16 April 2012
Detective Sergeant Kevin Carson has written a report into the suicides of at least 40 people sexually abused by Catholic clergy in Victoria, and urged a new enquiry into these and many other deaths suspected to be linked to abuse in the church.
The reports say it appears the church has known about a shockingly high rate of suicides and premature deaths but has chosen to remain silent.
Premier Ted Baillieu seem to be dragging its feet in implementing an enquiry into sexual abuse done by the Catholic Church. You may member that he has long been a supporter of religion in schools as you remember one of his first payments was to Access Ministries so they can improve their ability to go into schools and spread their propaganda.
There was recently a child protection enquiry in Victoria, it recommended that there be a wide ranging investigation of the Church, but what is most astonishing is the radio interview a few days ago on how the Victorian police have said that the Catholic Church is quite uncooperative in any matters were sexual abuse was concerned.
If you listen to the interview on 3AW of you will hear how the policeman basically states the Catholic Church will itself investigate any wrongdoing, and it believes that something illegal has happened it will tell the police, the officer says that he does not recall of any referrals to the police from the Catholic Church.
He may have been referring to The Melbourne Response.
It's quite astonishing that anyone can get away with this, imagine if it was an Insurance Company, imagine if it was BP or Microsoft, could any other institution get away with this?
We have with the Irish experience of child abuse and the Catholic Church as a template, going by their experience it seems that each Australian state will need an enquiry into it's abuse and cover ups.
A few weeks ago the catholic bishops sent out letters to all the churches to be read on Sunday about the evils of same-sex marriage. Nice to see they have their priorities right.
Here is ABC Lateline who also seem to think there are many more deaths to be investigated.
Religious exhortation and telling people, telling children, that if they don’t do the right thing, they’ll go to terrifying punishments or unbelievable rewards, that’s making a living out of lying to children. That’s what the priesthood do. And if all they did was lie to the children, it would be bad enough. But they rape them and torture them and then hope we’ll call it ‘abuse’. Hitchens
01 April 2012
Read it here
The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. — Ferdinand Magellan