Church dumps abuse priests in Pacific: Aussie psychologist

An Australian psychologist and former sister, Michelle Mulvihill, says that the Church moved priests facing abuse allegations to Pacific islands in order to hide them but New Zealand church officials have denied the claims.

The Fiji Times reports that Ms Mulvihill claims the Pacific is being used as a dumping ground for pedophile priests and brothers.

She says Pacific islands like Papua New Guinea, in particular, are good hiding places for offending priests.

But Lyndsay Freer, the spokesperson for the Catholic Church of New Zealand, says the claims are outrageous.

Three years ago, 62-year-old Catholic priest, Frank Klep, who was sheltered in Samoa by the Salesian Order while he was on the run from police, was deported, the paper notes.

He later pleaded guilty in Melbourne County Court to 13 charges of indecent assault against teenage boys in Victoria during the 1970s.

NZ dumps sex priests in Pacific (Fiji Times, 8/8/07)
Catholic Church denies claims its dumping sex offender priests in Pacific (Niu FM, 8/8/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Michelle Mulvihille website

NZ whistleblower calls for religious order's closure (CathNews, 20/6/07)
Samoa Archbishop reported to be "furious" (CathNews, 23/6/04)

9 Aug 2007