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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
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Let us tell them

Friday, 24 November 2017

A former priest on child-sex charges regarding boys at a Marist Brothers school

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article posted on 24 November 2017
A former Catholic priest, James Joseph Cunneen, aged 58. was charged in a Sydney court on 23 November 2017 with multiple sexual offences which were allegedly committed thirty years ago against boys at a Marist Brothers school in Dundas in Sydney's west.
James Cunneen was born in New Zealand, the court was told. In 1979, he joined a Catholic religious order which has priests working in a number of parishes in Australia and New Zealand. After working in this religious order in Australia, he left the priesthood and returned to New Zealand.
Cunneen came to the attention of New South Wales police as a result of information given to Australia's child-abuse Royal Commission.
On 22 November 2017, NSW Police extradited Cunneen back to Australia in custody. He then appeared in Sydney's Central Local Court (by video-link from a police cell).


Rock, papers, sniggers: Unfortunate saint statue makes headlines around the world

IT was made in Vietnam, pays homage to a Peruvian saint, and caused a storm in Adelaide.
Now the unfortunately “suggestive” statue of St Martin de Porres at Blackfriars Priory School is making headlines across the globe.
BBC News, The New York Post, Washington Post and The Guardian are among the international outlets to have picked up the story in The Advertiser this week.


Blackfriars Priory School to redesign 'suggestive' statue of saint and child after online ridicule

An Adelaide Catholic school has covered up a statue of a religious icon after it created a stir on social media because of its apparently unintended suggestiveness.
The statue was recently installed at Blackfriars Priory School in Prospect and depicts a 16th century saint handing a bread loaf to a child's outstretched hand.
But, as numerous online commentators have pointed out, the effect is somewhat different.
In the past 12 years, at least two former Blackfriars teachers — Stephen John Stockdale-Hall and Ronald William Hopkins — have been jailed for sexually abusing students at the school.
On Wednesday the school said the design of its new statue looked fine on paper but acknowledged it could be interpreted in a more sinister way.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Ex-priest in NSW court over abuse claims

A former Catholic priest is expected to apply for bail in a Sydney court following his extradition from New Zealand on historical child sex charges.
The 58-year-old's matter was mentioned briefly in the city's Central Local Court on Wednesday afternoon.
He's been charged with sexual and indecent assaults in the late 1980s against seven males aged between 14 and 20.
He was originally arrested at his Hamilton home in New Zealand in late July after Sydney detectives received a referral in 2014 from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
It's alleged the assaults were linked to an educational facility in Dundas in western Sydney.

First the Catholics, now the Anglicans have a sex abuse scandal

We’re still reeling from the revelations about rampant child abuse within the  Catholic Church. Now the Anglican Church looks like it has a sex scandal of its own, as the ABC has revealed in an in-depth story about the abuse women are suffering at the hands of their priest husbands.
The women shared their stories of sexual and physical abuse with the ABC, with some claiming that the church had known for decades that some of its ministers were spouse abusers, but had done very little about it.
One victim told the ABC that she was married to an Anglican priest who would demand sex and if she objected, would wait until she fell asleep before raping her – an abusive pattern that went on for years, she said.


Cardinal George Pell's legal team requests documents from ABC journalist Louise Milligan, book publisher

Lawyers defending Cardinal George Pell on historical sexual offences have requested documents from ABC journalist Louise Milligan and Melbourne University Press relating to a book about the senior Catholic published last year.
The book written by Milligan called 'Cardinal: the Rise and Fall of George Pell' was voluntarily removed from Victorian bookstores after Cardinal Pell was charged in July.
The request for documents was made during a hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court today.
The 76-year-old is facing multiple charges of historical sexual offences involving multiple victims after an investigation by Victoria Police's SANO Taskforce.
Cardinal Pell has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
He was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1966 and served in various roles in regional Victoria, before becoming Melbourne's Archbishop in 1996.


This bishop protected the church's holy image, instead of protecting children

  • By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 23 November 2017)
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. One of these victims then asked Bishop Brennan for help but the bishop shunned him. The bishop's main aim was protecting the church's holy image, instead of protecting children.
The accused priest, Father Bernard M. Connell, belonged to the Wagga Wagga diocese in southern New South Wales. 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.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Former Catholic priest to face court over alleged sexual assaults at a Dundas educational facility

A former Catholic priest will face court after being charged with the alleged historic sexual assault of seven youths at a Dundas educational facility.
His arrest comes after allegations of a series of assaults during the late 1980s were raised during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Police said the man, 58, was initially arrested at his Hamilton home in New Zealand on July 31 following a three-year investigation.
At about 7am on Wednesday, November 22, Rosehill police travelled to New Zealand and extradited the accused to Australia.
It is alleged the assaults on the males, who were aged between 14 and 20, happened between 1987 and 1989.


Father Paul David Ryan was protected by the church, but victims got him jailed and now he faces more charges

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 20 November 2017
This Broken Rites article reveals how Catholic Church authorities covered up the child-sex crimes of an Australian priest, Father Paul David Ryan, during his career in the state of Victoria (and also during seven visits by Ryan to the United States). This enabled Ryan to endanger more children in more parishes in TWO countries. Eventually, helped by Broken Rites, some victims began reporting Ryan to the Victoria Police, resulting in a jail sentence for Ryan in 2006. Now, Paul David Ryan is scheduled to face a committal hearing in early 2018 in the Melbourne Magistrates Court (case number H12143748), relating to more boys who he allegedly assaulted during his priestly career in Victoria.


Australia Royal Commission itemises a ‘national tragedy’

Sexual abuse of children has occurred in almost every type of institution in Australia where children lived or attended

Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is to have a final public sitting in Sydney next month, on the eve of delivering its final report to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove on 15 December, to thank the community for its support. The CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, told a national meeting of Catholic secondary school principals in Adelaide that the final report – the delivery of which will mark the formal end of the Commission's work more than five years after then Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced its creation in November 2012 – was expected to comprise up to 17 volumes, at least three of which were expected to deal with the Catholic Church.
However, it is not clear when the report will be made public as that normally occurs only after tabling in Parliament, but none of Australia's federal or state legislatures is due to sit between 15 December and Christmas, the start of Australia's summer holidays. So the report may not be made public until early 2018.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Chrissie Foster says the Federal Government must implement all royal commission recommendations

IT’S been a tough year at the end of several decades of tough years for Chrissie Foster, who campaigned for a royal commission into child sexual abuse after two of her daughters were raped by a Catholic priest.
Her husband, Anthony, died suddenly in June, a decade after the overdose death of one of their daughters who was five when she was raped.
But a speech by Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse chair Justice Peter McClellan on Tuesday cut through the grief and “hit home”, Mrs Foster said.
Justice McClellan said there was evidence of an “understanding” in the past that police would protect church child sex offenders because it would be detrimental if “pillars” of society were exposed as criminals.


Friday, 17 November 2017

Man accused of historical sex offences

A former employee at Parramatta Girls' Training School has been committed to trial over alleged historical sexual assaults against schoolgirls.
Frank John Valentine was last year charged with more than 30 offences from the 1970s including rape, assaulting a female and committing an act of indecency, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Court documents show the 77-year-old was further charged about six months ago with another five historical offences against a male.
At Parramatta Local Court on Thursday, Magistrate Jennifer Giles committed Valentine to trial after he waived his right to a committal hearing.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in the NSW District Court on December 7.


Sins of omission – should Catholic confession always be confidential?

Australian law may soon require priests to break the confidentiality of the confessional and report anything they hear about sexual abuse. Would it simply bring the practice into line with therapy or does it pose a mortal threat to a cherished sacrament?
There’s a story that is sometimes told, in refresher courses for priests who regularly take confession, that goes like this: when a well-known local criminal died, he was given a full Catholic funeral. The faithful were outraged – not only was he a sinner, he was a well-documented, public sinner. Don’t worry, said his son (who happened to be a Catholic priest), I heard his confession on his deathbed. At once, the son was hauled in by his bishop and ticked off – not for taking his father’s confession, but for talking about it. Everyone knew he meant well, said the bishop, but the seal of confession was sacrosanct: under no circumstances could it be revealed who had given confession to whom, and what it was about. If he had done the latter, he might even have been excommunicated.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Former NSW priest charged with child abuse

A former Anglican priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the NSW Hunter region in the early 1990s.
Newcastle detectives began investigating the now 75-year-old in 2016 after a referral from the child sexual abuse royal commission.
Police say the man is a former "senior" priest who allegedly abused the boy in 1991.
He was arrested on Tuesday morning at a home in Kotara.
He is facing four counts of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault and is due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on December 7.
Bishop Peter Stuart of the Anglican Church in Newcastle says each allegation of sexual abuse is a matter of "deep shame and regret" for the people of the diocese.


Government must not limit child abuse inquiry to state care, victim advocates and experts say

A senior member of the Catholic Church has thrown his support behind a strengthening bid for a royal commission into child abuse, but will not pledge the same from the institution as a whole.
Bill Kilgallon wants his own church – and all other faith-based institutions – to be included in the Government's inquiry into the abuse of children in state care before 1992.
 The call comes as concern continues to mount that the Government's inquiry will miss the scale of historical child abuse in New Zealand if it limits its scope to state-affiliated or owned institutions.
Renewed calls for Royal Commission into abuse of people in state care
Minister will apologise to anyone abused in state care
Generation of children brutalised in state care won't get public apology
* Catholic rape survivor: I want a Royal Commission into clergy sexual abuse
The Kiwi who's cleaning up the church for Pope Francis


Child abuse royal commission chairman criticises police, church in speech ahead of report

Police forces failed in their duty to protect Australian children because they often refused to believe their complaints about sexual abuse, the royal commission's chairman says.
Child protection agencies also failed to listen to children, leaving them in situations of danger, Justice Peter McClellan said in some of his final remarks before the commission's final sitting.
The chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse gave a speech in Melbourne this afternoon, critical of Australia's major social institutions for seriously failing to protect children from paedophiles.


Former Newcastle Anglican Dean Graeme Lawrence and the fall from grace

GRAEME Lawrence was the charismatic 13th Anglican Dean of Newcastle who supported the Hunter through the 1989 earthquake, the 2005 Bali bombing and the 2007 floods, and was honoured for his work by a grateful community.
He declined to comment on Tuesday after police charged him with sexually assaulting a teenage boy, 15, in the early 1990s, following a referral in 2016 from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A former Marist Brother, now 79, is named in court on charges from the 1960s

  • Article by Broken Rites, updated on 14 November 2017
A 79-year-old former Marist Brother, Kevin Joseph Jewell, has been charged in court with indecent assaults allegedly committed against boys 50 years ago. The boys were students at a Marist Brothers school (now known as Marist College Eastwood). The Kevin Jewell case had its first preliminary mention in Sydney's Burwood Local Court on 13 November 2017 — case number 2017/00324154. The next mention is listed for 17 January 2018.
According to police documents, one of the alleged victims was a boy (then aged nine, now aged 60) who was a pupil at this school (in Hillview Road, Eastwood), in the 1960s. In 2017, this former pupil spoke to NSW police. Later, detectives from Ryde Local Area Command commenced an investigation and located four other men who alleged that they, also, had been assaulted.
Police allege that these five boys were all assaulted within this school in Eastwood between 1967 and 1968.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Ex-teacher facing 99 sex abuse charges excused from court on account of his age

A former teacher and Catholic brother accused of 99 historical sex offences will be absent from a pre-trial committal hearing in Melbourne due to his age.
Lawrence Fitzpatrick, 90, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday charged with abusing 18 victims, including children under 14, at Sale, Briagolong, Stratford and Rosedale between 1971 and 1977.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Catholic priest Glen Walsh who was to give evidence in Archbishop Philip Wilson’s trial has died

A CATHOLIC priest has died weeks before he was scheduled to give evidence in Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s trial for concealing child sex abuse.
Father Glen Walsh was a Hunter Valley priest and campaigner against child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
He was due to appear as a prosecution witness later this month in Archbishop Wilson’s trial in New South Wales.
Archbishop Wilson is accused of concealing abuse committed by Hunter Valley paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s.
He has denied the charges and is scheduled to face trial from November 27.


Friday, 10 November 2017

New book alleges gay sex in Vatican dorm, shady banking involving Mother Teresa

Gianluigi Nuzzi, one of the journalists charged by the Vatican in 2015 in the Vatileaks II case, has written a new book covering scandals in the Vatican. He alleges sexual abuse of a minor took place at a seminary within Vatican City, and that Mother Teresa's account at the Vatican Bank was so large, the institution would have defaulted if she removed the money.

ROME  - The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has written a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican’s youth seminary.
Gianluigi Nuzzi’s Original Sin went on sale Thursday. At a news conference, Nuzzi said his lawyers had hand-delivered a copy to the Vatican’s criminal prosecutor, saying at least one of the seminarians was a minor at the time of the alleged escapades.


My best mate at uni had a terrible secret. I only found out 30 years later

Discovering his best mate from university was sexually abused as a child sends Mark Dapin on a quest for understanding.
I was drinking in a raucous, shallow bar at the Sydney Writers' Festival with my UK publisher, Ravi Mirchandani, when Ravi told me he planned to publish a memoir by an author from the northern English town of Accrington, Lancashire.
I felt slightly nauseous. My forearms goose-pimpled.

"Is it Graham?" I asked. Twice.
"Yes …" said Ravi, carefully.
"Am I in it?" I asked. Twice.
 "No," said Ravi. "Is anyone with my name in it? Anyone who sounds like me?"


Thursday, 9 November 2017

An archbishop will face court soon on charges of concealing a priest's abuse

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 9 November 2017

An Australian Catholic archbishop, Most Reverend Philip Wilson, is expected to face a court in late 2017, charged with allegedly concealing a colleague's child-sex abuse. Police allege that Wilson concealed child-abuse, committed by another priest in New South Wales during the 1970s. Archbishop Wilson is understood to be the most senior Catholic leader worldwide to face court over a concealment allegation of this type. His lawyers have been trying, for two years, to stop the Wilson case from going ahead but now, in 2017, the case against Wilson is ready to proceed.
In court in 2015, New South Wales police filed a charge against Wilson for allegedly concealing information about the 1970s sex assault of a 10-year-old boy by pedophile priest James Fletcher in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, in New South Wales. In the 1970s, both Father Wilson and Father Fletcher were priests in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese. Father Fletcher is known to have had an extensive history of committing sexual crimes against boys, particularly altar boys.


Gympie man's child abuse horror story nears final chapter

JOE Kiernan was born into a real-life Stephen King horror story in 1960.
Stolen from his unmarried mother at birth, "because that's what they did then," he was sent to the infamous St Joseph's orphanage at Neerkol, near Rockhampton - an institution so evil its grounds include a memorial to the abused children who died there.
A Gympie survivor of unimaginable abuse, Mr Kiernan was able to smile at times yesterday as he told of his feelings, now the prosecutions have begun and the truth has come out at a Royal Commission.
"Some former residents don't want the buildings destroyed, but it's owned by other people now and they have a right to do what they want," Mr Kiernan said yesterday.
And he said the demolition crews might just find some gruesome reminders of the Neerkol horror story.


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The church's 50-year cover-up of Father Finian Egan

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 31 October 2017

Catholic priest Finian James Egan began committing sexual crimes against numerous Australian children in 1961 but the Catholic Church protected him for the next five decades until some of his victims succeeded in getting him convicted. A court sentenced Egan to a minimum of four years, and this sentence is due to expire on 19 December 2017, when Egan expects to be released, aged 82. This Broken Rites article describes how the church covered up for Egan during his life of crime.
In the Sydney District Court on 20 December 2013, Egan was sentenced to at least four years' jail after a jury found him guilty of seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape, committed against three girls who were aged from 10 to 17, between 1961 and 1987.
Thus, these three victims exposed the Catholic Church's 50-year cover-up of Egan.
These three girls were not Egan's only victims; these three are merely those who helped the prosecution in this jury trial. Broken Rites knows of other Egan victims, including some males.


Monday, 30 October 2017

Paedophile priest Finian Egan, 81, set to be released, despite only being behind bars for four years

A PAEDOPHILE priest who betrayed the trust of families he had befriended to rape and abuse girls as young as 10 over three decades is about to walk free after spending just four years in prison.
A PAEDOPHILE priest who betrayed the trust of families he had befriended to rape and abuse girls as young as 10 over three decades is about to walk free after spending just four years in prison.
Father Finian Egan, 81, will be released from jail on December 19, despite desperate pleas from his victims to keep him locked up.
“This sends a message not just to me, but to every child sex survivor,” victim Kellie Roche said.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Uniting Church redress scheme for sexual abuse survivors under fire

When Cheryl Brealey describes her childhood as tough, it's an understatement.The second-oldest of nine children, she was raised in Balmain, Glebe and Leichhardt in the 1950s, well before they became the gentrified inner west.With no money, an absent father and a mother who suffered mental health problems, she was often forced to beg shopkeepers for food.
By the age of nine, she was separated from her family and placed in Burnside Presbyterian Homes for Children in North Parramatta, where she experienced unimaginable torment for two years.
"I have suffered from physical, sexual and mental abuse," Ms Brealey said.


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Alleged sexual abuse victims of Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer take extradition fight to Israel

For the last three years, Malka Leifer has been hiding out in Israel avoiding extradition to Australia, and now her victims have come to demand her return.
"It is a bit nerve-racking and scary but at the same time I feel proud of myself," Elly Sapper said.
The 28-year-old is one of the ex-students who are alleging the former school principal abused them.
She has come to Israel with her two sisters, also alleged victims, to launch a campaign demanding Ms Leifer return to face court in Melbourne.
"I want them to really understand what we are going through and that every day this lady is running free, running wild, it's really traumatic for us," Ms Sapper said.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Child sex abuse redress scheme to cap payments at $150,000 and exclude some criminals

The Federal Government has tabled a bill that would entitle victims of child sexual abuse in Commonwealth and Territory institutions up to $150,000 in compensation, but it excludes victims who have served time in jail.

Key points:

  • Pressure mounted for redress scheme after mountain of evidence emerged during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Redress payments would be capped at $150,000
  • The Government is also providing access to psychological counselling

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the response of institutions to claims of child abuse were "inadequate".
"No child should ever experience what we know occurred," he told the House of Representatives.


A Brisbane priest dies after being charged with an alleged sexual offence

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated on 26 October 2017
A Queensland Catholic priest, Fr Michael Joseph McKeaten, died on 22 Oct 2017 after being charged in court about an alleged sexual offence committed two decades ago. Police had charged McKeaten in May 2017 with one count of procuring a sexual act by false pretence, allegedly involving a male victim. The next legal step was listed, several times, for Brisbane Magistrates Court later in 2017 but the case kept being postponed. On 25 October 2017, a funeral notice for Fr McKeaten appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper.
According to daily listings on the Brisbane Magistrates Court's website, Michael McKeaten appeared in court on 31 May 2017 for a brief administrative mention, during which the prosecutors officially filed the charge. The magistrate scheduled the next court mention for July 3 (and later for August 25 and September 25) but Father McKeaten was not available on those dates.


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

An ex-Marist Brother became a lay teacher and then a priest — now he is facing court charges

  • Article updated on 24 October 2017

New South Wales police stated on 19 October 2017 that they have charged a retired Catholic priest (now aged 78) with child-sex offences allegedly committed in NSW earlier in his working career. On the same date, the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay (in Sydney's north) announced that the retired priest is Father Carl Stafford. And (on the same date) Broken Bay bishop Peter A Comensoli stated publicly: "Originally a Marist Brother, Fr Stafford left this Order [the Marists] and took up a lay teaching position with St Gregory’s College Campbelltown before entering the seminary in 1989. Ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Broken Bay in 1994, Fr Stafford held appointments in Mona Vale, Gosford, Toukley/Lake Munmorah and Kincumber Parishes. Fr Stafford was removed from public ministry [that is, parish work] in 2010." [However, according to church sources, Father Carl is still a priest and he is merely in retirement without any further parish appointments.]


Sunday, 22 October 2017

A Papua New Guinea bishop confirms police investigation and backs reinstatement of priest

A PAPUA New Guinea Catholic bishop says he will reinstate an Australian Vincentian priest to a PNG high school despite a police investigation of allegations involving school students, and a church investigation confirming the priest touched students’ legs and sometimes slapped them.
Bishop Rolando Santos said Australian Vincentian priest Neil Lams was “firm, upright and committed” and he was not changing the priest’s assignment as chaplain to the PNG school. The bishop reserved the right to take defamation action against people, including school teachers, who complained about the priest’s behaviour.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

A retired Catholic priest is charged with child-sex offences in NSW

In mid-October 2017, police have charged a retired Catholic priest with sexual offences, allegedly committed against three young boys in New South Wales. Police allege that the priest assaulted two of the boys while he was located in a parish in the Gosford area (north of Sydney) in the 1990s. It is also alleged that, in the 1980s (before becoming a priest), he had indecently assaulted another boy while he was on the teaching staff at a school in Campbelltown (in Sydney's south).
On 16 October 2017, following an extensive investigation by detectives, police arrested a 78-year-old man in north-west NSW.
He was charged with 13 child sex-related offences and was granted conditional bail until his court proceedings begin. The case is listed to have its first mention in a courtroom at Gosford Local Court on 31 October 2017. Normally, this first mention would be a brief procedure, and the magistrate would fix a date for the next step in the judicial process.
Meanwhile, inquiries by detectives (based on the NSW Central Coast) are continuing, Police wish to hear from anybody with information.


Priest charged with East Gosford child sex offences In the 90's.

A former Catholic priest who also worked as a teacher has been charged with historical child sex offences dating back to the 80s and 90s.
It will be alleged the man indecently assaulted three young boys a number of times; firstly a young boy whilst he was employed as a teacher in Campbelltown in the 80s, and then two other boys when he was a Parish Priest in the East Gosford area in the 90s.
Following an extensive investigation by Brisbane Water detectives, yesterday police arrested a 78-year-old man at Coonabarabran.


Hunter Pentecostal Christian pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys

BY day he was the committed Pentecostal Christian youth pastor who ran a Hunter refuge for youths and praised Jesus during Assemblies of God church services at Hamilton.
By night Christopher Laban Bridge was a sexual predator, whose abuse of two boys was known by at least one Assemblies of God church leader from the early 1970s, before Bridge moved to the Hunter to take up a youth pastor position.
Court documents show Bridge moved to a Hamilton Assemblies of God church in 1975 after a Dubbo Assemblies of God minister was told Bridge sexually abused two boys in far west NSW. Bridge went on to sexually abuse a third boy at Charlestown in 1976 and a fourth boy at Cardiff in the early 1980s. 


Report into problematic and harmful sexual behaviours of children in schools released

The Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse's Report of Case Study 45 - Problematic and harmful sexual behaviours of children in schools - was released today.

This report follows a public hearing held in Sydney in October and November 2016.

 The King's School, Parramatta NSW

The Royal Commission examined the response of The King's School to an incident of harmful sexual behaviour involving CLC, a former King's student, at a cadet camp in April 2013.

CLC, then in year 10, awoke one night to find that another student had ejaculated onto his sleeping bag. Over the following months, CLC was bullied by students, who called him 'cum rag' and 'cum dumpster'. On one occasion, students renamed the King's wi-fi networks 'CLC is a cum rag'.


Top NSW private schools failed to address sex abuse claims: royal commission report

Two of the state's most exclusive private schools failed adequately to investigate and address allegations of sexual abuse involving students, a royal commission has found.
Senior management of The King's School in Parramatta did not report the alleged sexual assault of a student in 2013 to authorities, despite a police officer's written advice to do so.


Abuse at exclusive schools revealed by royal commission

TWO of Sydney’s most exclusive religious schools have come under fire from the child sex abuse royal commission after boys were “raped” with a homemade wooden dildo at one school while other boys were bullied and one called a “cum rag” at another.
The shocking abuse at Parramatta’s The King’s School and Trinity Grammar at Summer Hill — where parents pay up to $60,000 a year for tuition and boarding — was not adequately dealt with by the schools, the royal commission said today.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Royal Commission receives further information about Christian Brother Peter Toomey in Victoria

By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated on 18 October 2017
Some years ago, Christian Brother Peter Toomey was jailed for sexually abusing young boys at Catholic schools in Victoria. In 2017, Australia's child-abuse Royal Commission has received further information about other former pupils who encountered Christian Brother Peter Toomey in their schooldays. This Broken Rites article gives some background about Toomey's earlier conviction, which was in 2005.
Peter John Toomey joined the Victoria-Tasmania province of the Christian Brothers order about 1967, when he was aged 18. In 1972, aged 23, he was teaching a variety of subjects in Years 7 and 8 at Trinity Regional College in Brunswick, in Melbourne's inner north.
In 1998, an ex-student of this school ("Boris", born in 1960) was having a personal crisis at the age of 38. In discussions with his parents, he revealed how he had been sexually abused by Brother Toomey at the Brunswick school in 1972-3, when he was aged 12. Boris's father then phoned Broken Rites, asking how to obtain justice. Broken Rites advised this victim to have a chat with Victoria Police detectives.


Former Melbourne priest Peter Waters in court

Father Peter Waters was a priest in parishes of the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese until he took early retirement in 1999, when he was aged in his fifties. In 2017, aged 72, he was charged by police with child-sexual offences relating to his time in the Melbourne archdiocese. In late 2017, the charges were tabled in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, and a contested committal hearing is scheduled to be held there in 2018. The magistrate will then decide whether there the case should go to a trial in a higher court, the Victorian County Court.
The charges have been laid by detectives from the Sano Taskforce of the Victoria Police, located in Spencer Street, Docklands, Melbourne.
The incidents allegedly occurred between 1973 and 1986.
The charges include indecent assault on males aged 12 to 19 and carnal knowledge of a girl aged 10 to 16 years old.
Peter Waters is listed at the court as being located at a private address in south-eastern Victoria.


Friday, 13 October 2017

Catholic Church 'hiding behind the law' over historic abuse compensation claims

A man who was raped and beaten by priests and brothers as a 12-year-old says he felt like a beggar when he asked the Catholic Church for money to pay for medical bills for treatment of the mental and physical illness he suffered as a result of his abuse.
Russell Clark is just one of many survivors of abuse who signed deeds of release, which prevent them from taking further legal action or requesting more compensation.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

This priest became the deputy to a bishop, then was jailed and now is in court again

By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 12 October 2017

A senior Catholic priest from western Sydney, Father Richard Cattell, committed sexual crimes against boys in the 1970s and 1980s. Later, in the early 1990s, the Catholic Church promoted this priest to become the Vicar-General of his diocese, supervising 48 parishes in western Sydney on behalf of the bishop. In 1994, Cattell was jailed regarding one of his victims (from the 1970s). In 2015 he was jailed again regarding another victim (from the 1980s). In 2016, police charged Cattell regarding another 1970s victim (case number 2016/00101011), for which Cattell is awaiting sentence. Meanwhile, in 2017, yet another Cattell case (number 2017/00073102) has begun its preliminary procedures, with another brief mention due in Penrith Local Court on 27 October 2017.
Richard Cattell's two current cases are:


This Christian Brother worked at a notorious school in Ballarat in the 1970s, now he is still facing charges

  • By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 12 October 2017)
Christian Brother Stephen Francis Farrell was one of the child-abusers who taught at Australia's notorious St Alipius parish school in Ballarat in the 1970s. Later he left his religious order and then taught in other Catholic schools as "Mister" Farrell. He married three times. By December 2013, three of his earlier St Alipius pupils had got him convicted for his crimes. In May 2015, several of Farrell's victims gave evidence at a public hearing of Australia's national child-abuse Royal Commission. In late 2017, Farrell (now aged 65) is facing court again on additional charges relating to the 1970s.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

This priest abused 14 boys, police allege in a NSW court

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 9 October 2017
For 34 years until 1995, Father David Joseph Perrett was a priest in the Armidale Catholic diocese, which covers a large region in northern New South Wales, extending up the New England Highway to the Queensland border. In 2017, Perrett (now aged 80 and no longer working as a priest) is facing court, charged with sexual offences allegedly committed against 14 young boys between 1970 and 1982 while he was working as a priest. In May 2017, NSW police charged him regarding four of these boys. After these charges became public, more of Perrett's alleged victims contacted the police. By October 2017, police charged him in court regarding another ten boys. Police are continuing their investigation.


Monday, 9 October 2017

Up to 50 witnesses could be called for Cardinal George Pell's committal hearing

Up to 50 witnesses could be called and a "voluminous" amount of evidence discussed when Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic official, faces a committal hearing next year on charges of historical sex abuse.
Cardinal Pell, 76, who has vigorously denied all allegations of sexual abuse, returned to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday for a 20-minute administrative hearing.


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Four-week court hearing for Cardinal Pell

A four-week hearing in March will determine if Cardinal George Pell stands trial over historical sexual offence allegations involving multiple complainants.
As many as 50 witnesses will give evidence during a hearing that will determine if Cardinal George Pell stands trial on historical sexual offence charges.
The highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse has appeared in court for the second time, again for a brief administrative hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
The case will return to the same court for a four-week committal hearing beginning on March 5.
A magistrate will then decide if Pell stands trial in the Victorian County Court over the charges involving multiple complainants.
The defence will argue some of the allegations, those involving Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral, could never have happened.


Friday, 6 October 2017

Cardinal George Pell appears at Melbourne Magistrates' Court to fight historical sexual offence allegations

Cardinal George Pell will face a four-week committal hearing next March as he fights historical sexual offence allegations, some of which are impossible, according to his legal team.
Australia's most senior Catholic cleric has faced his second hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, after he was charged by Victoria Police detectives in June with offences involving multiple complainants.
The exact detail and nature of the charges have not been made public.
Cardinal Pell strenuously denies the allegations.
Cardinal Pell's defence barrister, Robert Richter QC, said his team will aim to prove some of the allegations made against his client could never have happened.


Cardinal George Pell in Melbourne court over historical sexual offences

Guarded by a ring of police, Cardinal George Pell has been heckled outside the Melbourne Magistrates' Court where he appeared for a brief mention of his case.
A frail-looking Pell, 76, left the court building on Friday morning with his barrister Robert Richter QC and a band of police, who accompanied the pair to the lawyer's office amid a media frenzy.
As he made the slow walk to and from court, Pell was heckled by protesters but didn't react.

Top Vatican adviser Pell's hearing date set, dozens of witnesses planned

Melbourne (CNN)Dozens of witnesses are expected to give evidence when Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell faces an Australian court again in March on charges of historic sexual assault.
One of the most senior figures in the Vatican, Pell appeared at Melbourne Magistrates' Court Friday after he was charged by detectives from Victoria Police in June.
He is fighting multiple allegations of historic sexual abuse, although the details of the charges have not been made public.
His barrister Robert Richter QC already told the court in the first hearing in July his client would plead not guilty.

Cardinal George Pell to face four-week court hearing over alleged historic sex assault offences

Cardinal George Pell, one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican and Australia's most senior Catholic, will face a four-week court hearing next March over alleged historic sex assault offences that his lawyer described as “impossible”.
The 76-year-old, who has strongly denied any wrongdoing, attended a brief procedural hearing in Melbourne but made no comment.
The court has ordered a four-week committal hearing to begin on March 5.
The court heard that at least 50 witnesses will be called, including some who were choirboys at the time of their relevant evidence. Five witnesses were disallowed.


Pell to make case for abuse charges as ‘impossible’ at March hearing

In a court hearing on Friday, an attorney for Australian Cardinal George Pell described abuse charges against the 76-year-old prelate as "impossible." A four-week hearing has been scheduled beginning next March 5 to determine if the claims of "historical sexual offenses" against Pell are sufficient to proceed to a full trial.


Cardinal charged with sex offenses jeered at Australia court

SYDNEY (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offense charges, was jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance in his native Australia on Friday in a case that has rocked the Vatican and placed scrutiny on the pope’s stance against abusive clergy.
Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic and Pope Francis’ top financial adviser, Pell entered the Melbourne Magistrates Court flanked by police and media as a small group of placard-waving protesters yelled from the sidewalk. He did not react to the hecklers.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Child abuse activist Cathy Kezelman hits back over 'false memory' claims

A leading child abuse activist linked to the $500 million child abuse royal commission has hit back at claims by her family that her psychological treatment triggered "false memories" of abuse at the hands of her father as she comes under fire over her role advising on a compensation scheme for victims.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Barbara Blaine, SNAP Founder, Advocate For Victims Of Clergy Sexual Abuse, Dies

Barbara Blaine, who founded the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and was also the former president of the organization, died Sunday in Utah at the age of 61, the support group confirmed.
Last Monday, Blaine suffered a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, her family said in a statement to Reuters. The rare condition involves a tear in one or more blood vessels in the heart of the patient.
The managing director of SNAP, Barbara Dorris, issued a statement Sunday regarding Blaine's contribution and pioneer work for the survivors of clergy sexual abuse. "Few people have done more to protect kids and help victims than Barbara Blaine. Her relentless advocacy enabled millions to eventually accept a long unbelievable reality: that tens of thousands of priests raped and fondled hundreds of thousands of kids while bishops hid these heinous crimes. She started-and for almost 30 years-worked extremely hard to help build the world’s most successful organization of child sex abuse victims. Her contributions to a safer society would be hard to overstate," Dorris wrote on SNAP's official page.


From the Family of Barbara Blaine

September 24, 2017

We can now share with you that Barbara has peacefully passed away following an unexpected and rare cardiac event (SCAD) that occurred this past Monday. Her final hours were spent surrounded by her husband, Howard and sisters Marcia and Marian. From the window in her room, she was basked in the bright sunlight cascading off the serene Utah landscape. Barbara loved hiking those rocky climbs with Howard, and her indomitable spirit was in harmony with the unshakable vistas.
From running a homeless shelter that she helped found, to acting as a tireless voice for those sexually abused who might otherwise have been silenced by the Catholic Church, Barbara was a fierce and tireless warrior on behalf of social justice. Her passion for progressive and compassionate advocacy was only matched by the love she felt towards family. Those fortunate enough to have known her are readily familiar with the absolute commitment she felt towards her close circle; we were all lucky to have been graced by her love.
Barbara was taken far too early, and we may never find rhyme or reason in the manner of her passing, but we can forever find inspiration and purpose through the manner in which she lived. She was a truly remarkable human being, and her spirit will remain with us, shaping our choices for the better, erring us away from petty concerns and encouraging us to lean in towards compassion, that we might honor her memory.
A Celebration of Barbara's life will be held at a future date.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Marist Brothers admit suicides by ex-pupils

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 24 September 2017

Research by Broken Rites Australia has discovered that two former pupils, from one of the nation's most prestigious Marist Brothers schools, have died by suicide. Before dying, both men revealed that they had been sexually abused during their school years by a long-serving teacher, Brother Aubrey Tobin. Broken Rites is doing further research about this Brother Aubrey.
The Marist Brothers head office in Melbourne has confirmed these two suicides in a letter to another former pupil. Broken Rites has inspected a copy of this letter.
In this article, to protect the identity of these two suicide victims, Broken Rites will refer to them as "Denzil" and "Rufus" (not their real names).


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

French cardinal to face trial over 'cover up' of priest's sex abuse

A French Cardinal will go on trial in April accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a paedophile priest in his Lyon diocese over 25 years ago, a court ruled Tuesday.
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the most senior French Catholic leader to be tried for allegedly failing to report a predator priest, will go on trial on April 4 next year, a court in Lyon said.
The Cardinal, who has been the archbishop of Lyon since 2002, and six other defendants are suspected of having covered up a priest's child abuse in the 1980s by failing to inform the authorities.
Barbarin has always denied the allegations but last year he came under immense pressure when the sex abuse scandal first emerged.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Fears $4bn abuse scheme will fracture

Plans for a $4 billion national child abuse redress scheme are fracturing, with several states holding out amid deep uncertainty over costs and cash-strapped organisations in fear of being sent broke. At least three state governments are refusing to guarantee they will sign up to the centrepiece of the abuse royal commission, which recommended that a single national redress scheme be implemented.
South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia are either ­opposed to existing plans or are demanding the federal government detail its final position — including costings — ­before stating what they will do.
The Australian has also established that some smaller entities responsible for abuse have privately told government officials they fear being bankrupted by any scheme that requires payments of up to $150,000 for each victim.


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Hundreds of Scottish orphanage children allegedly buried in mass grave

High infant mortality rate and allegations of abuse raise suspicions of Smyllum Park in Lanark, once run by Catholic nuns

The Scottish child abuse inquiry is to investigate claims that the bodies of at least 400 children from a home once run by Catholic nuns are buried in an unmarked mass grave.
The high infant mortality rate has raised concerns about conditions at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, which was operated by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.
The institution, which looked after children from broken homes, opened in 1864 and closed in 1981. More than 11,000 children stayed at the orphanage over that period.
Records reveal that most of the deaths were due to natural causes, mainly from diseases such as TB, pneumonia and pleurisy. About a third of the victims were under the age of five, and the majority of the deaths occurred between 1870 and 1930.


Bodies of over 400 children believed buried at orphanage run by nuns

The bodies of hundreds of children who died at an orphanage run by nuns are believed to be buried in a mass grave, a BBC and Sunday Post investigation has uncovered.
At least 400 children from Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark are thought to be buried in an unmarked grave at the town's St Mary's Cemetery, research by the paper and the broadcaster's File On 4 programme indicates.
The orphanage, run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, was home to more than 10,000 children between opening in 1864 and closing in 1981.
Former First Minister Jack McConnell told the Sunday Post: "It is heartbreaking to discover so many children may have been buried in these unmarked graves.
"After so many years of silence, we must now know the truth of what happened here."


Catholic Church to remove plaque featuring sex offender priest from Tasmanian Cathedral

A controversial plaque on Hobart's St Mary's Cathedral featuring a former Catholic priest convicted of sex offences will be removed after victims of child abuse called for it to be taken down.
The artwork, from the 1980s and attached to an external wall of the cathedral, depicts the late Philip Green, who held the title of monsignor.
In 2004, Green pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a former altar boy and was given a three-month suspended prison sentence.
On Thursday, the Archdiocese of Hobart said it had "no immediate plans" to remove the plaque, which also honours former archbishop Sir Guilford Young.
But Tasmanian Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous has since ordered that it be taken down.
Former Catholic priest Julian Punch, who said he was also assaulted by Green, publicly called for the removal of the plaque in his book, Gay With God.
He welcomed the announcement, but also said it should have been removed years ago.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Ex-Catholic priest Adrian Van Klooster jailed over child sex abuse drawings

A retired Catholic priest, with a past history of sex abuse against children, has been jailed for a year after disturbing illustrations of children being abused by adults and other children were found on a CD at his home.
Adrian Van Klooster, 75, was already a reportable sex offender and on the national paedophile register after being jailed for eight years in 2003 for the abuse of a group of children who were staying overnight at his parish house in Australind.
Today, in Perth’s District Court, he was returned to prison for another year after pleading guilty to possession of the child exploitation material discovered by police at his Maddington home last November.
The court was told that after failing to notify authorities about his internet use on a Twitter account – a condition of his reportable offender status – police raided his house, and found the CD.


Sexual abuse victim re-traumatised by Catholic church compensation process

[Note: See the Royal Commission's Redress and Civil Litigation Report.]
The woman’s ‘extremely difficult’ 13-month ordeal to receive a payout adds weight to calls for an independent redress scheme, says her lawyer
A Victorian woman who was sexually abused as a teenager says the process of getting compensation from the Catholic church was “unnecessarily agonising” and sent her to “an absolute state of unwellness”.
The woman’s revelation adds weight to calls for an independent redress scheme, the final framework of which is expected to be released in the coming weeks, following a proposal put forward by the federal government last year.
Therase Lawless (not her real name) was 14 when she was first approached by a teacher at her school in northern Victoria in the 1980s, who conducted a sexually abusive relationship with her from the ages of 15 to 17.
Lawless, now 50, did not acknowledge her experience as being sexual abuse until she was diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder at 35.
“I had no idea that there was even such a notion of sexual abuse,” she said. “I was groomed by him to believe that I was a mature woman from the age of 15 … I did know that he was being horribly, horribly manipulative and abusive, and it was absolutely awful at the time, torturously awful at the time, but I believed it was my choice and I’d invited it and I was in an adult world. This was what an adult world was like.”


Vic clergy abuse trials a year away

Court trials for a group of clergy abuse victims suing the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat and now-deceased Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns will not likely begin until late 2018.
The victims, who allege they were abused at the hands of Australia's worst pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, are suing for negligence.
Bishop Mulkearns, who died of cancer last year, allegedly knew that Ridsdale had abused boys.
However, it is claimed he simply moved Ridsdale, who has been in jail since 1994, between parishes and did not take proper steps to protect children.
Judicial Registrar Julie Clayton told the Supreme Court of Victoria on Friday she would book trials for six complainants in a block during September and October next year.


Friday, 8 September 2017

Ex-Catholic priest Adrian Van Klooster jailed over child sex abuse drawings

A retired Catholic priest, with a past history of sex abuse against children, has been jailed for a year after disturbing illustrations of children being abused by adults and other children were found on a CD at his home.
Adrian Van Klooster, 75, was already a reportable sex offender and on the national paedophile register after being jailed for eight years in 2003 for the abuse of a group of children who were staying overnight at his parish house in Australind.
Today, in Perth’s District Court, he was returned to prison for another year after pleading guilty to possession of the child exploitation material discovered by police at his Maddington home last November.
The court was told that after failing to notify authorities about his internet use on a Twitter account – a condition of his reportable offender status – police raided his house, and found the CD.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Three strikes but he's still on the stairway to priesthood

You tell me whether this wanna-be Catholic priest should be sacked or not.
Five years ago, in 2012, as complaints against the church flooded in and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was announced, he took a fondness to an altar girl.
To her family, it amounted to so much more than that. He had also squeezed her around the hips, and followed, or stalked, her - an accusation amounting to sexual abuse. That’s supported by the wording in the Towards Healing document which defines sexual abuse as any kind of “harassment, molestation, and any other conduct of a sexual nature which is inconsistent with the integrity of a pastoral relationship’’.
No charges were laid, but the impact on his 14-year-old victim was undeniable. She felt scared, and then sick, anxious and then she couldn’t sleep. Her school marks began to plummet. And ongoing psychological sessions were testament to the damage grown-ups can do to our kids.
That was his first strike. Should he have been dismissed from the seminary there? If he was a teacher, wouldn’t he have been in all sorts of strife?


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Catholic Church in Australia unlikely to change, abuse review head says

Two members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council - the body established by the Australian bishops and religious orders to liaise with the Royal Commission - have spoken out, with Vice Chair Ms Elizabeth Proust telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that she was "pessimistic" about the Church's willingness to reform and Council member Professor Greg Craven criticising the Commission and media coverage.
Ms Proust, a businesswoman and former leading civil servant, said she feared the Church would emerge from the Royal Commission only "partially cleansed and unreconstructed".


Rites v rights: the Catholic Church faces a crisis of conscience

The Catholic Church in Australia is fighting on three fronts – same-sex marriage, euthanasia and education funding – that will test its influence both inside and outside the church, with the people in the pews and the politicians and powerbrokers.
Legalised same-sex marriage seems inevitable, euthanasia is back on the legislative agenda in Victoria and NSW, and the federal government has calculated that it can get away with an attack on funding for Catholic schools.


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale to serve more time, likely to die in jail

Notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale is unlikely to ever taste freedom again.
In Victoria’s County Court this morning Australia’s worst sex offender priest had another three years added to his minimum jail term, meaning he cannot seek parole until 2022.
Part of the 11-year sentence he was given today will be served at the same time as a previous sentence, meaning he may serve just an extra three months for each of the 12 new victims who bravely came forward to report abuse.
The horrific ordeal of one young girl whose father left her on a church altar to be raped by Ridsdale moved the County Court to tears when it was revealed earlier this month.


Expert picked by Pope to fight child sexual abuse visiting Brisbane to talk with priest, bishops, and laity

BRISBANE will host a public seminar by one of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner.
With a reputation as a reformer, Pope Francis named Fr Zollner, together with Irish child abuse survivor Marie Collins as founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014.
Fr Zollner is president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Ms Collins’ resignation from the Commission earlier this year sent shock waves through the Church, however, the Vatican-based Jesuit has stuck with the Commission’s work training Church officials and bishops’ conferences worldwide about safeguarding children.


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Bunbury victim to file church abuse allegations in Supreme Court

Twenty years after Alan Rowe first approached the Catholic Church seeking an apology for alleged sexual abuse by a priest in Bunbury, he is set to file writs against the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury in the New South Wales Supreme Court.
Mr Rowe was an altar boy at St Patrick’s Cathedral in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He claims that Father Kevin Johnston, one of the parish priests, abused him on about 12 separate occasions.
“Father Johnston would come to me when we were in the sacristy together and changing into our robes for the service,” he said.
“He would fondle me and make me touch his genitals too.
“I recall that Father Johnston used to say once he was finished with me that if I was to say anything about this, I’d be in a lot of trouble.”


Former New England Catholic priest David Joseph Perrett charged with 43 new child sex offences by Armidale detectives

A FORMER Catholic priest has been charged with 43 new historical child sex charges after 12 more alleged victims came forward.
David Joseph Perrett was charged with the fresh counts by Armidale detectives and now faces a total of 52 offences, accused of abusing 16 different children.
Detectives allege Perrett, who was a Catholic priest in the New England, molested the children between 1970 and 1986.
He remains on conditional bail after the DPP tried unsuccessfully to have the now 80-year-old’s bail revoked in Armidale Local Court.


Saturday, 26 August 2017

This Catholic religious Brother is in court again as more ex-students speak to police

  • By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 26 August 2017)

This Broken Rites article reveals how the Catholic Church harboured a child-sex abuser, Marist Brother Gerard Joseph McNamara, for four decades until some of his victims spoke (separately) to the Victoria Police child-protection detectives. When the police charged McNamara regarding these victims, the Marists enthusiastically supported McNamara and ignored the victims. But Broken Rites supported the victims — and in 2004-5 McNamara finally pleaded guilty and was convicted. This prompted more of McNamara's former students to contact the detectives. In 2016, McNamara pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two more of his victims, resulting in another conviction. In 2017, prosecutors filed new charges against McNamara in Melbourne Magistrates Court, regarding five more former schoolboys; and this case will be heard in 2018.
The new charges in 2017 (for hearing in 2018) are reported at the end of this article.


Thursday, 24 August 2017

St Edmund's College teacher on trial for alleged historic sex abuse

A former Canberra school teacher was sacked from St. Edmund's College after allegations of improper conduct with a student, a court has heard.
The alleged victim did not go into detail with the school headmaster at the time and then kept his silence after Garry Leslie Marsh's termination.
The ACT Supreme Court has heard that coverage of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse stirred memories and prompted the alleged victim to report the matter to police 35 years on.
But the defence says this passage of time disadvantaged the accused as it made it harder to challenge the allegations.
Marsh, 72, of Sydney, is on trial before Justice John Burns accused of indecent assault and buggery.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Former Marist teacher says he barely remembers student he is accused of indecently assaulting

A former Marist College teacher accused of indecently assaulting a student in the early 1980s has said he struggled to even remember the boy.
David Kisun, 71, is facing three charges of indecent assault.
Kisun was charged after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearings in Canberra.
The alleged victim, who was aged nine at the time, told the ACT Supreme Court he was given a seat in the back row of the class.
He said Kisun would stand behind him and put his hands inside his clothing while the rest of the class was working.
He said at other times Kisun kept him inside at lunch and recess and assaulted him.


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Royal Commission: North Queensland school failed student after indecent assault by boys

A north Queensland Indigenous boarding school did not have the money to properly care for a student after she was indecently assaulted by older boys, according to the findings of a lawyer assisting a child sex abuse inquiry.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard in November last year that the 14-year-old girl was assaulted by four boys behind a classroom at Shalom Christian College near Townsville in 2006, when the students were supposed to be in the boarding house.
The victim's parents told the royal commission that after the incident, the boys were put into lockdown at the school, and their daughter sent to another school campus and offered no counselling or care.
The findings, by counsel assisting the royal commission David Lloyd, were released on Monday


Queensland school 'failed' student after gang-rape allegation

A Queensland boarding school failed to properly care for a student after she was allegedly gang-raped by older boys while boarding there in 2006, a royal commission has been urged to find.
Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, David Lloyd, made submissions harshly criticising Townsville's Uniting Church-run Shalom Christian College's response to the trauma.
He said, 10 years on, the school still did not have enough money to provide a safe environment for its students.
During hearings in Sydney in November last year, the young woman's tearful parents said they were pressured not to press charges against the four men involved because they came from "well known and influential families" and that former principal Christopher Shirley was "trying to paint a bad picture of my daughter".


Ribbons show solidarity

Coinciding with Child Protection Week (September 4 to 10), the Tatura Sacred Heart Parish will show its support by taking part in the Loud Fences initiative next month.
The parish will hand out coloured ribbons at Mass on September 3 and 10 when parishioners will be invited to tie them to the fence afterwards.
Parishioner Judith Steele said ribbons would also be available in the foyer of the Church.
‘‘So we invite everyone in the community to join with Sacred Heart parishioners in tying a coloured ribbon on our fence throughout the month of September to express support and solidarity for the victims of abuse of any kind,’’ she said.


Monday, 21 August 2017

Jeff Corbett: The con in the confessional

As I watch the growing protest in the Catholic Church against the call for priests to be required to report child abuse confessions, my mind goes to Islam's Sharia law. Forgive me, I can't help it.
The church is fighting, as you have read in this paper, the call by the child abuse royal commission for priests to face criminal charges when they fail to report child sexual abuse that has become known to them in the confessional.
Confession is a cornerstone of Catholic religious practice, a regular event, often weekly, for practising Catholics.
The person confessing to a priest who may be seated behind a partition opens with the words “Forgive me, father, for I have sinned”, discusses those sins with the priest, is given a penance that may be a prayer to recite a certain number of times, and is absolved of those sins.
Catholics believe, or are supposed to believe, that the priest in the confessional is channelling God, that they are talking with God through the priest, although I suspect the godliness of priests has been reduced more than a modicum in the past decade.


Catholic brother Francis Brophy guilty of BoysTown sex abuse

A CATHOLIC brother who inflicted “sheer terror” on vulnerable boys at a Queensland orphanage, sexually abusing nine of them, has been jailed for his historical crimes.
“Your legacy disgusts me and every right-minded member of society,” Brisbane District Court Judge William Everson told Francis Brophy today.
The 87-year-old, who was found guilty by a jury of five offences and sentenced for more than 30 counts in total, sexually abused the orphans at BoysTown, near Beaudesert, between 1978 and 1983.
Judge Everson denounced him as “a cowardly, evil paedophile” who masqueraded as a follower of God while inflicting lifelong damage on the children who were meant to be in his care.
He said Brophy presided over a “Gulag right in our midst” that left some of his victims ravaged by nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.


Friday, 18 August 2017

Full story: Father Ridsdale's life of crime — and the church's cover-up

  • Background article by a Broken Rites researcher, updated 15 August 2017

Australia's most notorious pedophile priest, Father Gerald Ridsdale, has already been in jail for 24 years (so far) for sexual crimes against 54 of his victims. Now, in 2017, he has pleaded guilty regarding another eleven of his victims (ten boys and a girl) with charges including rape, buggery and indecent assault. On 15 August 2017, a judge began pre-sentence proceedings in the Melbourne County Court regarding these additional crimes. This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about how the Catholic Church harboured Father Ridsdale during his life of crime.
The remainder of this Broken Rites article gives the full background of the church's Ridsdale cover-up.
By 1982, Father Ridsdale had been committing child-sex crimes in Victorian parishes for 20 years while his colleagues and superiors took no notice. In 1982, a clergy committee (of which Father George Pell was a member) noted in its minutes that Ridsdale was being evacuated to New South Wales. According to Broken Rites research, Ridsdale continued to commit child-sex crimes in NSW. In the early 1990s, some of Ridsdale's Victorian victims began to report his crimes to the Victoria Police. So, in 1993, Victorian detectives laid the first charges against Ridsdale in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. He was accompanied to court by his support person, George Pell, who had become an assistant bishop in Melbourne. However, no bishop accompanied the victims. Encouraged by Broken Rites, more victims spoke to the detectives between 1993 and 2017.


Abuse commission may need secret volumes

The royal commission into child sex abuse may need to have separate public and confidential volumes in order to avoid prejudicing Cardinal George Pell's legal case.
The final report is expected to be in the order of 15,000 pages long and goes to the federal government on December 15.
AAP understands the commission and government are grappling with potential legal issues over the Pell case.
The royal commission has only examined Pell's handling of abuse allegations against other clergy in the church while he was Melbourne Archbishop and a Ballarat priest and not claims against him personally.
Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic official and ranked number three in the Vatican, was charged in June with multiple historical sex offence charges involving multiple complainants.
There has been speculation in legal circles that the public release of the final report and Melbourne and Ballarat case studies may have to be delayed.


Besieged Catholic Church is wounded, but will not fall

Have things ever seemed worse for the Catholic Church in Australia? If it were a boxer, it would look tangled in the ropes, sliding towards the canvas and spitting blood. The past four years have been horrendous. Endless, horrifying accounts of historical child abuse. A royal commission relentlessly critiquing failures of bishops and processes. The media baying for yet more blood. Cardinal ­George Pell charged with abuse offences. The cardinal has the full presumption of innocence, but the communal trauma is palpable.
And now, a report from the commission eviscerating the Catholic sacrament of confession. How much worse can this get?


Sex abuse and the seal of the confessional

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has just released its Criminal Justice Report in which it deals with many matters relating to the way child sexual abuse within institutions is handled by the Australian criminal justice system. In the course of that report, it recommends mandatory reporting of all suspected child sexual abuse within institutions and the creation of new offences of failing to take proper care to prevent such abuse.
One recommendation that understandably created some media interest is that there should be no exemption to the reporting requirements for information provided in confession.
The commission’s report produces convincing evidence, not only in Australia, but also overseas, that priest sex abusers used confession as a means of assuaging their guilt. It made it easier for them to repeat their crimes because confession was always available.


Sexual abuse: Catholic priests must confess to regain our shaken faith

Father Michael McArdle was reportedly so distressed by his acts of child sexual abuse in Queensland that he would often seek the succour of the confessional. Over a 25-year period, before he was convicted in 2002, he confessed to sexually assaulting children an estimated 1500 times to 30 different priests. In keeping with Catholic tradition in Australia, the priests did not report his crimes to authorities, but moved him on to different parishes, to greener pastures.
McArdle's case resonates this week because on Monday the royal commission into child sex abuse released 85 recommendations on improvements to the criminal justice system. Among them was the proposal that the seal of the religious confessional be broken and that clergy who fail to report child abuse revealed in confession face criminal prosecution, just as anyone else in Australia would. Since the Catholic Church is the only major religion in Australia that still insists its canon law be held above secular law in this regard, this was rightly seen as a challenge, and the Catholic Church, defensive of its significant privileges, responded.


Child safety trumps sanctity of Catholic Church's confessionals

It is understandable that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Australia is resistant to the recommendation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that priests be legally compelled to report to police information received via the confessional. But the church's hostility is not reasonable, and legislators should implement this and other recommendations in the commission's Criminal Justice Report, one of the publications flowing from the four-year investigation.


Bishop says sanctity of confession must be upheld

The region’s highest-ranking Catholic does not believe priests should be compelled to report child abuse admissions made during the sanctity of Confession.
Bishop Peter Ingham, head of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong – which encompasses the entire Macarthur region – says Catholic faith dictates the Seal of Confession “cannot be broken” and it is equally important to “preserve the sanctity” of confession and “protect, defend and help children”.
He said it was not an “either or” situation, but rather a “both and”.
The Bishop has clarified his position in response to a recent recommendation out of the Royal Commission into child abuse within the Catholic church.
The recommendation suggested priests should be compelled by law to report to authorities any instances of child abuse admitted to them during Confession.


When I was 16, I went to confession. I wish the priest had reported what I'd told him

The Guardian
Mary-Rose MacColl
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has said he’ll risk going to jail rather than report what’s said to him in the sacrament of confession, even if what’s confessed relates to child sexual abuse.
His latest comments, made on ABC radio, were responding to a recommendation from the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse to make reporting child sexual abuse allegations mandatory in institutions including when an allegation is made in religious confession. Failure to report would be a criminal offence.
The recommendation is one of a suite of proposed reforms to improve transparency and reporting of sexual abuse and improve the law’s effectiveness to apprehend sexual abusers and protect children.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Evil hid behind handy seal of confession

The Australian
The Australian
August 18, 2017
This week saw the publication of the Criminal Justice report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It calls for sweeping change to the Catholic Church’s seal of confession.
The confessional seal can be hideous: it has been proven to be so in the case of former Catholic priest Michael McArdle and shows emphatically why change is needed.
This case is not from some far-away Third World country; it is from here in Australia, in Queensland. It is an expose of blatant criminal behaviour that can be hidden by the confessional seal — a noxious secret between a priest and a pedophile colleague that facilitates and enables heinous crimes to continue and be swept under the carpet at the expense of children, their lives and their wellbeing, all of which neither sinner nor holy forgiver give a damn about.
It is rare to obtain powerful insight into a pedophile’s private, secret confessions because the “good” priest will not tell and neither will the criminal priest … usually. That’s what makes the Mc­Ardle case gold; this one example we have needs careful examination because it exposes what happens behind the private and closed seal of the confessional for criminal child clergy rapists.


A Hunter child sex offender priest and the price of power

Joanne McCarthy
17 Aug 2017
IN October, 1995 a Hunter Catholic priest took down a short statement from a woman who had been sexually abused by a priest from when she was eight, once while he was hearing her confession.
The child sex offender priest was Denis McAlinden, an Irish cleric sent to Australia at the age of 26.
The woman told of repeated sexual abuse over three or four years.
I’ve spoken with her many times. I’ve spoken with two other McAlinden victims who were also sexually assaulted by him while in the confessional.
If you go to the Vatican website and find the Code of Canon Law it includes Canon 1387. It says that a priest who “under the pretext of confession solicits a penitent to sin against the sixth commandment” – thou shalt not commit adultery – “is to be punished . . . by suspension, prohibitions and privations”. In graver cases “he is to be dismissed from the clerical state”.


Ridsdale has served enough time in prison, lawyer tells court

Notorious paedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale has served enough time in prison, his Legal Aid defence lawyer says.
The claim comes despite Ridsdale admitting this week that he sexually abused 12 more children while a priest in regional Victoria.
The 83-year-old has now pleaded guilty over the course of five court cases to abusing 64 children.
He has been in jail since 1994, serving an effective total sentence of 28 years.
On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to 23 charges, including rape and buggery, for sexual assaults against 11 boys and a girl between 1962 and 1988 while he was a priest in Ballarat, Mildura, Horsham, Edenhope and other locations.