Tag Archives: Melbourne Response

Who to Contact First? (Or: Choose Wisely)

Most people who report or seek help with the effects of, child sexual abuse take many years to reach that point. It is a very painful, difficult process and the outcomes can depend a lot on just who is first … 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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The Need for Citizen Ombudsmen (Or: Bugger Off! I Don’t Work for You.)

The Royal Commission will make a lot of findings on how organisations can improve their processes in tackling abusers within their ranks. The problem may well be that there will be an emphasis on people who are professionals or otherwise … 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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The Melbourne Response Responds After the Enquiry is Finished – Again (Or: Buyer Beware)

Peter O’Callaghan, the “independent” advisor to the Catholic Church’s Melbourne Response program on clerical child sexual abuse (he is employed by them) has made statements lately. These have come after the Victorian Parliamentary enquiry has finished public hearings. This tactic … Continue reading

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Oversight or Policy? (Or: Information is Power)

The Australian Royal Commission into child sexual abuse web-site has a section labeled “contacts”.  Here, there are indeed a few contacts for victim support. It is not so much what is there, as what is not there that is an … 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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Shared Lawyers (Or: An Oldie But a Goodie)

The “Melbourne Response” was a Catholic Church protocol set up by Australia’s only Cardinal, George Pell at the end of the last century to deal with sex abuse claims against clergy there. It was headed by Mr Peter O’Callaghan (pictured … Continue reading

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