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NSW Enquiry Rolls On (Or: The Money or the Cops)

The interesting evidence today at the NSW government enquiry into alleged cover-ups of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy in the Catholic Church’s Newcastle-Maitland diocese was given by Helen Keevers. She was head of the diocese’s child protection … Continue reading

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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 – 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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Some Laws that Need to be Changed (Or: The Spirit is Willing but the Law is Weak)

Bit of a diatribe today about the need for several changes to existing laws. This is a real-time account. Since some people will not read this entry until the royal commission is concluded, they will have the benefit of reading … Continue reading

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The Ellis Defence (Or: You Can’t Catch Me I’m the Gingerbread Man)

John Ellis, a Sydney lawyer who has represented child abuse victims and who is himself a victim of clerical abuse, noted that, “the hush money deals are no longer church policy.” This reflects the position of the Catholic Church’s chief … Continue reading

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