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Written by a Broken Rites Australia researcher.

The Catholic Church's "Melbourne Response" to sex-abuse complaints

The Catholic Church in Australia has established a Professional Standards Office (also known as "Towards Healing") to handle (or mis-handle) complaints from the church's sex-abuse victims. This system operates throughout Australia (including country areas in Victoria), but it does not cover priests in Melbourne or its suburbs.

Double life: He was a priest in public, but a child-abuser in private

A sexually-abusive priest lived "parallel lives", a judge told Sydney District Court on 7 December 2012, when he sentenced the priest to jail for crimes against children in northern New South Wales, including in the Hunter Valley (posted 15 December 2012).

A Marist Brother is charged with a 1960s child-assault in northern NSW

On 18 March 2015, New South Wales police charged a Marist Brother (John William "Kostka" Chute, now aged 82) regarding an alleged indecent assault at Lismore on the NSW north coast The offence allegedly occurred between 1967 and 1969 when the Brother was in his mid-thirties. The alleged victim was a schoolboy in Year Six. (Article posted 21 March 2015.)

Broken Rites supporting the Royal Commission

For twenty years, from 1993, Broken Rites Australia has been seeking a national Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate how religious organisations have handled (or mis-handled) allegations of child-sex crimes. At last, in 2013, the federal government has appointed such a Royal Commission. The Royal Commission is an opportunity to expose the concealing of church-related crimes (article updated 16 February 2013).

The church apologises re this priest at a girls' school

Broken Rites Australia has prompted the Catholic Church to apologise to a Queensland woman who was sexually assaulted by a prominent priest when she was a schoolgirl in the early 1970s. (Article updated 6 July 2007.)

This family warned the church about Fr John Sidney Denham

After the paedophile priest John Sidney Denham was jailed in Australia on 2 July 2010, another family went public and revealed how they warned the Catholic Church authorities about Denham 32 years earlier, in 1978. But the church ignored the 1978 warning and continued to protect Denham until Broken Rites finally exposed him in an article in 2006.

A Catholic bishop faces court on child-abuse charges from 1969

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 28 January 2015.)

The church pays compensation for this 40-year-old abuse

The Catholic Church has paid settlement money to two victims of Father Peter Brock in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, north of Sydney. The two male recipients, who are twin brothers, say that Father Brock began abusing them more than 40 years ago when they were in their early teens. Father Brock eventually gave them a written apology for the abuse.

Priest dies while facing child-sex charges

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. The defence lawyers kept producing medical certificates saying that the priest (aged 78 in 2014) was not well enough to come to court.  Now Father Casey has died, thus defeating his victims. (Article updated  27 August 2014.)

How a victim (with police help) brought this priest to justice

From 1964 to 1994, Father Richard Cattell was a Catholic priest in parishes around Sydney. A boy who was sexually abused by Cattell in 1973 eventually told  police (twenty years later) about the abuse. This resulted in Cattell being jailed in 1994 after pleading guilty. This 1994 court case, researched by Broken Rites, demonstrates that church victims should report sexual crimes to the civil authorities, not to the offending organisation (the church). (Article updated 7 March 2014.)

Brother Eddie Mamo in court in 1994 - case dismissed

The Bankstown Express in suburban Sydney (30 August 1994) reported that Bankstown Local Court on 23 August 1994 dismissed two charges of aggravated indecent assault that had been laid against Brother Edward Mamo, then aged 49, who was a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart religious order.

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Priest guilty of 23 child-sex charges

In New South Wales on 2 May 2012, a Catholic priest was convicted on multiple child sex offences after a five-week trial. A jury found the priest guilty of all 23 counts of indecent or sexual assault against boys as young as eight years old. The incidents occurred in the 1980s and early 1990s. For legal reasons, the priest's name cannot be published at this stage but the court will allow publication of the name in due course. (This kind of temporary suppression-order frequently happens, for good reason, in criminal proceedings.)


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A Sydney Christian Brother goes on leave, while facing charges in Goulburn

A Catholic boys' secondary school, St Pius X College in Chatswood, on Sydney's North Shore, issued a circular on Wednesday afternoon, 4 March 2015, saying that a Christian Brother from Chatswood has been placed on leave because he is facing court charges re offences allegedly committed at Goulburn in south-western New South Wales in the 1980s. Broken Rites has obtained a copy of the circular, which reads as follows.

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Father David Edwin Rapson convicted for child sex-abuse

Broken Rites Australia has expanded its article about former Catholic priest David Edwin Rapson, who was convicted in 1992 for sexually assaulting a schoolboy. To see the expanded article, click HERE.

Gerald Ridsdale in court proceedings in 2013

To see the full Broken Rites story about Father Gerald Ridsdale (and how the church protected him), click HERE.



Father Frank Klep in court on child-rape charges

To see the full Broken Rites story about Father Frank Klep (and how the church protected him), click HERE.

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This page explains how Broken Rites keeps track of Australian court cases regarding clergy child-sex abuse.

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