Former Catholic Church insider calls for police and royal commission to subpoena secret ‘red files’


Former Catholic Church insider calls for police and royal commission to subpoena secret ‘red files’

Updated 17 Mar 2016, 8:46am

From the Link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-17/call-for-catholic-church-red-files-to-be-subpoenaed/7252882

Pedophile Pimp, Cardinal George Pell

Pedophile Pimp, Cardinal George Pell

A former Catholic Church insider has called on police and the royal commission to subpoena all of the church’s secret clergy abuse documents — known as the “red files”.

Key points:

  • Church insider says full extent of abuse will not be known without access to all files
  • They contain forensic material, criminal activity by clergy, statements from parents, she says
  • Ex-Vicar General told her files were to be marked ‘never to be opened’

Helen Last, a former coordinator of the Melbourne Archdiocese’s Pastoral Response Office, said the full extent of church abuse would not be known until all the documents were made available.

“These files should be handed over, they are of important public interest, they have forensic material in them, they cover criminal activity by clergy, they cover the anguish and information of parents and parishioners speaking to the Vicar General at the time,” she said.

“They are of great importance to the truth of what has happened here and the victims and the public want the truth but they are only getting part of the truth at the present time.”

Ms Last first learnt of the red files from the late Monsignor Gerry Cudmore, who set up the Pastoral Response Office in the 1990s.

Ms Last said Monsignor Cudmore ended up resigning as Vicar General because he did not like Cardinal George Pell’s handling of abuse claims, which he thought was too legalistic.

“[Monsignor Cudmore] was talking to me directly about his files which contained highly important materials, and he pointed to the filing cabinet and said that will be marked ‘never to be opened’,” Ms Last told Lateline.

“He meant that those files would be put into the Archdiocese archives and they were so serious that they were to be pretty much locked down and not used in any way.”

Secret files sent to the Vatican: insider

In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI also claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society. “In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said. “It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than' and a ‘worse than'. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”

In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI also claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society.
“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.
“It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”

Lateline has been told that police were unaware of the existence of the red files until 2013.

A former insider from the Melbourne Archdiocese said under the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, a directive was sent out requiring that all abuse-related files be sent immediately to Australia’s Papal ambassador, known as the Nuncio.

The Nuncio at the time was Giuseppe Lazzarotto — a man with a history of failing to hand over church documents.

The Murphy Report into clergy abuse in Dublin noted that when Mr Lazzarotto was Nuncio in Ireland he refused to respond to requests for church documents.

The Melbourne Archdiocese insisted they still had their red files and that all files requested by the royal commission and the police have been handed over.

Abuse survivor Stephen Woods is concerned that some secret files are now in the Vatican.

“We know that files were taken out of Ballarat and taken to the Vatican. We want those files returned,” he told the media in Rome earlier this month.

But Francis Sullivan, the chief of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, said there should be copies in Australia of any files that were sent to the Vatican.

Documents should be accessed by royal commission: survivor

In response to Ms Last’s call for all the secret files to be subpoenaed, Mr Sullivan said: “There’s no point us turning up and swamping them with documents when they already have so many documents they are working through in a forensic fashion.”

“If they want more, if they want them in a specific area, if they want them in a gradual serial approach that’s what we do.”

Mr Woods said it was important to victims that all the files are accessed by the royal commission and the police.

“The victims really want justice and we really want to see all aspects covered, not just having a bishop go into the dock and say I don’t remember,” he said.

“Let’s have the files, let’s see what they knew, let’s see more aspects of justice be done.”

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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 April 23, 2016, in Archdiocese of Melbourne, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Red Files, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, Roman Catholic Churches Red Files and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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