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Father Ridsdale's life of crime — and the church's cover-up

This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about how the Catholic Church shuffled a paedophile priest, Father Gerald Ridsdale, from parish to parish for three decades while he committed sexual crimes against children. Broken Rites has been researching Ridsdale since May 1993, when he went to court for his first sentencing, accompanied by a bishop as his support person. Broken Rites began supporting Ridsdale's victims, resulting in four more court cases for Ridsdale between 1994 and 2017. In court again on 14 May 2020, Ridsdale was sentenced to more time in jail after he pleaded guilty regarding four additional victims (from the 1970s). (By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 2 July 2020.)

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