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Salesian priest leaves Samoa

The head of the Salesians in Samoa, Fr John Murphy, is reported to have left the country ahead of an investigation into whether he should be deported for supporting a visa application for a fellow Melbourne-based Salesian priest with child abuse convictions.

An article in today's Melbourne Age says Fr Murphy's departure from the Order's Moamoa Theological College in the capital, Apia, has been reported by The Observer newspaper, according to Poloma Komiti, from the Samoan Prime Minister's office.

Salesians in Samoa have told The Age for several days they do not know where Fr Murphy is, while the order's Melbourne headquarters says it does not know if he is in Australia.

The Melbourne-based head of the order in Australia and the Pacific, Fr Ian Murdoch, has not responded to queries about the crisis engulfing the Salesians.

A number of priests and brothers from the order are accused of sexual and physical abuse of young boys at the order's Rupertswood College in Sunbury outside Melbourne over decades.

Salesian priest quits Samoa (The Age 9/7/04)

Salesian Works in Samoa: Moamoa Theological College
Convicted priest continues direct contact with children (Samoa News/Tala Nei News)
Shelter for the shamed? (The Australian 6/7/04)
Abuser 'not moved to avoid police' (CathNews 1/7/04)
Priest warned students of perils ahead (The Age 1/7/04)
Probe into sex abuse of wards (Daily Telegraph 1/7/04)
Bishop 'Frustrated' by Vatican's Pace (The Guardian/Associated Press 30/6/04)
Samoa considers deporting priests (The Age 30/6/04)
Salesians 'knew of Klep allegations' (CathNews 29/6/04)
Salesian arrested at Melbourne Airport (CathNews 28/6/04)
Counting the cost of a priest's bad faith (The Age 26/6/04)
Father Klep refused bail (ABC Radio PM 25/6/04)
Father Klep back in Australia (ABC Radio The World Today 25/6/04)
Priest charged with sex offences (AAP/The Age 25/6/04)
Paedophile priest refused bail (Herald-Sun 25/6/04)
Paedophile priest arrested in Melbourne (ABC Lateline 25/6/04)
Catholic Priest Arrested in Australia (The Guardian/Associated Press 25/6/04)
Accused child sex priest in jail (The Australian 26/6/04)
Customs lets wanted priest pass (The Age 25/6/04)
Catholic Priest Arrested in Australia (Associated Press/Bucks County Courier-Times)
Fr Klep being deported from Samoa (CathNews 25/6/04)
Sex priest to return to Melbourne (The Age 25/6/04)
Priest given 48 hours to flee (The Australian 25/6/04)
Church accused of hiding pedophile priest (Sydney Morning Herald 25/6/04)
The Salesian Congregation rejects the accusations in "The Dallas Morning News": we condemn every kind of child abuse (ANS Salesian News Agency 21/6/04)
Samoa's pedophile anger (The Australian 23/6/04)
Church compounds the sins of the fathers (The Age 23/6/04)
Pedophile priest stays out of reach (The Age 22/6/04)
Australian Salesians

US Catholic bishop denies filing for bankruptcy to skirt responsibility (Ecumenical News International 8/7/04)
Many Catholic archdioceses wrestle with priest sex abuse lawsuits (Associated Press/CBS4 Boston 8/7/04)
Priest paints graphic picture of abuse (The Age 8/7/04)
Public schools need programs to stop child sex abuse, says educator (Catholic News Service 7/7/04)
Portland Archdiocese files for bankruptcy (Catholic News Service 6/7/04)
Chicago official describes monitoring system for accused priests (Catholic News Service 6/7/04)
Priest paints graphic picture of abuse (The Age 8/7/04)
Baptists in shock after leader accused (The Age 7/7/04)
US archdiocese files for bankruptcy (The Age 7/7/04)
Sex abuse expert furore (The Mercury 8/7/04)
Priests, lay leaders sad but supportive (The Oregonian 7/7/04)
Victims of clergy sex abuse must deal with archdiocese bankruptcy (Telegram/Associated Press 7/7/04)
How to salvage a crippled church (The Advertiser 8/7/04)
Church Critics Pressure L.A. Cardinal (The Guardian/Associated Press 7/7/04)

9 Jul 2004