… A writ filed this week outlines the Perth man’s claims of psychiatric and
psychological harm from the abuse he alleges was inflicted at Castledare Boys
Home by Brothers Verdon, Dick and Daly between 1971 and 1973. …
A magistrate has refused to suppress the name of a former Catholic priest
who has been charged over historic child sex offences allegedly committed in
parts of northern NSW. John Joseph Farrell, 62, was charged on Wednesday by
specialist detectives from a strike force set up to investigate alleged
assaults upon young children in northern NSW several decades ago. …
The Protea report backed reports by the Newcastle Herald and the ABC's
in October 2013, based on police documents obtained under freedom of
information by Greens Justice spokesman David Shoebridge, alleging an informal
arrangement between police and the church that breached section 316. …
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. …
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. …
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. …
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. ...
[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
This is the biggest non-story in the history of the clergy child sex abuse
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. ...
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. …
… 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. …
… 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. …
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