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

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

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

Friday, 31 March 2017

Child sexual abuse royal commission told physical violence 'the norm' in many institutions

Many children's homes ran on a regime of terror where physical violence was the norm, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.

After three-and-a-half years, the commission's final public hearing has been held in Sydney.
Vice president of the Care Leavers Australasia Network, Frank Golding, said offenders did not need to groom children who were living in institutions, because victims were readily available.


'The damage is catastrophic': When childhood trauma becomes a life sentence

The damage inflicted by childhood abuse is lifelong and catastrophic but support services for victims are "grossly inadequate", a royal commission has heard.
Shelly Braieoux??? told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse she still suffers decades after allegedly being abused in a religious organisation.
"Being a survivor of sexual abuse is like being in a lifelong invisible war," she said.


Vatican commission support ‘validates’ resignation – Collins

Expressions of support for Marie Collins from members of the Vatican’s child protection commission are a “validation” for her position, the former commission member has said.
Mrs Collins stepped down last month from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors after almost three months on the body of which she had been a founder member, saying she had grown frustrated with “resistance” from members of the Vatican bureaucracy, with the last straw being a refusal by members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to respond to survivors’ letters.


Suffer the Little Children: Church Cruelty in Ireland

TUAM, Ireland — Last year, during the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising that led to Irish independence, the writer Colm Toibin pointed to the fatal mistake the British made when putting down the rebellion. It was not just the swift execution of the movement’s leaders, which historians often point to as a defining moment, but the burial of their bodies in quicklime without coffins.
“Anyone Irish will understand that whatever you do, don’t do that,” he said, adding that it “mattered in Ireland in a way that it might not have mattered in some other country.”


Royal commission into child sex abuse about restoring faith

I can only remember four words of a conversation with Justice Peter McClellan after the final day of evidence in Newcastle about the Hunter region's tragic history of child sexual abuse involving churches.
It was September 8 last year, and we were standing outside Newcastle Courthouse. For more than a month the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard devastating evidence of abuse in the Catholic and Anglican churches, of cover-ups and the appalling treatment of survivors.


Survival and safety beyond the child abuse royal commission

The good work of the royal commission must be translated into good work in every family, community and institution across the nation.
Crimes against children were committed at more than 4000 institutions across the nation, including 1500 with religious allegiances and 900 linked to governments. As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began its final week of public hearings, chairman Peter McLellan said it was "remarkable" that this scourge had been so widespread.


Abuse survivors give voice to thousands

Now the survivors who have given voice to the suffering of tens of thousands of others during four years of child abuse royal commission public hearings want action.
They want a zero-tolerance approach after child sexual abuse allegations involving more than 4000 Australian institutions.
It is the only approach the community can adopt, 56-year-old abuse survivor Steven Smith says.


'Mother and Baby' mums should be compensated for 'slave labour' says support group

The thousands of women who were forced into "slave labour" in Castlepollard and other mother and babies home should be compensated by the religious orders who were paid by the state to take care of them, according to the chairman of the Coalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors (CMABS).


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Call for cash redress in mother and baby scandal

A European human rights watchdog believes a redress scheme should be put in place for survivors of mother and baby homes if a commission of investigation confirms widespread suspicions about the manner in which they were run.
Council of Europe commissioner Nils Muiznieks also described revelations of a mass grave of children in Tuam, Co Galway, as "quite gruesome".


Abuse survivor urges politicians to introduce child protection measures

Damian De Marco calls for leaders to cast aside religious loyalties as four-year royal commission wraps up after more than 8,000 sessions with survivors

A survivor whose voice will be one of the last to be heard in the child abuse royal commission has urged political leaders to cast aside religious loyalties and urgently introduce strong child protection measures.
On Friday, the public hearings of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse will come to an end.


Sex abuse royal commission: Apologies don't go far enough to undo damage, child advocates say

Institutional apologies to victims of child sexual abuse are sometimes weak, insulting and do not go far enough to address the long-term damage that has been caused, a royal commission has heard.
Bruce Perry from The Child Trauma Academy in the United States was one of several experts giving evidence about the impacts of abuse at the second last day of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's public hearings in Sydney.


Childhood abuse a 'torturous life sentence', royal commission hears

The damage inflicted by childhood abuse is lifelong and catastrophic but support services for victims are "grossly inadequate", a royal commission has heard.
Shelly Braieoux​ told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse she still suffers decades after allegedly being abused in a religious organisation. 


Canberra child safety campaigner among those to have last word at Royal Commission

A Canberra child safety campaigner will call for blanket mandatory reporting requirements as the public part of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concludes on Friday.
Bravehearts ambassador Damian De Marco will deliver a withering assessment of the capability of religious institutions to change, despite the upheaval of the royal commission.


Abuse survivors welcome compensation settlement over Retta Dixon home in Darwin

Compensation for years of physical and sexual abuse at a notorious home for Aboriginal children will provide relief but will never erase the trauma of what happened, former residents say.
A landmark class action will compensate 71 people around the country, who suffered horrific abuse at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin between 1947 and 1980.


Sex abuse claims: Class action against former Esperance priest Father Kevin Glover

Lawyers are preparing a class action against the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury on behalf of three people who say they were sexually abused by a high-profile priest in the southern WA town of Esperance in the 1960s and '70s.
Father Kevin Glover, who died in the late 1990s, was the parish priest in Esperance but is understood to have worked at parishes throughout the South West.


Peter Saunders: ‘Vatican abuse commission wants compliant survivors, so I’m unlikely to return’

Peter Saunders told the Catholic Herald that he will never stay quiet about the issue of child protection
Abuse survivor Peter Saunders has confirmed that he is unlikely ever to return to the Vatican’s abuse commission.
Saunders, who was placed on indefinite leave from the commission last year, said that he was disappointed that Pope Francis had “never once visited” the commission.


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Disgraced Ballarat Bishop Mulkearns who protected paedophiles erased from history

Across Victoria, on buildings associated with the Catholic church, blank rectangles are appearing.
They signify the fresh removal of plaques, installed decades earlier to signify the opening of a school, church, hospital or hall.


Sex abuse royal commission: Adults who molest children 'often popular members of community'

Adults who are child molesters are often popular members of the community, and do not behave like predatory monsters, a royal commission has heard.
What is a royal commission?
  • The highest form of public inquiry commissioned by the Australian Government into matters of great national importance
  • Set up temporarily on an ad hoc basis, royal commissions draw on public input and can take place over several months or years
  • They have wide-ranging powers to cross-examine, obtain evidence, and protect witnesses

Royal Commission hears how sex predators groom and abuse

A child psychologist held back tears as she told a royal commission how her son was allegedly abused by a teacher at the private school she believed to be "nurturing and protective".
Marija Radojevic​ told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse she trusted the school implicitly.


Need for more engagement with survivors

Galway County Council need to engage in a “much more meaningful way” with Tuam historian Catherine Corless and representatives of the survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. That’s according to Sinn Féin Senator, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.
This week, a Sinn Féin motion to set up a Truth Commission into the home and all other related institutions is due to be voted on in the Dáil, with the Galway Senator calling on all Galway TDs to support the motion.


Church ‘must reply to victims’, says Vatican's child protection commission

The Vatican’s child protection commission, from which an Irish abuse survivor resigned in protest in recent weeks, has told the Pope that the Church needs to start responding “directly and compassionately” to the victims of clerical abuse.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, of which Marie Collins was a founding member, met for its eighth Plenary Assembly over the past weekend.
Ms Collins stepped down from the commission at the start of March blaming “the resistance by some members of the Vatican Curia to the work of the commission”.
At the time, she said the lack of cooperation, “particularly by the dicastery most involved in dealing with cases of abuse, has been shameful.”


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Publication of mother and baby homes report delayed

Zappone says delay due to time required to respond appropriately to recommendations

Publication of the second interim report of the commission of inquiry into mother and baby homes has been delayed because of the time required to respond appropriately to its recommendations.
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone pledged earlier this month to publish the report by the end of March but she said on Tuesday that the delay was “for very good reasons”.

Justice for victims bigger than Commission TORs

A number of recommendations have been made in the latest report to come from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's inquiry, but some lawyers have said that law reforms must go further to make a real difference.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth to get new court hearing

Three victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth are entitled to a full hearing of their claim for damages in the High Court despite previous rulings that they were bound by settlements of cases taken by them in Northern Ireland, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The three — a man and his sister and their cousin — were sexually abused as children by the since deceased Smyth between 1969 and 1988.

Marist Brother 'Romuald' Cable, already jailed, is facing more charges

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 17 March 2017)
A few years ago, Broken Rites helped to obtain justice for schoolboys who were sexually assaulted by Marist Brother Francis William Cable (also known as "Brother Romuald") in Catholic schools in New South Wales. During Brother Romuald's life of crime, his Marist colleagues and superiors looked the other way, protecting him from the police and giving him access to more victims. Eventually, some of his victims (acting separately) began to contact Broken Rites and/or the New South Wales Police, instead of merely telling Romuald Cable's church colleagues. NSW Police detectives then found some more of his victims. As a result, "Rom" Cable was jailed in 2015 regarding 19 of his victims. On 6 March 2017, police charged Francis Cable (now 84) with 14 additional offences (aggravated indecent assault) committed against more five victims, aged 13-14, between 1971 and 1974. These charges will come up in Newcastle Local Court during 2017.


A NSW priest's name is listed for court soon on child-sex charges

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated on 27 March 2017
Father Barry Tunks, 76, who was once the Vicar-General of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese in New South Wales, has been charged by police with child-sex offences, allegedly committed against a young boy nearly forty years ago. Barry Tunks' name is on is on the NSW Courts website, listed for the Forster Local Court (on the NSW mid-north coast) on Wednesday 5 April 2017, when the case will have a preliminary mention with a magistrate. The court case number is 2017/00089299.
According to some of the old printed editions of the annual Australian Catholic directory, Fr Barry Tunks has worked in Maitland-Newcastle Diocese parishes and has also spent time working outside the diocese. For example:


Ministers raised fears of Magdalene redress cost in 2011

Concerns were expressed at Cabinet in 2011 that, if there was an inquiry into Magdalene laundries, it could lead to calls for inquiries into abuses in mother and baby homes, psychiatric institutions, and foster care settings.
The concerns are in a memorandum for Government seeking permission to establish what became the McAleese committee.
Some six years later, Ireland’s mother and baby home system and the treatment of more than 40 vulnerable adults in a foster care setting are now the subject of State inquiries.
The document from June 2011, obtained by the Irish Examiner, reveals that a key issue for government and the attorney general was that the move could lead to pressure for further inquiries and for redress.


Magdalene Laundries: Dodging liability is still the name of the game

Despite the many pronouncements on the Magdalene Laundries, the State is hugely concerned at the payout it may have to make, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.
FEW people will forget the apology offered by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in February of 2013 on behalf of the State to the women who suffered in the Magdalene Laundries.
He spoke of a “nation’s shame” and of women taking the country’s terrible secret and making it their own.
“But from this moment on you need carry it no more. Because today we take it back. Today we acknowledge the role of the State in your ordeal,” he said.
However, less than two years earlier in June 2011, many members of his Cabinet were determined to distance the State as far as possible from any liability.


'Survivors have waited too long': 4000 institutions named in sex abuse royal commission

Thousands of institutions have been implicated in allegations of child sexual abuse, according to new data released by a royal commission.
As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commences its final public hearing, chairman Justice Peter McClellan has urged child protection reform and proper redress for victims.


Royal commission into sexual abuse: Issue of redress must be a priority, commissioner says

Victims have waited too long for a response to their suffering and protection of children should be a top priority in Australia, says the chair of the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
After three-and-a-half years with sessions in every capital city, the final public hearing has begun in Sydney.
Chair of the commission, Justice Peter McClellan, said it was remarkable there were failures at more than 4,000 institutions identified in abuse allegations.


Who is running Ireland – the Government or the Church?

The reach and power of the Catholic Church has waned considerably in recent years in Ireland. But there are troubling signs that its undue influence over the country is returning, writes Keith Porteous Wood.
It is difficult to envisage now, but when the UK was formed at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Dublin was regarded as the "Second City of the British Empire". Ireland's role in British political life was no less than that of England, Scotland and Wales from then until the progressive separations from Britain that started during the First World War.

Pontifical commission for abuse expresses ‘strong support’ for Marie Collins

Pontifical commission for abuse expresses ‘strong support’ for Marie Collins
Pope Francis’ commission on clergy sexual abuse has expressed its “strong support” for a former member of the group who resigned earlier this month due to frustration with Vatican officials' reluctance to cooperate with its work to protect children.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said in a statement late Sunday that the resignation of abuse survivor Marie Collins had been “a central topic” of their discussions during their plenary assembly, held in Rome March 24-26.


Pope's sex abuse board vows to go on without survivor member

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board vowed Sunday to press ahead with their work even without abuse survivors on the panel following the resignation of a respected child advocate.
The commission wrapped up a plenary Sunday saying it would "find new ways" to ensure people who were abused by clergy shape and inform its work. But no specifics were announced, and it wasn't clear if survivors would be named as members down the line.


Life in a Magdalene laundry: Haunting images show children raised in cruel orphanages around the world 'as punishment for their mothers' sins'

Eerie photos from Magdalene Laundries around the world show children eating dinner as nuns watch over them and young women working on heavy equipment.
The images give an insight into life inside the laundries, which were places for women branded 'undesirable' by the church and orphaned children, where untold horrors are said to have taken place.
The establishments were set-up to house 'fallen women', a term that was used to imply female sexual promiscuity, when in reality they were women who had children out of wedlock.
These institutions, also known as Magdalene asylums, have sparked great controversy, only this month a mass septic tank containing the skeletons of 800 babies was found in County Galway, Ireland.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Mass graves in Ireland: A long history of Church abuse

When infant remains were found in a former home for unwed mothers last month, it didn't come as a surprise to everyone.
Tuam, Ireland - When human remains were discovered in a septic tank in Tuam, in western Ireland, last month it didn't come as a complete surprise to everyone.
The unearthing at the site - a former home for unmarried mothers - was the result of a government commission charged with investigating claims of abuse by religious orders. Excavations uncovered an underground structure where human remains were found.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

A fence for solidarity

A man who was sexually abused as a child by a Marist Brother teacher in Shepparton will return to his former home next week to speak about the challenges facing survivors.
Greg Barclay, 61, was just 13 when he was indecently assaulted by John Skehan at St Colman’s College in Shepparton, which is now Notre Dame College.
After years of being haunted by the attack, Mr Barclay only came forward to the authorities about what Mr Skehan did to him in the past few years.
In 2014 his attacker faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court, and was handed a suspended sentence for his crimes.


How she did it: the heroic Irish historian who broke the Tuam baby home scandal

A steady stream of survivors from institutions all across Ireland have been making their way to the home of historian Catherine Corless since it was officially confirmed that human remains of a significant number of babies have been found on the site of a former mother and baby home in Co Galway.
Only for her painstaking research over the past six years, the world might never have known that hundreds of babies were buried in unmarked graves at the Tuam site – some of them in vaults constructed from a sewage tank which had not been used since 1938.


Paedo ex-priest brings conviction appeal

A retired priest jailed for indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1970s must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his conviction.
Tadhg O'Dalaigh (73), of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, had pleaded not   guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to one count of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old boy at Colaiste Chroi Naofa in Carrignavar, Co Cork on a date unknown in 1979.
He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to five years imprisonment with the final two suspended by Judge Donagh McDonagh on December 18, 2014.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Christian Brothers papers show children being ‘sold into slavery’

Richard Bruton unaware of any power to seize industrial school ’private’ documents
 Documents, including contracts that showed children being “effectively sold into slavery”, are at the centre of a dispute between the Christian Brothers and a former industrial school resident who retained the papers for more than 40 years.
Tom Wall, a former resident of St Joseph’s industrial school in Glin, Co Limerick, obtained the documents in 1973, when the Christian Brothers who were leaving Glin asked him to burn files on every resident.
Mr Wall held onto his own file as well as a significant number of files on other residents. In 2015, he donated them to the University of Limerick so they could be maintained and catalogued.

Small churches can't pay abuse redress

The small local churches that make up the bulk of Australia's largest Pentecostal movement do not have the funds to compensate victims of child sexual abuse, an inquiry has heard.
The more than 1000 affiliated churches of the Australian Christian Churches include the multi-million dollar global Hillsong Church, but the group's leader says most are not high-profile.

Father Barry Tunks charged with indecently assaulting a child in the 1970s

FORMER Maitland-Newcastle diocese Vicar General Barry Tunks has been charged with child sex offences after a man alleged he was sexually abused by two Catholic priests and another man in the Taree area in the late 1970s.
Father Tunks, 76, was charged at Waratah police station on Thursday by detectives from Manning/Great Lakes Local Area Command. He will appear in Forster Local Court in April charged with three counts of indecent assault.


A senior NSW priest, now 76, is on child-sex charges from 1970s

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article posted on 23 March 2017
A 76-year-old Catholic priest, who once held a senior position in a New South Wales diocese, was arrested by police on 23 March 2017 and was charged with child-sex offences allegedly committed between 1979 and 1980. The priest belongs to the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, which includes some parts of the NSW mid-north coast such as Taree. He is charged with three counts of indecent assault, allegedly committed on the mid-north coast between 1979 and 1980 on a boy who was aged between nine and twelve years at the time.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Come Down From Pulpit to Deal With Sexual Abuse, Catholic Leaders Told

ROME (Reuters) - Catholic leaders must come down "from the pulpit" to acknowledge that clergy sexual abuse of children and cover-ups had broken the Church's heart and to do more to prevent it, speakers at a conference said on Thursday.
The gathering at a pontifical university in Rome took place as the Vatican was still stinging from the shock resignation on March 1 of Marie Collins from a commission advising Pope Francis on how to root out sexual abuse.
Collins, who as a teenager was abused by a priest in Ireland, quit in frustration, citing "shameful" resistance to change within the Vatican.


Confessions of a Porn-Addicted Priest

“Forgive me. I have sinned.” I’ve always counted it a privilege to hear these words, to offer forgiveness. But for years, it was tainted with self-recrimination: You’re a hypocrite. Indeed, who was I to forgive or offer counsel, when I struggled with sin that I myself refused to confess because I couldn’t give it up and wasn’t sure I wanted to? Now, I have a confession to make.
It began during seminary, scanning photo galleries of models and actresses that I was attracted to. It seemed harmless, no threat to my celibate commitment. I took that promise seriously. I had no illusions that it would be easy, and it wasn’t. This might take the edge off, I thought.

Women of all ages and social backgrounds still concealing pregnancies, study finds

Concealed pregnancies are still occurring in this country even though mother-and-baby homes no longer exist and the women, choosing to hide pregnancies, are of all ages and social backgrounds, according to research from Trinity College Dublin, writes Claire O'Sullivan.
The research, which is to be published in full early in the summer, found that some of the women had suffered “traumatic life experience” and some had found difficulties during pregnancy in accessing information around adoption.


Ireland’s forgotten diaspora - banished unwed mothers and adopted babies

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny visited the US last week for what many in Ireland see as his farewell, St. Patrick’s Day tour. But by traveling to America, Mr. Kenny also briefly escaped a scandal that shows no sign of abating back home. Recent news headlines scream, “Tuam mother and baby home a chamber of horrors says Taoiseach” and “Enda Kenny says babies … were treated like ‘some kind of sub-species.’”


Tuam home makes it easier to comprehend Hitler, says TD

‘It is easy to understand how people were able to do these things’, says Martin
Reflecting on the oppressive Ireland of mother and baby homes makes it easy to understand how Adolf Hitler was able to do what he did, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin deputy Martin Kenny said that when he was growing up, “I often wondered about Hitler, the Germans and what happened to the Jews and how he was able to do what he did.“If you sit and think about the kind of Ireland we had,” Mr Kenny said, “it is very easy to understand how people were able to do these things.”


Catholic priest in court in Melbourne on charges regarding schoolboys

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 23 March 2017.
A Catholic priest, Frank De Dood (a member of the Salesian religious order), has indicated in court that he intends to plead guilty to six child-sex offences which he allegedly committed against young boys in Melbourne between 1978 and 1983. Police allege that the offences were committed against specific students at Salesian College Chadstone (in Melbourne's south-east) and at Salesian College "Rupertswoood" in Sunbury (in Melbourne's north-west).
The defendant's full name is listed in court as Frank Peter De Dood. (The surname, De Dood, is of Dutch origin.)


Marie Collins Highlights Ongoing Tensions Over Vatican’s Handling of Clergy Abuse

The abuse survivor’s resignation this month from the Vatican commission to protect minors has focused public attention on the issue.
VATICAN CITY — The resignation of Marie Collins from the Vatican’s commission helping to protect minors from clerical sex abuse is being seen as another wake-up call for the Vatican in how it deals with such cases.


Christian Brothers add insult to injury

THREATS of legal action by the Christian Brothers against the last pupil to be incarcerated at Glin Industrial School were described this week as “contemptible”.
In 1952, when he was just three years old, Tom Wall was the last child to be sent to St Joseph’s Industrial School for Boys in Glin. In his book, ‘The Boy From Glin’, he documents his 13 years at the County Limerick institution where he was regularly beaten and sexually abused.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Case Study 53, March 2017, Sydney

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the current policies and procedures of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The public hearing will commence 23 March 2017 at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney.


The hearing will be held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.


East Cork TD says ‘Truth of Mother and Baby Home crimes must come out’

Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Pat Buckley has called on the Government to support a Sinn Féin motion to establish a Truth Commission to investigate conditions at Mother and Baby Homes across the state following the revelations of mass graves at a home which had operated in Tuam. He said that the full truth being revealed was the only way to address the stain on Irish society caused by the scandal and to allow healing for survivors.


Hinch wants inquiry into child sex abuse

Derryn Hinch wants a parliamentary committee to examine the response of federal and state governments to recommendations from the child abuse royal commission.


Monday, 20 March 2017

25 French bishops accused of covering up hundreds of sex abuse cases

Twenty-five French bishops covered up sexual abuse of by 32 Catholic priests for years, an investigative website claims. The abuse, which continued after 2000 when the church claimed to have tackled the problem, affected 339 victims, it says.
The Mediapartwebsite names all 25 bishops, five of whom were still in office in January, and accuses Lyon's Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of having known about abuse by five priests without notifying police.
Several cases of covering up sexual abuse against Barbarin were dismissed last June.


Call for Commission in light of Tuam Mother and Baby Homes revelations

Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Sinn Féin Deputy has published a Dáil motion which will be debated this week, calling for a Truth Commission to establish the facts about Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes.
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire says the revelations of recent weeks at Tuam, and subsequent reports, have shocked and angered Irish people.
He says survivor groups have also criticised ‘behind closed doors hearings’ and he believes we need to shine a light on the historic mistreatment of women and children in Ireland.


State redress scheme won't be reopened despite Tuam revelations

Education Minister Richard Bruton has said there are "no plans" to reopen the State's redress scheme for institutional abuse despite the latest revelations surrounding the Tuam baby scandal.
The scheme, which has to date cost almost €1.5bn, closed to new applicants in September 2011.
It emerged last week that religious orders who ran residential institutions where children were subject to abuse have paid just 13pc of the costs.
A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), published by Mr Bruton, confirmed that the State had received just €85m of the €226m that was due from the Church.


George Pell Refuses Senate Call To Return Home, Slams 'Interference'

The Senate asked him to return over misconduct investigation.

Cardinal George Pell has rubbished a Senate motion calling for him to return to Australia over a misconduct investigation, slamming the upper house's "interference" in the police action.
In February, a Greens motion agreed to by the federal Senate called on Pell -- currently based in the Vatican -- to come back to Australia after Victoria Police reportedly began investigations of criminal misconduct against the former Archbishop of Melbourne. The Senate motion also noted "4444 people made allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church, including the clergy, between January 1980 and February 2015".


Abuse survivor says scheme to enable victims is ‘disabling people’

David Dineen decided to speak out ‘for other victims of Caranua who do not have a voice’
As a child, David Dineen (46) experienced “savage sexual abuse,” and beatings in a Brothers of Charity institution in Cork. He left, aged 15, and spent spells homeless and involved in drugs and crime. He found it difficult to form lasting relationships.

He has spent his adult life recovering from and coming to terms with his childhood.

“And then along came Caranua,” he says. “They caused me so much distress, in the end, last September, I had to pull away from them for my mental health.”


'They’d put me in a room with nothing to eat and no windows. Then they would cut my hair to the bone'

MARY MERRITT FIRST entered the High Park Magdalene Laundry in 1947, at the age of 16.
Born in a Dublin workhouse, she was put into the care of the Sisters of Mercy in Ballinasloe, Co Galway when she was two.
Mary (85) never met her mother, and has never found out who she was.
“To this day I don’t know who my mother is,” she told TheJournal.ie last week.
I’m 85 now, I’ll be 86 next month.
After 14 years in the orphanage in Ballinasloe, Mary (who was known as Mary O’Conor at that time) said she went out one night with four other girls and stole some apples from a nearby orchard.


Friday, 17 March 2017

We must confront mother-baby home scandals, says Cork bishop

Irish society and churches need to confront the reality of what happened in mother and baby homes and ensure similar scandals are not allowed happen in modern Ireland, a leading church man has told his congregation.
Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton, said stories emerging from institutions for unmarried mothers run by the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland were deeply unsettling and challenging for people of all faiths in Ireland.


Bethany Home survivor group claims more babies died at the home

Many Bethany Home children were farmed out to what the group describe as 'Horror Homes'
The Bethany Mother and Baby Home Survivors Group has claimed there are 37 children buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery who were never included in the original death toll.
A memorial carrying the names of 222 Bethany children who were buried in an unmarked grave at Mount Jerome cemetery between 1922 and 1949 was unveiled in 2014.


Pat Flanagan: Bonking Bishop scandal exposed the hypocrisy of Church which hated women

Sex exploits of bishop worried the Church more than plight of the abused and women locked up in Mother and Baby Homes
Bishop Casey’s sexual escapades “profoundly upset the Church”, his funeral Mass was told on Thursday.
It’s just a pity the organisation to which he belonged was less upset by decades of clerical sex abuse and the horrors of the mother and baby homes and Magdalene Laundries.
Rampant sex abuse had been covered up since the foundation of the State but a bonking bishop who fathered a son was a step too far for the Church.
Whereas the paedophile priests could be moved on to another parish Eamon Casey had to be sent to the ends of the earth and he ended up in darkest
Ecuador via the US and Mexico.


Justice Peter McClellan criticises 'judicial wisdom' on child sexual assault and sexual assault

BROAD changes to the way Australian courts deal with child sexual abuse cases are being considered after evidence that traditionally low child sex conviction rates have fallen further since the child abuse royal commission was established in 2012, and entrenched barriers in the criminal justice system against sexual assault victims remain.


Trial begins for Peter Cuzner, former teacher accused of sex abuse at Daramalan College

The trial of a former catholic school teacher accused of sexually abusing a student began on Friday in the ACT Supreme Court.
Prosecutors contend that on two occasions in the 1980s, Peter Cuzner, 61, touched the boy while purporting to look for a pulse.
The boy was 13 or 14 and in year 9 at Daramalan College. He had only that year joined the school from another in Canberra.
Cuzner was the boy's year co-ordinator and commerce teacher.


Anglican Bishop stands by St Michael's Collegiate after second teacher in court over student sex

Tasmania's Anglican Bishop Richard Condie is standing by Hobart's private girls school St Michael's Collegiate after a second case involving a former teacher having sex with a student.
A 56-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has admitted to maintaining a sexual relationship with a student in the 1990s.
The man, who is still registered to teach in two states, will be sentenced in May.
The teacher is the second senior staff member to be prosecuted for the sexual abuse of a student.


Angel plot in former home may contain remains of 300 infants

More than 300 infants may be buried in the angel's plot at the former Mother and Baby home in Castlepollard, Westmeath, according to a record of deaths released yesterday.
The details of 203 deaths, recorded between 1935 and 1971, including mothers, babies and one nun, were revealed yesterday
If the suspected number of stillborn babies is added to the list it would mean around 300 are buried in the angel's plot at the home, according to the Castlepollard Mother and Baby home group, which is made up of former residents, family members and supporters from the former home in County Westmeath. The publication of the deaths over several decades is another sad reminder of the legacy left by the often harsh regime of care of unmarried mothers and their babies.


Survivors release list of deaths at Castlepollard Mother and Baby home

Survivors from a mother and baby home in Co Westmeath have released a list of everyone known to have died at the facility.
The Castlepollard Mother and Baby home group released hundreds of names this morning in remembrance of their 'crib mates' as they call them.
There were at least 200 deaths at the home between 1935 and 1971.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Vatican is 'all words, no action' on addressing child sex abuse

When Pope Francis named two victims of clergy sexual abuse to a new Vatican commission on the protection of minors in 2014, some observers took it as a sign that the pope was getting serious about the issue.
But Marie Collins says there was still some skepticism.
“A lot of people felt that I was just being asked [to join] the commission as a sort of token survivor,” says Collins, who was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest in Ireland. “I wanted to be sure that the commission was sincere.”
Collins went ahead and joined the Vatican commission. If there was a chance for finding solutions to this problem in the Catholic Church, she wanted to be part of it.


Tuam sisters’ silence due to terms of commission

The religious sisters at the centre of controversy surrounding the Tuam Mother and Baby Home feel unable to comment on the issue due to legal constraints, The Irish Catholic understands.
Recent revelations about the excavation of a general grave at St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home have been commented on both by Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam and Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the latter saying that: “Everything must be done to enable the truth to emerge.”
The home was run by the Bon Secours sisters, and the order has been sharply criticised by media commentators for not issuing a response to the interim report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation.


Allison Morris: The babies of Tuam are a reminder of Ireland's shameful past

WHEN reporting the awful, needless, miserable deaths of almost 800 babies and toddlers at a Catholic-run mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway it is easy to dismiss the shameful episode as a sin from a bygone era.
However, the truth is much more unpalatable.
The home only ceased to operate in 1961, the year my own mother turned 17. That was the same age as many of the young mums locked behind the walls of the institution and also the age I was when I found out I was pregnant with my son.


Access to files for Tuam Baby Home, a ‘basic right’, says TD

The fact that some survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home may have to take High Court cases to access records of family members has been described as an “obscenity”.
Deputy Catherine Connolly says access to such files for survivors and next of kin is a “basic right”.
Welcoming confirmation that the second interim report from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission will be published by the end of March, she said this however must be accompanied by an explanation as to why there has been such an unacceptable delay in its release.


Ballarat surge in sexual offences linked to Royal Commission

A surge in reports of historical sex abuse offences may be behind Ballarat recording one of the highest numbers of sexual offences in the state in 2016, data shows.
Crime Statistics Agency data released today showed a 26.2 per cent rise in the number of sexual offences in Ballarat during 2016 compared to statewide 9.1 per cent increase.


Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson resigns after standing up for abuse survivors

NEWCASTLE Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson has announced his resignation only months after exposing shocking opposition to his strong stand on child sexual abuse in Newcastle diocese, and a day before giving evidence at a Royal Commission public hearing into the Anglican Church in Australia.
“When I started this journey to right the wrongs of child abuse in the diocese I didn’t expect to be in this position, nor did I expect to uncover systemic practices that have enabled the horrendous crimes against children,” Bishop Thompson said in a statement released to the media on Thursday morning.


Former St Michael's Collegiate teacher in Hobart admits having sex with student in 1990s

Another former teacher at an elite girls' school in Hobart, St Michael's Collegiate School, has admitted having sex with a student.
It is the second time the Anglican-run school has had a teacher charged with similar offences.
The now 56-year-old man, who cannot be named, was charged a month ago and has pleaded guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student for nine months in the 1990s.
In an email to former students, current principal Judith Tudball said she understood the school community could be upset by the revelation.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Leo Varadkar says Government ‘cannot seize church lands’

‘It is not in the power of the Government to confiscate anyone’s property,’ says Minister
A referendum on giving the Government powers to seize lands owned by the Catholic Church in order to recoup a shortfall in payments for abuse victims would probably be lost, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said.
Mr Varadkar was speaking after Minister for Health Simon Harris said there would be “significant merit” in seizing hospital and school property in light of a report which showed shortcomings in the church’s contribution to a redress scheme for those abused in Catholic institutions. 

Consultation on future of former Tuam Home site

Galway County Council has said it will facilitate consultation with the local community regarding the future of the former Tuam Home site.
Since the Mother and Baby Home Commission confirmed the presence of remains at the site, council staff, including its Social Work Team, have made a number of home visits to households in the vicinity.
A council spokesperson said it recognises that there are varying views about the future of the site. A number of former residents have requested that the remains be removed and reinterred on consecrated ground.
“The timeline for the consultation process will, of necessity, be influenced by the continuing work of the Commission, the statutory role of the Coroner and the potential for involvement by other authorities,” said the council, adding it will continue to approach the issue with “sensitivity and compassion”.


Research finds lack of coordination in child sexual abuse prevention

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a new research report that finds there are limited programs and services to help prevent child sexual abuse and those that do exist are not well coordinated.

The Royal Commission contracted researchers from the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, to examine the potential service needs of a range of target groups, with a focus on individuals concerned that they or someone they know may sexually harm or abuse a child.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Exclusive: Marie Collins responds to Cardinal Muller's allegations about abuse commission

Editor's note: Marie Collins of Ireland is a clergy sexual abuse survivor who resigned March 1 from Pope Francis' Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave an interview shortly following Collins' resignation. Collins has written an open letter to Müller in response to that interview, which she asked NCR to publish below.
Dear Cardinal Müller,
I read with interest the answers you gave to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera March 5 in reply to items in my statement following my resignation from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. There are some things you say in this interview to which I feel I need to respond.
  1. You state you "cannot understand the talk of lack of cooperation" between the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the pontifical commission.

Deep resentment towards Murphy reflected in frosty reception on the 'Late Late'

A 2006 article in the 'Chicago Tribune', titled 'How Catholicism Fell From Grace in Ireland', points to the Bishop Eamonn Casey scandal as the beginning of the end for the Catholic Church in Ireland.
The revelation in May 1992 that one of the hierarchy's most high-profile prelates had fathered a son following an affair with an American woman when he was Bishop of Kerry in the 1970s was, up to that point, the worst scandal to hit the Irish Church. It shocked the Irish faithful and resulted in a storm of international media headlines.


Fall from grace of the human face of Church hierarchy

Each new revelation in the succession of scandals to envelope the Catholic Church cast the transgressions of Bishop Casey in an ever more benighn light, writes Michael Clifford
THE rain was bucketing down for much of the morning, but nobody really minded, least of all the man who was up there on the stage in front of a crowd heading for 300,000.
The occasion was Pope John Paul’s appearance at Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway, as part of his Irish visit. It was September 29, 1979, and Eamonn Casey was in his element.
He had been selected as the man to be the warm-up act for Pope John Paul II.
The pope was at the height of his popularity, but so too was the Kerryman who could credibly claim to be a link between the hierarchy and a young flock that was straying in droves from the fold.


After Four Years, Pope Francis Has Failed to Address Sexual Abuse in Church

Today marks the fourth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election as pope. It is clear that the Pope has changed the tone of the church, stressing social justice over adherence to strict sexual conduct norms. He’s also spoken out against clerics who are full of themselves, and made protecting our environment the theme of an encyclical – he’s only written two.
I am willing to give the Pope a bit of a pass on his blind spot about women, and his refusal to understand the injustice of not ordaining women to the priesthood. I do not excuse it, but I realize that an 80-year-old prelate from Argentina may find it difficult to really “get” women’s issues.


Religious orders rebuffed funding request for Magdalene women redress

The McAleese report into Magdalene laundries was published in early 2013. A State apology by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the women who worked for no pay in these institutions quickly followed.
Within days of the publication of the report, behind the scenes, the government was writing to the four religious orders that ran the laundries requesting that they contribute money to a redress fund.
What it found was a religious community absolutely unwilling to make any form of financial contribution to the women who went through its laundry doors and who worked for no pay.


What the Tuam babies nightmare is telling us about the Irish people

You might not expect to hear it from this columnist, but I don’t solely blame the religious orders for what happened at the Tuam mother and baby home in Co. Galway.

Some commentators have called the Tuam baby story a tragedy. It was not.
A ship that sinks after hitting a looming iceberg is a tragedy. An institution that buries infants in an underground “sewage treatment works” is following a policy.


Fintan O’Toole: Ireland is still defined by the church’s mindset

In that most searing exploration of the Irish psyche, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, James Tyrone urges his ghostlike wife: “Mary! For God’s sake, forget the past!”
Mary Tyrone, “with strange objective calm”, replies: “Why? How can I? The past is the present, isn’t it? It’s the future, too.”
In Ireland, we don’t live in the past – but the past lives in us.
The abusive relationship between church, State and society may, like the dead babies that have haunted us in recent weeks, be buried beneath the surface of our postmodern globalised reality. 

Priest gets applause after Tuam sermon

A WEST Cork priest was applauded for a sermon he gave on Sunday, castigating the church for its failure to safeguard the innocent, follwing the Tuam babies revelations.
Fr Ger Galvin’s sermon at the Sacred Heart Church in Durrus resonated with parishioners who were horrified by the revelations that an estimated 796 bodies were discarded in a sewerage system in Tuam.

Mothers & Babies to be remembered in Mothers Day walk in Thomastown

A walk to remember the mothers and babies who are buried beside St Columba’s Hospital in Thomastown has been organised for this Mothers’ Day.
St Columba’s was formerly a county home and mother and baby facility and has been included in the representative sample being investigated by the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes.


Ex-member corrects, challenges Vatican over sex abuse board

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The clash between a former member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory commission and the Vatican heated up Tuesday, as prominent Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins challenged a top Vatican cardinal over his claims that his office had cooperated with the commission.


Monday, 13 March 2017

‘I was a stolen baby’ – New York nun on finding her Irish birth mother after being sold to the US from a Mother and Baby Home in Ireland

A MISSIONARY nun has told The Irish Post how she was sold from a Mother and Baby home in Ireland to an American family – only to be finally reunited with her birth mother five years ago. 
Sister Brigid O’Mahony, who is now based with the Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus in New York, says her American parents bought her from the Sisters at Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in 1954.
“As soon as I could think, my American parents told me I was from Ireland, from a work home,” she told The Irish Post in an exclusive interview.
“They explained to me that babies were sold to American parents, and that I was lucky enough to be sold to them as many of the children in these homes never got out,” she added.


Judge adjourns case of man who believes his sister died in Tuam

Peter Mulryan seeks Tusla records to see if his baby sister died at Bon Secours home
An application by a man seeking information about his infant sister, who is believed to have died in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, has been adjourned at the High Court for a further week.
Peter Mulryan (73), of Derrymullen, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, whose sister Marian Bridget Mulryan is believed to be among 796 children recorded as having died at the home, has initiated proceedings against Tusla aimed at getting any information that may exist about her.

Catholic church finally responds to Tuam baby scandal

Two Irish Archbishops addressed the Tuam baby scandal in their homilies this weekend, both condemning the actions of the Mother and Baby home in the Galway town where a grave containing the bodies of 796 infants and children was confirmed earlier this month.
In his homily delivered at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday evening, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, stated that all must be done to ensure the full truth of the mother and baby homes is known, calling for a full investigation into practices of the time.


‘Seize Church lands to pay for abuses’, says Government

The Government is on a collision course with the Vatican over the funding of redress payments to sex abuse victims, saying it wants to seize lands owned by the Church.
In some of the strongest terms used against the Church by an Irish government, Taoiseach Enda Kenny warned Church authorities they must “get on with it” in terms of meeting their share of the cost of compensating victims of abuse.
Mr Kenny said the Church must “measure up to the responsibilities that they accepted”.
Speaking in Philadelphia, Mr Kenny said religious orders must “reflect on the seriousness of this” before they are forced to do so.


Victim's mother says royal commission should visit Bathurst

THE family of the first victim to speak out about historic sexual abuse at St Stanislaus’ College has joined the chorus of voices calling for the Royal Commission investigating Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse to hold an open public hearing in Bathurst.
Carol Nielsen, whose son Tor was the whistle-blower on the historic abuse at the school, said it was important not only for individuals but for the community that a hearing was held.

Measure up and pay the victims of abuse, Taoiseach tells Catholic Church leaders

Religious congregations need to "measure up" and take responsibility for the restitution owed to victims of abuse, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
Speaking in Philadelphia, Mr Kenny said the Catholic Church had not lived up to expectations in terms of compensation.
He said the Church must "measure up in so far as accepting responsibility or agreements as far as restitution is concerned and get on with it".


'I didn't realise my wife was on trial' - historian's husband

The husband of Catherine Corless said he never realised his wife was "on trial" as her work on the Tuam Mother and Baby Home was vindicated by the Commission of Investigation.
In 2015, the commission was established by the government to investigate former mother and baby homes across Ireland.
Mrs Corless carried out extensive research and she believes that 796 babies were buried at the site of the mother and baby home which was run by the Bons Secours order in Tuam, Co Galway.
Speaking on RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan show, her husband Aidan Corless said: "When the word started appearing that Catherine was being vindicated, I thought 'good Lord, I didn't even realise Catherine was on trial'.


'I visited Tuam - it left me shocked, numbed and angry', says D'Arcy

Father Brian D'Arcy says the Tuam and Grace scandals should "fill us with disgust and lead us to hang our heads in shame".
The outspoken priest asked how Ireland "can establish a pro-life culture if this is how we treated the most vulnerable mothers and babies".
Writing in his column in yesterday's Sunday World, the cleric told readers he visited the Tuam site in recent days to see it for himself.
"It left me shocked, numbed and very angry. The problem was - and still is - I didn't know where to direct my anger.


Tuam: Women were just “ignorant creatures full of nothing but sin and misery”

It is fair to say the attitude was there among Protestant clergy too, given there were similar horrific deaths in the Protestant Bethany Home, where 222 babies and children died.
Women, especially poor or uneducated ones, were mere chattels of men, incapable of intelligent thought. Certainly, they should never be allowed to vote.
In 1909 Father David Barry wrote the following in a magazine called Irish Ecclesiastical Record:
“Allowing women the right to vote in Ireland is incompatible with the Catholic ideal of domestic life. It would fare ill with the passive, patience, meekness, forbearance and self-repression looked upon by the church as the special privilege of the female soul.”


The ‘mother and baby home’ at Tuam, Ireland, where friends just ‘disappeared, one after the other’

Among the bitter images of his childhood at “The Home for Mothers and Babies” in Tuam, Ireland, two stand out as particularly wrenching to John Pascal Rodgers.
Of the first, he has no independent recollection as he was only a year and a half old. His mother told him 48 years later about it. One day at Tuam, she explained, she found out that she was about to be separated from her son by the nuns who ran the home, perhaps forever. So she came in and “cut off a lock of my hair as a memento.”


Paddy Clancy: What happened in Tuam is horrendous but I believe it is only the tip of a deep-plunging iceberg

The Church and its priests, religious brothers and nuns have much to answer for
Hail, glorious St Patrick!
How proud I was as a youngster to sing Ireland’s favourite greeting to the man after whom I was christened.
What excitement raced through my boyhood mind as I chanted the next line in the hymn celebrating his name – “Dear Saint of Our Isle!”
I was a bit puzzled when I reached “On us, your poor children; bestow a sweet smile.”
OK, I got the bit about asking him to smile on us! After, all hadn’t he brought Christianity to us and the nuns and religious brothers who taught us and the priests who prepared us for Holy Communion and Confirmation made sure we never forgot that.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Philomena Lee describes Tuam revelations as ‘horrific’

Woman whose search for her son inspired the film ‘Philomena’ speaks out over Tuam babies
Philomena Lee has described revelations about the Tuam mother and babies as “absolutely appalling”.
Ms Lee gave birth in Sean Ross Abbey, Co Tipperary to a child who would go on to become a senior legal counsel to two American presidents.
Her son Michael Hess, who she was forced to give up for adoption in 1952, died from AIDS in 1995. He would have been 65 this year if he had lived.
He visited Sean Ross many times looking for his birth mother, but the nuns there, who knew where Ms Lee lived, refused to connect mother and son. 

Pope Francis may be ‘backsliding’ on paedophile priest crackdown, senior Catholic official warns

Francis Sullivan leads the Australian church’s response to a four-year investigation into child abuse
A senior Australian Catholic official has warned that Pope Francis may be “backsliding” in his crackdown on paedophile priests in the face of an intransigent Vatican establishment.
Francis Sullivan, who is in charge of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, said he feared the Vatican's “bureaucrats and courtiers [were] doing all they can to either undermine the Pope or driving an agenda” of protecting the institution, according to Australian Associated Press (AAP).


Tuam: The dreadful night the parish priest came for an unmarried pregnant girl

The parish priest came for Delia Mulryan one dark winter’s night in 1944 in the little west of Ireland parish. Delia was seven months pregnant, the baby was created out of wedlock, and the clergyman was hell bent on running the devil out of town.
As her son Peter Mulryan, then in the womb, now 73, relates it the parish priest was furious and spitting blood. ”The woman is bringing scandal to our community” he warned the petrified 17-year old’s father. “She must be removed.”
The power of the church was such that her father did not raise a protest. The priest wanted her gone now, immediately she would not be allowed to stain the good name of the parish.


Tuam residents are left to wonder what still lies undiscovered

Around 80 residents in Tuam are now wondering if they are sitting on the remains of dead children that were buried in the mother and baby home in the town; and they fear that their properties could now be excavated as the next part of this horrific investigation begins.
Homeowners on Athenry Road in Tuam, whose houses were built on the site of the Tuam mother and baby home, are now concerned that they could be living over shallow graves. Some are anxious that the matter be investigated.


Reflections from the frontline in the war on Catholic child sex abuse

The presentation of victim impact statements is one of the most powerful and revealing parts of a child sexual abuse trial.
Each one is different, a unique voice speaking out, usually after decades of painful, secretive silence. But there is a terrible consistency in the effect the abuse had on these people's lives:
"I feel pain and self-hatred. I tried to obliterate it with alcohol."
"I've lost my right to a normal life."
"I can no longer trust anyone, I always wonder whether they will betray my trust the way my abuser did."
"I didn't know who to trust, so I trusted no one."
"It made my life the living embodiment of hell."


Bathurst forum for sexual abuse survivors

GREENS MLC David Shoebridge will host a public forum in Bathurst this week to support the survivors of historic sexual abuse at St Stanislaus’ College.
Holding The Church to Account will discuss ways to make amends to the victims of abuse and how to make institutions accountable for past wrongs.
Mr Shoebridge said he was hosting the forum in response to the decision by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse not to hold a public hearing in Bathurst, despite the city’s chequered history.


Dublin Lives: Mother and Baby Home survivor reveals lifetime of trauma after stay in Bethany Home

James Fenning has little memory of the years he spent in one of Ireland's most infamous Mother and Baby Homes, The Bethany Home in Dublin.
James says part of himself doesn't want to recall that time in his life, and he still suffers ailments that stem from the treatment he endured there.
The home, which opened in 1921 in Rathgar, subsequently moved to the Orwell Road before closing in 1972.
Many survivors claim to have suffered severe physical abuse and neglect at the hands of those who ran the notorious institution.


Archbishop calls for Tuam probe to be widened

The Archbishop of Tuam has called for the probe into the scandal of mother and baby homes to be widened beyond religious orders.
Archbishop Michael Neary also apologised for the role of the Catholic church "as part of that time and society" when "particular children and their mothers were not welcomed, they were not wanted and they were not loved".
The Archbishop delivered a homily at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Tuam yesterday, near where children's remains were discovered on the site of what was St Mary's mother and baby home run by the Bon Secours sisters.


Sluggish reforms blot pope's four-year report card

Elected in 2013 with a brief to reform a scandal-hit Vatican, Pope Francis has launched numerous initiatives but, four years later, he is still struggling to deliver real change.
As he celebrates his fourth anniversary at the head of the Catholic Church on Monday, the affable Argentine continues to bask in a remarkable level of popularity around the world thanks to his popular touch, plain speaking and his humble, modest style.
But inside the Vatican Curia there is not always the same enthusiasm for a pope who has regularly lambasted the administration that runs the global church.

‘Death rates in mother and baby homes similar to concentration camps’

Independent Alliance minister John Halligan has compared child mortality rates in mother and baby homes to Nazi concentration camps.
The Waterford TD also said religious orders found guilty of criminal neglect should have their assets seized.
The Minister of State for Training and Skills said elderly nuns who worked in the homes should be interviewed as part of expected criminal investigations to be conducted by gardaí.
“Old age should not diminish accountability for any crime or alleged crime. If you bear in mind that the child mortality rate at Bessborough in 1943 was approaching 70 per cent, sure that’s similar to concentration camps,” he said.
“Are we seriously saying that because somebody is ill or aged that we shouldn’t at least interview them? If you look at what’s happened at Belsen, Auschwitz, Dachau, even up to last year individuals who are alleged to have carried out horrendous crimes in their 80s and 90s were interviewed.”
Mr Halligan was speaking to RTÉ Radio on Saturday in the wake of confirmation last week from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission that “significant quantities” of human remains found at a mother and baby home in Tuam run by the Bon Secours Sisters belonged to young infants.