Tag Archives: Melbourne Response

Why Won’t George Pell Speak? (Or: I Hear They Need A Missionary In Antarctica)

Australia’s only Catholic Cardinal, George Pell has become something of a recluse, especially when it comes to Royal Commissions on his priests’ child sexual abuse, and his bishops’ covering-up of them. He has spent much of the year out of … Continue reading

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Judy Courtin’s Submission (Or: Not Mincing Words)

Image: Researcher Judy Courtin (Source: The Herald) The formal submission by Judy Courtin (see previous posting), a Monash University researcher, to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, is based on interviews with many victims, lawyers … Continue reading

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The Ellis Submission (Or: Final Vindication?)

Image: John Ellis (Source: http://www.clinchlongletherbarrow.com.au) One of the submissions to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which is worthy of close study is that by John and Nicola Ellis, both of whom are lawyers who … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church’s Submission On “Towards Healing” (Or: No Lawyers Please, Except Ours!)

The Catholic Church’s grandiosely-named Truth, Justice and Healing Council (otherwise known as the PR Unit set up by the church to deal with the fall-out from the Royal Commission) has made a submission on the subject of the fourth hearing … Continue reading

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What Is The Next Hearing About? (Or: Towards Reeling)

Image: (with apologies to Tandberg) The next hearings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin on 9th December, in Sydney. More than a year after the announcement of the Royal Commission by former … Continue reading

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Slater and Ezzy (Or: All Too Easy)

Image: Gregory Ezzy Martin Drevikovsky, the General Secretary of the Anglican Church (known elsewhere as the Episcopalian Church or the Church of England) told the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse third “case study” hearings that … Continue reading

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The Victorian State Parliamentary Enquiry Report (Or: Better Than We Thought Possible)

The Victorian state Parliamentary Enquiry into child sexual abuse by clergy has presented its 800 page report to the Victorian Parliament.  It is entitled “Betrayal of Trust”. It contains recommendations hoped for, but not necessarily expected, to control the excesses … Continue reading

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The Compensation Issue (Or: Placing A Value On A Life)

The Victorian state Parliamentary enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse will release its report tomorrow. It had originally been due for release by 30th September. While it is expected to recommend mandatory reporting laws for clergy, with a custodial sentence … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church’s Submission on “Towards Healing” (Or: Top Spinner)

The Catholic Church’s PR unit, set up to deal with fall-out from the Royal Commission, has managed to get in first with its arguments, before the commission holds hearings on the discredited “Towards Healing” program at the end of the … Continue reading

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The Catholic PR Unit Revisited (Or: Know Your Enemy)

The Catholic Church in Australia has established a “high powered” public relations unit to deal with the fall-out of the Royal Commission. It is grandiosely known as the Truth, Justice and Healing Commission. It serves much the same functions as … Continue reading

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