Posts Tagged ‘Maitland-Newcastle’

Bishop ignored ‘distasteful’ sexual abuse files

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

An Australian bishop has said he turned a blind eye to decades of complaints against a predatory paedophile priest because “the whole area of sexual abuse is so distasteful that I would have found it unpalatable”. Retired Bishop Michael Malone of Maitland-Newcastle diocese told the New South Wales commission of inquiry he was out of Read more

Three Aust. bishops knew about paedophile priest

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Three successive bishops in an Australian diocese knew a paedophile priest was abusing children and one of them warned bishops in England, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea about him, an inquiry has been told. The priest, Father Denis McAlinden, also moved from Maitland-Newcastle diocese to New Zealand for several months in 1984, relieving in Read more

Senior clerics to testify at NSW inquiry on abuse cover-up

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Three senior Catholic Church officials — including the Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide — will testify at an inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sex abuse in a New South Wales diocese. The NSW inquiry on abuse will look at whether the Church protected predatory priests in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The inquiry will Read more

Sex abuse costing Aust. diocese more than $19 million

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Out-of-court settlements for victims of sex abuse are predicted to total more than $NZ19 million in the Australian diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, where a lawyer says the concentration of claims is far higher than in any other diocese in the country. The diocese, in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney, has settled at least 78 claims, Read more

Faults found in overseas priests programme in Australia

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A review of a programme to bring overseas priests into an Australian diocese has revealed the priests received inadequate orientation and their parishes were poorly prepared to receive them. The review by a working party in Maitland-Newcastle diocese, north of Sydney, recommended continuing the programme. But it said further invitations to overseas priests should be Read more