Tag Archives: Christian Brothers

Salvation Army Fails in Response to Lewis Blayse’s Family (Or: I Hear Sunbury Court’s Lovely This Time of Year)

On 11 April, I wrote to several high-ranking members of the Salvation Army Australia and elsewhere explaining how it could respond appropriately to the matter of compensation for the family of Lewis Blayse, my father. In this, I indicated a willingness … Continue reading

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Algate Boys’ Home (Or: Do As You’re Told)

While the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s next hearings (beginning 28th January) will cover two Queensland and two NSW Boys’ Home, operated by the Salvation Army, there are many others not being covered. One of … Continue reading

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Some Victorian Victims’ Comments (Or: Real Voices)

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will resume hearings tomorrow. It will be the third “case study”, and will focus on Allan Kitchingman (see previous posting) against the background of events at the North Coast … Continue reading

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St Catherine’s Children’s Home (Or: In-House Paedophile)

Image: St. Catherine’s Girls Orphanage The St. Catherine’s Girls Home, at Geelong in Victoria, is yet another of the old Children’s Homes worthy of new look by the Australian Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. There are two main reasons … Continue reading

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Brisbane Grammar School (Or: One Wrong Plus One Wrong Makes Two Wrongs)

The spotlight on paedophile clergy is gradually widening to encompass those who protected them. In particular, debate is increasing on the issue of failure to report the crime of child sexual abuse. Some jurisdictions exempt the churches from this requirement, … Continue reading

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The Maltese Connection (Or: The Forgotten Children of Malta)

Image: Malta’s Child Migrant Memorial (Source: Times of Malta http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100509/letters/abused-maltese-child-migrants.306450) Malta was a source of “child migrants” to Australia. Most attention has been placed on the child migrants from the U.K., largely because there were 7,000 from the U.K. and … Continue reading

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Castledare Boys’ Home (Or: Shoveling Asbestos)

Image: The Castledare Boys’ Home is now a retirement home for priests http://dynamic.architecture.com.au/awards_search?option=showaward&entryno=20046002 The Castledare Boys’ Home was one of the notorious facilities operated by the Christian Brothers in Western Australia. Like the others (Bindoon,Tradum and Clontarf), it is worthy of renewed … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (Or: Ireland Calling)

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry in Northern Ireland is the latest of five child abuse enquiries there. It is particularly relevant to Australia in that it will include Irish children sent here as “child migrants” (see previous posting). It … Continue reading

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Brother Kearney, the Perfect (Or: Once Upon a Time…)

Image source: http://www.elitetours.net.au (Bindoon, main administration building) Bindoon Boys’ Town head, Fr. Paul Francis Kearney was a Christian Brother who died in 1954. As previous postings have noted, he was an alleged sadist and paedophile. To his Order, the Catholic … Continue reading

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Brother Francis Paul Keaney, the Abuser (Or: Spare the Rod? No Way!)

Image above: Construction of the administration building at Bindoon, 1952. Brother Kearney, of Bindoon notoriety, was a saint to the Catholic Church and a monster to the boys placed in his “care”. The Catholic Church erected a huge statue of … Continue reading

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