2002 Boston Globe investigation into sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, I think most expected something along the lines of a scathing excoriation. More than 13 years after that story broke, as cases and cover-ups continue to be revealed (and perpetrated), you can hardly say such an approach wouldn't be warranted. Mainstream Hollywood is also not generally known for painting with a delicate brush. 


The Virgin Mary was not allowed to witness these child-abuse crimes

By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 27 January 2016
Broken Rites is continuing its research about a Catholic religious order — the Patrician Brothers — who have been prominent in Catholic boys' schools in western Sydney. One of the Patrician Brothers' most senior members in Australia (Thomas William Grealy, known as "Brother Augustine") has admitted in court that, as a school principal, he indecently assaulted young boys, either in his office or in the classroom. In his office, according to court evidence, he would cover a statue of the Virgin Mary with a coat to hide his shame before assaulting a pupil. Grealy served a jail sentence but, after leaving jail, he was still accepted as a member of the Patrician Brothers. (Article by a Broken Rites researcher, updated 27 January 2016.)


Abuse royal commission: Brisbane archbishop blamed for 1980s abuse

A victim of child sexual abuse has blamed the now-Brisbane Anglican archbishop for putting him in bed with the perpetrating priest.
Giving evidence to a royal commission in Hobart on Wednesday, the 52-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons recounted how he was raped in January 1981, then aged 17, at Triabunna on Tasmania's east coast.
Former priest Garth Hawkins has since been convicted of the abuse but the victim insists it was incumbent Archbishop Phillip Aspinall who set up the opportunity.
"I wouldn't have been there without Archbishop Aspinall," the victim said.


Child sexual abuse royal commission: Victim says he was abused 'because of' Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

A royal commission witness in Hobart has blamed now-Archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall for the abuse he suffered at the hands of a convicted paedophile.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining responses to sexual abuse allegations in the Church of England Boys Society (CEBS), which is run through the Anglican Church.


Former Burnie Archdeacon to be focus of royal commission

A PEDOPHILE priest was promoted to Archdeacon of Burnie by a former Anglican Bishop who had been told of allegations he had behaved inappropriately with young boys, a royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding hearings in Hobart from Wednesday to Friday, February 5.
In her opening address, Counsel Assisting Naomi Sharp said then Bishop of Tasmania Phillip Newell was made aware of allegations from three boys about inappropriate behaviour from Louis Daniels in 1987, then the chairman of the Church of England Boys Society.


Pedophile priest promoted despite allegations

A PEDOPHILE priest was promoted to Archdeacon of Burnie by a former Anglican Bishop who had been told of allegations he had behaved inappropriately with young boys, a royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding hearings in Hobart from Wednesday to Friday, February 5.
In her opening address, Counsel Assisting Naomi Sharp said then Bishop of Tasmania Phillip Newell was made aware of allegations from three boys about inappropriate behaviour from Louis Daniels in 1987, then the chairman of the Church of England Boys Society.


Former governor-general Peter Hollingworth to apologise to child sex victim

Former Australian governor-general Peter Hollingworth is expected to apologise to a victim of child sex abuse during a royal commission hearing in Hobart.
Outlining the evidence that will be presented during eight days of evidence, counsel assisting the commission Naomi Sharp on Wednesday said that Dr Hollingworth was alerted to the alleged abuse of a boy in Brisbane in 1993 when he was then head of the Brisbane Anglican diocese.


Brisbane archbishop blamed for 1980s abuse

A victim of child sexual abuse has blamed the now-Brisbane Anglican archbishop for putting him in bed with the perpetrating priest.
Giving evidence to a royal commission in Hobart on Wednesday, the 52-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons recounted how he was raped in January 1981, then aged 17, at Triabunna on Tasmania's east coast.
Former priest Garth Hawkins has since been convicted of the abuse but the victim insists it was incumbent Archbishop Phillip Aspinall who set up the opportunity.


Royal Commission told South Australian Anglican Church paedophile Robert Brandenburg had an estimated 80 victims

HORRIFIC details of child sex abuse perpetrated by a paedophile network within the Anglican Church — including a South Australian with an estimated 80 victims- have been detailed to a royal commission.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, this morning publicly apologised to victims of the network — which operated in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania between the 1960s and 1990s.


Hobart inquiry to examine ‘culture’ of sexual abuse against boys

FORMER Governor-general Peter Hollingworth is expected to apologise to a child sex abuse victim during his appearance at a royal commission hearing in Hobart.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding eight days of public hearings in Hobart starting today - watch it live.
The retired Anglican Bishop quit as Governor-general in 2003 amid a storm over his handling of the abuse case as bishop.


Royal commission into child sexual abuse to focus on Church of England Boys' Society

A youth group operated by the Anglican Church will come under investigation during a week of public hearings in Hobart by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Hearings into the Church of England Boys' Society (CEBS), a children's group similar to Scouts, run by the Anglican Church, will run from January 27 until February 5.


Monday, 25 January 2016

Former SA Anglican archbishop Ian George to appear at sexual abuse royal commission

FORMER Anglican Archbishop Ian George will be publicly questioned for the first time over the diocese’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse committed by notorious paedophile Robert Brandenburg.
Dr George, who resigned as archbishop in 2004 as a result of a damning report into the Adelaide dioceses’ handling of the Brandenburg allegations, is a key witness at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing in Hobart this week.


Sunday, 24 January 2016

A Catholic schoolboy was assaulted in Sydney, police allege

In January 2016, police have charged two men (now elderly) regarding sexual offences (including buggery) which allegedly were committed fifty years ago against an 11-year-old Catholic schoolboy in Liverpool, a suburb in south-western Sydney. These offences allegedly occurred at a church-owned address after school had finished for the day. Details will become clearer during court proceedings later in 2015. Until the late 1980s, Catholic boys in Liverpool were taught by Patrician Brothers, who lived nearby in a Brothers' residence in George Street, Liverpool. The Brothers had access to facilities provided by a nearby girls' school (then known as St Mary's but now called All Saints). Liverpool detectives want to hear from any former students (at either the girls' or boys' school) who can assist in this investigation. Nowadays, Liverpool's Catholic boys and girls are taught by lay teachers.


Friday, 22 January 2016

Paedophile Shannon McCoole friends with after-school care service director, child sex abuse inquiry told

The friendship paedophile Shannon McCoole had formed with the director of an out-of-school-hours service made it difficult to raise concerns about his inappropriate behaviour, a witness has tearfully told an inquiry.

McCoole, who is now in jail for abusing young children in his care, and the female director played sport together, the care assistant told a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing in Adelaide.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Loud Fence a chance for church to support


WATCHING local priests tie ribbons to church fences says a lot about the Loud Fence movement.
Previously, the issue of child abuse within the church had been a matter not to be talked about and kept in the dark.
However, the Loud Fence movement has been one which has been about showing community support for the survivors.
The people tying ribbons, some with connections to churches and others not, want to send a message to those survivors.
To say, ‘we understand it is tough and we want to see change and support you to get the closure you deserve’.


Church lawyer demands child sex abuse victim repay compensation after speaking to media

The Catholic Church is in damage control after one of its lawyers demanded that a child sex abuse survivor repay an out-of-court settlement because she spoke to the media about her case.
Lawyers for the Diocese of Wagga Wagga also sought a public apology from the woman for "untruths" she told to the local newspaper.But after being contacted by the ABC on Wednesday, the Bishop of Wagga Wagga said he did not instruct the lawyer to make the demands and he would not be pursuing abuse survivor Gina Swannell for the money.


New film, "Spotlight": How a U.S. newspaper exposed the church's child-abuse, like Australia's Broken Rites did

In 1993, Broken Rites Australia began researching — and exposing — the Catholic Church's sex-abuse cover-ups throughout Australia. Ten years later, in 2002 and 2003, the Boston Globe newspaper revealed similar cover-ups in the United States, Now, people can see the Boston story told in a major film, Spotlight, which begins playing in Australian cinemas in late January 2016.
In the United States, where Spotlight was released in cinemas in November 2015, it is being hailed as one of the best movies of 2015.
In January 2016, Australian newspapers have begun publishing reviews of Spotlight.
In a review for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age, Paul Byrnes writes:


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Hutchins writes to former students after royal commission findings

THE board of Hobart all-boys private school Hutchins has again written to former students in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, accepting the commission’s findings and acknow­ledging the school could have done more in responding to claims of abuse.
The letter, dated January 13 and also sent to other members of the school community — including parents — fulfilled a promise made by former Hutchins chairman David Morris to report back once the board had considered the commission’s findings.


Here's fresh insight into Pell's response to the child sex abuse crisis. It's not encouraging

Rather than heed the law – or follow system rules and regulations – the church continued to believe that individual priests could make individual decisions to stop abusing children

Viewed through modern eyes, it seems extraordinary that it took the Catholic church nearly two millennia to comprehensively condemn slavery.
After centuries of grappling with the issue, including attempts to distinguish between just and unjust enslavement of human beings, the Catholic church gave a full denunciation of slavery in the 1965 Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World).
The Catholic church is a slow-moving beast, especially when it comes to social and economic reforms. Fifty years after Vatican II, the Church announced just this week that it would slavery-proof its supply chains.


Good behaviour bond for anti-Pell court and church vandal

A MAN who vandalised court and church buildings calling for George Pell to be jailed has been slapped with a good behaviour bond.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, today admitted to the early morning attacks on Melbourne’s County Court and the Catholic Church’s headquarters.
He launched the attacks in the early hours of November 25, a day after the child abuse royal commission continued its probe into the Melbourne Archdiocese.
The attacks, in which he sprayed anti-Pell slogans, were caught on CCTV.
The man claims to be the victim of sexual abuse but his alleged attacker was acquitted in 1995.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Fr Kevin Dillon breaks silence for abuse victims on St Mary’s Basilica fence

PARISH priest Fr Kevin Dillon wants St Mary’s Basilica’s Yarra St fence to shout on behalf of victims of institutional sexual abuse.
The acclaimed advocate joined abuse survivor Chris Pianto tying ribbons to the fence yesterday, signalling it had become part of the Loud Fence movement which originated in Ballarat and has gone global.
Fr Dillon urged people to follow the lead by tying ribbons for themselves or in support of victims they might know.
“The invitation is there,” Fr Dillon said.


Hutchins School admits more could have been done for victims of sexual abuse

Prestigious Hobart boys school, The Hutchins School, has admitted that "more could have been done" to respond to concerns about the sexual abuse of students.
The school has formally responded to findings of abuse at the school, which were outlined in a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse.


Monday, 18 January 2016

Child abuse royal commission: Art a lifeline for abuse survivor Bruce Templeton

For years, Bruce Templeton kept his windows boarded over.
A hellish childhood with violent, vindictive foster parents left the 53-year-old deeply withdrawn, sometimes suicidal and distrustful of the world.
But these days, the neat rooms of his Preston unit are filled with light.
And he has begun using colour, rather than just black-and-white, in the pencil and ink drawings he has produced since he was a child, a source of solace and quiet pride.


Saturday, 16 January 2016

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Abuse compensation decision due soon

Australia will know in two weeks whether it will have a national compensation scheme for survivors of shocking abuse in orphanages, children's homes and other institutions.

A spokesman for Social Services Minister Christian Porter has confirmed to AAP that an announcement - the federal response to a royal commission recommendation for a national redress scheme - will be made by the end of January.


Don't betray abuse survivors, govt urged

The president of a leading research and support group for child sex abuse survivors says the Turnbull government must not back away from a national redress scheme.
Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) president Cathy Kezelman says this federal government has already invested heavily in the child abuse royal commission by extending it to 2017 and therefore must take on board its national redress scheme recommendation.
If it does not, thousands of people who have waited decades for redress will see it as a further betrayal, Dr Kezelman says.


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

'Paedophile priest' received £100,000 from Catholic church in Australia while on run

British priest received pension while avoiding authorities for alleged sexual abuse of 16 children
A suspected paedophile priest, British-born Ronald Pickering, reportedly received almost AU$200,000 (£97,000) from the Archdiocese of Melbourne for almost a decade after he evaded Australian authorities in 1993 and fled to his homeland, where he died in 2009.
The Sunday Age newspaper in Melbourne reported on 10 January that Pickering, who is believed to have abused at least 16 children but never faced justice, was one of a number of abusive priests who received pension, housing and private medical insurance benefits while victims received one-off payments of $31,000 to $37,000 under the church's Melbourne Response redress scheme.

Half of Priests and Bishops Are Gay

As much as half of priests and bishops are homosexual
Here’s the headline: As much as half of priests and bishops in the U.S. may be homosexual. Now the details.
Back in 2000, just as news of the homosexual priest sex abuse crisis was beginning to break, the  Kansas City Star did an in-depth exposé on a horrible topic: the large number of  homosexual priests dying of AIDS. The newspaper's reporting brought to public light, for the first time on this kind of scale, the issue of homosexuality in the priesthood — albeit through the tragic lens of AIDS.


Sunbury sex abuse victim calls on Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to support other men

A CHILD sex abuse victim is calling on the Catholic Church to fund counsellors for those who suffered abuse at the hands of its clergy.
Sunbury man Paul Levey, who was abused by a priest in Victoria’s west, last month told his story at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.
While deeply upsetting to relive his experience, Mr Levey, whose perpetrator has been imprisoned since 1994, said he was lucky to be accessing a counsellor at a time when he needed it.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Victims want church aid

A Sunbury advocate for victims of sexual abuse by clergy is calling on the local Catholic diocese and Salesian College to pitch in for more men’s counselling services in the area.

Paul Levey, who was sexually assaulted by a priest based in Ballarat, has raised $11,000 to set up the Sunbury Men’s Survivors group, but he says this is not enough to sustain a service.

Mr Levey said the Centre Against Sexual Abuse (CASA) outreach clinic at Sunbury was under immense pressure, with only one counsellor on staff.


Catholic Church facing potential multi-million dollar payouts as sex abuse victims sue

THE Catholic Church is facing a potential multi-million dollar bill as dozens of angry sex assault victims sue, demanding it pay for their suffering.
In the last 12 months, 19 ­Supreme Court lawsuits have been filed against former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who was in charge when some of Australia’s most notorious paedophiles were active in his diocese.
Five previous lawsuits concerning the retired bishop have already been finalised.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Opus Dei priest and the sexy temptress

Michael Kelly on the real-life Vatican scandal that has rocked the Church in Rome to its core and reads like a raunchy 'Da Vinci Code' sequel
If novelist Dan Browne penned a tome, the gist of which had a female aide of the Pope seducing a monsignor to steal Vatican secrets, papal spokesmen would be aghast. Dismissals of the book as "mere fantasy" would surely be immediately forthcoming.  


Scout leader charged with alleged indecent assault of 14-year-old girl

63-year-old Western Australian man set to face court in Sydney after being charged with aggravated indecent assault of a child under 16
A Scout leader has been charged with the alleged indecent assault of a teenage girl in Sydney’s south-west.
Police say the 14-year-old told a Scout leader that she had been indecently assaulted by a male team leader while at an event at the Australian Scouts Jamboree at Cataract Dam near Appin on Monday.
However the incident was not reported to police until Friday, the ABC reported, after Scout leaders originally responded to the complaint by moving the accused man to another group.


Saturday, 9 January 2016

The church's strategy of cover-up: A classic example

By a Broken Rites researcher (article posted 10 January 2016)
Broken Rites research has discovered how an Australian Catholic leader (Bishop William Brennan) covered up allegations of clergy sex-abuse in his diocese. Police charged one of Brennan's priests (Father Bernard Connell) with allegedly abusing two boys in different parishes but Bishop Brennan hired an expert legal team to defeat the charges in court. The bishop's main aim was protecting the church's holy image, instead of protecting children.
The priest, Father Bernard Connell, belonged to the Wagga Wagga diocese in southern New SouthWales. This diocese extends southward to Albury on the Victorian border.  This is one of the eleven dioceses into which the state of New South Wales is divided. Bishop Brennan was in charge of the Wagga Wagga diocese from 1983 to 2002.


Church funds priest on the run

The archdiocese of Melbourne funnelled nearly $200,000 to a suspected paedophile after he fled overseas, funding his "retirement" for nearly a decade while he was hiding from authorities.
Father Ronald Pickering, who is known to have abused at least 16 children, successfully evaded justice in Australia and died in Britain in 2009.
In early 1993, Pickering "retired" from his Melbourne parish and fled to England in the face of mounting allegations of sexual abuse.


Friday, 8 January 2016

Man who had penis cut off prompts call for investigation

REVELATIONS a man had his penis severed by a male nurse at a boys' home in the 1970s have prompted renewed calls for authorities to investigate a high-profile paedophile ring believed to have been operating at the time.
The Royal Commission into Insitutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard in July the brutal account of 50-year-old Gordon Myers (no longer his real name), who had complained to police of horrific abuse at a number of NSW boys' homes in the 1970s. 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

A "celibate" priest helps Cardinal George Pell's lawyers

By a Broken Rites researcher
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. Father Walshe said he supports the policy of compulsory "celibacy" for Catholic priests. A week after his evidence, it was revealed that the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese has apologised to a former student who says he was sexually abused (at the age of 18) by Father Walshe.


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Catholic Church's "ticking time bombs" set to detonate

The Catholic Church knew it had pedophile "time bombs" in its midst.
It not only let them keep ticking away but also covered up the pedophiles’ evil deeds to protect its reputation.
The extent of the cover-up is still being dissected by the child abuse royal commission but victims advocacy group Broken Rites spokesman Dr Wayne Chamley expects its report will be absolutely scathing of the Catholic Church.
“The commission is unpicking a conspiracy,” Dr Chamley said.
“These bishops collectively have been running this conspiracy certainly since 1992.”


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Nuns claim they were forced to brand themselves with fire, eat out-of-date food and write orders of obedience in their own blood in Mafia-style initiations at Italian convent

A former nun has claimed that she was forced to engage in daily self-flagellation and encouraged to write her vows in her own blood while living in a convent in southern Italy.
The woman, now in her 30s, alleges that nuns of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, which has its headquarters in Frigento, Avellino province in Campania, took part in the rituals in the 1990s.
In addition to the punishing rituals, she says she was fed out-of-date yoghurt and corned beef, which the nuns were told would not affect them if they ate it 'with true obedience'. 

Lasting memento of clergy abuse for victim

Gordon Hill still has the two shillings, nine pence and a halfpenny he left St Joseph's Orphanage with in 1959.
It is a memento of the 16 years he spent in Victorian orphanages, from the time he was five months old.
With his St Joseph's coins in his car, Mr Hill has twice driven the 3600km from his Geraldton home in Western Australia to Victoria to be at child sex abuse royal commission hearings into the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat.


Pell won't be a scapegoat: clergy victim

Australia's most senior Catholic Cardinal George Pell should not be a scapegoat for the church's cover-up of child sexual abuse by clergy, a victim and advocates say.
Ballarat abuse survivor Andrew Collins says the Vatican's third most senior official is in a unique position to address the cultural issues in the church being investigated by the child abuse royal commission.
"Do we want to see Cardinal Pell go? No. I think they're in positions where they can do a lot of good," Mr Collins told AAP.


Sunday, 3 January 2016

This "know-nothing" archbishop was put in charge of managing the church's response to child-abuse crimes

By a Broken Rites researcher (first written in 2010, updated 2 Jaunuary 2016)
A prominent Australian Catholic Church leader, Archbishop Philip Wilson, has claimed (in 2010) that during his rise from junior priest to church administrator, he "knew nothing" about the sexually-abusive behaviour of fellow-priests — even though he lived and worked with some of these criminals. Does Wilson's "know-nothing" attitude help us to understand his rise to the top of the Australian church hierarchy? Wilson's senior roles eventually included the managing of the church's response to clergy sexual abuse, as well as being appointed as the archbishop of Adelaide. In March 2015, Archbishop Wilson was charged by police with concealing child sex abuse allegedly committed by another priest during the 1970s. After being charged, Wilson went on indefinite leave from his archbishop role. However, he has decided now to resume work as the archbishop in January 2016, despite the fact that the concealment charge is still awaiting him in the court system.