Archbishop Mark Coleridge acknowledges the abuse problem - better late than never

Archbishop Coleridge speaks - better late than never: After 36 years in the Catholic ministry, Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge has finally confessed that it took "people like me a tragically long time" to see the faces and hear the voices of sexual abuse survivors in the church (posted 24 May 2010).

Archbishop Barry Hickey retained a convicted priest, Fr Michael Slattery

A cover-up in Western Australia: Broken Rites has researched Father Michael Slattery who was given a church position by Archbishop Barry Hickey, despite the priest having a child-abuse conviction (updated 12 April 2010).

This clergyman commits crimes against children but he opposes having women priests

An "Anglican-Catholic" cover-up: Broken Rites tells the full story of Anglican priest Wilfred Edwin Dennis, who was jailed in 1970 for sexually abusing an altar boy. He continued as an Anglican priest but later left the mainstream Anglican Church to join a breakaway group, called the "Anglican Catholic Church". In April 2010, he was jailed again for assaulting two other boys. In February 2011, after more victims spoke to the police, his jail sentence was extended (updated 2 February 2011).

Anglican case: Reverend James Stirling Murray allegedly molested schoolboys

ANGLICAN case: Broken Rites has researched one of Australia’s most prominent Anglican priests — Father James Stirling Murray — who managed to survive complaints about him committing sex offences on vulnerable boys (posted 2 October 2009).

Father James Barry Whelan is mentioned in a Melbourne court case

Whelan: Catholic priest Father James Barry Whelan exploited a vulnerable woman, the woman's barrister alleged in an Australian court (posted 11 August 2009).

Christian Brother John F. Coswello in court in 2009-2010

After a Melbourne jury found him guilty on child-sex charges, Christian Brother John Francis Coswello appealed and gained the right to a re-trial. In October 2010, a new jury returned a verdict of not guilty on these charges.

Priest was caught filming naked boys while they showered

Priest admits filming boys in shower: Broken Rites has done research about a Catholic priest, John Charles Houston (born 3 March 1955), who admitted in a New South Wales court that he had filmed boys while they were showering during a surf lifesaving carnival (updated 12 May 2011).

Teacher jailed for offences against children at a Catholic school

Tector: In 1994, Darren John Tector was jailed for sexual offences against boys while he was a teacher at a Catholic primary school (Our Lady of Lourdes) at Seven Hills, near Parramatta, west of Sydney. He was jailed again in 2007 (aged 41) for using the internet and a telephone to procure a child (a 12-year-old boy) for sexual activity (posted 13 March 2009).

A recent cover-up: A church school failed to protect children from abuse

Has the Catholic Church really learned lessons about "child protection"? On 4 October 2010 in Toowoomba (Queensland), a Catholic Church "child protection" officer (Gerard Vincent Byrnes) was jailed for at least eight years for sexually assaulting schoolgirls. The crimes occurred rrather recently, in 2007 and 2008. Despite complaints, the Catholic education system allowed Brynes to continue teaching until the police arrested him. (Article posted 4 October 2010.)

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This Christian Brother receives a second jail sentence after more victims come forward

Brother Down: Christian Brother Graeme James Down (alias Brother "David" Down) molested school boys in Western Australia in the 1980s and was jailed in 2007. Then more victims came forward, resulting in more jail in 2008 (posted 11 November 2008).

The Marists promoted this child-abuser to become a headmaster

The Marist Brothers covered up sexual crimes committed by a Brother, according to prosecution documents tabled in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. The Marist Order knew that Brother Gregory Carter was a child-abuser but it kept him in the Order and later allowed him to become a headmaster - in Canberra.

The church promoted this abusive priest to a more senior position

Eames: A Melbourne priest, Father Anthony Eames, was finally convicted after committing offences against young girls for many years (posted 22 September 2008).

Priest's sudden death after charges laid

A Victorian Catholic priest, Father Daniel Hourgian, died three days after police charged him with sexual offences against a boy (posted 22 September 2008).

Priest re-instated by the diocese

Mackie: Police in Newcastle, New South Wales, began investigating allegations that a Catholic priest (Fr Gerard Mackie) showed an explicit image to seven-year-old children at a government school during a "religious education" lesson (posted 15 September 2008).

Church accepts two complaints about girls being sexually abused by a priest

Donovan: In May 2008 the Catholic Church's Professional Standards Office in New South Wales "accepted the veracity" of two complaints about Father Francis Donovan, a priest of the Redemptorist Fathers religious order. Two women, acting separately, had complained that Fr Frank Donovan molested them when they were young girls in the late 1970s in Maitland (posted 7 June 2008).

Priest pleads guilty to indecent assault of a schoolgirl in northern Victoria

D'Cruz: A Catholic priest, Father Adelrick D'Cruz, 78, pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court at Shepparton on 22 May 2008 to indecently assaulting a schoolgirl who came to his parish house for help (updated 1 June 2008).

Hospital chaplains can be a health hazard, a woman patient says

Hughes Hospital chaplains can be a health hazard, a woman patient says (29th September 2007)

A young female victim defeats the church's lawyers, with help from Broken Rites

Father Howarth: A young female victim defeats the church's lawyers, with help from Broken Rites (updated 18th August 2007)

It is never too late to tell the police, these victims say

Blackfriars School: It is never too late to tell the police, these victims say (last updated 2nd August 2007)

Sex abuse at two Christian Brothers orphanages in Victoria -- St Augustine's and St Vincent's

Christian Brothers Sex abuse at two Christian Brothers orphanages in Victoria - St Augustine's and St Vincent's (last updated 24th May 2007)

Snowdon's Guilty Secret: Class, Abuse and Hypocrisy in the Catholic Church

Christian Brothers: This article, written for the Broken Rites website by a victim of the Christian Brothers, gives a victim's view of Catholic Church sex-abuse in Australia.

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).

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.)

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.)

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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