This Broken Rites article is an update about a former Catholic priest (from Armidale and Moree in northern New South Wales), who is facing 76 child-abuse charges. The priest, whose name (for legal reasons) cannot be published at this stage, has already pleaded "Guilty" to 45 of the 76 charges, and he will eventually be sentenced on those 45 charges. Meanwhile, he is contesting the additional charges and therefore on 18 November 2014 a magistrate ordered the ex-priest to face a trial in 2015 on some of these additional charges. (Article updated 19 November 2014.)
Helped by Broken Rites, some of the victims of Christian Brother Desmond Eric ("Neil") Richards have achieved justice. On 7 November 2014, a Sydney court ordered that Richards (aged 75) be taken into custody, to await his sentence for indecently assaulting young boys in the 1970s and '80s. The sentence is due to be announced in court on Thursday 27 November 2014. The church had known for years about Richards' crimes but the crimes were concealed from the police (and from the public). And the Christian Brothers appointed him to be in charge of their worldwide website in Rome. (Article updated 18 November 2014.)
In late November 2014 the Sydney District Court is scheduled to sentence the notorious pedophile Catholic priest John Sidney Denham. Prosecutors have urged the court to add more jail time to Denham's previous 13-year sentence. This Broken Rites article gives the background to Denham's life of crime, including about how Broken Rites helped the victims. (Article updated 18 November 2014).
Christian Brother David Standen, who has taught at Catholic schools in Sydney and regional New South Wales, is now facing additional child-sex charges as more former students have contacted the police, a court was told on 12 November 2014. This brings the total number of alleged incidents (so far) to 29 in one of his schools (St Patrick's College, Goulburn, in southern NSW, between 1978 and 1981). The police investigation is being conducted by a unit of detectives at Goulburn. This article includes a video of Brother Standen being arrested at Sydney airport on 19 August 2014 when he arrived back in Australia from East Timor. (Article updated 14 November 2014.)
A retired Christian Brother who taught in Catholic schools at Manly (in Sydney) and Goulburn (in southern New South Wales) has been charged with a number of historical indecent assaults on five boys. The alleged offences involved three boys at Manly and two at Goulburn, who were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, between 1973 and 1976. The police investigation his being conducted by a unit of detectives at Manly. (Article updated November 2014.)
This court case is an example of how it is possible for victims of church child-abuse to get their perpetrator convicted many years after the abuse. In the 1970s, Marist Brother John Skehan had multiple victims in Catholic schools in New South Wales and Victoria. Forty years later, one victim got Brother Skehan convicted in a New South Wales court in 2010 and another victim scored a similar victory over Skehan (aged 75) in a Victorian court in 2014. (Article updated 1 November 2014)
In June 2012 the Christian Brothers organisation in Australia signed a civil settlement with a former pupil of Christian Brothers College at Manly (in Sydney), who attended this school as a 13-year-old boy about 1973. According to the settlement deed, this ex-pupil alleged that he was “unlawfully assaulted by Brother Peter Norman Lennox, the principal of the school".
Terrence Pidoto, who has had a long career as a Catholic priest in parishes around Melbourne, is scheduled for proceedings soon in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, charged with multiple child-sex offences. (Article updated 25 October 2014.)
A retired senior Catholic priest from western Sydney, Father Richard Cattell, has been undergoing preliminary court procedures (charged with child-sex offences) and now he is about to appear before Judge H. Syme in Sydney's Penrith District Court for the final steps in the justice process. On the District Court schedule, Father Cattell is listed as case number 201400062169. (Article updated on 22 October 2014.)
Many years ago, Broken Rites began researching "Brother Gabriel Mount", who had worked in Catholic children's homes conducted by the St John of God Brothers in New South Wales and Victoria. We discovered that he eventually became a priest ("Father Roger Mount"), working in Papua New Guinea. In October 2014 he was brought back to Australia, where police charged him with multiple child-sex offences in Melbourne, involving seven Victorian victims, He is scheduled to appear in court in Melbourne again in early 2015. New South Wales police, also, are investigating Father Mount concerning incidents that are alleged to have occurred in NSW. (Article updated 20 October 2014.)
One of Australia’s most prominent Catholic religious orders – the St John of God Brothers (SJOG) – has had an entrenched culture of sexual abuse, according to court evidence. The St John of God religious order has specialised in accommodating boys who have an educational disability or, in many cases, an intellectual disability. (Article updated 1 October 2014.)
Catholic priest Father Glenn Humphreys, 61, who has ministered in several places around Australia, has been jailed for offences committed in Western Australia. On 15 October 2014, Father Humphreys was sentenced to 22 months jail, with a minimum of eleven months behind bars, for the W.A. crimes. Humphreys is also facing charges in New South Wales regarding alleged victims at a boys' school (St Stanislaus College, Bathurst). (Article updated 15 October 2014.)
A convicted pedophile Christian Brother who changed his name from Ted Dowlan to Ted Bales to avoid publicity has admitted to another 55 offences committed during his long career as a Christian Brother in Victorian schools. Ted Bales, 64, is now behind bars after more of his earlier victims contacted the police. (Article updated 9 October 2104.)
This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about the background of Christian Brother Ted Dowlan. Despite Dowlan being jailed in 1996, the Christian Brothers did not expel him. Instead, they said that they would be prepared to continue looking after Dowlan in the future. Dowlan later changed his surname to Bales and, helped by the Christian Brothers organisation, he moved into a private house of his own. In October 2014, after more of his earlier victims finally contacted the police, "Ted Bales" pleaded guilty to some more of his crimes and was remanded in custody to await a new sentencing. (Article updated 9 October 2014.)
This Broken Rites article reveals how the Catholic Church authorities in Western Australia harboured a paedophile priest (Father Kevin Glover) for many years while he committed sexual crimes against local children. When his crimes became known in one parish, the church merely transferred him to another parish. Later, he was allowed to transfer to a mission in the Pacific Islands. In October 2014, Broken Rites has been contacted by yet another of Glover's victims from Western Australia. (Article updated 13 October 2014.)
New South Wales detectives have charged Marist Brother Peter Pemble (aged 66) with child-sex offences allegedly committed when he worked at a Catholic boys' school early in his career, more than 40 years ago. The detectives allege that the incidents occurred at Maitland (in the Hunter region, north of Sydney) in 1971-1972, when Brother Pemble was in his twenties. Later in his career, Brother Peter Pemble became the principal of several Catholic schools in Sydney before retiring in 2009. (Article posted 3 October 2014.)
Catholic Church authorities knowingly kept a child-molester (Father Michael Aulsebrook) in the priesthood and even promoted him to be in charge of a school, according to statements made in an Australian criminal court in 2011. Now Aulsebrook is no longer in the priesthood but in 2014 police are conducting further investigations about his past. (Article updated 1 October 2014.)
At last, in September 2014, a victim (John Parmeter) has spoken publicly about how he was sexually abused for years by a prominent Australian priest, Father Peter Brock, beginning at the age of nine in 1968. The Catholic Church culture of silence blocked John from complaining until 2007 when he was aged nearly 50 and, by then, the church's cover-up had damaged John's life. In 2008 John received a written apology from the priest and later a financial settlement from the church. But the church authorities still praised Father Brock and elevated him to a prominent national role, thereby making John Parmeter feel abused again by the continuing cover-up. John's public statement in September 2014 exposes the church's cover-up, thereby helping other church victims. (Article updated 23 September 2014.)
This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about a Melbourne Catholic priest, Father James Scannell, who has been jailed in 2014 for raping a 12-year-old boy. After the rape (in the early 1970s), the priest subjected the boy to the Catholic ritual of "Confession" and ordered the boy never to tell anybody about what had happened. Intimidated by the church's authority, the boy obediently kept this "secret of the Confessional". The church's code of silence damaged the victim's life and it took him forty years to bring the priest to justice — in 2014. (Article updated 10 August 2014.)
The Catholic Bishop of the Australian Defence Force is involved in court proceedings, charged by police with a child-sex offence dating back to 1969. Bishop Max Davis, now 68, is believed to be the most senior Catholic clergyman (and the first bishop) to be charged by Australian police with a child-sex offence. (Article updated 21 October 2014.)
On half a dozen occasions during 2013 and 2014, a Queensland magistrate granted an adjournment to a retired Catholic priest, Father Dermot Casey, who had been charged with sexual offences against ten children, including girls and boys. The defence lawyers kept producing medical certificates saying that the priest (aged 78 in 2014) was not well enough to come to court. Now FatherCasey has died, thus defeating his victims. (Article updated 27 September 2014.)
In two court cases in 2014 a lay teacher, Alan James Pollock, 60, has pleaded guilty to committing sexual offences against children at two Catholic schools in western Sydney in the 1980s. One school was a Catholic boys' college, where Pollock was acting as a relief teacher, while the other was a parish primary school for girls and boys. (Article updated 15 November 2014.)
A Catholic priest who was a “chaplain” to Aborigines pleaded guilty in 1996 to sexually abusing young boys in north-western New South Wales. Father David Perrett (born 1937), who belonged to the Armidale diocese, was charged with indecent assault of two boys at one parish (Walgett) and sexual assault of one boy at another parish (Guyra).
In 1995, Broken Rites revealed the story of Catholic priest Father Jack Gubbels, who was transferred from Melbourne to Queensland, where he died while police were seeking to interview him about child-sex allegations in Melbourne. In 2014, Broken Rites has received a report of yet another Melbourne victim who has recently come forward with a complaint about Father Gubbels. (Article updated 27 August 2014.)
A Catholic priest, Father Glenn Humphreys was charged in Sydney's Burwood Local Court on 23 April 2014 with multiple sexual offences allegedly committed against boys from St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, New South Wales.
Beginning on 18 August 2014, Australia's national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining how the Catholic Church's victims have been treated (or mis-treated) in the Melbourne diocese. The church offers a relatively small settlement to victims, for which the victims must sign away their legal right to sue the church for a proper amount. One family who managed to defeat the church's tactic are Chrissie and Anthony Foster (two of their young daughters had been abused by Melbourne priest Father Kevin O'Donnell). This Broken Rites article tells how the church covered up for Father Kevin O'Donnell while he abused countless Melbourne children during his 50 years in the priesthood. (Article updated 17 August 2014.)
Research by Broken Rites has revealed how the Catholic Church harboured this abusive priest, Father Victor Gabriel Rubeo, for three decades while he committed child-sex crimes in the Melbourne archdiocese. Broken Rites first exposed Rubeo in the 1990s, prompting some more of Rubeo's victims to contact Broken Rites. In August 2014, Australia's national Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is receiving more evidence about the church's cover-up of this priest and his crimes. Rubeo (pronounced "roo-BAY-oh") wasborn in 1933 and was ordained as a priest in 1959; he died in 2011. (Article updated on 30 September 2014.)
In a public hearing of Australia's national child-abuse Royal Commission in August 2014, one of the cases being examined is that of the notorious Melbourne priest Michael Charles Glennon. The Commission is receiving evidence from one of Glennon's many victims. Thanks to Broken Rites and the Victoria Police, Glennon was facing more criminal charges when he died in jail on New Year's Day in 2014. (Article updated 17 August 2014.)
Broken Rites helped the Australian Broadcasting Corporation with research for a Four Corners television program, which was broadcast on Monday 11 August 2014. The program is about how the Catholic Church in Australia tries to cover up its child-sex abuse - and how the church avoids paying full compensation to victims. This article gives links to some of the relevant Broken Rites articles which helped Four Corners. We also give a link where you can watch this episode (entitled "In the Name of the Law") on the Four Corners website. (Article updated on 16 August 2014.)
Since 1993, Broken Rites Australia has been researching the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Too often, the church supported the offending clergy while ignoring the victims. For example, Broken Rites has shown how the church shielded the criminal priest Father Gerald Ridsdale for 32 years without reporting his crimes to the police. Finally, in 1993, some Father Ridsdale victims contacted the police. These victims also contacted the newly-formed Broken Rites.
This photo demonstrates why Broken Rites was needed. In the photo, Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale (left, in sunglasses and hat) walks to court, accompanied by his support person (Bishop George Pell, then an auxiliary bishop in Melbourne), when Father Ridsdale was pleading guilty to his first batch of criminal charges in May 1993. But no bishop accompanied the victims, who felt deserted by the church leaders. Therefore, since 1993, Broken Rites research has supported many of the Catholic Church's victims, as shown on this website. Read More