Obviously the “decent journalist, trained and skilled” was really struggling with this article:
Child sexual abuse
It looks like the BBC should be renamed the Boy-Buggering Club as sex charges mount. They are in danger of becoming better known than the Catholic Church as the preferred workplace for pedophiles.
More than 150 allegations of sexual abuse have been made against 81 BBC employees since the Jimmy Savile scandal engulfed the corporation last year.
Half of the accused are current members of BBC staff or contributors, a Freedom of Information request revealed.
Of the cases involving those 40 employees, ten remain outstanding and are currently being investigated by either the police or the BBC.
The figures reveal a seismic shift in the number of people coming forward in the wake of the Savile controversy. Read more »
Cardinal George Pell really is a dick. His claims that celibacy might be a factor in some cases is just denying the obvious.
Celibacy is unnatural. The church has created an unnatural system. Jesus wasn’t celibate, neither were many of the 12 apostles. THere is no justification for it biblically or even in the natural course of human-kind.
Celibacy might be a factor in the high rate of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell has told an inquiry.
He also acknowledged that senior figures in the Australian Catholic Church covered up evidence about child abuse.
Appearing before the Victorian inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse, Cardinal Pell said the Catholic Church’s history of child abuse stems from loose entry requirements for priests, past errors of judgment and inaction.
Australia’s most senior Catholic admitted that the fear of scandal had led to the cover-up of instances of abuse by some within the church but he denied that there was a culture of abuse among priests.
Finally a Catholic Archbishop has admitted that the church helped cover up the activities of pedophile priests.
Now if only more bishops would be so honest the church might be able to start to recovery from their awful legacy of protecting ratbag priests.
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.
Archbishop Hart also said the church would support the extension of mandatory reporting to ministers of religion, except for the sanctity of the confessional. Read more »
It’s not just the Catholic ratbags who were covering up the buggering of little boys. The archbishop needs to swing for this.
The Archbishop of York is to set up an independent inquiry into allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman abused choirboys and school pupils.
It will look into claims that the Very Rev Robert Waddington, a former dean of Manchester Cathedral who died in 2007, sexually assaulted young choristers in the 1980s, while Lord Hope, then archbishop of York did not report the abuse claims to police or child protection authorities in 1999 and 2003.
Dr John Sentamu today said he was taking the allegations of abuse with the “utmost seriousness”, calling child abuse a “a heinous and personally damaging crime”. Read more »
Police in NSW colluded with the Catholic Church to cover up the actions and crimes of their pedo priests.
They should spend less time persecuting poofters and more time cleaning up their own house.
A ”Catholic mafia” within the ranks of Newcastle police colluded with church leaders to cover up sex abuse in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, an inquiry into the abuse has been told.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told the inquiry on Monday that while on leave his office had been raided, he and other police had been pulled off investigations into the alleged cover-up of child sex abuse and a colleague told him about a ”Catholic mafia” within the ranks of Newcastle police.
”I just didn’t trust other police,” he said. Read more »
It appears that despite the new Pope the Catholic Church in Australia is back to its old ways of ignoring or helping through silence to cover up their legacy of child sex abuse:
Catholic Church leaders in Australia are showing “ignorance and arrogance” and little “will to know”, the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled sex abuse heard on Thursday.
Caroline Taylor, professor of social justice at Edith Cowan University, said church leaders, judges and lawyers too readily followed misleading stereotypes about child sex abuse.
She said grooming was still rife, that predators were very clever with new technology and particularly targeted the children of very devout families. Read more »
Wouldn’t it be grand if the new Pope really made a difference and addressed the awful legacy of child abuse perpetrated and covered up by his church:
The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, is among a number of senior church figures who have been ordered to appear at the NSW Commission of Inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sex abuse by the Catholic Church in the Maitland-Newcastle region.
The summonsing of the archbishop, along with the secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Father Brian Lucas, came during the formal opening of the inquiry by Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC on Wednesday.
The inquiry will examine allegations that members of the Maitland-Newcastle diocese covered up the abuse of young children by the now-deceased priests Father Denis McAlinden and Father James Fletcher. Read more »
I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.
— Archbishop of Los Angeles
It looks like the ultra-Orhodox Jewish community have been acting as bad as Catholics when it comes to covering up child abuse:
An unlicensed therapist and respected member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn was sentenced on Tuesday to 103 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young woman, beginning the attacks when she was 12.
The therapist, Nechemya Weberman, 54, a member of the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg, did not react as the judge sentenced him. The victim, now 18, who delivered an impassioned statement asking for the maximum sentence to be imposed, dabbed away tears.
“The message should go out to all victims of sexual abuse that your cries will be heard and justice will be done,” Justice John G. Ingram of State Supreme Court said before imposing the sentence, which was close to the longest the law allows. Justice Ingram praised the young victim’s “courage and bravery in coming forward.” Read more »