Ex Qeensland priest on almost 60 sex charges

Ex Qld priest on almost 60 sex charges

By  Ed Jackson and Tony Bartlett

From:  AAP March 12, 2013   5:29PM

From the link: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/elderly-qld-man-faces-57-child-sex-charges/story-e6frfku9-1226595341759

BRISBANE’S Catholic archdiocese has reaffirmed what it says is its  intolerance of sexual abuse after a retired Catholic priest was charged on 60  counts of sexually abusing children in Queensland.   

The archdiocese says while it could not comment on the specific case in any  way, in view of the upcoming royal commission into child sexual abuse, it would  repeat the church’s stance on the issue.

“Any person raising allegations of abuse against church personnel is strongly  encouraged to contact the police,” the brief statement reads.

The 77-year-old priest, who cannot be named and whose address is given as  Logan, south of Brisbane, is accused of indecently dealing with children in the  Brisbane, Logan and Gold Coast areas between 1977 and 1988.

He’s been charged with 57 counts of indecent treatment of children and one of  common assault.

He was not required to appear when his case was mentioned in the Beenleigh  Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The matter was adjourned until May 13.

Broken Rites, a group that supports victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic  Church, said the man had been a priest since 1960.

Outside the court, lawyer Jim Coburn told reporters his client was ill and  was shocked and upset about the charges.

“We will wait for a full brief of evidence before deciding whether to  challenge the charges,” he said.

“Obviously he’s concerned. He’s looking forward to his day in court.”

Mr Coburn said his client was in hospital but hoped to be able to attend the  next court hearing.

One victim of the alleged abuse, “Sarah”, spoke to reporters outside the  court.

She said she and five brothers and sisters were abused over a 15-year period  when they were pupils at a Catholic school.

“I never thought it would ever get to court,” she told reporters.

“It’s just been a big cover-up and a big hush-hush through the whole Catholic  education system.”

Sarah said her own mother told her to forgive her abuser because “that was  the Catholic way” to do things.

“They just seem to have passed the situation on and don’t seem to care about  the children that are hurt in the process,” she said.

“The children were the victims and I think that’s been the hardest thing for  me and for lots of other people to have to deal with – the support went to him  and not to us.”

She said she would return to court when the matter resumed in May.




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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on March 13, 2013, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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