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Police to move on priest 'cover up'

Posted by: 2UE | 31 July, 2012 - 11:22 AM
Catholic Church again facing sexual abuse claims

There are fresh claims this morning three-of Australia's most senior Catholic Church figures concealed the sexual assaults of young girls in the Hunter Valley.

According to the Herald, police believe the trio knew of the actions of a convicted paedophile priest as far back as 1993, but didn't report him for ten-years.

The senior priests are accused of being involved in a secret and speedy operation to "de-frock" him in 2005, when learning of the abuse.

John Stanley on a landmark case that could expose the church to a new wave of criminal prosecution.

He speaks with Anthony Stevens, Brother in Law of John Pirona, a victim of one of the Hunter's most notorious paedophile priests, who took his life last week.

He is calling for a Royal Commission.

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Emmanuel, undoubtedly the lefties, Greens and other general God-haters will have their axes to grind. However, there is more to this protest against corrupt clergy than just a face-off with the above. Though it may disappoint you, it is a question of the rule of law in our society and not merely the sole province of the Catholic heirachy to dismissively Absolve abberant misfits from amongst their ranks, (if not otherwise merely as an ordinary institutional cover up exercise). Praise God that the civil authorities now have their lawful edicts to administer!

    cc Saturday 4 August, 2012 - 1:18 PM
  • The widespread cover up of paedophiles is clearly everywhere in many, many respected close circles, professions and groups and even within some families. There is an obvious agenda, a concerted attack on the anti-homosexual marriage and anti-abortion Catholic Church, by some sections of the hate Catholics, atheist media.

    Emmanuel Tuesday 31 July, 2012 - 12:18 PM

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