I'm wrestling with people who still don't believe the trauma of child-abuse.....,and that those who they loved and revered as their priests are still innocent of all those - all the necessary information that has come forward. It is as if their devotion to priests and to the church comes before the genuine understanding of the suffering that many families and individuals continue to go through. So there needs to be a heart and minds process, as well as a legislative national response.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/feb/06/victims-say-catholic-church-data-on-child-abuse-underestimates-scale-of-offending ( kept for permanent record ) ( note post on ACA stats May 2017 )
March 04 2017 Trigger Warning on this One as it dates back to Current Era 1930 - 1962. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4278876/Mass-grave-former-Catholic-mother-baby-home.html?ITO=1490 richiejs : History is tragic at times What has happened in Ireland is amazing and the RC is using the experience and research from the Irish Enquiries for much of its work. It isn't history yet. … Continue reading Mass Grave at Bon Secours
Steve Smith, who was sexually abused by an Anglican priest between the ages of 10 and 15, wiped away tears as both he and the six commissioners were applauded at the end of its 57th and final public hearing. “I’m done,” Mr Smith said after the hearing. “I’ve been through the criminal justice system. He … Continue reading Abuse Hearings End ” I’m Done”
Church documents themselves describe the bishop's power as akin to that of a monarch of a feudal principality. Nothing from the sex abuse scandals has caused any of the Australian bishops, certainly none of the penitents before the commission, to actually surrender any powers, even if, at times, they have delegated them, or exercised them through others, or found scapegoats to blame.
Even if they end up doing everything possible. To not simply say sorry, but to prioritise the victims needs way above the survival of the institution. This, however, is just wishful thinking, if past behaviour is any indicator of future performance. Any amount of words without such 'true repentance' is hollow and meaningless. Words are needed, but only as a precursor. Action must follow....
Professor Parkinson from Transcript Day One CS 52. Linking Anglo-Catholicism with risk factors for abuse. Risk Factors of Clericalism. 19 PROFESSOR PARKINSON: I fear saying something 20 controversial, but it's not the first time I have ever done 21 so. If you look at the issues in the Anglican Church, 22 there are three dioceses … Continue reading CS 52 170317 Prof P Parkinson Risk Factors for Clericalism Anglo Catholicism.
The Commission starts asking the hard questions. Rev Dr Kaye Anglican Church Australia under examination. CS 52 Cross Examination Panel Day One CS 52. COMMISSIONER FITZGERALD: Can I just ask a question: it 11 would seem to the outside world - outside of your church 12 and Catholic churches - that an impetus is still … Continue reading CS 52 Anglican Systemic: “So why is it that culture, factionalism and politics is overriding the needs of children and survivors?”
Rev Dr Garnsey reads a statement from L Johnson into the transcript.. CS 52 Day Two 20 03 2017. Copy of Transcript (pagination and numbering removed) THE CHAIR: With respect, so much is evident, but the question I'm asking you is really did you get it wrong in the past in relation to selection and … Continue reading CS 42 Morpeth College