Peter Chalk

When will the Catholic Church learn?

Another story about secrecy and coverups in the Catholic Church has broken in Australia. The culture of secrecy and coverups needs to be broken and the Catholic Church needs to confront its sordid past.

That is certainly far more important than opposing Marriage Equality.

A senior Catholic official has been called on to stand aside from the board of Daramalan College after revelations he did not report a paedophile priest to law enforcement.

Father Jim Littleton, who sits on the board of Daramalan College, failed to alert police to child abuse allegations involving Melbourne parish priest Peter Chalk in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Fairfax has uncovered evidence that police conducted a secret bugging operation of a meeting between Chalk’s victims and Father Brian Gallagher from Chalk’s order, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in 1994.

During the meeting, victims learned that Father Littleton and other senior figures in the order were aware of the allegations for years but did not tell police.