Child abuse victims walk out of hearing after lawyer quotes Bible

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Victims of child abuse and their supporters walked out of a public hearing at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse after the Catholic church's legal representative quoted the Bible in his opening address.

Over the course of an estimated two weeks, the commission will hear evidence from four victims of abuse by members of the church who sought redress through the Towards Healing process, set up by the church in 1996 to respond to complaints of abuse by members of the clergy.

On Monday morning it was revealed that the Catholic church had paid more than $43m in compensation to victims in a process which it is alleged sought to mitigate public damage to the church rather than address victims' needs.

Senior counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness, said the highest payout since the establishment of Towards Healing was $853,000. The amount, which included legal, counselling and other costs, related to a diocesan priest, at the time appointed with the archdiocese of Sydney.

Furness began her opening address by describing the process that Towards Healing was supposed to follow when a complaint of sexual abuse was received.

Written By: Helen Davidson
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16 COMMENTS

  1. Once again, the BULLY RCC. Everything MUST be on their terms, even when “reaching out” to their own victims. Why are bullies so blind to their own actions and how much they hurt others?

  2. I find it interesting. Imagine you were “god”, and you could see all, know all, etc. So, you see people who profess to be your followers doing something to heinous as child molestation, and then you sit back and offer no help. Of all the offenses you can make while professing to be a Christian, certainly this is something that “god” would step in and stop.

    This is why people were so offended, and why Christians doesn’t get it. If you are going to continue to worship a “god” who decided to not stop even the most heinous of transgression, you’re insane.

    • In reply to #3 by System Marked Down:
      ” I find it interesting. Imagine you were “god”, and you could see all, know all, etc. So, you see people who profess to be your followers doing something to heinous as child molestation, and then you sit back and offer no help. Of all the offenses you can make while professing to be a Christian, certainly this is something that “god” would step in and stop.”

      I’m not so sure. This is after all the god who killed all the firstborn children of Egypt without apparently any remorse, and in fact anyone else who didn’t remember to daub their front door with blood, ordered Abraham to kill his own son and then in the nick of time said “Sorry pal, just kidding. Gosh, me and my sense of humour eh – lol?” He also ordered his followers, if they came across a town where the people worshipped some other god, to kill everyone, even the old women and the children, although if you fancy a bit of rape and pillage you can spare the young women and do what you want with them. After all why waste good looking totty by stabbing them straight off when you can give them a good seeing to first and then stab them to death later.

      So somewhat of a track record for not giving much of a damn about children, or in fact anyone else, so I can’t see why he’d give any more of a damn about men in frocks doing a bit of kiddy fiddling on the side. Someone who’s so into rape, infanticide, murder and eventually killing every living thing on the planet in a flood probably wouldn’t even notice something as mild as child molestation. It’d fly right under his radar. What gets me is that anyone could hold a being this vile and perverted as some sort of role model. And they have the nerve to say that atheists are the immoral ones.

  3. An RCC priest once told me he felt pity for me for not believeing in anything, which was nothing like as crass insensitive and cruel as this incident, and in my case was water off a ducks back, but it displayed the same degree and arrogance and vanity.

    Not believing in their woo is tantamount to not believeing in anything.

    It catches the breath!

    And they are incorrigible.

  4. @OP – Over the course of an estimated two weeks, the commission will hear evidence from four victims of abuse by members of the church who sought redress through the Towards Healing process, set up by the church in 1996 to respond to complaints of abuse by members of the clergy.

    It seems to be primarily focussed on “healing” the RCC’s public image.

    On Monday morning it was revealed that the Catholic church had paid more than $43m in compensation to victims in a process which it is alleged sought to mitigate public damage to the church rather than address victims’ needs.

    Senior counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness, said the highest payout since the establishment of Towards Healing was $853,000. The amount, which included legal, counselling and other costs, related to a diocesan priest, at the time appointed with the archdiocese of Sydney.

    So the payout was not all to the victims, but “included legal, counselling and other costs”!

    @OP link -Peter Gray, representing the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council began his opening statement by quoting a passage from the gospel of Mark, prompting cries of shock and disgust in the hearing room.

    Why does this remind me of “NewSpeak” in the novel 1984?

    “Many will remember, from their own childhoods, the ageless words from the gospel of Mark,” said Gray.

    “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such of these that the kingdom of God belongs.”

    The hypocritical drivel preachers can’t even show respect to the children abused and seeking compensation!

    Members of Care Leavers Australia Network and survivors of abuse walked out of the room, some in tears.

    No surprise there.

    Justice Peter McClelland AM told Gray that the opening address was to outline the evidence to come, not to make conclusions, after Gray said one of the four case studies “is not really a Towards Healing case at all, but an example of someone who chose to approach the church outside Towards Healing”.

    You would think the victims would just sue these devious swine without playing along with their “Towards Healing” charade!

    This disreputable outfit does not need “healing”! It needs closing!

  5. OP:

    “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such of these that the kingdom of God belongs.”

    In other words grab them young otherwise they won’t believe the nonsense we talk !

  6. We must push for the idea that religion is an exclusively adult affair. We know that children are unduly credulous and vulnerable. Which will be the first honourable religion to formally exclude children from its activities in acknowledgement of this?

    I have proposed that all children brought to church in the UK should attend a Sunday School quite separate from the service and separate from priestly meddlings. The Sunday School should bring in teachers from local schools to teach the UK RE national curriculum (a mix of comparative religion, ethics and a little philosophy.)

    Come on Quakers! You have the least immoral religion by my reckoning. Make us proud and show the way. Respect children. (I know you pretty much do…but show others how.)

    The RCCs claim for a right of access to our young is sickening and doubly so here of all places. I hope this right of access will be withdrawn by society as comprehensively as possible.

  7. When are people going to realize that the RCC isn’t a church for the people. It never has been. Just imagine the arrogance that priests, until quite recently, only spoke Latin during mass. The pope has historically more been a political figure than an actual religious leader, waging wars against kings and countries that did not respect the RCC as an absolute authority. Turning kingdoms against each other for no other reason than to exercise his own narcissistic urge for power and wealth. Common people has always been regarded as slaves by the RCC. This article shows this mentality still prevails. Their pathetic efforts to excuse child abuse just goes to show that they do not see their followers as people with individual rights. They have no idea how to show compassion and deal with these issues. Simply because that has never been of importance to them. I guess many priests actually despise these people for standing up and criticizing the holy see and his ring of child molesters. “How dare these simple peasants take a stand against us, the holy and entitled.” In their obsolete little bubble they still regard themselves as absolute authorities. I don’t think this is going to change anytime soon. There would have to be some kind of revolution within the church to actually change this mentality. It’s just a matter of time before this whole church will crumble and fall.

  8. This is why I am extremely skeptical of the new pope. He may sound nice and fluffy but he is either powerless to make this right or he is playing the same game as his predecessors. The church comes before all. They forget two things. 1. Without their members they have no power. 2. we live in the age of the internet. Facts are easy to check – what happens in one country can be instantly accessed by others and patterns emerge.

  9. The God Virus doesn’t care about the welfare of its victims, only about its own survival & propagation, by infecting & disabling the critical faculties of its vectors & those the vectors herd into the fold via childhood indoctrination – or by fooling uneducated, gullible or mentally fragile adolescents & adults.

    The memeplexes that strains of faith infection have evolved have been finely-tuned to take advantage of what natural human propensities make us susceptible to – like obeying our parents & elders, generating superstitions & imputing agency onto nature.

    Faith Managers are so tied into their dogmas, rituals & delusions that they can’t see how their actions look to those who aren’t so mind-dulled by religious infections. They still follow the old habits they were able to get away with in times when they had real power & control over the public, monarchies & governments, back before things like secular societies, governments, media & the internet for enlightened minds to easily & quickly see what they were up to.

    It is very sad that there are still so many people suffering from social, verbal, mental & physical abuses by those who are supposed to be leading them to morality & truth. We can only hope that these criminals & their mafia-style businesses continue to be implicated in mental terrorism so their structural & financial implosions will accelerate in the near future…. Mac.

  10. Business as usual for the peddlers of the greatest inanity ever told.

    They should replace the second commandment which they obviously pay no attention to at all and replace it with ‘Thou shalt not commit cruel acts on children’.

    • In reply to #15 by nantucketbob:

      It would be nice to know what which biblical quote was read.

      It would not even matter what the biblical quote said, the bible is all fake. It’s got some good points, but I can be good all by myself. And especially don’t need a self proclaimed clergyman to tell me what is right and wrong. People and law decide what is right and wrong.

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