Church ‘better late than never’: Hart

Church ‘better late than never’: Hart


  • AAP
  • May 20, 2013 7:58PM

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Pedophile Pimp, Archbishop Denis Hart

Pedophile Pimp, Archbishop Denis Hart

MELBOURNE Archbishop Denis Hart says the Catholic Church taking 18 years to petition for a pedophile priest to be defrocked is “better late than never”.

Father Desmond Gannon was convicted and jailed for sexual offences in 2009 but remains an ordained priest.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse has heard he offended from 1957 to 1979 and was identified to then-Melbourne archbishop George Pell in 1998 as “high risk”.

Yet it wasn’t until 2011 that the Catholic Church in Victoria petitioned Rome for Fr Gannon to be laicised.

Asked at the inquiry on Monday why it had taken so long, current Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart replied “better late than never”.

“It’s not a nice story, I agree with you, and his activities have been most offensive,” Archbishop Hart said.

He blamed Fr Gannon’s incarceration and church law for the delay.

“There would have been very few who would have been laicised forcibly until the late 2000s, until after 2002,” Archbishop Hart said.

“I would say we did what we could.”

He said Rome required a very high standard of proof when it came to defrocking priests.

Pedophile Priest Desmond Gannon

Pedophile Priest Desmond Gannon

“They require absolute certitude as to what took place,” he said.

Pedophile Pimp, Cardinal George Pell

Pedophile Pimp, Cardinal George Pell

When pressed on the fact Fr Gannon had been “convicted, tried and sentenced” Archbishop Hart said: “I’m not proud of that but at least we’re addressing it,” drawing groans from the public gallery.

Archbishop Hart said he was initially told by the Holy See to impose a penal precept, due to Gannon’s extreme age.

He said he wrote again to Rome, insisting Gannon be laicised.

Archbishop Hart wrote that he felt if Fr Gannon wasn’t laicised it would reflect poorly on the church.

“I’m concerned that the good name of the church … could be damaged unless reverend Desmond Gannon is laicised.”


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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.

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