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Two more boys have made accusations against George Pell concerning child sexual abuse. Both boys spent part of their childhood in a Catholic orphanage in Ballarat run by the Sisters of Nazareth. They spoke to Sarah Ferguson for the ABC’s groundbreaking three-part documentary series, Revelation. The final episode of Revelation airs tonight. The series exposes …

christian brothers child abuse

A West Australian judge yesterday awarded the highest payment ever to a victim in a case of Christian Brothers child abuse. Judge Mark Herron ordered the Christian Brothers to pay damages of $1.32  million to 75-year-old John Lawrence. Judge Herron described the abuse of child migrant Mr Lawrence as insulting, humiliating and degrading. He also …

religious privilege child abuse

While religious extremists agitate for legislation extending their religious privilege at the expense of the rights of other Australians, a victim of child abuse is attempting to obtain compensation. Father Michael McArdle wrote in a 2004 affidavit that he made confessions of child abuse 1,500 times over 25 years. Each time, he walked out of …

Queen's former chaplain

Gavin Ashenden, the Queen’s former chaplain, Saturday converted from the Church of England to Catholicism. Prior to his official conversion, he explained it in an article in the Daily Mail. He blamed the Church of England’s “wider capitulation to the increasingly intense and non-negotiable demands of a secular culture.” Much of the article focussed on …

pope francis catholic church

History tells us that the creaking administrative wheels of the Holy Catholic Church grind slowly.  Nevertheless, the election of Pope Francis gave hope to those who believe that reform is a) possible and b) critical. Recent developments perhaps point to positive reforms in the church’s approach to LGBTIQ people. Is Pope Francis engineering a more …

actor andrew rannells

Out Broadway actor Andrew Rannells has revealed in his memoir that he was sexual assaulted as a teen by a Catholic priest during confession. In an excerpt from the Girls and Book of Mormon star’s memoir Too Much Is Not Enough, published by Vulture, he details his experiences as an altar boy at his Jesuit …

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Disgraced Catholic Cardinal George Pell has been sentenced to six years in jail for the “brazen and forceful” child sexual abuse of two choirboys in the 1990s. A jury convicted Pell, 77, in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another while he was Archbishop of Melbourne at St Patrick’s Cathedral in late …

child abuse convictions George Pell appeal Cardinal George Pell convicted

Australia’s most senior Catholic George Pell has been found guilty and is facing prison time for sexually abusing two choirboys in the 1990s. Pell has been found guilty of orally raping one child and molesting another while he was Archbishop of Melbourne, ABC News reported. Pell’s victims were two 13-year-old boys who attended the prestigious …

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The Catholic archbishop of Dublin removed three trainee priests from a priesthood college in Ireland. Their removal followed allegations of widespread use of the gay hookup app Grindr. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin told Irish state broadcaster RTE of a series of allegations made anonymously online and in letters. The messages spoke …