Officer shredded copies of abuse documents

Officer shredded copies of abuse documents

  • AAP
  • June 21, 2013 11:15AM

From the link:

POLICE have rejected claims a senior NSW officer destroyed original documents about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, saying she only shredded copies of the confidential papers.

Reports stated a senior officer assigned to the Professional Standards Resource Group (PSRG) – a key Catholic Church body set up to deal with pedophilia within the institution – shredded all records of her involvement.

Inspector Beth Cullen, who was then a senior sergeant with the Sex Crimes Unit, destroyed all documents pertaining to her role with the PSRG from 1998 to 2003, the ABC’s Lateline program reported.

The documents came from a freedom of information request filed by NSW Greens spokesman David Shoebridge.

Former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery told the program he couldn’t see any circumstances where police would need to shred documents from an internal church body.

On Friday, NSW police said the only material shredded was “copies of that original documentation, which had been circulated to members of (the PSRG) prior to each meeting”.

“Original documentation concerning the meetings was confidential and maintained by the NSW Professional Standards Office of the Catholic Church,” police said in a statement.

The NSW special commission of inquiry into the handling of allegations of child abuse in the Catholic Church, which began in May, will resume next week for a further four weeks of hearings.

Police say the inquiry will examine the appointment of officers to the church’s PSRG and the manner in which that group operated.

“NSW Police Force will continue to provide full co-operation and assistance to this inquiry.”

The inquiry is scheduled to sit for four weeks when it resumes.


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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 June 21, 2013, in Bill Donohue, Catholic League, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Congregation for the Clergy, Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Hunter Catholic School, Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Pope Francis I, Pope John Paul II, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, Uncategorized, Vatican, William A Donohue and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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