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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse


Schedule of Activity: Jan--Mar 2015


Public Hearing Case Studies click here 


Issues Papers and Submissions here

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.
 Click Here: LewisBlayse.net
"Betrayal of Trust"
Victoria Parliament's 

"Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations"
Inquiry Report Summary
 13 Nov. 2013
To read the Committee's report click on
Exc Summary        Vol. 1        Vol. 2

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


SNAP Legal Action

For all things related to the
SNAP and Center for Constitutional Rights lawsuit filed against
the Pope and four
Vatican officers
violations of
human rights 

Video: Moves to Put the Pope in Court

Fighting for the Future

(UN filing on February 28, 2013)


If you or anyone you know has suffered abuse, call Lifeline.

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Meeting Announcements 

Where To Report Your Abuse

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Public Awareness Presentations and Radio Interviews

Information and Support

Other Australian organisations concerned with child abuse prevention.


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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

(9Jumpin's 60 Minutes videos)

The Paedophile Hunter ... May 24, 2015

Cardinal Pell ... May 31, 2015  ExtraMinutes | Peter Saunders




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"Stop the silence: Terry Skippen, victim, survivor of paedophile Brother Romauld", NSW, Newcastle Herald, Joanne McCarthy, June 18, 2015.

Terry Skippen was 13 in 1960 when he was sexually abused in his classroom by Hunter Marist Brother Romuald, and 65 in 2012 when he became the first of Romuald's victims to make a statement to police. …

"Sydney’s Jewish community taking action to detect child sex abuse in wake of Royal Commission findings", Melbourne, Daily Telegraph, Robbie Patterson, June 18, 2015.

"Paedophile Brother Francis Cable jailed over sexual abuse of Marist Brothers students", NSW, Sydney Morning Herald, Paul Bibby, June 18, 2015.

"The frail monster with a walking stick: Victims cheer as Catholic teacher is jailed for at least eight years for horrific abuse during 15-year reign of terror", NSW, Daily Mail, Belinda Grant Geary, June 18, 2015.

"Former Marist Brother William Cable jailed for sexually abusing schoolchildren", NSW, ABC News, Emily Laurence, June 18, 2015.

"Victims’ symposium to be held in Perth next month", Perth, MICE BTN, June 17, 2015.

Leaders in the field of ‘victim services and research’ will discuss the latest ways to improve the lives of victims at the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology (WSV), to be held 05 – 09 July in Perth, Western Australia. …

"Bishop horrified: 'We can’t have mates looking after mates'", Newcastle, NSW, Newcastle Herald, Joanne McCarthy, June 17, 2015.

Up to 30 perpetrators over four decades have molested children – including the children of priests – within the Anglican diocese of Newcastle, an emotional Bishop Greg Thompson said in an extraordinary interview after apologising to victims and the community on Wednesday. …

"Archbishop Philip Wilson: More than 40 witnesses named in brief of evidence", NSW, Newcastle Herald, Gabriel Wingate-Pearse, June 17, 2015.

There are more than 40 witnesses named in a brief of evidence against former Hunter priest, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, who is accused of concealing child sex abuse in the Catholic church. ...

"Anglican bishop apologises for child sexual abuse and cover-ups", Newcastle, NSW, ABC News, June 16, 2015.

"Guest Blog: BishopAccountability.Org Update, Will New Vatican Tribunal Provide Retrospective Justice?", USA, Hamilton and Grffin on Rights, Terry McKiernan, June 15, 2015.

In the children’s rights community, and especially among Catholics, the big news this past week was the decision by Pope Francis to create a new tribunal in Rome, which will try bishops who have covered up child abuse or have enabled the perpetrators. The Pope’s fast action on a recommendation from his Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors – instantaneous by Vatican standards – was a vindication for the Commission, its leaders Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Rev. Robert W. Oliver, and the two highly respected survivors who serve on it, Marie Collins and Peter Saunders. ...

"Royal Commission considers cover-up", NSW, Newcastle Herald, Joanne McCarthy June 12, 2015

"Vatican tribunal puts bishops in line for sacking", Vatican City, New Zealand Herald, June 12, 2015.

"Bishops in Rome tribunal’s sights", Australia, The Australian, John Ferguson, June 12, 2015.

"Accountability of Bishops in Abuse by Priests[video]”, Boston USA, NECN, June 11, 2015.

Anne Barrett Doyle, the founder of BishopAccountability.org, discusses Pope Francis' new program that would discipline bishops who failed to take measures to prevent sexual abuse of minors. …

"Cardinal Pell presses survivor to withdraw allegations made in ‘60 Minutes’ interview – BishopAccountability.org responds", USA, Anne Barrett Doyle, June 8, 2015.

On the Papal Tribunal

USA, Ray Mouton, June 10, 2015 

[Ray Mouton is the author of the celebrated novel In God's House. He is also a co-author of the celebrated report offered to the bishops in 1985 and subsequently ignored by them. This report not only recommended but urged the bishops to take several concrete steps lest they face disastrous consequences in the future. They ignored the report, refused to take any steps and suffered the consequences predicted. Ray Mouton was in the middle of the volcano when it exploded.]

This is the biggest non-story in the history of the clergy child sex abuse scandal. ...

"Australian bishops 'won't be investigated' by Vatican until after royal commission", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 2015.

A Vatican tribunal to judge bishops accused of covering up child sex abuse is unlikely to investigate any Australian bishops until after the royal commission has concluded, the church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council says. ...

"‘Top Bishop seeks review of earlier Bishops’ misdeeds too! Why not? Let’s start with Ratzinger, Sodano, Bertone, Levada, Law, Rigali, Mahony, Pell, et al.", US, Christian Catholicism, Jerry Slevin, June 11, 2015.

"Editorial: Tribunal a new phase in abuse crisis", United States, National Catholic Reporter, June 11, 2015.

"The Accountability of Bishops", United States, National Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters, June 11, 2015.

"UPDATE 2-Pope approves new office to investigate bishops on sexual abuse", Vatican City, Reuters, Philip Pullella, June 10, 2015.

Papal Responses to Sexual Abuse in the Church

United States, The New York Times, Karin Roberts, June 10, 2015.

In setting up a Vatican tribunal to discipline negligent Roman Catholic bishops, Pope Francis has taken the most concrete step of any pope in holding accountable church leaders who failed to prevent the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Although Francis and his most recent predecessors, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II, made efforts to punish abusive priests, the tribunal is the Vatican’s first mechanism to punish their superiors. Here is a look at responses to scandals by the last three popes. …

"Pope Creates Tribunal for Bishop Negligence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases", Vatican City, The New York Times, Elisabetta Povoledo and Laurie Goodstein, June 10, 2015.

"Pope Francis approves a new process for governing bishop accountability in abuse cases United States, Washington Post, Abby Ohlheiser and Michelle Boorstein, June 10, 2015.

"'Nothing incorrect..or prejudicual' about Pell [video]", Australia, The Age, June 8, 2015.

Despite legal threats from Cardinal George Pell, 60 Minutes defends its interview with Vatican advisor who said Pell was 'sociopathic' towards abuse sufferers.  60 Minutes brands Catholic Church 'out of touch'

"Cardinal Pell’s lawyer demands retraction of ‘false allegations’",  UK, Catholic Herald, David V Barrett, June 8, 2015.

Saunders had called the cardinal a 'dangerous individual'. Cardinal Pell’s lawyer has called on his critic Peter Saunders to withdraw allegations he made on Australian television. ...

"Cardinal George Pell instructed his lawyers to crush this victim", Sydney, Broken Rites, Broken Rites, updated June 8, 2015.

"Opinion: Time for a rethink by the Catholic Church on the sins of sex", Australia, The Courier-Mail, Meg Perkins, June 03, 2015.

'George Pell will answer questions honestly', [video], Melbourne, Brisbane Times, June 2, 2015.

"Questions for Cardinal George Pell when he fronts the royal commission [w/ video]",  Melbourne, The Age, Jane Lee, June 2, 2015.

"George Pell critic Peter Saunders spoke only for himself, says Vatican spokesman [with video]”, Rome, Sydney Morning Herald, Desmond O'Grady, June 2, 2015.

"Church creates new role to stop repeat of Neerkol", Queensland, The Bulletin, Lisa Benoit, June 2, 2015.

"Archbishop of Melbourne defends George Pell over calls for him to stand down", Melbourne, 3AW, June 2, 2015.

"Vatican official and sex abuse survivor 'will not be silenced' by George Pell legal threat", Australia, The Guardian, Melissa Davey, June 1, 2015.

"Hetty Johnston : 'Cardinal Pell needs to clear his name'", Australia, 4BC, Nick King, June 2, 2015.

"Vatican observer says Pope would not protect Cardinal George Pell, questions abuse commissioner's accusations", Vatican City, ABC News, June 1, 2015.

"AUSTRALIA - Cardinal Pell threatens to sue brave survivor and outspoken advocate", USA, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Barbara Blaine, June 1, 2015.

"Pope Boosts Pell, Slights Saunders And Ducks Irish As His Credibility Sinks Further", USA, Christian Catholicism, Jerry Slevin, June 1, 2015.

"Vatican defends Australian cardinal against charges he disregarded pedophile priests", Vatican City, Washington Post, Rosie Scammell, June 1 2015.

"British victim of clerical sex abuse chosen to help root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church may face legal action from Vatican adviser", Rome, The Independent (UK), Michael Day, June 1, 2015.

"Fr. Lombardi SJ responds to journalists' queries on Card. Pell", Vatican City, Vatican Radio, June 1, 2015.

"Vatican defends Australian cardinal against charges of 'disregard' of sexual abuse", Vatican City/Sydney, Yahoo! News, Philip Pullella and Byron Kaye, June 1, 2015.

"Where is your compassion, Cardinal Pell?", Australia, Herald Sun, Sarrah Le Marquand, June 2, 2015.

"Corrected - Vatican commissioner accuses Australian cardinal of "disregard" for abused children", Australia, Reuters, Byron Kaye, June 1, 2015.

"Vatican downplays commission member’s remarks about Cardinal Pell", Vatican City, National Catholic Reporter, Joshua J. McElwee, June 1, 2015.

"More questions for Cardinal Pell Victoria, 9 News, June 1, 2015.

… In Good Faith Foundation chief executive Helen Last says numerous pedophile priests across the state have been protected by the Catholic Church over the years, some while Cardinal Pell held top-ranking positions. …

"Pell lashes back after Church official's strong criticism [w/ audio]”, Australia, SBS, Gareth Boreham, June 1, 2015.

"Peter Saunders, the man who wants to bring Cardinal George Pell to justice [w/ video]”, Australia, Brisbane Times, Lisa Visentin, June 1, 2015.

… Enter Peter Saunders, a British child abuse survivor and the man hand-picked by Pope Francis to advise the church on child protection policies. Last year, he joined the nine-member commission, called the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which was established by the Pope to address the scourge of sex abuse within the church and which reports directly to him. On Sunday, he became a powerful voice in the growing crescendo demanding Cardinal Pell be called to account for his role as a senior member of Australia's Catholic clergy during the decades from which countless claims of abuse have emerged. …

"George Pell denies he is 'dangerous'", Australia, The Australian Women's Weekly, June 1, 2015.

"George Pell's heavy-handed comments ignore the pain of abuse victims", Australia, WA Today, Steve Dow, June 1, 2015.

"Vatican-based Australian cardinal under attack", Australia, Radio New Zealand, June 1, 2015.

"Cardinal George Pell formally asked to appear at Royal Commission", [w/ video], Victoria, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, June 01, 2015.

"Royal commission into child sexual abuse will call Cardinal George Pell to second Ballarat hearing", Victoria, ABC News, June 1, 2015.

"George Pell to be called to second royal commission hearings in Ballarat"Victoria, The Guardian, Melissa Davey, June 1, 2015.

"The government is a bigger obstacle to justice for victims than George Pell", Australia, The Guardian, Adam Brereton, June 1, 2015.

"George Pell to be called to give evidence at royal commission", Victoria, Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Lee, June 1, 2015.

"Cardinal George Pell WILL have to give evidence at royal commission into horrific child abuse in Victoria", Victoria, Daily Mail, May 31, 2015.

"Cardinal George Pell to seek legal advice after Pope-appointed commissioner Peter Saunders labels him 'almost sociopathic'", Australia, ABC News, June 1, 2015.

"George Pell 'callous, almost sociopathic' towards abuse victims[video]”, Australia, Brisbane Times, June 1, 2015.

"Cardinal Pell described as 'almost sociopathic'...", Australia, Daily Life, Kerrie Armstrong, June 1, 2015.

"Widespread child abuse in Ballarat diocese", Victoria, news.com.au, May 29, 2015.

"Ballarat bishop tells royal commission diocese may struggle to pay all child abuse claims", Victoria, ABC – PM, Samantha Donovan [audio report], May 29, 2015.

"What is the connection between these senior Catholics?", Victoria, The Age, Chris Johnston, May 29, 2015.

"Child abuse sex inquiry: Bishop Paul Bird denies as many as 14 Ballarat priests involved in abuse as hearings wrap up", Victoria, Radio Australia, Peta Carlyon, May 29, 2015.

"Ballarat priest used confession to admit abuse, royal commission told", Victoria, The Guardian, AAP, May 28, 2015.

"Abuse inquiry told Pell was aware of Ridsdale Mortlake crimes", Victoria, The Standard, Jarrod Woolley, May 29, 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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( Created by and for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy )


We  invite clergy abuse victims, family members of victims, and supporters  of victims to be involved and to join SNAP.
Joining SNAP is free and completely confidential. We never sell nor share our membership list with anyone.
We are also looking for survivors to start SNAP chapters.  Chapter leaders must be able to conduct a monthly self-help support group meeting in their local area and promote the missions of SNAP.

Contact Nicky DavisMark Fabbro,  
Barbara Dorris, or 
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This site is all about the TRUTH
...and there is plenty of it, so
We try very hard to always update and post items on this web site, with complete integrity.

We realize it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, and we thank you for visiting our site. We also realize this trauma reaches family members and those who are concerned and frustrated about the sex abuse crisis within the religious community.

This web site is a place to find information about our SNAP support meetings in your local area, plus we are constantly updating news stories and information about clergy who have been publicly accused of sex abuse within the Australian dioceses.  Our goal is survivor support, public education, and protection of kids.

We also plan to post survivor video stories. Sometimes it helps to listen to these stories to better understand the trauma and life pain of  those who have been harmed by clergy and those who are related to these survivors: family and friends.

We post on this site many links to other self help groups and information to support victims. SNAP leaders' email addresses and phone numbers are posted for you when you need direct help and support, please feel 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.

Thank you for making the decision to visit our SNAPAustralia.org web site.

"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

The Homies August 18, 2003

Unholy Silence August 24, 2012

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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