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The NSW Enquiry Revives Hearings in Sydney (Or: Stool Pigeon)

In a surprise move, the NSW government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in the Newcastle region has reconvened in Sydney to hear more detail on the previous evidence of Brian Lucas, the Secretary of the Australian (Catholic) Bishops’ Conference. … Continue reading

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What is the Appropriate Penalty for a Cover-Up Or: Accessory During the Act)

The Royal Commission is likely to consider, if not recommend, tightening up the laws for misprision of a felony (covering up for a crime). What it not as likely to be considered will be just what penalties should apply. One … Continue reading

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Lucas Finally Fronts the NSW Enquiry (Or: Hear Evil, See Evil, Record No Evil)

Fr. Brian Lucas has admitted to the NSW inquiry into Catholic Church cover-ups of child sexual abuse within the Newcastle-Maitland diocese that he did not take notes during meetings to ensure they could not be used later in court. The … Continue reading

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More Malone Skeletons (Or: Oops!)

Yesterday, former Newcastle-Maitland Catholic Bishop, Michael Malone, revealed that he had been given a briefcase containing secret files on abusive clergy in his diocese, when he took over from his predecessor. Today, he admitted that, in sixteen years in the … Continue reading

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