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Australian Inquiry Scrutinizes Church / National Catholic Reporter

The clergy sexual abuse scandal in Australia seems to be following a familiar script, with many acts still to come.

Australian survivors of clerical sexual abuse have been complaining for years about their dissatisfaction with Towards Healing, the Catholic church’s national protocol for responding to abuse. The inner workings of Towards Healing were laid bare in November and December during two weeks of public hearings held here before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse …

“One thousand private hearings have already been conducted. One of the most shocking revelations in early December concerned the handling of allegations of abuse by Marist Br. Raymond Foster, a teacher who committed suicide in 1999, just hours before he was due to face charges of abusing a 13-year-old boy in a north Queensland school in the early 1970s.”

By Stephen Crittenden, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the entire article.

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Early Handling of Sex Abuse Allegations Was ‘Fairly Bumbling’

An Australian bishop told a special commission of inquiry into sexual abuse that he failed to familiarize himself with the personnel file of a serial pedophile priest ‘because the whole area of sexual abuse is so distasteful that I would have found it very unpalatable to dig further.'” By Stephen Crittenden, National Catholic Reporter

Read the entire article by clicking here.

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Clergy Sexual Abuse Kept Secret for 50-years, Australian Inquiry Hears

The Hunter Valley in New South Wales, two hours north of Sydney, is best known for its vineyards, surf beaches, coal mines and polluting power stations. But in recent years, the region has also become known as the epicenter of Catholic sex abuse in Australia.

Since 1996, seven priests, four religious brothers and six lay teachers of the Maitland-Newcastle diocese have been convicted. The church has paid compensation to the victims of eight other  priests, and four priests and two brothers are currently facing abuse or concealment charges. There are 400 known victims.

Now, a special commission of inquiry in Newcastle has heard that leaders of the diocese knew of the numerous pedophiliac activities of one priest, Fr. Denis McAlinden, for 50 years, but did not notify police until 2003.” By Stephen Crittenden, The Sydney Morning Mail, in National Catholic Reporer

Read this entire article, “Australia Inquiry Hears of 50-Year Cover-Up,” by clicking here.

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