Brothers ‘pack raped’ boys

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A GROUP of 15 religious brothers led by an “alpha paedophile” is suspected of the unreported deaths of two boys and the sexual abuse of more than 40 others. 


The victims – abused over three decades – include wards of the state cared for by the brothers in homes for the mentally impaired, a state parliamentary inquiry into child abuse is expected to be told. Seven are believed to have committed suicide. 

The suspected paedophile brothers from the Hospitaller Order of St John of God have never been charged in Victoria because of a lack of police resources, says the submission’s author, Dr Wayne Chamley, a researcher for Broken Rites, the support group for church sex abuse victims.

While  most of the suspected paedophiles are dead, Fairfax Media is aware of three who have left the Catholic order and moved away but are in roles where they could have access to children.

The allegations relate to the order’s operations at Cheltenham and Lilydale, where it provided homes for wards of the state, orphans, boys given up by their parents and those with intellectual disabilities from  the 1950s to the 1980s.

The order paid out more than $3.6 million in 2002 to 24 men who had alleged they were abused as children by brothers from the order.

Victorian police at the time confirmed they had launched an investigation into the allegations and taken statements from a number of alleged victims, and that the Director of Public Prosecutions was to decide on any charges to be laid.

But Dr Chamley and victims have confirmed to Fairfax that none of the 15 suspected paedophile brothers has ever been charged in Victoria.

Dr Chamley will give details of alleged horrific abuse at the order’s homes, including claims that boys were subjected to pack rapes and beatings and being drugged.

He will allege that two boys were sent to a mental institution by the “alpha paedophile” brother and given electroshock therapy, which impaired one so badly he was unable to care for himself and later died.

 

Written By: Rory Callinan
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  1. Dr Chamley will give details of alleged horrific abuse at the order’s homes, including claims that boys were subjected to pack rapes and beatings and being drugged.
    He will allege that two boys were sent to a mental institution by the “alpha paedophile” brother and given electroshock therapy, which impaired one so badly he was unable to care for himself and later died.

    I have never considered myself a supporter of capital punishment, but after reading about stuff like this I have this disturbing urge to see any of the still-living perpetrators subject to violent, painful execution by the state.  I know that such punishments are unethical, barbaric and completely ineffective as a deterrant, but nonetheless I cannot see these “men” as anything other than evil, monstrous vermin that have forfieted their right to life.  Perhaps having a kid now, and having the horrific thought of my child being subject to this kind of abuse flash briefly through my synapses, is the reason for this.

  2. Speechless. Those poor kids. I would stand between danger to protect my dog (who is a type of dependent). Why aren’t enough adults standing between danger and vulnerable members of their own species?

    Mike

  3. Edited: I had ventured that the majority commiting pedophilia crimes in the US were the caucasian community. And it seems that part is true but that does ignore the point that caucasians are in a majority in the states. As unscientific as it seems from looking at the web pedophilia convictions broken down by race , show similar results across all races , when the figures incorporate the number of convictions by race as a percentage of the total number in the race.

    First I am against capital punishment because it dehumanises us the executioner. The best way to deal with such people is to put them in jail for a very long , take away their right to wield power over the vulnerable and take away their abilility to manipulate the vulnerable. These people that perpetrate these acts should be rendered powerless.

  4. The suspected paedophile brothers from the Hospitaller Order of St John of God have never been charged in Victoria because of a lack of police resources

    Too busy handing out parking tickets?

  5. As a fellow father, I feel the same way you do.  Does it make me a bad person to wish them a long jail sentence, in which they are exposed daily to the sexual torment that they caused to helpless children?  I feel that is a much more fitting punishment for them then the death penalty. Eye for an eye, isn’t that what the ‘good book’ preaches…?

  6. It seems that this long scandal sheet on the part of the RCC will never end and it is here to stay per “secula seculorum ad nauseam” unless the Vatican allow their clergy to marry so that they can control their frustated sexual drives and stop abusing of children for once and for all, and for a change.

  7.  I think their sexuality is twisted in a number of ways, back then clergy came from seminary from about 12 so no sexual maturity, add to that guilt in masturbation or even thinking about sex, kept away from women except ones in habits designed to obscure any sexuality.  Add to all this that some people born paedophiles (apparently there are people born this way but there seems very little known about the condition in-spite of how many we have locked up)  are potentially trying to take themselves out of the community only to put themselves in a perfect place for it.  The catholic church should just admit they have less idea about healthy sexuality than the rest of us.

  8. I also feel that these child-torturing, molesting criminals have forfeited their right to life, and should be eliminated – by painless injection – like you would any dangerous animal.  I don’t feel this because I want revenge, but we shouldn’t be sustaining these, and other types, proven to be below a reasoned minimum moral or ethical standard.
    I don’t know precisely where the evidence bar should be set, but I’d vote on the law, be on the jury, or pull the switch if asked by my species.

  9. At this moment there is quite serious pressure on governments at state and federal level for instituting a Royal Commission into organisational abuse of children in Australia. It is being resisted but when senior police inspectors are calling for the investigation because they can’t get the catholic church to  act morally and supply evidence, you have to think things will give soon.

    Cardinal Pell was actually saying until recently that any inquiry will just be stirring up the past and it’s all history now, won’t happen again. Some of the incidents are less than 5 years old in one single diocese which has over 400 cases known about. (Given the typical 1/10th reported issue this is astounding for an area with a population around 250 000.) There is also a lot of evidence surfacing about the Cardinals earlier career and the amount of knowledge he had about cases in the past after he has said he has no knowledge of any cases.

  10.  
    Former UK bishop held in child sex abuse inquiry –
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/201
    Police said Peter Ball was held in western England on suspicion of sex offences against eight boys and young men, aged from 12 to their early 20s, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was a bishop in Lewes, southern England, and Gloucester, in the south-west.

    The cases keep coming to light all over the world!

    A Roman Catholic bishop in Chile accused of paedophilia has resigned, saying he did not want his personal problems to affect the Church.

    Marco Antonio Ordenes, who served as bishop in the city of Iquique, was accused of engaging in acts of a sexual nature with an altar boy.  – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl

    Standards in large organisations, are of course set from the top!

    A BBC documentary has exposed that Pope Benedict XVI, aka Cardinal Ratzinger, played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

    In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church’s interests ahead of child safety.

    The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be excommunicated. –
    http://bsalert.com/news/1418/P

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