Tag Archives: Bishop Malone

NSW Enquiry – The Employees’ Testimonials (Or: Better Retired Than Fired)

Mr. Will Callinan, a school principal in the Newcastle-Maitland Catholic diocese, has told the NSW enquiry that he did not challenge an “untruth” by Bishop Malone, because he feared he would lose his job. The threat of unemployment appears to … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry Concludes (Or: Good Priest – Bad Priest)

The Newcastle-Maitland diocese kept “good priest files” and “bad priest files”, according to Elizabeth Doyle, who was secretary to Bishops Clarke, Malone and Wright over the past 20 years. A quirk of the English language means that the reference could … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry – Week’s Preview (Or: The Church’s Last Stand)

The final scheduled week of the NSW government enquiry into cover-ups of child sexual abuse by clergy in the Newcastle-Maitland Catholic church diocese, ends with the “in camera” evidence of Adelaide Archbishop Wilson. We will only know Wilson’s details from … Continue reading

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Why Pell Should Return to Australia (Or: HELP!!!!!)

To: His Most Highly Revered and Eminently Adored The Cardinal George Pell of Australia, D.D., M.Y., G.O.D., I.M.A., T.W.I.T. The Cardinal’s Suite Domus Australia, Rome. Dear Georgie, Please come home — all is forgiven (just joking!) Seriously though, things are … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry Session 2 Week 3 Day 4 (Or: Where Did I Leave My Keys?)

Caption: Burston (center) leaving the enquiry (source: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3805435.htm) “He has given his life to the Catholic Church”: Commissioner Cunneen., concerning William Burston (pictured above), second-in-charge of the Newcastle-Maitland diocese under former Bishops Clarke and Malone. Ms. Cunneen claimed that Burston had … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry, Session 2, Week 3, Day 2 (Or: Give The Poor Bloke a Break)

Image: Many thanks to Andy from ShatterOurSilence (http://shatteroursilence.blogspot.com.au/) Poor Bishop Michael Malone has really had a hard time of it because of the paedophile priests under his command in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese. When he took early retirement a couple of … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry, Session 2, Week 3 (Or: Try Proving Otherwise)

This blog has previously argued that victims, and not just lawyers, should be able to interrogate church officials directly. Today, the NSW enquiry made Australian history when it allowed victim, Peter Gogarty, to directly question former Newcastle-Maitland Bishop, Michael Malone … Continue reading

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More Malone Skeletons (Or: Oops!)

Yesterday, former Newcastle-Maitland Catholic Bishop, Michael Malone, revealed that he had been given a briefcase containing secret files on abusive clergy in his diocese, when he took over from his predecessor. Today, he admitted that, in sixteen years in the … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry: Session 2 Week 2 Day 3 (Or: The Graveyard’s Full)

Bishop Michael Malone, speaking to the NSW government inquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese, said he asked his predecessor, Leo Clarke, what the skeletons in the closet were. Bishop Clarke pushed a wooden box across the … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry: Session 2 Week 2 Day 2 (Or: Nobody Needs to Know)

Lawyers for the Catholic Church at the NSW government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese, appear to have been emboldened by the recent decision of the enquiry Commissioner, Margaret Cunneen, to hold “in-camera” hearings for Adelaide … Continue reading

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