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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse


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SNAP Australia Submission
in response to
Issues Paper #6
For Commentary on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Australia) and Memorial coverage of Lewis Blayse.
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"Betrayal of Trust"
Victoria Parliament's 

"Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations"
Inquiry Report Summary
 13 Nov. 2013
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NSW, Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the Police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle


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PM Julia Gillard's full statement on the child sex abuse royal commission (with Q n A)

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OPINION: Sex abuse survivors want to be believed

By Bob OToole and Lindsay Gardiner
April 2, 2013

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Call Of Duty

ABC Australian Story
April 29, 2013

The video story about  Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox; a man who was only doing his job.

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Cops and Catholicism:  the cultural connection between police and the church

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ABC Radio - Andrew West        May 8, 2013

"George Pell and Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church"

Adelaide Festival of Ideas Forum [audio report], October 24, 2013




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"Former North Catholic teacher to be sentenced on sex abuse charges [w/ video]", Pittsburgh, PA, WPXI, Katherine Amenta, May 15, 2015.

"Former Local Roman Catholic Brother Convicted Of Sexual Assault In Australia [w/ video]", Pittsburgh, PA, KDKA CBS Pittsburgh, Christine D'Antonio, May 15, 2015.

"Former teacher at North Catholic sentenced in Australia on sexual abuse charges", Pittsburgh, PA, Tribune-Review, Michael Hasch, May 14, 2015.

"Former North Catholic teacher faces sentence after sexual abuse convictions in Australia",  Pittsburgh, PA, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Peter Smith, May 14, 2015.

"Xavier College: abuse victims say nine cases 'tip of the iceberg'", VIC, The Age, Timna Jacks, May 4, 2015.

Former Xavier College students who were abused at the school say claims of just nine cases of abuse are just "the tip of the iceberg". … Victim advocate Mark Fabbro​ said the number of cases was "definitely more than nine", adding more victims were still reluctant to speak about the abuse they were subjected to. "The figures that were produced by the principal of Xavier in my mind, with the knowledge I have ... is that that figure is grossly inadequate in terms of the numbers of cases," Mr Fabbro​ said. …

"Xavier College, top Melbourne private school, admits extent of historical child sex abuse", VIC, ABC News, Jessica Longbottom, May 3, 2015.

The principal at one of Melbourne's top private schools has, for the first time, admitted the extent of child sex abuse that took place on college grounds. Nine Xavier College students were sexually abused at the school in the 1960s and 70s, according to principal Chris Hayes. …

"Kieran Tapsell: The Problem with Bishop Finn", Austrailia, Pearls and Irritations, John Menadue, April 28, 2015.

On 21 April 2015, the Vatican announced that Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas, Missouri, had resigned. The announcement referred to the Code of Canon Law that states that a bishop who “has become less able to fulfil his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office.” Bishop Finn seems to have been in good health, so the “grave cause” must have been that he had been convicted in September 2012 of failing to report to the police one of his priests, Fr Ratigan, who had been producing child pornography. Finn received a two year suspended sentence with probation, and despite calls for his resignation then, Finn refused to do so until now. ...

"Victims' advocate praises Australian Jewish school’s response to allegations", Sydney, Jerusalem Post, April 27, 2015.

Manny Waks, founder and former head of Australian sexual abuse victims’ advocacy group Tzedek, praises the Melbourne’s King David School for its handling of allegations against its teacher. … According to the Herald Sun, a “top Jewish school,” subsequently identified as the progressive King David School, contacted the police regarding what it termed “possible inappropriate conduct’ between a teacher and students. The teacher, who was subsequently suspended while the school conducted an investigation into the matter, was also alleged to have sent “innuendo” filled Facebook messages to erstwhile students. …

"US Bishop Finn, symbol of church's failure on sexual abuse, resigns," Vatican City and Kansas City, MO, USA, National Catholic Reporter, Joshua J. McElwee Brian Roewe Dennis Coday, April 21, 2015.

U.S. Bishop Robert Finn, the Catholic prelate in the U.S. heartland who became a symbol internationally of the church's failures in addressing the sexual abuse crisis, has resigned. He was the first bishop criminally convicted of mishandling an abusive priest yet remained in office for another two and a half years.  ....

"Robert Finn, Missouri Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest, Resigns", USA,  The New York Times, April 21, 2015.

The Vatican on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a Missouri bishop who failed to report suspected child abuse and who became the highest-ranking American church official found guilty of a crime related to the church’s child sexual abuse scandal. The Vatican said that Bishop Robert W. Finn, who leads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in northern and western Missouri, had offered his resignation under a provision in canon law that allowed bishops to resign early for an illness or if they are unfit to carry out their duties. ...

"Compensation for victims says Catholic Church [w/ audio]," QLD, ABC Brisbane, Gemma Snowdon,  April 16, 2015.

Over the past few days we've been hearing horrific details of child sex abuse at St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol near Rockhampton in the 1950s and 1960s. The details have emerged in hearings held by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Truth, Justice and Healing Council, a Catholic organisation, has been calling on the Government to introduce a compensation scheme. ...

"Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview sends letter to parents informing them of child sex abuse claims," Sydney, Daily Telegraph, Leigh Van Den Broeke, March 24, 2015.

One of Sydney’s most illustrious private schools has been forced to send a letter to parents informing them a child sex abuse allegation has been made by a former student. Paul Hine, principal of Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview delivered the letter to students yesterday, stating he had been made aware of the allegation from 30 years ago by the Professional Standards of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus. He said the allegation had been reported to the police and the school was assisting with the investigation. …

"Teacher accused of child abuse at St Ignatius College, Riverview faces trial in another state," Sydney, Brisbane Times, Emma Partridge, March 24, 2015.

"Former St Ignatius’ College Jesuit teacher accused of abuse in two states," Sydney, Perth Now, Ben McClellan, March 24, 2015.

"St Ignatius Riverview school braces for child sex abuse claims," Sydney, The Australian, Dan Box, March 25, 2015.

"SA Govt “can’t afford” abuse compo fund," SA, In Daily, March 24, 2015.

Opposition from the Weatherill Government appears to have helped damage hopes for a $4.3 billion national fund to compensate victims of child sexual abuse. A Commonwealth submission to the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission says establishing a single national redress scheme would be extremely complex and require significant time and resources. …

"Abuse compo hits funding hurdle," ACT, Sky News, March 24, 2015.

"Catholic Church Recommendation on Sexual Abuse Payments," ACT, Pro Bono Australia, March 24, 2015.

Generous financial payments, ongoing care and support and a meaningful apology should be key elements of a national child sexual abuse redress scheme according to the Catholic Church submission to the Royal Commission. The Truth Justice and Healing Council’s submission to the Royal Commission’s redress and civil litigation consultation has supported Commissioner Peter McClellan’s call for Governments to establish an independent national redress scheme funded by the institutions responsible for the abuse. …

"Australian Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson Charged (Or: Touchdown!)," Adelaide, LewisBlayse.net, Aletha Blase, March 17, 2015.

… For a tiny country at the ass-end of the world, Australia occasionally punches well above its weight. It did so yesterday, making world headlines in the process. In a day that may just end up, in years to come, overshadowing the anniversaries of other Australian world firsts such as the much-celebrated invention of cask wine, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson (pictured above) was yesterday formally charged with a “charge of concealing a serious indictable offence” (The Australian, 17 March, 2015). …

"Survivors welcome charge against Bishop Wilson for failing to report child sex crime,"  Austraila, Statement by SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priets),  March 17, 2015.

"Interview: Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy," ABC Lateline [w/ video], Emma Alberici, March 17, 2015.

"Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson charged with concealing child sex abuse," NSW, Newcastle Herald, Joanne McCarthy, March 17, 2015.

"Attack on Pope Francis’s man smacks of ‘Vatileaks’ scandal," Vatican City, Irish Times, February 28, 2015.

The ghost of “Vatileaks” hung in the Vatican air yesterday following the publication by Italian news weekly, L’Espresso, of a report critical of Australian cardinal George Pell, the point man for Pope Francis in the “clean-up” of the Vatican’s finances.

L’Espresso alleges that in its first six months, the Secretariat for the Economy, an organisation established by Pope Francis to oversee the restructuring and rationalisation of the Holy See’s economic affairs, has already run up more than half a million euro in expenses.

The implication is that while Cardinal Pell, the prefect of the secretariat, has been busy preaching to the Curia about the steep and thorny path to fiscal rectitude, he himself has been treading the primrose path of dalliance.

To support these claims, L’Espresso provides an inventory of costs which include airline travel, lavish interior design renovations, job appointments and real estate rentals as well as computers and printers. In particular, it lists €2,508 worth of purchases made from Gammarelli, the clerical tailors, on behalf of the secretariat.

Right-hand man

Furthermore, the magazine alleges that shortly after his appointment to the new secretariat, Cardinal Pell appointed Danny Casey, the former business manager to the archdiocese of Sydney, as a sort of project manager for the secretariat on a tax-free salary of some €200,000 per annum.

The secretariat also provides Mr Casey with accommodation in central Rome at a cost of €2,900 per month, while almost €90,000 was spent on renovation of the apartment.

Cardinal Pell’s travel costs come in for scrutiny, too, with L’Espresso pointing out that he spent €1,293, €1,150 and €1,238 last year on flights to London, Dresden and Munich respectively. The implication here is that the cardinal likes to travel business class. Somewhat improbably, the magazine also suggests that he likes to “buy champagne and canape for everyone”.  ...

"Pope Francis pulls in George Pell over $700k office fitout," Vatican City, The Australian, February 28, 2015.

"Vatican watchdog's spending is slammed in magazine report," Vatican City, Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2015.

The Australian cardinal handpicked by Pope Francis to cut outlays and shed light on the Vatican’s murky finances has been accused of spending about $560,000 in six months by flying business class and using large sums on salaries and office furniture.

The allegations, contained in leaked figures published by Italian magazine L’Espresso on Friday, suggest Cardinal George Pell also spent $2,800 on religious robes at a tailor and about $5,200 on kitchen sink fittings.

Despite Francis’ decision to move into humble dwellings at the Vatican, Pell has spent more than $3,200 a month to rent an office and apartment at an upmarket address where he spent nearly $53,000 on furniture, according to the allegations.

After his move to Rome to spearhead Francis’ mission to free up Vatican funds for the poor, the former archbishop of Sydney said he would try to save the Vatican “millions, if not tens of millions” of dollars a year.

Since then, he has flown business class and paid an assistant he brought from Australia a $16,860-a-month salary, the magazine reported, citing leaked Vatican documents.  ...

"Rules Are for Schmucks: How to Succeed in Rome," The Humanist.com, Luis Granados, February 26, 2015.

You can get jaded reading too much news, especially too much religion news. Muslims murdering innocents in creative new ways … Jews kicking more non-Jews out of their Palestinian homes … Evangelicals squashing the teaching of basic science … the umpteen millionth manifestation of the Catholic sex abuse saga. Enough already!

Sometimes, though, an item is astonishing enough to command attention amid the squalor. Such is the case with the report of Australia’s “Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse” released earlier this month. This document is not the work of some quick-buck plaintiff’s lawyer or on-the-make journalist. It is a comprehensive, thoughtful investigation of how the response to these abuses unfolded, authored by the most respectable people in the land. The evil it reveals, at the highest levels, is hard to believe.

"Cardinal Promoted/ Rabbi Resigns-Catholics vs. Jews On Child Abuse," Christian Catholicism, Jerry Slevin, February 12, 2015.

Jesus was Jewish, not Catholic. He said child abuse was a serious evil that should be punished severely. After Roman Emperor Constantine and his Fourth Century successors began the transformation of the Catholic Church into a “top down absolute monarchy”, too many popes, up to and including Pope Francis, lost their way on following Jesus’ Jewish mandate to protect children. Pope Francis and his Cardinals are this week working on the pope’s top priority — fine tuning the top down and unaccountable management structure apparently to maximize papal power and wealth. This structure is clearly contradicted by Jesus’ mandate for a leadership that serves, not dominates, that was mainly followed by early Christians for over three centuries.

THE CATHOLIC ANSWER FIRST. The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found (2/11/15) that Cardinal George Pell and the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese repeatedly failed in their dealings with Sydney abuse victim John Ellis. After Pell testified before the Royal Commission, Pell moved quickly to Rome to become the top money man in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis had rewarded his Australian service by making him head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. He lives in luxury in his palatial Roman “guest house”, Domus Australia, renovated with $30 million of Australian donations.

Cardinal Pell is headlining meetings this week in Rome with Pope Francis and all the world’s Cardinals. If Pope Francis is serious about holding Bishops to account, Pell must be fired pronto, not promoted and honored. Otherwise, the pope is making a mockery of Jesus’ mandates about protecting children and serving, not dominating.. Please see “Pope Francis Must Fire Cardinal Pell Now‏” here, [Christian Catholicism] and “NY Times Pulls Punches As SNAP Jabs Pope & US Pols On Abuse Ploys“, here, [Christian Catholicism].  The criticism of Pell comes in a new Royal Commission Report, Report of Case Study 8: Mr John Ellis’s experience of the Towards Healing process and civil litigation. (2/11/15)

"Royal Commission releases findings on Towards Healing", Australia,  Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,  February 11, 2015

[the full report]

"A 92-year-old Sydney priest is charged with buggery of a child from 40 years ago," NSW, Broken Rites, January 22, 2015.

'If you tell, you go to hell'

During Pope Benedict's visit to Britain  in the north of England
(16 September 2010)
Channel 4 News Nick Martin meets three clerical sex abuse victims who tell him their harrowing stories.


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"The Role of Church Law in the Child Abuse Issue: Help or Hindrance"

Catholics For Renewal. VIC, YouTube, October 29, 2014.

Part 1 - Speaker, Kieran Tapsell

Part 2 - Responder, Professor Ian 

(ABC 4 Corners videos)

May 27, 1996

Twice Betrayed-Part1

Twice Betrayed-Part2

Twice Betrayed-Part3

Twice Betrayed-Part4

Unholy Silence August 24, 2012

The Homies January 31, 2014

Cult of Horrors July 28, 2014

In the Name of the Law  August 12, 2014

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Secrets of the Vatican

PBS Frontline Video
February 25, 2014


BBC Panorama Report

14 Septemeber 2010


The CNN Report

25 September 2010

The Oprah Show

200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward: Full Episode

January 31, 2013 Interview with Peter Isely, SNAP founding member, advocate of the 200 abused men, and clergy abuse survivor himself.

Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Share Their Stories

Pedophiles and Impunity

[9 part documentary]

John Wojnowski

Haunted by his past, he has stood outside the Washington, DC Vatican embassy nearly every day for 16 years. His lonely vigil has made him a hero to victims of sexual abuse. Tell John of your appreciation, just click on John's name above.


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