Catholic News - Catholic Telecommunications, a devision of Catholic Resources





Ex-nun blows whistle on 1960s Queensland abuse

A former nun has spoken to a Brisbane Sunday newspaper about a priest whom she claims systematically abused boys at a north Queensland school between 1963 and 1964.

The Sunday Mail says the 74 year old woman - who requested anonymity - had her account verified by several of the priest's victims now aged in their late 40s.

The paper says the nun left her congregation after church authorities simply moved the priest to another parish rather than report him to police when allegations were made. He was removed from the town when one boy's parents threatened to do him harm.

The priest she has accused of sex offences - now aged 82 and living about 400km north of Brisbane - faced court on child-sex charges several years ago but walked free on a legal technicality.

Detectives have prepared a fresh file on the elderly man, armed with evidence from the former Catholic sister and at least three "new" victims - a woman and two men who have since come forward.

At the same time, 13 of his victims who have launched a civil action seeking compensation from the Catholic church are questioning why he is not yet facing criminal charges despite them providing information to police during a lengthy investigation over the past 18 months.

The nun's story (Sunday Mail 16/2/04 - payment required)

Picture of child sex abuse in U.S. society clouded by lack of data (Catholic News Service 13/2/04)
Child sex abusers often relatives or friends, say experts (Catholic News Service 13/2/04)
Horrors of past abuse must not be repeated, says Justice Burke (Catholic News Service 14/2/04)

16 Feb 2004