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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 Concludes (Or: Good Priest – Bad Priest)

The Newcastle-Maitland diocese kept “good priest files” and “bad priest files”, according to Elizabeth Doyle, who was secretary to Bishops Clarke, Malone and Wright over the past 20 years. A quirk of the English language means that the reference could … 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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NSW Enquiry Session 2 Week 3 Day 4 (Or: Where Did I Leave My Keys?)

Caption: Burston (center) leaving the enquiry (source: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3805435.htm) “He has given his life to the Catholic Church”: Commissioner Cunneen., concerning William Burston (pictured above), second-in-charge of the Newcastle-Maitland diocese under former Bishops Clarke and Malone. Ms. Cunneen claimed that Burston had … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry, Session 2, Week 3, Day 2 (Or: Give The Poor Bloke a Break)

Image: Many thanks to Andy from ShatterOurSilence (http://shatteroursilence.blogspot.com.au/) Poor Bishop Michael Malone has really had a hard time of it because of the paedophile priests under his command in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese. When he took early retirement a couple of … Continue reading

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The Malone Saga Continues (Or: My Church – Right or Wrong)

Image: Michael Malone leaving the enquiry (Image source: The Newcastle Herald) Retired Bishop, Michael Malone (pictured above), has told the NSW enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese that he had been “defensive” of the church. He … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry: Session 2 Week 2 Day 3 (Or: The Graveyard’s Full)

Bishop Michael Malone, speaking to the NSW government inquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese, said he asked his predecessor, Leo Clarke, what the skeletons in the closet were. Bishop Clarke pushed a wooden box across the … Continue reading

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