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NSW Enquiry – Week’s Wrap-Up (Or: Master of Law and Letters)

The first week of the second session of the NSW government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese heard further evidence from Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, more local police officials and the current Bishop of Newcastle-Maitland, … Continue reading

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The NSW Enquiry Continues (Or: Bias or Lazy Journalism?)

Image: Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox at the NSW enquiry this week (Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/01/nsw-church-child-abuse-inquiry) In her opening address to the second session of the NSW government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese, Commissioner Ms Cunneen said: … Continue reading

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The NSW Enquiry Pushes On (Or: Anatomy of a Cover-Up)

Father Denis McAlinden came to Australia in 1949 and died here in 2005. In between, he abused an unknown number of little girls. What is known now, is that the Catholic Church was aware of his offending from as far … Continue reading

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More from the NSW Enquiry – Second Session (Or: Nothing To See Here)

Image source http://www.cagle.com Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws recently revealed that NSW police officer Beth Cullen shredded documents from liaison meetings with Catholic Church officials from the Newcastle-Maitland diocese (see previous posting). The matter has been referred to … Continue reading

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An Old Copper Speaks Out (Or: The More Things Change)

Image: Retired Detective “Dinny” Ryan with a photograph of himself as a young man (Source: The Australian) It is not normally the practice, here, to give a book review. However, there has been a book just released which deserves wider … Continue reading

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McCarthy’s Evidence (Or: When Silence is Abhorrent)

The case of Cardinal Bernard Law, in the U.S., came to light through investigative journalism. Similarly, the Newcastle-Maitland problems saw the light of day ultimately through the investigative efforts of Fairfax journalist, Joanne McCarthy, of the Newcastle Herald. For this … Continue reading

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More on the New South Wales Enquiry Proceedings (Or: Silence is Platinum)

Adelaide Catholic Archbishop, Philip Wilson (pictured above) was director of Religious Education for the Newcastle-Maitland diocese and a teacher at the St. Pius X High School in Newcastle at the time of serious abuses there (see previous posting). Peter Gogarty … Continue reading

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The NSW Government Inquiry Resumes (Or: But Wait – There’s Even More!)

They’re at it again. The people who like to add information after the event. The “but wait – there’s more” people. Police gave their evidence to the New South Wales government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse last month. This … Continue reading

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Shreddergate 2: (Or Will You Be Wanting That Shredded?)

Proceedings at the New South Wales Government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse should be rather lively when it resumes public hearings next week. Local Greens upper-house politician, David Shoebridge MLC, has obtained documents under the Freedom of Information laws, … Continue reading

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