[On a Victoria Police report stating the Catholic Church protected paedophile priests and dissuaded their victims from filing police complaints]
I don't accept the police description of that. We certainly accept wrong decisions were made, but they were made because of a lack of appreciation of the significance of sexual abuse and it impact on people, on victims and their families
That's a very different thing from deliberately moving someone to avoid the situation. And that certainly is something that hasn't been part of the history for a long time.
...There is a clear and consistent and strong encouragement of victims to go to the police. [And] support is provided for them in doing that and ongoing support and counselling is provided during that time.
There is much in the police submission which is seriously misconceived and plainly wrong and which I will correct and refute in my submission.
Father Shane MacKinlay, ABC News 35 Comments
[10/14/2012 3:40:24 AM]
Fundie Index: 45
Submitted By: Felix Wilde
My first submission!
Emphasis added; should have said.
This also follows an elderly priest dying before he could be tried for his own abuse and protection of other abusers (starting with caning boys who reported abuse to him) in Australia.
This organisation simply has no limit to how far it will sink. They have a lot of power in the town I live in, and I've seen priests moved around and offenders hidden away before.
Att. child rapists: We're sick of your apologism, excuses and lies!
10/14/2012 2:22:53 PM
They thought they were just being frisky, in a mildly naughty manner.
10/14/2012 2:44:52 PM
Father, the evidence of centuries of abuse by you and your peers is finally coming to light and I hope it destroys the Catholic church.
10/14/2012 3:24:55 PM
Meet Fr. Shame, oops, I mean Shane.
Certainly, due to extreme force from the outside, in certain areas of the world the Catholic church has had an epiphany and has seen the light. Yes, in those areas the church is taking on responsibility, cleaing things up, and encouraging victims to come forward.
But, I've been hearing lots of bad things about the church down under and am going to take the victims word for it, unquestioned.
Sorry Fr. Shame, oops, I mean Shane.
10/14/2012 4:41:23 PM
Shame on you, Shane.
Edit: Damn you, Checkmate! /Jon Stewart
10/14/2012 5:11:54 PM
Father Shane: How many kids have you fucked?
10/14/2012 8:49:04 PM
I love how these guys always try to pretend that they let slide abuse cases going back to the eighties or even seventies because people didn't know then how bad sexual abuse was.
Attitudes and awareness of the damaging effects of sexual abuse were EXACTLY the same then as they are now.
TOTAL bullshit excuse.
10/15/2012 12:19:48 AM
There is much in your press release which is seriously misconceived and plainly wrong and which you must correct and refute in your submission.
10/15/2012 5:50:39 AM
So, you admit that you didn't know that abusing children, using a position of authority could be damaging?. WTF?
10/28/2012 12:16:54 PM
What he is, I think, trying to say, maybe, it's that, at the time the majority of the cases took place, people were not as informed as today, preferably by the Pope, of the problem of pederastia and they thought that it would be solved, once the priest didn't physically abuse the kid anymore. Still stupid and trying to get away with it.
10/29/2012 4:15:58 AM