Church rules out investigating paedophile activity

The Catholic Church in Tasmania has declined to launch an investigation into paedophile activity on the north-west coast of Tasmania.

The ABC in Northern Tasmania reports that child protection advocates made the request after a 70-year-old priest and teacher, Roger Michael Bellemore, was convicted of assaulting four boys at Burnie's Marist College in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart said that investigating criminal activity is a matter for police.

"I think they've got the experience and they've got the expertise to carry out these investigations," he said.

"I think it would be totally inappropriate for the Catholic Church or any other organisation to investigate criminal matters that really should be dealt with by police."

Church rules out investigating paedophile activity (ABC Northern Tasmania 28/2/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Archdiocese of Hobart
Marist Regional College
Towards Healing: Principles and procedures in responding to complaints of abuse against personnel of the Catholic Church of Australia (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference)

Marist Burnie ex-pupil tells of sex abuse (CathNews 21/2/06)

1 Mar 2006