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

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

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

Monday, 29 February 2016

Bishop, priest 'lied', Pell tells hearing

Cardinal George Pell says he was lied to and deceived by a bishop and priests who knew about the child sexual abuse crimes of a fellow clergyman, who was repeatedly moved to new parishes where he continued to offend.
Cardinal Pell told the child abuse royal commission that while he didn't know why Father Gerald Ridsdale was moved on to new parishes in the Victorian diocese of Ballarat in the 1970s, Bishop Ronald Mulkearns and other priests knew of repeated paedophilia allegations.
Commissioner Justice Peter McClellan asked: "You say the bishop deceived you, is that right?"
Cardinal Pell replied: "Unfortunately, correct."

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/bishop-priest-lied-pell-tells-hearing/news-story/8276f35b8cd6373af8fe87e61ac542a3

Cardinal Pell: I was not a part of Church's 'indefensible' cover up

.- On the first day of his video testimony to Australia's Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell said that while the Church has made “enormous mistakes” in the handling of abuse cases, he had no role in covering them up.
“Let me just say this as an initial clarification: I'm not here to defend the indefensible,” Cardinal Pell said during the hearing.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-pell-i-was-not-a-part-of-churchs-indefensible-cover-up-63232/

"It's a sad story and it wasn't of much interest to me": Pell

Cardinal George Pell says he wasn't interested in the "sad story" of Gerald Francis Ridsdale's offending in the mid-1970s and was not told the priest was being moved because he was a pedophile.
Cardinal Pell, who was then a Ballarat priest, says he did not know that Ridsdale’s offending was common knowledge in the Victorian parish of Inglewood in 1975 and did not know about the allegations.
“It’s a sad story and it wasn’t of much interest to me,” he told the child abuse royal commission from Rome, drawing gasps from some observers in the room.
“The suffering, of course, was real and I very much regret that, but I had no reason to turn my mind to the extent of the evils that Ridsdale had perpetrated.”

http://indaily.com.au/news/2016/03/01/its-a-sad-story-and-it-wasnt-of-much-interest-to-me-pell/

Priest offending 'not of interest' to Pell

Cardinal George Pell says he had "no interest" in Gerald Francis Ridsdale's offending in the mid-1970s and was not told the priest was being moved because he was a pedophile.
Cardinal Pell, who was then a Ballarat priest, says he did not know that Ridsdale's offending was common knowledge in the Victorian parish of Inglewood in 1975 and did not know about the allegations.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/03/01/03/34/pell-back-in-rome-witness-box

Abuse survivors pleased at Oscars win

Australian child abuse survivors attending Cardinal George Pell's testimony in Rome say they "danced as if they won the Oscar" when the movie Spotlight, which is about exposing clergy sex abuse, won best film at the Academy Awards.
The survivors group arrived at the Quirinale Hotel on Monday night for the second session of the cardinal's evidence by videolink to the child abuse royal commission sitting in Sydney.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/30978803/abuse-survivors-pleased-at-oscars-win/

Priest move put children at risk: Pell

Children were put at risk when a Victorian bishop moved a priest after a child abuse complaint, Cardinal George Pell says.
Cardinal Pell said it was unacceptable that Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns moved pedophile Gerald Francis Ridsdale between parishes, including to Inglewood in 1975, after receiving a victim's complaint.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/03/01/03/34/pell-back-in-rome-witness-box

Cardinal George Pell says 'I have the full backing of the Pope' as testimony spotlight continues

Cardinal George Pell has declared he has the Pope's "full backing", as he prepares for a second day of testimony in front of the child abuse royal commission.

Australia's highest-ranking Catholic arrived at Rome's Hotel Quirinale this morning ahead of another session giving video evidence to the commission on what he knew about abuse committed by Catholic priests.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-01/george-pell-meets-with-pope-francis/7209372

Abuse Royal Commission: Pope Francis could ask Cardinal George Pell to retire

Rome: The Pope may accept Cardinal George Pell's enforced resignation in June, if evidence to Australia's Royal Commission links him to the relocation of priests suspected of paedophilia, "Vaticanista" journalists believe.
Pope Francis and Cardinal Pell met face to face at the Vatican on Monday, just hours after the Australian cleric's first session giving evidence by video link to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/abuse-royal-commission-pope-francis-could-ask-cardinal-george-pell-to-retire-20160229-gn6uyr.html

Pell has shifted from denial: Fosters

Anthony and Chrissie Foster, whose daughters Emma and Katie were sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest, say Cardinal George Pell has shifted ground from completely denying knowledge of pedophile activity when he served in Ballarat.

They are in Rome to watch the former top-ranked Australian Catholic give evidence at the Quirinale Hotel via videolink to the child abuse royal commission sitting in Sydney.

The Melbourne couple have seen Cardinal Pell give evidence at previous commission hearings and are keen to see him grilled over his knowledge of child abuse by priests in Victoria.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2016/03/01/pell-has-shifted-from-denial--fosters.html

Pell says he has the Pope's backing

Cardinal George Pell says he has the full backing of the Pope as he prepares to give evidence on the second day of a special hearing of the child abuse royal commission.
The cardinal, who is the Vatican's finance chief, arrived at the Hotel Quirinale late on Monday night Rome time to answer more questions about what he knew of sexual abuse by pedophile priests and brothers in Victoria in the 1970s.
When asked about a meeting he had with Pope Francis earlier in the day, the cardinal told waiting media as he walked through the hotel's revolving doors, "I have the full backing of the Pope".

http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/pell-back-in-rome-witness-box/news-story/9c4e62260b8cb18365cf798e56b551ff

Cardinal Pell admits to commission that he heard about child sex abuse rumours

n video-link testimony from Vatican, prelate admits to Australian inquiry that he knew of rumours about Catholic priests sexually abusing children
 The Vatican used to be impermeable to horrific stories of child sexual abuse by priests – and complicit in attempts to whitewash the perpetrators’ reputations. It was a place where men such as Cardinal Bernard Law, who became a pariah within the US Catholic church after it became clear that decades of sexual abuse had been covered up within his archdiocese, could go for a comfortable retirement and to escape glaring media attention or, even worse, possible investigation.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/29/cardinal-pell-admits-to-commission-that-he-heard-about-child-sex-abuse-rumours

Cardinal: Australia 'Mucked Things Up' in Handling Pedophile Priests

The Vatican's chief finance officer said the Catholic church in Australia "mucked things up" in its dealings with pedophile priests.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, too weak to travel to his homeland, testified Sunday from a hotel in Rome via a videolink to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.

http://www.voanews.com/content/cardinal-australia-mucked-things-up-in-handling-pedophile-priests/3212539.html

Pell: The Vatican ‘mucked things up’ on sexual abuse

ROME — One of the Vatican’s most senior officials admitted that the Catholic Church “has made enormous mistakes” in allowing children to be sexually abused by priests, as he testified via video link to a Royal Commission in Australia investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
Australian Cardinal George Pell also admitted that he often believed priests over alleged victims who came forward: “I must say in those days, if a priest denied such activity, I was very strongly inclined to accept the denial.”

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2016/02/29/pell-the-vatican-mucked-things-up-on-sexual-abuse/

Show some compassion, Cardinal Pell

It would mean so much, to so many thousands of people, for Cardinal George Pell to show compassion, contrition, empathy or even just profound sadness at the hurt that has been wreaked on the survivors of sexual abuse. If he were to just stand and bow deeply, that might help. If he were to cease his weasel words and instead concede open-endedly that he, Cardinal Pell, has failed the victims of sexual abuse that, too, might help.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/show-some-compassion-cardinal-pell-20160229-gn6evx.html

George Pell: I was told of clergy abusers

Cardinal George Pell has said he suspected others in the church were committing child abuse during 1973 — the earliest recollection to which he has admitted.
Giving evidence yesterday to the Royal Commission into ­Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australia’s most senior Catholic official accepted he had reason to suspect several of his colleagues during his early career in the church.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/royal-commission/george-pell-i-was-told-of-clergy-abusers/news-story/ad0bdd83c7eeefc10dc5593147729c81

Cardinal George Pell facing sole blame for failures he condemns in Catholic Church

HIS day in the witness box started in the terrible way too familiar for Cardinal George Pell. Thanks to a pushy security guard, reporters were once again filing angry stories blaming him for the sins of others.
It was a metaphor for what followed in the next four hours in which Pell actually attacked his own church for its “catastrophic” handling of paedophile priests.
Pell had been surrounded by Roman police, Vatican security and hotel guards when he entered the Hotel Quirinale to give evidence by video link.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/cardinal-george-pell-facing-sole-blame-for-failures-he-condemns-in-catholic-church/news-story/6c8c4cd510ca8d0133f4bd723794f2b1

Placatory Pell leaves key questions hanging

The Cardinal appeared more conciliatory and caring but some of his testimony beggared belief.

Cardinal George Pell has ceded just enough ground at the child abuse royal commission to give victims a glimmer of hope. There is a vague hint that senior Catholic Church leaders are seeing that the culture of turning a blind eye must change.
But the commission has yet to hone in on the key questions raised by victims' testimony relating to the extent of Cardinal Pell's specific knowledge of abuse from the 1970s and whether he was open to accepting or  acting on it.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/placatory-pell-leaves-key-questions-hanging-20160228-gn60ac.html

Editorial March 1: Callous culture can never be tolerated again

CARDINAL George Pell’s highly anticipated Royal Commission evidence yesterday was a disturbing insight into the past thinking of the Catholic Church in Australia.
In a four-hour appearance via videolink from Rome, Cardinal Pell said it had not been general practice to report child abuse allegations to police.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/editorial-march-1-church-culture-of-covering-up-must-end-now/news-story/d4ccc11ce04ab05e71b24ba4d0cf4d1a

The moment in Pell's evidence that stunned ACT clergy abuse victim

There was a moment during Cardinal George Pell's evidence that stunned ACT child abuse campaigner Damian De Marco.
Early in his first day back at the royal commission, Cardinal Pell referred to the Catholic Church's policy of following "œthe law of the land", or acting only in accordance with the laws of each nation.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/the-moment-in-pells-evidence-that-stunned-act-clergy-abuse-victim-20160229-gn69p6.html

Australian child abuse survivors attend Royal Commission hearing as Cardinal George Pell gives evidence via video-link

Australian survivors of childhood sex abuse have sat in attendance at today’s royal commission hearing, as Cardinal George Pell embarked on day one of his testimony, via video-link from a hotel room in Rome.
Cardinal Pell, who said he could not travel to Australia for the hearing due to health problems, said child sex abuse was a historical issue.
“The church has made enormous mistakes and is working to remedy those, but the church in many places – and certainly in Australia – has mucked things up, has let people down,” he told the hearing.
“I’m not here to defend the indefensible.”

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/29/07/48/cardinal-pell-to-give-evidence-via-video-link-from-rome

Cardinal Pell gives testimony to Royal Commission

(Vatican Radio) The Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, testified via videolink for four hours overnight on Sunday from a Rome hotel to the Australian Royal Commission investigating how different institutions in the country handled sexual abuse.
Listen: 
Cardinal Pell has repeatedly given his support for the commission's work, and has vowed to meet individually with victims who had travelled to Rome and has said he hoped the coming days ``will eventually lead to healing for everyone.''
During his testimony, he acknowledged the Church has not handled the issue of sexual abuse well in the past.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/02/29/cardinal_pell_gives_testimony_to_royal_commission_/1211839

'Can't see many heart strings': Cardinal George Pell's evidence met coolly in Ballarat

In Cardinal George Pell's home town of Ballarat in Western Victoria, the senior Catholic cleric's evidence was coolly received.
More than 50 people gathered in the town hall to watch Cardinal Pell concede the Catholic Church had made mistakes.
"The Church has, in many places, certainly in Australia, has mucked things up, has let people down," Cardinal Pell said.
"I'm not here to defend the indefensible."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-29/pell-evidence-received-coolly-in-ballarat/7208322

'Very, very, very plausible allegations' of abuse dismissed: Vatican Cardinal

SYDNEY - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admitted Monday the Catholic Church "mucked up" in dealing with paedophile priests and vowed he would not "defend the indefensible" before an Australian inquiry.
Pell gave evidence from a hotel in Rome via video-link to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney rather than appear in person as he has a heart condition.

https://www.enca.com/world/very-very-very-plausible-allegations-abuse-dismissed-vatican-finance-chief

Vatican official: Church ‘mucked up’ with pedophile priests

Vatican finance chief George Pell admitted Monday the Catholic Church “mucked up” in dealing with pedophile priests and vowed he would not “defend the indefensible” before an Australian inquiry.
The cardinal was giving evidence from Rome via video-link to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse rather than appear in person in Australia as he has a heart condition.

Incurious George: Pell heard talk of sex abuse by priests, but 'rarely indulged' rumours

In evidence to the Australian royal commission into child sex abuse, the cardinal acknowledged to a greater extent than before that he had heard some complaints of abuse in the diocese of Ballarat, writes David Marr
 George Pell has shifted ground. The news from his latest stint in the box at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is that he wasn’t deaf and he wasn’t blind back in the old days in Ballarat.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/29/george-pell-heard-rumours-of-sex-abuse-ballarat-royal-commission-rome

Pell unaware of priest's 'alarming' abuse

Cardinal George Pell can remember early 1970s pedophilia allegations against a Victorian priest being a great scandal but says he was unaware of Monsignor John Day's "alarming" history.
Cardinal Pell said he heard some gossip about the Mildura parish priest being accused of some sort of pedophilia activity and denying it.
"I must say in those days if a priest denied such activity I was very strongly inclined to accept the denial," Cardinal Pell told the child abuse royal commission from Rome.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/pell-says-he-would-have-believed-denials/news-story/08a67ed9259af19468c5a49b76793c26

George Pell believed Catholic Brother may have been involved in abuse

Cardinal George Pell believed a Catholic Brother may have been involved in “paedophilia activity” with pupils at a church-run school as far back as 1973, a royal commission has heard.
The brother, Edward Dolan, was one of a number of Catholic priests or teachers the Cardinal suspected or was told may have been involved in sexualised behaviour with children during the early years of his career.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/royal-commission/george-pell-believed-catholic-brother-may-have-been-involved-in-abuse/news-story/402393e914361d6e058f215340a37e76

Cardinal George Pell: Out of his comfort zone, and facing sex abuse survivors in Rome

You would not find a more remarkable bunch of blokes than this group from Ballarat.
They are survivors of horrible sexual abuse, scarred for life, in varying states of health, but drawing on such deep wells of strength that up they came, in the teeth of a storm, to the Hotel Quirinale to face the third most powerful man in the church that betrayed and abandoned them.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/cardinal-george-pell-out-of-his-comfort-zone-and-facing-sex-abuse-survivors-in-rome-20160229-gn6bt9.html

Ballarat victims welcome much of Cardinal George Pell's royal commission testimony but say 'there's still a long way to go'

Ballarat clerical abuse survivors say Australia's most senior Catholic is holding back on his knowledge of paedophile priests who sexually abused scores of children over decades.
During his evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal George Pell said he was not there to "defend the indefensible" and denied knowing about paedophile priests operating in the Ballarat diocese in the 1970s.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/ballarat-victims-welcome-much-of-cardinal-george-pells-royal-commission-testimony-but-say-theres-still-a-long-way-to-go-20160229-gn6ehs.html

Predisposed to believe priests not kids: Pell

Australia's most senior member of the Catholic clergy Cardinal George Pell has given evidence to the child abuse royal commission via video link from Rome.

Cardinal Pell told the commission the Catholic church made 'enourmous mistakes' in dealing with pedophole priests and conceeded he has been strongly inclined to to accept such priests denials of wrongdoing.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2016/02/29/abuse-survivors-expect-pell-to-dissapoint.html

Pell unaware of priest's 'alarming' abuse

Cardinal George Pell can remember early 1970s pedophilia allegations against a Victorian priest being a great scandal but says he was unaware of Monsignor John Day's "alarming" history.
Cardinal Pell said he heard some gossip about the Mildura parish priest being accused of some sort of pedophilia activity and denying it.
"I must say in those days if a priest denied such activity I was very strongly inclined to accept the denial," Cardinal Pell told the child abuse royal commission from Rome.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/pell-says-he-would-have-believed-denials/news-story/08a67ed9259af19468c5a49b76793c26

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Pell: Dealing with paedophile priest 'a catastrophe'

THE way the Australian Roman Catholic Church dealt with a paedophile priest in Ballarat was a "catastrophe", according to Cardinal George Pell.
Giving evidence from Rome, Cardinal Pell was asked his view on former Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who has long been accused of ignoring sex abuse within the church.
When Cardinal Pell was asked if he was critical of Bishop Mulkearns' conduct, the Cardinal said the bishop's handling of paedophile Gerald Risdale was "a catastrophe". 

Top Pope Francis adviser admits ‘scandalous’ response to sex abuse allegations


One of Pope Francis’ top advisers acknowledges that the Catholic Church “has made enormous mistakes” in allowing thousands of children to be raped and molested by priests over centuries in testimony at an extraordinary public hearing of an Australian investigative commission just a few blocks from the Vatican.
Cardinal George Pell testified late Sunday via videolink from a Rome hotel to the Royal Commission sitting in Sydney. In the front row of the conference room were two dozen Australian abuse survivors and their companions who had travelled across the globe to be on hand for Pell’s testimony.

http://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article63032932.html 

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article63032932.html#storylink=cpy

Pell regrets some complaints ignored

Cardinal George Pell says a number of complaints of clergy abuse of children were wrongly dismissed.
"I don't have the statistics on that but too many of them certainly were dismissed and sometimes they were dismissed in absolutely scandalous circumstances," Cardinal Pell told the child abuse royal commission via videolink from Rome.
He said the tendency to dismiss complaints was more about protecting the church.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/pell-regrets-some-complaints-ignored/news-story/52c37885ff150917ff3fa9f797ae5ad1

Cardinal Pell's third time at commission

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL'S APPEARANCES BEFORE CHILD ABUSE INQUIRIES
THIRD TIME AT CHILD ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION
The focus is on the Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse allegations in Victoria's Diocese of Ballarat and the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Cardinal Pell was a Ballarat priest (1973-1984) and as the diocese's episcopal vicar for education oversaw schools including St Alipius where four Christian Brothers were pedophiles.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/cardinal-pells-third-time-at-commission/news-story/606d042c53d742d8b7b16b53be1bbd20

Cardinal Pell arrives at Rome hotel early

Cardinal George Pell has arrived at the Rome hotel where he will make his third appearance before the child sexual abuse royal commission.
A group of survivors will watch the cardinal, who was too ill to return to Australia for questioning, give his videolink testimony to the commission in Sydney from a conference room at the Hotel Quirinale from 8am Monday (Australian time).
The cardinal arrived at the hotel via a side gate three hours early.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/cardinal-pell-arrives-at-rome-hotel-early/news-story/697249bfb647518a0905269a1d5de19c

We hope Pell comes clean: Syd abuse victim

A Sydney man who confronted Cardinal George Pell when he first gave evidence to the child abuse royal commission two years ago says he hopes Australia's most senior Catholic finally "tells us the truth".
John Hennessy, 80, will join dozens of other abuse victims at a public hearing in Sydney on Monday morning to watch Cardinal Pell give evidence via video link from a hotel in Rome.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/breaking-news/we-hope-pell-comes-clean-syd-abuse-victim/news-story/377b21113f61914ec1c43dbb680033fa

Peter Fox turns up at Pell testimony

Former police inspector Peter Fox, who alleged church and police cover-ups of pedophile priest offending in NSW's Hunter Valley, has turned up to support abuse victims attending the testimony of Cardinal George Pell in Rome.
Mr Fox, who calls himself a "self-funded retiree", is in Rome on holiday with his wife, Penny, but on Monday will be at the elegant Quirinale Hotel to hear Australia's senior Catholic cleric give evidence by video link to the child abuse royal commission sitting in Sydney.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/peter-fox-turns-up-at-pell-testimony/news-story/f6cd432803ba6b973a0a74ea8d1ad119

Abuse survivors expect Pell to disappoint

Cardinal George Pell has tied a ribbon at the Vatican in support of sex abuse victims, but Ballarat abuse survivors expect he'll still put the church before victims when he testifies to a royal commission.
A group of survivors and supporters have travelled to Rome to hear the senior Australian cleric's testimony at the elegant Quirinale Hotel from Monday (Australian time).
Cardinal Pell will be questioned over three to four days about what he knew of historic pedophile activity by priests when he served in Ballarat and Melbourne.
The Ballarat-born churchman, now in charge of the Vatican's finances, has asked to give evidence by video link from Rome because of a heart condition that prevents him travelling to Australia.

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/breaking-news/abuse-survivors-expect-pell-to-disappoint/news-story/5a48e50ba605f0685cd6930f6e4ff01c

Victims’ powerful message before Cardinal George Pell addresses child abuse royal commission in Rome

CLERGY abuse survivor Peter Blenkiron wore a T-shirt as he arrived in Rome, emblazoned with the face of a smiling toothy 11-year-old boy full of life, dreams and promise.
“That was me as a child, when he got me, I looked like that,” the now 53-year-old said haltingly as if still sensing a monster lurking close.
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He was abused at St Patrick’s Secondary School in Ballarat each time he could not finish homework and was made to complete it in the room of Christian Brother and now convicted paedophile Edward Dowlan.

http://www.news.com.au/national/courts-law/victims-powerful-message-before-cardinal-george-pell-addresses-child-abuse-royal-commission-in-rome/news-story/66e7b09597d2b6cab9bd9117e4f65e7b

The Vatican maintains silence on Cardinal George Pell’s appearance at Royal Commission into child abuse

CARDINAL George Pell missed delivering his usual Sunday mass at the magnificent Domus Australia in Rome, but he was very much in the thoughts of the small congregation and clearly front of mind among senior clergy of the Catholic Church.
The Very Reverend Terence Bell twice mentioned Pell by name during his delivery of Sunday mass at the Domus which is situated in the middle of Rome, the heartland of the Catholic Church. Pell often gives mass at the Domus, which is the Australian Catholic church’s presence in Rome but he missed this week in preparation for his four day appearance before the Royal Commission via video link this morning.

http://www.news.com.au/national/the-vatican-maintains-silence-on-cardinal-george-pells-appearance-at-royal-commission-into-child-abuse/news-story/a8d11fdad17d8cb8b411958035626a50

Victims’ plead with Pell to ‘tell the truth’ as he fronts royal commission

CARDINAL George Pell will today come under the toughest scrutiny of his career when he is asked to explain how he ­remained unaware of the child sexual abuse crisis that plagued the Catholic Church.
But he will not be quizzed over a present Victoria Police investigation into allegations he abused up to 10 boys — ­allegations he emphatically denies.
Cardinal Pell, the Vatican’s third most powerful figure, has long maintained he knew nothing of the crimes being committed by his fellow clergy on hundreds of innocent children across Victoria.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victims-plead-with-pell-to-tell-the-truth-as-he-fronts-royal-commission/news-story/4b6ba3c7a5f1eb33482b0250f0f8d8d0

Victims remember Pell's trucking analogy

Clergy abuse victims have not forgotten that Cardinal George Pell compared the Catholic Church to a trucking company in terms of legal responsibility.

Clergy abuse victims have a message for Cardinal George Pell: no more trucking analogies.
Cardinal Pell has said the Catholic Church is no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company which employs a driver who molests women.
That 2014 comment to the child abuse royal commission attracted outrage, and abuse survivors say they do not want a repeat in Cardinal Pell's evidence this week.
Ballarat victim Peter Blenkiron said he ground his teeth so hard the night after Cardinal Pell's trucking analogy that he cracked a tooth, which had to be removed.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/28/victims-remember-pells-trucking-analogy

Abuse royal commission: George Pell misses mass in Rome ahead of his evidence

Cardinal George Pell missed delivering his usual Sunday mass at the magnificent Domus Australia in Rome today, but he was very much in the thoughts of the small congregation.
The Very Reverend Terence Bell twice mentioned Pell by name during his delivery of Sunday mass at the Domus which is situated in the middle of Rome, the heartland of the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Pell often gives mass at the Domus, which is the Australian Catholic church’s presence in Rome but he missed this in preparation for his four-day appearance before the Royal Commission via video link tomorrow morning.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/royal-commission/abuse-royal-commission-george-pell-misses-mass-in-rome-ahead-of-his-evidence/news-story/8b1b759f7230a236048d0ac80c38b8d2

Cardinal Pell's third time at commission

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL'S APPEARANCES BEFORE CHILD ABUSE INQUIRIES
THIRD TIME AT CHILD ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION
The focus is on the Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse allegations in Victoria's Diocese of Ballarat and the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Cardinal Pell was a Ballarat priest (1973-1984) and as the diocese's episcopal vicar for education oversaw schools including St Alipius where four Christian Brothers were pedophiles.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/28/14/31/cardinal-pell-s-third-time-at-commission

Vatican enemies circling Cardinal George Pell as he prepares to give evidence to royal commission into child sexual abuse

CARDINAL George Pell is in danger. He will not just walk tomorrow into a security nightmare at the Rome hotel where he will give evidence.
He will also know that powerful enemies in the Catholic Church want him to fall, so they can force him out before he concludes financial reforms that have uncovered serious corruption.
Pell will tomorrow give evidence for the third time to the royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions, but must do it by video from Rome after the commission accepted medical evidence that his heart problems made it too dangerous for him to fly home.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/vatican-enemies-circling-cardinal-george-pell-as-he-prepares-to-give-evidence-to-royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse/news-story/810de6377a0241c88c4f14e4a27e2274

Pell focus 'taking attention from others'

The hype surrounding Cardinal George Pell may be allowing others in the Catholic Church to fly under the radar over the handling of child sex abuse, observers say.
Australia's most senior Catholic, described as a "lightning rod" for anger at the church, will this week be questioned about pedophile clergy in Victoria's Ballarat diocese and the Melbourne archdiocese.
Lawyer Dr Judy Courtin said Cardinal Pell's appearance at the child sex abuse royal commission was significant given his seniority but others must also be held accountable.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/28/00/21/moment-of-truth-for-cardinal-pell

Abuse survivors touch down in Rome as Pell braces for Royal Commission grilling

Cardinal George Pell's royal commission testimony in Rome could prompt more victims of pedophile priests to come forward, says Ballarat Deputy Mayor Belinda Coates.
She's in Rome to support 15 victims who have flown there to hear Cardinal Pell's response to questioning over what he knew of sex abuse by clergy when he served in Ballarat and Melbourne.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/28/11/24/abuse-survivors-touch-down-in-rome-as-pell-braces-royal-commission-grilling

'We spoke in front of the world' – abuse victims in Rome to see George Pell testify

Fifteen survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests in Australia have come a long way to be in the room when the cardinal is asked what he knew
 It was not easy for Paul Levey to make it to Rome today to watch one of the most senior officials in the Catholic church, Cardinal George Pell, face questions about what he knew about rampant sexual abuse in his former diocese in Australia.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/28/we-spoke-in-front-of-the-world-abuse-victims-in-rome-to-see-george-pell-testify

International media to descend on Rome for Cardinal Pell hearing at Royal Commission

AUSTRALIAN Cardinal George Pell will come under international scrutiny when he faces the Royal Commission into institutional responses into child sex abuse, which will be covered by a range of European and North American media.
The Boston Globe, New York Times, BBC as well as European and Australian outlets are expected to show at Rome’s opulent Hotel Quirinale for the Cardinal’s third appearance at the Commission to investigate exactly what he knew about the actions of paedophile priests operating within the Catholic Church in Melbourne.

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/international-media-to-descend-on-rome-for-cardinal-pell-hearing-at-royal-commission/news-story/eb8888f037d013b5c5bede64f3467fb2

Saturday, 27 February 2016

More Ballarat victims may come forward

Cardinal George Pell's royal commission testimony in Rome could prompt more victims of paedophile priests to come forward, says Ballarat Deputy Mayor Belinda Coates.

She's in Rome to support 15 victims who have flown there to hear Cardinal Pell's response to questioning over what he knew of sex abuse by clergy when he served in Ballarat and Melbourne.

The Ballarat-born cleric, who is now in charge of the Vatican's finances, has asked to give evidence by video link because of a heart condition he says prevents him from travelling to Australia.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/vic/2016/02/28/more-ballarat-victims-may-come-forward.html

Ballarat shows support for abuse survivors

Cardinal George Pell's royal commission testimony in Rome could prompt more victims of pedophile priests to come forward, says Ballarat Deputy Mayor Belinda Coates.
She's in Rome to support 15 victims who have flown there to hear Cardinal Pell's response to questioning over what he knew of sex abuse by clergy when he served in Ballarat and Melbourne.
The Ballarat-born cleric, who is now in charge of the Vatican's finances, has asked to give evidence by video link because of a heart condition he says prevents him from travelling to Australia

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/02/28/06/26/ballarat-shows-support-for-abuse-survivors


What can we expect from Cardinal George Pell's testimony to the child abuse royal commission?

The royal commission has received evidence by video link before but it is normally from the controlled environment of a court room.
Because of the speed with which this session has been organised, the four-star Hotel Quirinale was chosen.
It had a room large enough to fit the expected number of media and supporters and the facilities to assist with this logistically complicated exercise.
Seats for 168 people have been provided in the Verdi Room. There are strict rules regarding media coverage.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-28/what-to-expect-from-cardinal-pells-royal-commission-appearance/7205710

Child abuse survivors arrive in Rome ahead of George Pell's royal commission appearance

Church sex abuse victims and their supporters have finished arriving in Rome to witness Cardinal George Pell front the child abuse royal commission.

All of the victims travelling to witness Cardinal Pell's testimony have now arrived in the Italian capital, with some admitting being so close to the Vatican will likely trigger confronting memories.
Andrew Collins, who was abused from the age of seven by four different men, said being in Rome would be hard.
"Growing up Catholic we're going to walk there, see all these sites and we'll be in awe," Mr Collins said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-28/child-abuse-survivors-arrive-in-rome-ahead-of-pell-testimony/7205696

How could Pell not have known of child abuse?

Stand by, Australia.
This will be the week that Cardinal George Pell, a pillar of the Catholic Church in Australia for much of the last four decades, and now the third most powerful figure at the Vatican, faces the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse.
Sadly he will not be be giving his evidence in Australia, as – despite being capable of continuing his normal work running the Vatican finances – 24 hours in a Qantas First Class is quite beyond him.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/now-thats-progress-20160226-gn4dqu.html

All men need intimacy. Even priests

I was 16 when I watched The Thorn Birds. Riveted hardly describes it. Rachel Ward’s softly beckoning breasts, Richard Chamberlain’s torturous conundrum between God and girl. To my teenage hormones, the romance was captivating and the sexual tension thrilling.
 But after four episodes and a speed read through Colleen McCulloch’s 692 breathless pages, I came to a single blinding conclusion: How dumb is it that priests can’t have sex?

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/all-men-need-intimacy-even-priests/news-story/b56741b990ddd9be8245c36413f9725f

Issues for Pell at abuse royal commision

WHAT CARDINAL GEORGE PELL HAS TO ANSWER BEFORE CHILD ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION
WHY HE'S APPEARING AGAIN
Now the Vatican's finance chief, the former Melbourne and Sydney archbishop and Ballarat priest will give evidence about abuse in the Ballarat diocese and Melbourne archdiocese.
Between 1973 and 1984 Pell was a Ballarat East priest, Episcopal Vicar for Education in the Ballarat diocese and an adviser to the Ballarat bishop.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/issues-for-pell-at-abuse-royal-commision/news-story/40ab5d753ae8adaf38d97631ca277387

George Pell faces ‘moment of truth’ about paedophile priests, victims say

If any ‘silver bullet’ exists it will come out during cross-examination of Pell in the child abuse royal commission, Broken Rites spokesman Wayne Chamley says

Cardinal George Pell faces “the moment of truth” about his knowledge of paedophile priests, a victims’ advocacy group says.
If any “silver bullet” exists it will come out during cross-examination of Pell in the child abuse royal commission next week, Broken Rites spokesman Wayne Chamley said.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/27/george-pell-faces-moment-of-truth-about-paedophile-priests-victims-say

Pell a significant presence for victims

Cardinal George Pell was a strong presence in Phil Nagle's life as a Catholic schoolboy in Ballarat.
Mr Nagle grew up in a strong Catholic family and was eight when he transferred to the Christian Brothers-run St Alipius Boys' School in Ballarat East in 1973.
But as Mr Nagle told a Victorian inquiry in 2013: "Ballarat's St Alipius Primary School in Victoria Street was certainly not the place to be if you were a Catholic boy going to school in the 1970s."

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/pell-a-significant-presence-for-victims/news-story/4957b0f8826cf9dd71d3c3a791b76217

'Moment of truth' for Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell faces "the moment of truth" about his knowledge of pedophile priests, a victims' advocacy group says.
If any "silver bullet" exists it will come out during cross-examination of Cardinal Pell in the child abuse royal commission next week, Broken Rites spokesman Wayne Chamley said.
Cardinal Pell has already given evidence to the commission twice but Dr Chamley noted that was largely about process - the Melbourne Response complaints handling scheme he set up as Melbourne archbishop in 1996 and the "Ellis defence" case as Sydney archbishop.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/moment-of-truth-for-cardinal-pell/news-story/46bb826cf9181fde7335810efb33c231

Friday, 26 February 2016

Cardinal George Pell's church career

Cardinal George Pell's church career
CARDINAL GEORGE PELL'S CAREER IN THE CHURCH
June 8, 1941 - Born in Ballarat, Victoria
December 16, 1966 - Ordained
1971-1972 - Assistant priest Swan Hill parish
1973-1983 - Assistant priest Ballarat East parish
1973 - Shared St Alipius presbytery with Gerald Ridsdale and Monsignor William McMahon
1973-1984 - Episcopal Vicar for Education in Diocese of Ballarat
1981-1984 - Principal of Institute of Catholic Education (now merged with Australian Catholic University)

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/cardinal-george-pells-church-career/news-story/2808ad2f4e4ce1c331894460eb47bb23

Cops probed disgraced Tasmanian ex-priest

A FORMER Tasmanian priest has been linked to one of Australia’s most notorious and heart-wrenching missing persons cases — the disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell.
Convicted paedophile Derek Edward Nichols, 82, has emerged as another person NSW police have interviewed in the case that continues to baffle investigators and shock the nation.
William, often pictured in his beloved Spider-Man suit, vanished from his grandmother’s home in Kendall, NSW, in September 2014 when he was three.

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/scales-of-justice/cops-probed-disgraced-tasmanian-expriest/news-story/6d92824741419afda73880618064b03d

Cardinal George Pell Set To Face Royal Commission In Rome

Australian clerical abuse victims have arrived in Rome as Cardinal George Pell gets set to take the stand at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Ballarat clerical abuse victims have made the 16,000 kilometre trip to the Italian capital as Pell readies to front the commission on Monday, Australian time, to give evidence about his time as an adviser to former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns.
Some of the survivors are said to have touched down in Rome on Saturday morning.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/02/27/cardinal-george-pell-set-_n_9331352.html

George Pell: Parents of abused girls in Rome ahead of royal commission hearing

The parents of two girls who were abused by a paedophile priest have arrived in Rome ahead of Cardinal George Pell's highly-anticipated royal commission appearance.

Anthony and Chrissie Foster were among the first of an estimated 20 people — including survivors, their families and counsellors — to travel from Australia to watch Cardinal Pell's testimony from a hotel.
"We're here with some trepidation, of course. It's been a very big decision to come over here and we wouldn't have if we didn't think it was very important," Mr Foster said, as they left Rome's Fiumicino airport.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-27/parents-of-abused-girls-in-rome-for-pell-testimony/7204718

Alarm as charged archbishop Philip Wilson gets back to work

The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide will say mass tomorrow, having resumed his position at the head of the church despite facing criminal charges alleging that he failed to report child abuse committed by a priest.
His decision to remain in public office, despite losing a court bid to have the charge dismissed this month, has horrified other Catholic leaders and victims of the pedophile priest he allegedly failed to report to police. Both groups have called on him to stand down.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/royal-commission/alarm-as-charged-archbishop-philip-wilson-gets-back-to-work/news-story/f58322dc147dea89f895dbb78bc92ce2

Father John Fleming ‘a criminal, moral coward’, Supreme Court rules

FATHER John Fleming engaged in criminal, predatory, deceitful and morally reprehensible sexual behaviour with a minor while working as an Anglican priest, the Supreme Court has ruled.
On Wednesday, the court dismissed the now-Catholic priest’s defamation lawsuit, ruling The Advertiser and Sunday Mail’s reports about his illegal sexual misconduct were true.
Auxiliary Justice Malcolm Gray ruled the newspapers had made out their defence to Fr Fleming’s claims they had defamed him and caused him to lose a lucrative job with a Catholic college.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/father-john-fleming-a-criminal-moral-coward-supreme-court-rules/news-story/61801f42380c2bf04c63c9d489e66b8d

Father John Fleming suspended after Supreme Court judge finds he engaged in sexual behaviour with a minor

FATHER John Fleming has been ordered to pay the Sunday Mail’s court costs after he “rolled the dice” and lost a defamation lawsuit against a South Australian newspaper.
On Friday, Fr Fleming offered to pay a percentage of the costs associated with the Sunday Mail’s successful defence against the priest’s defamation suit.
But the newspaper’s lawyer, Andrew Harris, QC, said: “(Fr Fleming) came to the case, he rolled the dice and he lost”.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/father-john-fleming-suspended-after-supreme-court-judge-finds-he-engaged-in-sexual-behaviour-with-a-minor/news-story/44df49e76e8f1a4afee1628b24af8c18

Tim Minchin thanks supporters and lashes out at Cardinal Pell following song

AUSTRALIAN composer Tim Minchin has said Cardinal George Pell should “get on his knees and wash [the] feet” of the sexual abuse survivors travelling to Rome to meet him.
In a post on his Facebook page following the release of his song Come Home Cardinal Pell, the brains behind musical Matilda thanked the generosity of those who had bought the song and donated funds to survivors of abuse carried out by those within the church.
“I personally believe it would be appropriate for him to get on his knees and wash their feet,” he wrote.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/tim-minchin-thanks-supporters-and-lashes-out-at-cardinal-pell-following-song/news-story/7e5d1e74b020b75a3a6d060d21f912af

Church files searched after George Pell abuse claim

Victoria Police have searched church records kept by a parish in Melbourne’s west as part of an investigati­on into sex-abuse claims against cardinal George Pell dating back 55 years.
Father Rene Ramirez, whose Maidstone patch includes the old Braybrook parish, confirmed to The Weekend Australian that a police detective visited his pres­by­tery late last year to inspect surviving documents from the 1960s.
The search relates to an allegation first made against Cardinal Pell 16 years ago, when a former Braybrook altar boy accused Australia’s most senior Catholic of ­repeatedly molesting him at a church-run holiday camp at Phillip Island in either 1961 or 1962.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/royal-commission/church-files-searched-after-george-pell-abuse-claim/news-story/ab1fb04a8f40a482d56dcf0417bc2776

Cardinal George Pell’s enemies sneer as police leak smears

Welcome to what passes for justice and due process in contemporary Australia.
Last Saturday, the Herald Sun in Melbourne led with the screaming page one headline: “Police probe Pell: top secret investigation into sex abuse claims against cardinal”.
The story broke on heraldsun.com.au at 7.45pm the previous day. Cardinal George Pell, the third most senior member of the Holy See, resides in Rome and was advised of the newspaper’s “scoop” in the northern hemisphere evening. He put out a hurried statement denying the allegations.
So what was the evidence for journalist Lucie Morris-Marr’s “exclusive” report? It consisted of “legal sources”, “sources”, “sources close to the police probe”, “one source close to the investigation”, “sources” and “a legal source close to the alleged victim”. And that’s it.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/gerard-henderson/cardinal-george-pells-enemies-sneer-as-police-leak-smears/news-story/c4f0a24b4aaa673508824f26867798e7

Sins of the fathers writ large

It has been a dreadful week for the Catholic Church, Australia’s largest Christian denomination. Most of the damage was self-inflicted across decades, although the hysterical hatred whipped up ahead of Cardinal George Pell’s appearance before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been bigoted and vile. And, controversially, Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson — vice-president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference — is back at work, despite facing criminal charges alleging he failed to report child abuse committed by a priest in Maitland in NSW 40 years ago.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/sins-of-the-fathers-writ-large/news-story/040b0dbbaa10f983f78175459aaedefe 

The point in the film Spotlight that had me in tears

Gold Walkley-winning Fairfax journalist Joanne McCarthy, whose reporting of church abuse cover-ups sparked the royal commission, reveals the moment in the movie Spotlight that left her in tears.

About the time Cardinal George Pell sits in a chair in the Hotel Quirinale in Rome on Monday to give evidence about his knowledge of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, celebrities will be climbing into limousines in Hollywood to attend the 88th Academy Awards.
Leonardo DiCaprio will be there, for his role in the violent historic action film The Revenant. George Clooney will be there too, because the Academy Awards wouldn't be the Academy Awards without him.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-point-in-the-film-spotlight-that-had-me-in-tears-20160225-gn47hv.html

Clergy sex abuse survivors search for the truth in Rome

When Cardinal George Pell likened the Catholic Church’s responsibility for child abuse to that of a trucking company in his last evidence to a child sex abuse inquiry, clergy abuse survivor Peter Blenkiron clenched his teeth so tightly he cracked his tooth.
For years Mr Blenkiron, who was abused by disgraced Christian Brother Edward Dowlan when he was 11, battled suicidal thoughts playing like a stereo in his head.
He says he is one of the lucky ones. He’s still here.

http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/3754775/path-of-hope-to-rome/?cs=2452

Ballarat locals out in force to farewell survivors to Rome

Locals have gathered in the western Victorian city of Ballarat to show support for survivors of clergy child-sex abuse as they left last night for Rome to watch Australia’s most senior Catholic, cardinal George Pell, give evidence to the child abuse royal commission.
There have been 130 claims and substantiated complaints of child sexual abuse against the Ballarat diocese since 1980 — many of them dating back to the 1960s and 70s.
At least 14 Ballarat priests have been the subject of one or more claims and substantiated complaints of child sex abuse.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/royal-commission/ballarat-locals-out-in-force-to-farewell-survivors-to-rome/news-story/d56b6b0728c5f32de5b609708e253b27

What did George Pell know about these paedophiles when he was leading the Melbourne archdiocese?

By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 26 February 2016
Since 1993, Broken Rites has been doing research about how Melbourne's Catholic bishops harboured a number of sexually-abusive priests. In the mid-1990s, Broken Rites began exposing these priests. Now some of these priests, from the Broken Rites list, are being investigated by Australia's national child-abuse Royal Commission. This article will point you to the original Broken Rites research about each of these priests.
Here are some of the names from the Broken Rites list (to read a Broken Rites article on each priest, you can click on any of the following names).

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/377

The girls, the paedophile and Cardinal Pell

Australia’s worst paedophile priest, Father Gerald Ridsdale, once lived with a young clergyman who is now Cardinal George Pell. As the Cardinal prepares to give evidence to the child abuse royal commission, two women break decades of silence to tell Debi Marshall about their ordeal in Ridsdale’s care – and their disappointment with Pell.
 In 1973, a young Father George Pell, flushed with success from his recent studies in Rome and Oxford, returned to his home town of Ballarat and took up residence in the St Alipius presbytery; a place, it would be publicly revealed more than 20 years later, that was a paedophile’s paradise and a child’s nightmare.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/feature/girls-paedophile-and-cardinal-pell

Media Watch Dog: Great media U-turns of our time

THE ABC AND PEDOPHILIA — A SHORT HISTORY
The news out of London late last night was dominated by the report of former judge Dame Janet Smith on pedophilia at the BBC — focusing on the case of entertainer Jimmy Savile (1926- 2011).
Dame Janet concluded that “certain junior and middle-ranking individuals were aware of Savile’s inappropriate sexual conduct in connection with his work for the BBC”. However, she “found no evidence that the BBC, as a corporate body, was aware of Savile’s inappropriate sexual conduct in connection with his work for the BBC”. Savile’s targets at the BBC included girls and boys as young as eight.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/gerard-henderson/media-watch-dog-great-media-uturns-of-our-time/news-story/278265d12785ff990d7e3d76ae343046

Retired Hunter solicitor Lou Pirona speaks about the death of his son, and the road to the royal commission

IT is two days before an Australian royal commission questions a cardinal in Rome about child sexual abuse, and a Hunter man is thinking about how it all started, with the death of his son.
John Pirona’s suicide in July, 2012, after he was sexually abused by Catholic priest John Denham as a child and left a final note that ended with the words “Too much pain”, was the catalyst for the Newcastle Herald’s Shine the Light campaign for a royal commission.
His father Lou Pirona accepts John’s death provided the focus for a community that said enough was enough. The loss of one life came to represent the loss of many.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3754039/pell-the-pope-and-a-legacy/

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ sex abuse scandal is a lot like Catholic Church’s

The release of “Spotlight” – the Oscar-nominated film chronicling The Boston Globe’s groundbreaking investigation into child sexual abuse among Catholic priests – has refocused attention on problems in the church and trumpeted the importance of investigative reporting.
This week’s episode of Reveal goes behind the scenes with the real Globe reporters to learn more about how the story broke in 2002 – and what happened after the credits rolled.

https://www.revealnews.org/blog/jehovahs-witnesses-sex-abuse-scandal-is-a-lot-like-catholic-churchs/ 

Some questions about child sexual abuse for Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal George Pell is in a unique position to assist a better understanding of how the Catholic Church leadership in Ballarat, Melbourne, Sydney and Rome responded to allegations and instances of clerical sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults.
Let's look at some topics where complete, honest and forthright answers in his pending testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse would be welcome, noting that recent public allegations regarding his personal behaviour are irrelevant to the issues I am raising.
How much did Father Pell know of any possible abuses by Gerald Ridsdale in Swan Hill when Pell followed him in that parish?

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/some-questions-about-child-sexual-abuse-for-cardinal-george-pell-20160226-gn4wpe.html

'We really want to hear the truth' - Australian abuse survivors fly to Rome

A group of Australian survivors of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy are flying to Rome tonight to watch Cardinal George Pell give evidence to Australia's abuse royal commission.
Cardinal Pell, a former Ballarat priest and Melbourne archbishop who is now in charge of the Vatican's finances, will give evidence about the church's handling of abuse in the Ballarat diocese and Melbourne archdiocese on Monday.

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/we-really-want-to-hear-the-truth-australian-abuse-survivors-fly-rome 

Church wrong on abuse: Rome-bound victims

Cardinal George Pell needs to acknowledge the Catholic Church got it wrong in handling child sex abuse by clergy, survivors say.
Ballarat-born Cardinal Pell should be leading church efforts to help victims, particularly in the Victorian regional city, Ballarat clergy abuse survivor Philip Nagle said.
"George is the one that should be standing up and saying 'hey we got this wrong and this is what we're going to do to fix it'," Mr Nagle told AAP.
"Being the third most powerful person in the church, he has the power to do that."

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/church-wrong-on-abuse-romebound-victims/news-story/05b4cae8662bc55949e8dac8d4a1b8c9

Clergy abuse victims and supporters head to Rome

SBS World News Radio: Victims of child sexual abuse within the Ballarat Diocese are flying to Italy, to watch Cardinal George Pell give his evidence from a hotel in Rome.
Victims of child sexual abuse within the Ballarat Diocese are flying to Italy, to watch Cardinal George Pell give his evidence from a hotel in Rome.
After another week of harrowing evidence, victims and their supporters hope they'll get more answers from Australia's most senior Catholic.
Two of Anthony and Chrissie Foster's daughters were abused by convicted paedophile Father Kevin O'Donnell in the 1980s and 1990s.
The couple is now heading to Rome seeking answers from Cardinal George Pell.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/26/clergy-abuse-victims-and-supporters-head-rome
 

Tim Minchin speaks out about Come Home

Tim Minchin has spoken out about his song Come Home as the Ballarat abuse survivors fly to Rome.

The musical comedian made headlines when he called George Pell 'scum' in his song Come Home (Cardinal Pell).

'Whilst his actions and appearance suggest a man in good health, Pell asserts that he is too ill to travel to Australia to answer these questions at the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.' Minchin said in a statement on Friday.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2016/02/26/tim-minchin-speaks-out-about-come-home.html

Path of hope to Rome

When Cardinal George Pell likened the Catholic Church’s responsibility for child abuse to that of a trucking company in his last evidence to a child sex abuse inquiry, clergy abuse survivor Peter Blenkiron clenched his teeth so tightly he cracked his tooth.
There has to be an end to this all, there has to be hope for those still struggling and future children have to protected, always. - Peter Blenkiron
For years Mr Blenkiron, who was abused by disgraced Christian Brother Edward Dowlan when he was 11, battled suicidal thoughts playing like a stereo in his head.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3753795/path-of-hope-to-rome/

Tim Minchin's new message for Cardinal George Pell: wash the feet of survivors.

Many very serious questions remain about George Pell’s conduct as a leader of an institution that failed to curb decades of rampant child sexual abuse within its hallowed walls. This failure has resulted in hundreds of innocent people suffering lifelong emotional and physical damage. A shocking number have committed suicide.


https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/30935392/tim-minchins-new-message-for-cardinal-george-pell/

Victim hopes hearing Pell brings closure

Seventy-two-year-old Gordon Hill hopes looking Cardinal George Pell in the eye will finally bring him peace.
Mr Hill wants closure, and believes being one of the clergy abuse survivors sitting in a Rome hotel with Cardinal Pell when he gives videolink evidence to a royal commission will deliver it.
"I'm making that a goal, in my book, because if I don't it's going to send me to the grave," he said.
"At my time of life - I'm 73 in April - I've got to have some sort of peace."

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/abuse-survivors-prepare-to-fly-to-rome/news-story/111f9400249242701b922161846005ca

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Pell draws world spotlight to Vatican

There is huge international interest in what Cardinal George Pell has to say about the sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Ballarat region of Victoria when he gives evidence from a conference room at the elegant Hotel Quirinale in Rome.
By virtue of his position – head of the Secretariat of the Economy – Dr Pell is the third most powerful member of the Catholic Church bureaucracy.

Abuse survivors prepare to fly to Rome for Pell evidence

A group of victims of abuse by Catholic church clergy will fly to Rome later on Friday to watch Cardinal George Pell give evidence to the royal commission.

A group of survivors of abuse by Catholic clergy will fly to Rome on Friday night to watch Cardinal George Pell give evidence to the abuse royal commission.
Cardinal Pell, a former Ballarat priest and Melbourne archbishop who is now in charge of the Vatican's finances, will give evidence about the church's handling of abuse in the Ballarat diocese and Melbourne archdiocese on Monday (Australia time).

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/26/abuse-survivors-prepare-fly-rome-pell-evidence

George Pell: Church abuse victims travel to Rome to witness Cardinal's royal commission appearance

A group of church abuse survivors will leave Melbourne today for Rome, to be in the same room as Cardinal George Pell as he fronts the child abuse royal commission.

They had hoped the Cardinal would visit the Victorian city of Ballarat, a site of clerical abuse in the 1960s and '70s, but a heart condition has prevented him leaving the Vatican.
For some, travelling 16,000 kilometres to watch what will be broadcast to Australia via video-link is about taking some power back.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-26/abuse-victims-travel-to-rome-for-george-pell-appearance/7201482

Prayers don't help abuser priests: inquiry

Prayers couldn't help Gerald Ridsdale, he needed jail or castration, a psychiatrist says.
Hard-core sexual deviants like pedophile priest Ridsdale had significant personality disorders, had no concept of empathy and were masters of deception, former Franciscan priest and psychiatrist Dr Peter Evans said.
"They are far more difficult to treat. They need to be in jail," Dr Evans told the child abuse royal commission.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/prayers-dont-help-abuser-priests-inquiry/news-story/fd9853413e2414520470a9de94cafe51

'I'm terribly sorry that I didn't do things differently': Bishop apologises for moving pedophile priests among parishes to avoid scandalising the Catholic church

A long-time Victorian Catholic bishop has apologised for moving pedophile priests among parishes to avoid scandalising the church. 
In his apology, he said he's sorry and regrets not doing his job very well in handling pedophilia in the Ballarat diocese. 
But retired bishop Ronald Mulkearns, 85, denies trying to cover up widespread child sex abuse.
Bishop Mulkearns knew about pedophile priests whom he sent for treatment and moved among parishes, the child abuse royal commission has heard. 

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns: I didn’t do enough on abuse

For a quarter of a century, Bishop Ronald Mulkearns presided over a diocese where pedophile priests were moved from parish to ­parish, enabling them to abuse hundreds of children.
The 85-year-old yesterday apologised to victims for not “doing things differently”, but ­admitted in video evidence to the child abuse royal commission ­sitting in his former western ­Victorian diocese of Ballarat that he still didn’t know how he should have handled the matter.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/royal-commission/bishop-ronald-mulkearns-i-didnt-do-enough-on-abuse/news-story/71ce7d9b587cc14f8ddcc5c7f2c90f08

‘Loud fence’ honours victims as parole date nears for Park Orchards paedophile Barry Watson

ROWS of brightly coloured ribbons have been tied to a fence in a Park Orchards reserve to mark the horrors inflicted by paedophile Barry Watson, as his parole date nears.
The ribbons, a tribute to Watson’s victims, make-up what is known as a “loud fence” at Domeney Reserve, the exact site where the former Park Orchards youth leader molested young boys in the 1960s and ’70s.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/loud-fence-honours-victims-as-parole-date-nears-for-park-orchards-paedophile-barry-watson/news-story/3f746117b3ea82e42402f23f6ccc4b1f

Ronald Mulkearns set to tell all at child abuse royal commission

RETIRED bishop Ronald Mulkearns has apologised to victims of sexual abuse for decades of child abuse cover ups.
“I’m terribly sorry that I didn’t do things differently,” Fr Mulkearns told the child abuse royal commission today.
“I didn’t really know what to do or how to do it”.
The apology came less than 10 minutes after Fr Mulkearns started testifying to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Victims of abuse have been eagerly awaiting Fr Mulkearns’s appearance at the commission in the hope he will explain decades of abuse cover ups.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/ronald-mulkearns-set-to-tell-all-at-child-abuse-royal-commission/news-story/fe94a608bbb4931232844b46acaaff9a

Child abuse royal commission: Victims from former girls home confront nuns caring for dying bishop PM By Charlotte King

They call themselves "Nazzie girls" — children who ended up in the care of the Sisters of Nazareth girls home in Ballarat in the 1950s and 1960s.
Gabrielle Short does not hesitate when she is asked to summarise her childhood here.
"Ninety-five per cent hell, torture, abuse, fear, terror," she says.

In the early 1960s, paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale was their chaplain.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-25/royal-commission-abuse-victims-confront-nuns-caring-for-bishop/7197812

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns "sorry" for sex abuse in Ballarat

A former bishop of Ballarat has apologised for failing to halt what he called a "problem with priests" - the widespread and long-lasting sexual abuse of children  in Catholic schools across the city.
Abuse survivors and their families have waited decades to hear from Ronald Mulkearns, who served as Bishop of Ballarat from 1971 to 1997, and has been accused of failing to prevent rampant child sex abuse by clergy.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/bishop-ronald-mulkearns-appears-at-ballarat-royal-commission-20160224-gn30c0.html

Bishop protected church about pedophiles

A Victorian bishop admits he tried to protect the Catholic Church's reputation but denies trying to cover up abuse by pedophile priests.
Retired bishop Ronald Mulkearns says he is sorry and regrets the way he handled the problem of pedophilia in the Ballarat diocese.
The child abuse royal commission has heard Bishop Mulkearns knew about pedophile priests and moved them between parishes.
Counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness SC said Bishop Mulkearns was covering up the conduct of pedophile priests.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/25/03/34/abuse-inquiry-hears-from-key-vic-bishop

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns admits not dealing with pedophile priests properly and wanting to protect church’s reputation

A VICTORIAN bishop admits he tried to protect the Catholic Church’s reputation but denies trying to cover up abuse by pedophile priests.
Retired bishop Ronald Mulkearns says he is sorry and regrets the way he handled the problem of pedophilia in the Ballarat diocese. The child abuse royal commission has heard Bishop Mulkearns knew about pedophile priests and moved them between parishes.
Counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness SC said Bishop Mulkearns was covering up the conduct of pedophile priests.

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/bishop-ronald-mulkearns-admits-not-dealing-with-pedophile-priests-properly-and-wanting-to-protect-churchs-reputation/news-story/2cf5bd87204ab0852229bffba2bb6f75

Bishop protected church about pedophiles

A Victorian bishop admits he tried to protect the Catholic Church's reputation but denies trying to cover up abuse by pedophile priests.
Retired bishop Ronald Mulkearns says he is sorry and regrets the way he handled the problem of pedophilia in the Ballarat diocese.
The child abuse royal commission has heard Bishop Mulkearns knew about pedophile priests and moved them between parishes.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30913055/abuse-inquiry-hears-from-key-vic-bishop/

Bishop moved priests who abused children between parishes, royal commission hears

Ronald Mulkearns, bishop of Ballarat from 1971 to 1997, says he wanted to protect the church’s reputation and now regrets how he dealt with pedophile priests
A Victorian bishop says he tried to protect the church’s reputation and ensure pedophile priests did not offend again but regrets he did not handle it differently.
Ronald Mulkearns, the bishop of Ballarat from 1971 to 1997, said he retired early because he was not handling the problem of a number of cases of pedophilia in the diocese as well as he should have.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/25/bishop-moved-priests-who-abused-children-between-parishes-royal-commission-hears

Child abuse royal commission: Former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns apologises for his handling of abuse allegations

Former Catholic bishop Ronald Mulkearns has told a royal commission he is not sure if he knew child abuse was a crime during his time in charge of the Ballarat diocese, but he knew it was wrong.

The former bishop made his much-anticipated appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse via videolink from the nursing home in which he now lives.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-25/royal-commission-former-ballarat-bishop-ronald-mulkearns-appears/7198260

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Ronald Mulkearns set to tell all at child abuse royal commission

A DEATHBED confession from a retired bishop could blow the lid off decades of child sexual abuse cover-ups by Catholic clergy.
Former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who doctors say has just months to live, will testify to the child abuse royal commission from his nursing home on Thursday.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/ronald-mulkearns-set-to-tell-all-at-child-abuse-royal-commission/news-story/fe94a608bbb4931232844b46acaaff9a

Ballarat MP Catherine King hits out at Cardinal George Pell

Federal member for Ballarat Catherine King has made an emotional plea for Cardinal George Pell not to let the Ballarat community down again.
In a prepared speech in parliament on Tuesday, Ms King said the Cardinal’s failure to appear at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse in Ballarat were “not the actions of a man of courage”.
Labelling the Cardinal “Ballarat to the core”, a clearly emotional Ms King had this to say: “As you prepare to give testimony on the 29th, I want to say to you: please do not let them down again.”

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3750031/federal-mp-hits-out-at-cardinal-pell/?cs=2452

Christian Brother authorised funding for private investigator to track down abuse victims, child sex abuse hearing told

A senior Christian Brother authorised spending on a private investigator to track down victims of notorious paedophile Brother Edward Dowlan, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.
Brother Brian Brandon was a provincial council member of St Patrick's province of the Christian Brothers, which covered Victoria and Tasmania, between 1984 and 1996.
Since 1993, he has dealt with sex abuse claims brought against the Christian Brothers as part of his role with the order's Professional Standards Board.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-24/royal-commission-christian-brother-hired-private-investigator/7196650

Investigator 'dug dirt' on abuse victims

A private investigator sent to dig up dirt on victims of a pedophile Christian Brother told lawyers they could be easily torn down in the witness box, an inquiry has heard.
One victim of Br Edward Dowlan was reduced to tears after investigators confronted him at his home in 1995, the child abuse royal commission heard.
Investigator Glynis McNeight told Dowlan's lawyers the victim was a nervous, excitable type who will reduce to tears and resort to bad language very easily, the child abuse royal commission heard.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/24/03/36/abuser-brother-s-kisses-an-eccentricity

Child abuse royal commission: Christian Brothers defend record amid 853 cases

THE former head of the Christian Brothers has told the child abuse royal commission that the order cared more about protecting each other than children.
Br Brian Brandon, a former headmaster at St Kevin’s College in Toorak, today said for a long time the primary focus of the Christian Brothers was on themselves.
Br Brandon admitted that in the 1970s, while many of the order’s members were molesting kids, there was more focus on offending brothers than on abused children.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/child-abuse-royal-commission-christian-brothers-defend-record-amid-853-cases/news-story/aad3523cac1c53808b68185d11b2b213

Christian Brothers 'didn't turn blind eye'

A senior Christian Brother denies the order turned a blind eye to offending by a pedophile in their ranks.
Br Brian Brandon said the St Patrick's Province leadership team only had suggestions and innuendo about Br Edward Dowlan's inappropriate sexual behaviour before police took action in 1993.
Child abuse royal commission chair Justice Peter McClellan asked how Dowlan could have been let near children.


http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/24/03/36/abuser-brother-s-kisses-an-eccentricity

Abuse witnesses targeted by investigator

An investigator employed by lawyers for a pedophile Christian Brother advised that an abuse victim's credibility could be easily destroyed, an inquiry has heard.
The investigator said another witness "would be very easily torn apart in the witness box", the child abuse royal commission heard.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/24/14/34/abuse-witnesses-targeted-by-investigator

Decision to give orphange job to paedophile priest was 'questionable', top Christian Brother tells royal commission

The former headmaster of St Kevins College in Toorak, Brother Brian Brandon – a senior Victorian Catholic administrator - admitted today it was "questionable" to give paedophile priest Ted Dowlan a job at an orphanage housing young victims of clerical sexual abuse.
Brother Brandon – a former head of legal affairs and provincial council member of the Christian Brothers for Victoria and Tasmania – said there were "suspicions" but not "knowledge" of Brother Dowlan's sexual interest in boys at the time of the appointment.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/decision-to-give-orphange-job-to-paedophile-priest-was-questionable-top-christian-brother-tells-royal-commission-20160224-gn29li.html

Royal Commission: Victim protest outside Bishop Mulkearns' Ballarat nursing home

A GROUP of women claiming to have been abused by the Ballarat clergy in the 1950s and 1960s have  started a protest outside Nazareth House, the Ballarat nursing home where Bishop Ronald Mulkearns now lives.
Bishop Mulkearns, now retired, is due to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday via video link from the Mill Street nursing home.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/royal-commission-victim-protest-outside-bishop-mulkearns-ballarat-nursing-home-20160224-gn2d26.html

Parents at schools in Mentone and Parkdale seek legal action to remove priest

ANGRY parents at two Catholic schools have hired a prominent sexual and institutional abuse lawyer as they demand the resignation of the parish priest.
Parents from St Patrick’s Parish Primary in Mentone and St John Vianney’s in Parkdale want Father John Walshe to quit his post.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Has any person spoken to the civil authorities about an alleged encounter with Cardinal George Pell? Here is some background

By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 23 February 2016
Broken Rites has analysed the background of current media reports about Cardinal George Pell. The advent of Australia's national child-abuse Royal Commission has prompted many church-abuse victims to tell their story (in a private interview) with one of the Commissioners (and later, if desired, to child-protection detectives from the state police force). Pell was scheduled to visit Australia to appear in-person on 16 December 2015 at the Commission's public hearing to answer questions about how the Catholic Church had responded to abuse in the Melbourne and Ballarat dioceses but Pell cancelled this trip at short notice, claiming "health" reasons.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/391

Father Bob Calls Tim Minchin Pell Song ‘A Cry From The Heart’

Catholic priest Father Bob Maguire has dropped a bombshell on Cardinal George Pell by supporting Tim Minchin’s ‘Come Home (Cardinal Pell)’ song calling it “a work of art” and “a cry from the heart”.

Minchin released the song last week and had an instant number one hit on iTunes with a song about child abuse and the cover-ups of the Catholic Church. While the Melbourne Archbishop immediately went into protection mode for Pell, Father Bob says, “Jesus would be on the side of the victims”.

http://www.noise11.com/news/music-news-father-bob-calls-tim-minchin-pell-song-a-cry-from-the-heart-20160222

Insider: Pope’s Child Abuse Commission Is ‘Smoke and Mirrors’

Pope Francis portrays himself as a man who leads by example, but his protection of bishops who protected child-abusing priests continues.
Pope Francis, speaking to reporters on the flight from Mexico City to Rome last week, gave his strongest comment yet on the clergy sex abuse crisis.
Francis called such acts “a monstrosity,” according to the Associated Press. In the Holy See’s transcript, the pope went beyond current Vatican policy in stating: “A bishop who moves a priest to a different parish if he detects a case of paedophilia is without conscience and the best thing for him to do would be to resign.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/23/insider-pope-s-child-abuse-commission-is-smoke-and-mirrors.html 

Child sexual abuse: are churches covering up or opening up?

While the royal commission continues its inquiry into historic child sexual abuse, a different story of church openness has been revealed to Parliament.
Recent media coverage of Cardinal George Pell's recall to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has ignited public debate on whether churches are willing to face up to child sexual abuse. Tim Minchin's "musical attack" on Cardinal Pell has been a lightning rod for debate on social media.
Against a background of negative commentary, it is easy to lose sight of positive changes that are taking place across churches and the broader community.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/comment-john-mcmillan-on-child-abuse-20160223-gn17jk.html

Former St Patrick’s College, Ballarat, principal took no action after learning teacher kissed boys

A SENIOR Christian Brother saw nothing wrong with one of his colleagues kissing every boy in his class before they left school for the day.
Br Paul Nangle also told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today that child abuse may not always be a sin.
The commission heard Gerald Leo Fitzgerald, known as Br Leo to his grade three class at Ballarat’s St Alipius’s Primary School, had long been considered a danger.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/former-st-patricks-college-ballarat-principal-took-no-action-after-learning-teacher-kissed-boys/news-story/415a8ad29a866b84e5648d1206d6a316