Tag Archives: Forgotten Australians

Really Good Liars (Or: A Priest in Sheep’s Clothing)

The author will resort to using the first person for this personal account. It concerns a situation which should serve as a warning about really good liars. It was early 1990. I was accompanying a few people who had been … Continue reading

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Seventh Day Adventists (Or: Same Old, Same Old)

The Seventh Day Adventists Church in Australia is small, and the incidents of child sexual abuse are few, but the patterns of dealing with the problem mirror those of the larger churches. Denial, hush-money and moving offenders around appear to … Continue reading

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Media Opposition (Or: If You’re Right the Royal Commission’s Wrong)

Image: George Pell (Source: http://www.optuszoo.com.au/news/top/herald-sun/priests-not-above-the-law-mps/840633) Opposition to a royal commission is professed by only 3% of Australian voters. Only about 1% of mainstream journalists and media commentators do the same. The leading apologist for the Catholic Church here appears to … Continue reading

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Who Opposed the Royal Commission and Why (Or: Fools Rush In)

The short answer is that virtually nobody opposed the royal commission. However, many changed their views, the most notable being the Prime Minister Julia Gillard herself. On the Friday before the announcement on the following Monday, while she was visiting … 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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Teaching Priests (Or: The Little Children Suffer )

While there have not been that many state teachers caught, there have been a hell of a lot of clerical teachers, giving the lie to the church claims that they do not offend any more than the general public. The … Continue reading

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Teachers (Or: No Names Please)

One of the more obvious areas that will attract the attention of the royal commission is that of schools. In Australia, schools are run by the State governments or by private institutions, mainly churches. Government schools are open to much … Continue reading

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A First Look at Children’s Homes (Or: Paedophile Heaven)

Children who were not orphans were often taken into State “care” because of a difficult home situation of one kind or another. The State out-sourced its responsibility to the churches in most cases. The churches ran the “Homes” as profit-making … Continue reading

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Politicians (Or: Disorder in the House)

Paedophile politicians pose a particular problem. They have power – and have often used it – to protect themselves. It probably means that those caught so far may represent only the tip of an iceberg. This is an other classic … Continue reading

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Sporting Organisations (Or: That’s Just Not Cricket, Sport)

Paedophilia in sport touches a raw nerve with many people. The Penn State Sandusky case in the US shows this graphically. For religions, it highlights a disparity with the basic principles espoused by those religions. With sport, it touches on … Continue reading

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