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Christian Brother authorised funding for private investigator to track down abuse victims, child sex abuse hearing told


Christian Brother authorised funding for private investigator to track down abuse victims, child sex abuse hearing told

Posted February 24, 2016 17:05:0

From the Link: Christian Brother authorised funding for private investigator to track down abuse victims, child sex abuse hearing told

A senior Christian Brother authorised spending on a private investigator to track down victims of notorious paedophile Brother Edward Dowlan, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.

Brother Brian Brandon was a provincial council member of St Patrick’s province of the Christian Brothers, which covered Victoria and Tasmania, between 1984 and 1996.

Since 1993, he has dealt with sex abuse claims brought against the Christian Brothers as part of his role with the order’s Professional Standards Board.

Testifying before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Ballarat, he revealed the tactics engaged by the Christian Brothers to bully people who took sex abuse claims to police.

In 1995, he authorised spending on a private investigator who was targeting victims of Brother Edward Dowlan, who is now in jail for molesting dozens of boys.

In a letter, the investigator, Glynis McNeight, reported back to Dowlan’s lawyers, saying one of her employees tracked down a victim and confronted him about the allegations, adding the victim began to cry.

“As a witness, his credibility can be very easily destroyed as he has had enormous emotional problems all his life,” she wrote to the order’s legal team.

“He’s a very nervous, excitable type who will reduce to tears and bad language easily.”

Brother Brandon gave evidence he was opposed to the strategy of using a private investigator, however he would not answer direct questions put to him about whether he instructed the lawyers to use that strategy in the first place.

“I said if that’s what it will cost, I’m prepared to pay for that. I said we’d pay for it,” he said.

Brother Brandon said the tactic was used on one other occasion.

“I was not happy with the way victims, survivors, were put under stress in this process,” he said.

“I’m sorry this strategy was adopted even though I wasn’t the source of the strategy being adopted.”

Bishop unlikely to remember abuse cases: friend

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns was in charge of the Ballarat diocese when several paedophile priests were moved from parish to parish abusing children.

He has previously been found to be too sick to give testimony but on Thursday is expected to give evidence to the royal commission through a video link.

One of his childhood friends Eileen Piper doubts he will be up to the task.

“I’m only hoping that when he goes into the stand he might, he might remember. I wouldn’t be very confident,” she said.

Vatican finance chief to testify on attempt to bribe pedophile priest witness


Vatican finance chief to testify on attempt to bribe pedophile priest witness

27 May, 2015 11:08

From the link: http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2015/05/27/Vatican-finance-chief-to-testify-on-attempt-to-bribe-pedophile-priest-witness

Pedophile Pimp Cardinal George Pell of the Unholy Roman Catholic Church of Pedophile Pimps

Pedophile Pimp Cardinal George Pell of the Unholy Roman Catholic Church of Pedophile Pimps

 

Pope Francis’ finance chief said he was willing to give evidence at a child abuse inquiry in his native Australia, as the country’s most notorious paedophile priest gave evidence Wednesday.

Cardinal George Pell — formerly the top Catholic cleric in Australia and now a senior Vatican official — has been accused by a victim of trying to bribe him to keep quiet.

He has also been accused of ignoring complaints and being complicit in moving notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, who appeared at the hearing via videolink from jail, to a different parish.

Pell last week denied the claims in a statement, saying he was horrified by survivors’ accounts of what they suffered at the hands of Ridsdale, whose offences spanned more than three decades from the 1950s to the late 1980s.

During that time Ridsdale abused at least 50 boys as he was moved from parish to parish across Victoria state.

Victims have demanded Pell, who was appointed by Pope Francis in February 2014 to make the Vatican’s finances more transparent, return to give evidence in person and he said he was willing to do so.

“Without wanting to pre-empt the royal commission in any way — you can’t just invite yourself to give evidence,” Pell, who is not accused of child abuse, said in a statement, adding that he wanted to quash speculation he was hiding anything.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that I am willing to give evidence should the commission request this, be it by statement, appearance by video link, or by attending personally.”

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was called after a decade of pressure to investigate wide-ranging allegations of paedophilia in Australia.

It has heard harrowing allegations of child abuse involving places of worship, orphanages, community groups and schools. Pell previously gave evidence in March 2014.

The hearings this week have focused on shocking abuse in the 1970s in the Victoria town of Ballarat and how Ridsdale was able to keep offending there and elsewhere.

Now 81 and frail, Ridsdale said he had himself been abused as a youngster.

He added that he routinely went to confession over the decades he was a priest but claimed not to have told anyone about the abuse he was committing.

“I didn’t confess the sexual offending against children,” he said.

“Looking back on it, I think that the overriding fear would have been losing priesthood.”

Ridsdale has been convicted in four separate court cases of abusing more than 50 children and will be eligible for parole in 2019.

In his statement Thursday Pell, who supported Ridsdale in court in 1993 when he admitted widespread abuse, said he was “deeply saddened by the way church authorities have failed in responding to these crimes”.