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

They lie in the name of their 'Lord',
let us speak out in the name of TRUTH
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Let us tell them

Tuesday, 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.


Catholic Church unlikely to change, abuse review head Elizabeth Proust says

The senior Australian businesswoman appointed to supervise the Catholic Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis says she is "pessimistic" about the Church's willingness to reform.
Elizabeth Proust, the head of the Church's own Truth, Justice and Healing Council, fears the institution will emerge from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse only "partially cleansed and unreconstructed".


Anglican Church abuse: Paedophile victim's suicide amplifies call for action against Philip Newell

A Tasmanian survivor of clergy abuse is demanding answers after his friend, a fellow victim, suicided before disciplinary action was taken against a senior Anglican Church figure.

Beyond Abuse spokesman and survivor Steve Fisher said his friend, a victim of convicted paedophile priest Louis Daniels, took his own life last week.
Mr Fisher said his friend's death increased frustration over the slow progress of an internal review into findings involving retired Tasmanian bishop Philip Newell.


‘The safety of children should outweigh religious freedom’

It’s little wonder an alarming tantrum by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has gone global this week.
The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said protections for confession should be respected – even if details of child abuse are raised.
The long-time supporter and friend of Cardinal George Pell said he would rather go to jail than break the holy “seal” of confession.


Monday, 14 August 2017

Australia church abuse: Priests 'must report' confessions

Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they do not report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession, an Australian inquiry has recommended.
It is among 85 proposals to emerge from a landmark inquiry into institutional abuse in the nation.
The inquiry had heard harrowing tales of abuse, which were never passed on to the relevant authorities.
The Church has indicated it will oppose altering the rules around confession.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which began in 2013, was contacted by thousands of victims from both religious and non-religious organisations.


Report on Criminal Justice released

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released 85 recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.
The report Criminal Justice, which was released today, recommends a sweep of legislative and policy changes. It includes reform to police and prosecution responses, evidence of complainants, sentences and appeals, and grooming offences. It also recommends new offences, including ‘failure to report’ and ‘failure to protect’.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the criminal justice system is often seen as not being effective in responding to child sexual abuse cases and conviction rates are lower compared to other crimes.


Abuse confessions could see clergy charged

Clergy who refuse to break the seal of confession to report child sex abusers to police may end up facing criminal charges.
The child abuse royal commission wants a new crime of failing to report child sexual abuse in institutions, including for those people who should have suspected the abuse.
The commission says the importance of protecting children from sexual abuse means there should be no exemption for clergy over information received during a religious confession, despite the Catholic Church believing the confessional seal must not be violated.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, says confession is a fundamental part of the freedom of religion that must continue to be recognised by Australian law.


Clergy who fail to report child abuse heard in confession should be charged – royal commission

Clergy who refuse to report child sexual abuse because the information was received during a religious confession could face charges if recommendations for new institutional criminal offences are accepted.
The child abuse royal commission wants failure to report child sex abuse in institutions to be a criminal offence, extending to information given in religious confessions.
People in institutions who know, suspect or should have suspected a child is being sexually abused and fail to act should face criminal charges, it says in its criminal justice report released on Monday.
Stephen Woods – who was abused by the notorious pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale and the convicted pedophile brother Robert Charles Best while a student at St Alipius primary school in Ballarat– praised the commission for the recommendation but said it was overdue.


Breaking the seal of confession could pit church against state

Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has just made recommendations that could electrically charge the relationship between church and state.
It has advised that legislators in Australian states and territories should enact laws to specifically overrule the confessional seal. The recommendation would require mandatory reporting to police from priests who hear confessions concerning child abuse.
The recommendations, if enacted, would place the church and the state in direct legal conflict and would require fundamental change within the international Catholic Church.
While priests in other Christians denominations do hear confessions, for many of Australia's five and a half million Catholics the "seal of confession" is a sacred and secret matter, even when it comes to the heinous crime of child abuse.


Child sex abuse: How the royal commission plans to protect kids

Fairness and reform - that's what the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says are its goals in releasing dozens of recommendations on the criminal justice system.
The royal commission has made a total of 85 recommendations, including major legal and policy changes which it hopes will be adopted across the nation to stamp out child abuse and prosecute more offenders.
But what are the most important changes being proposed, and how will they change the way Australia responds to child sex abuse?
1. You could be charged for failing to report child abuse
Most child abuse laws in Australia are aimed at perpetrators but this particular law will be aimed at other people, including the owners and managers of places that have children in their care.
The royal commission is recommending that state and territory governments make it a crime not to go to the police about child abuse.



The royal commission into child sexual abuse today said priests should be punished if someone taking confession admits to child abuse and the priest doesn't tell police. Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart says no priest can break confidentiality - and doing so will hurt children by making abusers less likely to admit anything even to their priest.
From The Bolt Report - Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart says confession is a fundamental part of the freedom of religion, and must remain so in Australia:


Child sexual abuse disclosed in confession should be reported: royal commission

Priests would no longer be able to use the secrecy of the confessional to avoid reporting allegations of child sexual abuse, a royal commission recommends in its latest report.
In the wide-ranging report into the criminal justice system, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has made 85 recommendations aimed at better protecting children.
One key recommendation is that failing to report information about child sexual abuse disclosed in confession should be made a criminal offence.
"The report recommends there be no exemption, excuse, protection or privilege from the offence granted to clergy for failing to report information disclosed in connection with a religious confession," it read.
Australia's Catholic archbishops were divided on the issue of the Seal of the Confessional when quizzed about it at a public hearing this year which was told that it had been used as an excuse not to report crimes.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Former Maitland Marist student alleges caning so hard it required ambulance treatment

Joanne McCarthy
11 Aug 2017
THE Marist Brothers order has paid compensation to a former Hunter student who alleged he was sexually abused by a lay teacher in the 1970s, and physically assaulted so severely that he was treated by an ambulance officer on one occasion.
The former Marist Maitland student alleged he was physically and emotionally abused by four male lay teachers and three Marist Brothers, including former principal and convicted child sex offender Brother Nestor, also known as John Aloysius Littler, and sexually abused by a lay teacher outside the school.
The order denied the allegations and did not admit “any wrongdoing for any of the claims”, but agreed to a financial settlement with the man in December that included recognition of his need for on-going counselling and treatment.
The settlement occurred only weeks after a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing in Newcastle heard shocking evidence of sexual and physical abuse of students at Marist Brothers schools at Maitland and Hamilton.


Vatican investigates claims against bishop after dozens of priests resign

Bishop Leteng of Ruteng, Indonesia, is accused of diverting funds to a mistress but denies the charge
The Vatican has appointed an apostolic visitor to investigate claims by Indonesian priests that their bishop had a mistress and misappropriated church funds.
Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunyamin of Bandung, Indonesia, told ucanews.com that the Vatican had asked him to look into the accusations against Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng, Indonesia.
Bishop Bunyamin, also general secretary of the Indonesian bishops’ conference, was scheduled to visit the diocese on Catholic-majority Flores Island next week, ucanews.com reported.
The appointment followed social media postings that Catholics in the Ruteng diocese living in Jakarta would gather at the apostolic nunciature for a vigil calling for a speedy resolution to the situation.


Paedophile remains a priest

The Catholic Church is defending its decision not to defrock a paedophile priest who abused boys in Dunedin.
It was confirmed this week Magnus (Max) Murray, now aged 90, is in the care of a Catholic-owned rest-home in Auckland. Despite admitting 10 charges of sexual offending against boys in Dunedin, dating back to the 1950s, Fr Murray has retained his status as a priest following his conviction in 2003, the church has confirmed.
It was a discovery that outraged Murray Heasley, the head of a group of former pupils campaigning for Kavanagh College to adequately acknowledge its links to Fr Murray’s dark past.
He was a teacher at St Paul’s High School, which later became Kavanagh College, at the time of his offending.
A picture of him was on the college’s honours wall until earlier this year, when a complaint from Dr Heasley and 12 other former pupils prompted its removal.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Australia's Ballarat diocese accused of breaking Church sex abuse guidelines by challenging compensation claim

The Diocese is alleged to be denying the circumstances of the victim's abuse, despite fact it was accepted by the Court three years ago
The Diocese of Ballarat, one of the Catholic bodies most scrutinised by Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, has been accused of breaking the Church’s guidelines in resisting a compensation claim by a victim of laicised priest Gerald Ridsdale.
The guidelines state a claimant cannot be required to prove the elements of an abuse case that the Church authority had already accepted to be true.
But lawyer Paula Shelton said the Diocese was challenging parts of her client's claim that were accepted by a court when Ridsdale was convicted of the abuse. Her client was seven years old when sexually abused by Ridsdale, who is now in jail, in 1980.


Monday, 7 August 2017

Vic priest to be sentenced for sex abuse

A Victorian priest is due to find out how long he will spend in jail after pleading guilty to molesting boys at Victoria's notorious Rupertswood boarding school.
Frank Peter De Dood, 64, is scheduled to face the Victorian County Court for sentencing on Monday after pleading guilty in July to six counts of indecently assaulting five boys.
De Dood's victims were aged 11 to 16 when they were abused between 1978 and 1983 at Rupertswood and at a theological residence at suburban Oakleigh.
One remembers wearing his altar boy robe when molested, while another woke to find the priest assaulting him.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Catholic Church's words ring hollow in light of merciless legal tactics

In public, the Catholic Church has made promises of compassion to survivors of child sexual assault for decades.
Privately, however, it empowered lawyers to "strenuously" defend every Common Law claim brought against the institution.
"The way the church is treating us now is actually adding to the abuse we suffered when we were kids," a survivor confided.
The church has built a ruthless reputation for its range of legal tactics, from stonewalling to counter-attack.
One of the worst known examples of intimidation occurred in the 1990s, when a long-suffering survivor sued the church for allowing a paedophile priest to work in several parishes, leading to horrendous crimes.


Priest's abuse victim slams Ballarat Catholic Church over compensation dispute

The Catholic Church in Ballarat is being accused of breaking its own guidelines in its legal fight against a compensation claim from a victim of notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.
The church released new guidelines for dealing with civil claims for child sexual abuse in November 2015, which it said would promote a more compassionate approach towards victims.
They state a claimant would not be required to prove the elements of an abuse case that the church authority had already accepted to be true.
But lawyer Paula Shelton said the Ballarat Diocese was challenging parts of her client's claim that were accepted by a court when Ridsdale was convicted of the abuse.
"What is very irritating and irking to our clients is that we have these bishops who show up ... at the royal commission and say they're going to treat these plaintiffs compassionately and this is what we get," lawyer Paula Shelton said.


Saturday, 5 August 2017

Former Ararat priest Ryan fails to appear in court over rape charges

A former Ararat Catholic parish priest accused of historic child sexual abuse in regional and suburban Victoria has not appeared in court for health reasons.
Paul David Ryan, 68, was summoned to appear in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday on seven charges including rape and indecent assault at Warrnambool and the Melbourne suburb of Lower Plenty in the 1980s.
At least some of the allegations relate to a victim aged 16 and 17 at the time.
The court was told Ryan, now living in Western Australia, has prostate cancer and could not be in court for health reasons.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

The church concealed the crimes of Father Paul David Ryan, now he faces more charges

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 3 August 2017
Research by Broken Rites has revealed how Catholic Church authorities in Australia harboured a criminal priest, Father Paul David Ryan, during his career in the state of Victoria (and also during his visits to the United States). This enabled Father Ryan to commit more crimes on more children in more parishes. The church authorities concealed Ryan's crimes from the police but eventually some victims began reporting him to the Victoria Police, resulting in a jail sentence for Ryan in 2006. Now, in August 2017, Victoria Police are filing additional charges against Paul David Ryan in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, regarding more alleged victims during Father Ryan's priestly career in Victoria. The court's file number for this new case is H12143748.


Jack the Insider: jail those who cover up sex abuse

From hippy spiritual groups to the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Salvation Army, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Uniting Church, Yeshiva schools in Melbourne and Sydney, Scouts Australia, disability service providers, the Australian Defence Force, the YMCA, hospitals, orphanages, sporting and artistic organisations, government and non-government schools have all been in the gun over the last four years.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse established in 2013 has ceased its public hearings. Its final report will be presented to the federal government in December.
We have lost a great deal of focus as events have unfolded. The media reporting has caused many of the problems, rattling the skeletons of an old unloved and unlovable sectarian Australia and obsessed with gotcha moments as if victims’ pain can only find some expression when a big name comes to grief in a public hearing.


Abuse redress scheme heads to parliament

Laws to provide money, counselling and personal responses to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will go to federal parliament in the spring sittings.
A national scheme with states, territories and non-government institutions able to join on a "'responsible entity pays" basis was a key recommendation of the royal commission.
Redress under the scheme will have three parts: a payment of up to $150,000, psychological counselling and a direct personal response and acknowledgement from the responsible institution.
The 2017/18 budget committed $33.4 million to set up the scheme and confirmed funding for support services.
A dedicated telephone helpline and website is expected to be operating in early 2018 to provide information to survivors and their families about the scheme.


Cardinal George Pell Is on Trial, and So Is Australia

The trial of Cardinal George Pell for “historic” sexual abuse claims is underway in Australia, but the state of Australian justice also has the world’s attention.
“Trial by Media.” The ominous term has already been a part of the public record in regard to Australia’s Cardinal George Pell. I used the term myself in a post two years ago entitled, “Peter Saunders and Cardinal Pell: A Trial by Media.”
The concern for the poisoning of justice through leaks to a toxic and predatory news media is nothing new, but “Trial by Media” hangs like the burial shroud of justice itself over the trial of Cardinal Pell on 40-year-old claims of sexual abuse.
Lest anyone doubt the power of the media to both generate such claims and shape justice and due process in a case like this, consider a recent issue of The Week, a popular weekly news magazine. The Week presents itself as “The Best of the U.S. and International Media.” It selects excerpts from online media and newspapers throughout the world and presents them as the best written accounts of the week’s top stories.


Italian man awarded 15,000 euros after affair between wife and Catholic priest

An Italian priest has been forced to resign after a Rome court ordered his alleged lover to pay her estranged husband 15,000 euros (£13,400) for depression he suffered over their affair.
The court ruling came at the end of a five-year trial and is the latest in a string of sex scandals to rock the Catholic Church in Italy.
Father Vito Isacchi, the priest named in the court case, tendered his resignation in the archdiocese of L’Aquila on Tuesday after news of the court ruling was made public.
The woman, who has not been named, was ordered to pay thousands of euros, 45-year-old Father Isacchi, known as ‘Don Vito’, was excused from paying any compensation as the court found him “irrelevant” to any violation of the marriage.
In a surprise ruling, the court ordered the cuckolded husband to pay 3,200 euros as a contribution towards the priest’s sacred vestments.


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Court system is unfair and traumatic for child sexual abuse victims, inquiry chair says

The court process is unfair and often traumatic for child victims of sexual abuse, the chair of the royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse has said.
In a speech delivered at a conference in Sydney on Wednesday, Justice Peter McClellan said that reliance on cross examination in criminal trials, which was intended to help juries determine the truth of any particular witnesses’ claim, was damaging to vulnerable witnesses like children or victims of sexual abuse.
The royal commission is expected to recommend changes to the trial process when it hands down its final report on 15 December. Among the options being considered, McClellan said, are introducing to all states and territories the Queensland crime of persistent sexual offences, which does not require the victim to recall the details of specific incidents.


Criminal Justice Issues for the Royal Commission

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM
Chair, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
In our system of criminal justice the victim of an offence is not given a central role. This was not always the case.
Historically the role of the state in the criminal trial process was very limited. Criminal disputes were considered private matters. Until the start of the 1400s, the laying of charges and the conduct of the prosecution was performed almost exclusively by the victim or their family.[1]
Over the next three centuries the royal courts and officers of royal justice would exercise increasing influence in the criminal justice process, conducting both investigations and prosecutions.[2] However, victims remained, in many cases, responsible for apprehending the offender, filing charges, collecting evidence and running the trial.[3]


Child sex abuse royal commission chair calls for change as cases double but conviction rates fall

The chair of the royal commission into child sex abuse is calling for legal changes to help victims, saying in a speech to be delivered today that while the number of cases before the courts has almost doubled in recent years, conviction rates are down and the number of acquittals has risen.
Justice Peter McClellan is calling for changes to legal processes and the rules of evidence to ensure victims are given the best chance of receiving justice.
In a speech to be delivered to a conference in Sydney today, Justice McClellan said the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had seen many more victims coming forward to police.
But official data shows conviction rates are down and the chances of an offender being acquitted have risen rather than fallen.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SA Police investigates events leading to Adelaide accused child sex offender John Mountford fleeing

South Australian Police have begun fresh investigations into whether an accused child sex offender was encouraged to leave Australia by senior members of the Anglican Church.
The state's top policeman, Grant Stevens, confirmed officers were looking at the circumstances surrounding the decision by former St Peter's College priest John Mountford to flee Australia for Bali after allegations of sexual abuse against him surfaced in 1992.
Commissioner Stevens would not divulge the subjects of the police probe.
There have been allegations former archbishop Ian George encouraged Mountford to flee, which Mr George has repeatedly denied.


Investigation after accused priest fled SA

South Australian police are investigating how a priest who was accused of child sex offences was able to flee the country in 1992.
Father John Mountford was sacked from St Peter's College after allegations of sexual abuse and was eventually extradited from Thailand in 2004 but charges were later dropped. He died in Libya in 2009.
'The obligation of the South Australian police is to look at the referral from the royal commission as to whether anybody has perverted the course of justice or aided a person who has committed a serious crime to flee justice,' Police Commissioner Grant Stevens told ABC breakfast radio on Tuesday.


Brisbane Catholic girls school rocked by sex abuse claim

A Catholic girls school in Brisbane is the latest institution to be rocked by allegations of historical child sexual abuse.
Mount St Michael's College in Ashgrove principal Sharon Volp sent an email to current and former students on Monday confirming it had received a "formal complaint" about a former staff member between 1976-1978.
Ms Volp said she found "the abuse of children distressing and abhorrent" and the matter had been referred to police.
She reassured the school community the "most stringent protocols" were in place to protect students.
Ms Volp urged anyone with concerns or issues about similar "inappropriate behaviour" by someone who currently or previously worked at the school to contact her and police.
Operated by Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the school provides education for girls from grade seven to 12.


Former Vic priest faces 1970s sex offences

A former Catholic priest has appeared briefly in a Melbourne court via video link facing historical sex charges dating back to the 1970s.
Frank Klep, 74, is facing four charges of indecent assault against a male, with the alleged offences occurring between 1976 and 1982 while he was a priest and teacher at Salesian College Rupertswood at Sunbury.
The matter was adjourned in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Monday, with Klep due to reappear via video link on August 25.


Brisbane girls school Mt St Michael's College receives historical sexual abuse complaint

An exclusive Brisbane girls school has revealed it received a formal complaint of historical sexual assault, dating back 40 years.
Mt St Michael's College, an all-girls Catholic high school in the inner suburb of Ashgrove, has written to former students about the allegations.
The letter, signed by principal Sharon Volp, said the abuse allegedly occurred between a student and a former staff member in the 1970s.


Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Cardinal, The Church and Legal Theatre: Historic Procedure in Melbourne Magistrates Court

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Global Research, July 29, 2017
“The world is watching.” – Cathy Kezelman, Blue Knot Foundation president, The Washington Post, Jul 25, 2017
The show on Wednesday was grim, busy, crowded. Cardinal George Pell, the highest Vatican official thus far to be brought within the legal fold of accusation and accountability for historical crimes of sex abuse, fronted for the briefest of shows at a lowly Magistrates Court in Melbourne.
There was much chatter prior to his arrival on Wednesday morning as to what would happen. For one, a taster was provided that the number of police was simply not enough to contain matters. Ringed by the boys and girls in blue, he seemed in a floating daze, though officially committed to the task at hand.


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Canon expert: Vatican protected bishops for centuries

The ongoing canonical trial of Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron is significant in that it’s only the second time in centuries a bishop has been put on trial by the church, said Thomas Doyle, a Catholic priest and former board member of the Canon Law Society of America.
The last archbishop to undergo a canonical trial — Jozef WesoĊ‚owski, who was accused of sexually abusing children in the Dominican Republic — was defrocked in 2014.
“It’s very, very rare, and the reason it’s rare is because the Vatican or the popes have protected the bishops. They consider them to be the most important part of the church, so they protect them, no matter what they’ve done,” Doyle said. “As a result, the bishops have gotten away with both sexually abusing children and promoting the sexual abuse of children by allowing priests, who they knew were abusive persons, to carry on repeat sexual abuse.”


Foes Of Cardinal Pell In High Gear – OpEd

The hoopla over Cardinal George Pell’s first day in court, July 26, rivals the media hysteria over OJ. There is one important difference: unlike OJ, the hyperventilation over Pell is confined to select quarters.
At the Melbourne courthouse there will be dozens of professional victims, men and women—mostly men—who claim to have been molested decades ago. Though Pell has never been found guilty of anything—and God knows rapacious lawyers have tried to nail him several times—he is being treated by victims’ advocates as if he were Jack the Ripper. Journalists are having a field day.


Police may smuggle Cardinal George Pell into next court appearance

Police may escort Cardinal George Pell through an underground entrance for his next Melbourne court appearance after officers had to force their way through a 100-strong media throng.
The highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday, with his barrister making it clear Pell will plead not guilty to all charges.
Police officers shepherded Pell through a crush of local and international journalists, photographers and camera operators through the main entrance to the Melbourne Magistrates Court and at one stage blocked off part of the road immediately outside the building.


No reasonable doubt George Pell’s QC is the best money can buy. Just ask Mick Gatto

Guilt beyond reasonable doubt. That is the test to be applied by Robert Richter QC in defence of George Pell.
The Cardinal, 76, has engaged the services of the Melbourne barrister to defend him against the so-far unspecified criminal charges being brought by Victoria through the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions.
At the centre of the effort to prove Cardinal Pell’s innocence is the eminent Melbourne barrister whose career has been characterised by high-profile cases.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Vic priest faces court on abuse charges

A Victorian Catholic priest is set to face court for a plea hearing charged with historical child sexual abuse.
Father Frank De Dood, of the Salesian order, will face a plea hearing in the County Court in Melbourne on Thursday, charged with six child sex abuse related crimes dating back to 1978.
The priest's first hearing was adjourned after it was revealed Judge Gerard Mullaly, who was to hear the case, had an indirect family link to one of the victims.


Randy Reverend Blames Holy Ghost for Church Sex Attacks

A church pastor who sexually assaulted seven of his congregation claimed he was doing God’s work, a jury heard.
Rev John Wilson, 70, gave the women cups of tea possibly laced with drugs to put them into a trance before trying to exorcise ‘evil spirits’ and demons from their bodies.
His wife Mary, 79, and assistant pastor Laurence Peterson, 59, helped the self-styled holy healer commit the offences at the Liberty Pentecostal Church, in Keighley, a court heard.
Rev Wilson sexually abused the vulnerable and trusting women over 30 years, and his alleged victims include a mother and daughter, orphaned sisters and a fellow minister’s wife.
Wilson admits inserting his fingers inside many of the women to perform, what he termed ‘deliverances’ or ‘internal ministries’, but claims he was placing his hands where God directed him, to make them better Christians.


Ring of police shields Pell from media

A ring of police officers linked arms to shield Cardinal George Pell from about 100 journalists, photographers and camera operators who swarmed outside a Melbourne court.
The cardinal walked 100 metres from the office of his high-profile barrister Robert Richter QC to the front steps of the Melbourne Magistrates' Court through perhaps the largest press pack the city has seen.
Scores of local and international reporters, plus members of the public, queued from early on Wednesday to ensure a seat in the court room to witness Pell's appearance on historical sexual offences.
The demand for seats forced the court to allocate a second room, so more people could watch a live stream.


Secrecy and security envelop George Pell's magistrates court show

The appearance of the cardinal in a Melbourne court on sexual abuse charges attracted the biggest crowd anyone can remember, but it was still wrapped in mystery, writes David Marr
David Marr
Wednesday 26 July 2017
My apologies. I can’t tell you what’s going on. A great billowing, lace-edged cloak of secrecy still surrounds the case of the Director of Public Prosecutions v. G Pell.
Months down the track, we don’t know what the charges are. Even if they fell into my lap, I would not say a word. Why not? Sorry, that’s a secret too.
Old timers round the Melbourne courts can’t remember the last time the public was left so much in the dark before a great criminal trial. It was certainly baffling for the press of the world who gathered outside the Melbourne magistrates court before dawn for what is usually one of the dreariest rituals of the criminal law: a filing hearing.


Cardinal George Pell fronts court on ‘momentous, symbolic day’

A child sex abuse survivor has called Cardinal George Pell’s first court appearance a “momentous” and “symbolic day”.
Cardinal Pell, 76, fronted Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on historic child sex abuse charges from multiple complainants.
While the Cardinal was not required to enter a plea, his defence barrister Robert Richter, QC, told the courtroom: “I might indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain the presumed innocence that he has.”
Cardinal Pell has repeatedly and strenuously denied the allegations.


A First: Cardinal Pell Appears in Australian Court on Sexual Charges

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday after becoming the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be formally charged with sexual offenses.
Cardinal Pell, 76, was flanked by police officers as he entered Melbourne Magistrates’ Court through a thicket of camera crews, reporters and photographers.
He said nothing during the filing hearing, which lasted about six minutes.
One of the cardinal’s lawyers, Robert Richter, told the court that his client would plead not guilty to all charges and vehemently maintained his innocence. Magistrate Duncan Reynolds set the next court proceeding for Oct. 6.


Accused of abuse, Pell maintains innocence in first court appearance

The circus – as the media have been calling it – began around 5 a.m.* when a large CNN crew arrived outside the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court, though the mass-circulation Herald-Sun already had reporters there to notice that.
By 6 a.m. dozens of local and international media had arrived, followed by supporters of clergy abuse survivors about 7 a.m. They were all hoping to be in Courtroom 2, which has just 37 seats for public and press, at 10 a.m. Security guards had reportedly been there since 9:30 the night before.



MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday in a scandal that has stunned the Holy See and threatened to tarnish the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.
Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and Pope Francis' top financial adviser, has maintained his innocence since he was charged last month with sexually abusing multiple people years ago in his Australian home state of Victoria. The details of the allegations against the 76-year-old cardinal have yet to be released to the public, though police have described the charges as "historical" sexual assault offenses - meaning crimes that occurred years ago.


Vatican treasurer makes brief Australian court appearance over historical sex charges

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell made a brief court appearance in his native Australia on Wednesday to face what police described as "historical sexual offences", making him the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such accusations.
Pell, 76, a top adviser to Pope Francis, did not speak as he was escorted to and from Melbourne Magistrates' Court by police through a large crowd of media, protesters and supporters. He was not required to enter a plea.
Australian police said last month Pell had been summoned to appear on charges of "historical sexual offences" from multiple complainants.


George Pell's rise in the Catholic Church

JUNE 8, 1941 - Born in Ballarat, Victoria
DECEMBER 16, 1966 - Ordained a Catholic priest
1971-1972 - Assistant priest Swan Hill parish
1973-1983 - Assistant priest Ballarat East parish
1973 - Shared St Alipius presbytery with Gerald Ridsdale (later revealed as Australia's worst pedophile priest) and Monsignor William McMahon
1973-1984 - Episcopal Vicar for Education in Diocese of Ballarat; founding member of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

Pope Francis’ aide Cardinal George Pell to plead not guilty to child sex abuse allegations

THE TOP adviser to Pope Francis will plead not guilty to all accusations of child sexual assault against him, his lawyer has told a Melbourne court. 
Cardinal George Pell is the Vatican's de facto treasury minister and is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be charged with sexual abuse.
He faces “multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences” from multiple complainants, said police in the Australian state of Victoria, where Cardinal Pell was a country priest in the 1970s.
Robert Richter, QC, told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court: “Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty to all charges, and will maintain the presumed innocence that he has.”


Cardinal George Pell arrives at Melbourne Magistrates Court

The third most powerful person in the Catholic Church has been escorted by police to the court from his lawyers' offices.
A huge contingent of Australian and international media was on hand.
The 76-year-old has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to return to Australia to fight historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.
He will appear in person at the Melbourne Magistrates Court for a filing hearing at 10am that marks the first stage of what will be a lengthy legal process.
It is an administrative procedure to set the next dates for the court process and may take less than five minutes.


Cardinal George Pell arrives at court for first hearing on sexual abuse charges

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric arrives at Melbourne magistrates court after being charged with multiple historical offences
Cardinal George Pell has arrived at Melbourne magistrates court to appear on charges of multiple historic sexual offences.
He did not speak to the crowd of reporters, protesters and supporters as he arrived in court.
He is the third highest ranking official in the Vatican and the highest ranking Catholic church official to be charged with sex offences.


Cardinal George Pell arrives at Melbourne court to face sex abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell has arrived at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court to make his first appearance as the highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse.
A huge contingent of Australian and international media is on hand.
The 76-year-old has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to return to Australia to fight historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.
His appearance at the Melbourne Magistrates Court for a filing hearing at 10am marks the first stage of what will be a lengthy legal process.


Cardinal Pell court appearance attracts unprecedented media attention

Journalists and supporters of abuse victims are lined up outside a Melbourne court ahead of Cardinal George Pell's first appearance, which is expected to attract an unprecedented amount of international media attention.
Before the sun even rose and hours before the court opened, a line of people began to form outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
The court appearance has attracted media attention from around the world, with journalists from outlets like CNN, BBC News and The New York Times flying crews to Melbourne to watch history in the making.
If the 76-year-old, who is not required to attend the filing hearing, shows up it will be the first time in the world a Cardinal sat in court to face historical sexual assault charges.


Queues, security for Pell court appearance

The media and spectators are already lining up to ensure a seat in the Melbourne court room where Cardinal George Pell is expected to appear later on Wednesday.
Security has also been stepped up outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court, hours before Pell is scheduled to appear for a filing hearing.
The queue started forming before 7am, more than three hours before Pell's scheduled 10am hearing.
The court has made no special arrangements for the appearance despite Pell's high profile and the intense worldwide media attention.
More than 70 media, including many from international organisations like CCN and The Telegraph in London, are already in place outside the court in central Melbourne and have spilled onto the roadway.


George Pell to make history through Melbourne court appearance

If, as expected, George Pell walks into the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning, he will make history.
Never before has a Cardinal appeared in a courtroom to answer charges of sex offences. Not in Melbourne, not in Australia, not anywhere else in the world.
Unless special arrangements are made the third-highest ranked member of the Catholic Church – the man dubbed the Vatican’s Accountant – will enter via the front steps, where he will encounter a media contingent which may well be larger than any ever seen on William Street.
While reports of swarms of international media being flown by the planeload into Melbourne are probably overstated, there’s likely to be little room for the Cardinal to walk through the phalanx of cameras and microphones.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Cardinal Pell in court: A ‘momentous’ day for sex abuse survivors

FOR Ballarat sex abuse survivor Phil Nagle, it’s a momentous day.
The 53-year-old has made the journey from his hometown to Melbourne and he’ll this morning head to the Melbourne Magistrates Court where Cardinal George Pell is due to answer historic sexual offence charges.
The powerful clergyman and senior Vatican figure is expected to be met by crowds of survivors and advocates, and a throng of local and international media, when he arrives for the filing hearing.
Mr Nagle has no links to the complaints against Cardinal Pell. Still, he says the court appearance is something he and others have been “waiting many years for”.
He says he’ll be in court to support the complainants, and hopes to see them and their claims respected by the court and by Pell’s legal team.


Vatican treasurer faces Australian court on sexual assault charges

MELBOURNE, Australia (CNN) - One of the most senior figures in the Vatican will on Wednesday face a court in his native Australia on multiple charges of historical sexual assault offenses.
Cardinal George Pell will appear in the dock at Melbourne Magistrates Court for his first hearing since the charges were made by Victoria Police last month.
The 76-year-old, who has consistently and strenuously denied the charges, has been given a leave of absence from his role at the Holy See as Secretariat for the Economy while he fights the case in the city where he was once Archbishop.
Although expected to be brief, Wednesday's court hearing marks a significant moment in Australia where Pell is the country's most senior Catholic.


Controversial clergy back in Holy Orders

A FORMER defrocked Deacon of Grafton says the Anglican Church appears to have learned little from the traumas of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Former Queensland Education Minister and Grafton City Councillor Pat Comben has been returned to Holy Orders, despite an admission of guilt to the offences that saw him defrocked as the Deacon of Grafton in July 2015.
The Royal Commission found the Diocese of Grafton had denied responsibility for sexual abuse, denied compensation to victims of abuse at its North Coast Children's Home, failed to comply with its own policies and dealt with victims insensitively.


Abuse victims determined to see Cardinal George Pell in court

Catholic Church abuse victims from across Victoria — with no connection to the charges against George Pell — are expected to ­attend a court hearing for the cardinal at the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning.
Philip Nagle, a Ballarat survivor of abuse by Christian Brother Stephen Farrell in the 1970s, had promised other survivors he would attend.
Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, was charged last month with historical sex offences relating to multiple complainants. The court has yet to release the charges.
Mr Nagle said he wanted to see the complainants and their claims handled in a respectful way. He said it was important to make sure it was a just court case.
He said it did not matter that the hearing might only last a few minutes . “(It’s important) to witness it,” he said.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court has said it will be “business as usual” during the cardinal’s first court appearance.



A now-retired Roman Catholic priest was charged Monday with forcing a 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy to perform oral sex on him while counseling the fourth-grader about misbehaving on a school bus.
The state attorney general's office accused the Rev. John Thomas Sweeney of committing felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School in Lower Burrell during the 1991-92 school year.
The boy, now 35 and serving in the Coast Guard, told investigators that after the attack Sweeney's secretary gave him milk and cookies, prosecutors said.
"He is a hero for his service," Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. "Today we know him as a hero for coming forward to share his story with us."
Defense attorney Francis R. Murrman said Sweeney, 74, "vehemently" denies the charges, noting they date back some 26 years and the details were only disclosed as Sweeney was being arraigned.