Sex priest was shifted to a total of 11 schools by the Marist Brothers and continued teaching until 2002, and finally sent to Rome.

Australia: Catholic Church harboured known paedophiles and shielded them from police scrutiny - Comment on 2012 November 22

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Murrin was shifted to a total of 11 schools by the Marist Brothers and continued teaching until 2002, when he was placed in the Encompass Australasia program and then sent to Rome. Read more:

Here previous recent webpages about the Catholic Church in Australia:
2012 Nov 12 (3) Politicians have church in sight
2012 Nov 15 Australia: Catholic Church avoids reporting abuse
2012 Nov 19 Victims to be able to sue church

Now extracts from an article I read today:

 

Diagnosis was 'smokescreen' to hide known paedophiles

Ross Murrin was one member of the clergy harboured by the church after repeatedly being accused of sexual offences against students.

The Catholic Church's little-known treatment clinic for clergy with psychosexual problems harboured known paedophiles and shielded them from police scrutiny.

Whistleblowers closely involved with the now defunct Encompass Australasia program allege paedophile clergy were diagnosed with a ''mood disorder'' in order for them to be treated at Sydney's Wesley Private Hospital and meet private health insurance criteria.

A well-placed source aware of the status of some clergy treated by Encompass Australasia between 1997 and 2008 said he believed several did not have a mood disorder but were ''cold and calculating criminals'' who bragged about their exploits with children to others while at the hospital.

''Some of these people were not mentally ill, in my opinion. They were criminals who knew exactly what they had done and were proud of their achievements,'' the source, who asked not to be named for fear of being sacked, said. ''People who should have been in Long Bay Jail were still living in the community.''

Another source with intimate knowledge of the Encompass Australasia program said one senior priest who received treatment was nicknamed "Hannibal the cannibal" because of the exuberant way he described his treatment of young boys.

Documents lodged in the ACT Supreme Court in 2010 allege senior Catholic leaders, including the former headmaster of a Queensland school, knew Marist brother Ross Murrin was sexually abusing his students in the late 1970s and early 1980s but failed to act.

The Cairns school was the third Murrin taught at. He had been shifted there after he was accused of sexually abusing students at schools in NSW and Canberra in the 1970s.

Despite Murrin writing letters of apology to the Marist Brothers order and the family of one of the Cairns students, his actions were not reported to police. Instead he was transferred to other schools. At his sixth school, St Gregory's in Campbelltown, NSW, Murrin sexually assaulted another student in the mid-1980s.

He was convicted of this crime in 2010, when he was already serving an 18-month sentence for sexual abuse offences against students in the 1970s.

Murrin was shifted to a total of 11 schools by the Marist Brothers and continued teaching until 2002, when he was placed in the Encompass Australasia program and then sent to Rome.

Murrin was never referred to police by Encompass Australasia, the Marist Brothers or other church leaders. Police sought his arrest in 2007 after being contacted by his victims. One of Murrin's victims killed himself in 1987.

 

See also the next webpage 2012 Nov 22 (2) The destruction of the credibility of Catholicism

 

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