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The NSW DPP says the prosecution of a school principal who sacked a
teacher for abusing students but didn't inform police, would not be in
the public interest. In the 1970s Brother Anthony Whelan was principal of St Patrick's
College at Sutherland in Sydney. He sacked a teacher for abusing a
series of boys at the school, but he did not inform the police. The
victims say that if the police had been informed, the teacher may have
been prevented from abusing other children. The NSW Director of Public
Prosecutions says that prosecuting the former principal is not in the
public interest. But abuse survivors say that justice has not been done.
John Stewart reports. ...
A coalition of 30 legal, community, health and women's organisations
have complained to the United Nations about planned changes to the NSW
victims' compensation scheme on the grounds they will particularly
discriminate against women. ... The complaint says the government bill runs counter to the UN's
recommendations on reparation for women who have been subjected to
Paedophile priests in Melbourne
were moved from parish to parish in a culture of secrecy and cover-up in which
the Catholic Church was slow to act, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said on
Thursday. A predecessor, Sir Frank Little, dealt with all complaints secretly, keeping
no records. He moved paedophiles such as serial abusers Wilfred Baker and Kevin
O'Donnell to "innocent parishes" where they blighted more lives,
Archbishop Hart conceded at the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled
child sexual abuse. ...
WHEN Archbishop Denis Hart replied "better late than never" after
being asked why the Catholic Church had taken 18 years to defrock a
priest, there was what might be called a disbelieving silence. A
moment's reflection might have allowed Archbishop Hart to reconsider
was at least offensive and at worst suggested his own attitude to child
abuse might need to change. ...
Denis Hart says a knighted former archbishop kept reports of
sexual abuse to himself and that the church was keen to look after
addressing complaints, placing its reputation ahead of victims.
... He said Archbishop Sir Thomas Francis “Frank” Little had
covered up abuse
reports. “Archbishop Little kept all these things to himself and
there were no
records,” Archbishop Hart said.
MELBOURNE archbishop Denis Hart
has admitted the crimes of pedophile priests were covered up by former
long-time Melbourne archbishop
Frank Little, who dealt with complaints confidentially, kept no records and
moved offending priests to new parishes. In a three-hour interrogation by a Victorian parliamentary inquiry, it was
also revealed Archbishop Hart last year warned the Vatican of the possibility
of a "scandal for the faithful" if it did not defrock a pedophile
priest. ... When it was put to him that the church had failed to defrock Gannon for 18
years, Archbishop Hart replied, to groans in the public gallery, "Well,
better late than never."
CATHOLIC Church has been more interested in protecting its reputation and
fortune than caring for the victims of child sex abuse, Melbourne Archbishop
Denis Hart has admitted. ... "The church was too keen to look after herself and her good name, and
not keen enough to address the terrible anguish of the victims,"
Archbishop Hart said. ...
Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has told Victoria's
parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse that the Church was slow to act on
alleged abuse by clergy. ... National affairs correspondent Heather Ewart reports. ...
The Archibishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has admitted the church covered up
sexual abuse claims against priests and has been slow to act on abuse claims. ... Hamish Fitzsimmons reports from Melbourne
on Archbishop Hart's long-anticipated appearance. ...
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart says the Catholic church has been slow to
act on child abuse and admits there has been a culture of "secrecy and
cover-up". Archbishop Hart told a packed gallery at the parliamentary inquiry into
child abuse by churches that taking 18 years to act on ejecting a convicted paedophile
priest was "better late than never". ...
POLICE investigating an alleged cover-up of child abuse committed by
Catholic priests discussed an in-house treatment centre run by the church ... Encompass
Australasia program at centres in Sydney and Melbourne before it was wound down
In a 2010 diary entry recording a conversation between two senior officers
involved in the investigation, Detective Inspector Paul Jacob wrote:
"'Encompass'. Retreat for clergy. Method of moving s/off's" (sex
The diary entry, tendered in evidence to the NSW Special Commission of
Inquiry, also notes that police were expecting to interview a "significant
rollover", a church employee prepared to give evidence to police.
"Links to SA (South Australia)
Archbishop," the note continued. "Appears on surface that good info
will be provided on way the Cath Church suppressed or minimised, moved
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend … By a
campfire at a school retreat, a 10-year-old boy sings Fire and Rain,
James Taylor's sad and sweet ballad of the times. It is 1972. The boy
Saunders, the youngest of nine children from a Catholic family that
sing. Listening are schoolmates from Marist Brothers Primary, Mosman,
and a lay
teacher in whom John has found a friend, a man he has come to love and
THE country's top Anglican, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, personally
intervened days before the shock resignation of the Grafton bishop over
mishandling of abuse claims at a notorious children's home. In an
indication of how seriously churches are taking the Royal Commission
into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Archbishop Aspinall
week sent the commission an internal church review of the scandal. ...
The New South Wales legal aid
service has come under fire for its decision not to fund any compensation cases
for institutional child sexual abuse.
... However, it has decided it will not fund the applications, saying they will
impact disproportionately on its budget.
It follows the State Government's recent changes to the Victim's Compensation
Scheme which means most victims of institutional abuse would not be eligible
Greens MP David Shoebridge says it is a double blow for victims. ... they
were being respected, they're now being told that the State Government
is entirely going to cut legal aid. ... "So they get a Royal Commission
but they can never get compensation."
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abuse crisis within the religious community.
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stories and information about clergy who have been publicly accused of
sex abuse within the Australian dioceses. Our goal is
support, public education, and protection of kids.
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of those who have been harmed by clergy and those who are
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free to contact any of these compassionate people who care about
survivors. SNAP leaders know that the principle wish of every
survivor is healing and the desire to see that their experiences never
happen to another child, young person, or vulnerable adult.
You, who are survivors of sex abuse did NOT deserve this, did NOT ask
for this to happen to you, and it was NOT your fault. There is healing
when you are able to speak up and get this burden off your shoulders,
and free from your heart. ... give it to the universe to carry for a
while.... Just maybe, your life will be much more at peace.
Our ultimate goal is to open up the secrets, stop the silence, support
those who have already been harmed, and thereby protect children.
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his past, he has stood outside the Washington, DC Vatican embassy nearly every day for
15 years. His lonely vigil has made him a hero to victims of sexual
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