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Canberra Marist College on Lateline!

By johnboy - 22 October 2008 161

[First filed: October 20, 2008 @ 23:05]

Not good news for them.

Video to follow

Video now available, transcript to follow.

Now here’s a question for whichever local politicians are not transfixed by fear of pederasts…

Will they allow a school with a history of proven child sexual abuse, and no known body responsible for its continuing behaviour, to continue to take children into its care next year?

Or is this an injustice that can be tolerated as long as it mollifies the Catholic vote?

Once more for the slow of uptake.

It is a proven fact that children in the care of this school have been sexually abused. There is no entity taking responsibility for this abuse. More children are being put into this school’s care next year. This is, apparently, an acceptable state of affairs for our elected leaders.

UPDATED: For those who can’t do video the transcript is now online.

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra Marist College on Lateline!
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Granny 11:49 pm
20 Oct 08
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I’m getting a message that the video is no longer available, JB.

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johnboy 11:51 pm
20 Oct 08
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Still processing… patience grasshopper.

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johnboy 11:52 pm
20 Oct 08
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Holden Caulfield 12:01 am
21 Oct 08
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Yikes! Thanks for posting that johnboy, hard to speak so definitively without having all the facts at hand, but this addition to this whole sorry saga appears to make an already disgraceful situation even worse, if that were possible.

Thoughts to all those affected who must be really struggling with this. :(

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Granny 12:02 am
21 Oct 08
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Thank you, Master, but it’s been 45 years and I still can’t snatch that darn pebble ….

*chuckle*

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ant 12:13 am
21 Oct 08
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I wandered in to Lateline half way through this, and was very pleased to see the ABC fighting the good fight of real investigative journalism, finding things taht weren’t meant to be found and asking some very hard questions.

This really has to be resolved, and soon. It can’t go on. As a mean and tricky way of evading responsibility it has to be either allowed to stand (with all that means for the school, see the OP) or it needs to be kicked into the weeds.

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Aubergine 12:13 am
21 Oct 08
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Unbelievable. I was astounded to hear their defence that they owed no duty of care to the students. This is the hallmark of an organisation – the Catholic Church and its many offshoots – that has utterly failed to deal with its rotten core. Time and time again they strive to cover things up and denigrate the victims, taking responsibility in only the most limited ways and specific, undeniable examples of criminal activity. Then it’s back on with the silly clothes and the multi-billion dollar business and property portfolio to manage. Now the Marist Brothers Trust insults its victims by pretending it never ran the school. It fails to say who does – probably because it’s busy setting up a shell company in the Netherlands to take the fall for them. I can only imagine how sickened the victims must feel. Time to withdraw all government funding for these hypocrites.

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Granny 12:25 am
21 Oct 08
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Enough is enough. This is ridiculous. I can’t stand sexual predators, but even less those who defend and protect them.

It is time for churches everywhere to begin to practice what they preach if they want any respect from anybody. I can be as cowardly as the next person, but there comes a time when you have to say I did this and I was wrong – no matter what the consequences or the shame.

Somebody must be running the school! I have never heard anything so disgraceful. Trying to weasel out of responsibility for crimes perpetrated against children in their care. Shame on you, Marist! Shame!

The pain in that man’s voice was so haunting, especially when he spoke of the blood in his underwear. No child should live through that horror.

I actually seriously think we should all be down there protesting and agitating for change. Or at least set up a page where people can email the new legislative assembly.

If we don’t protect our kids, who will?

Certainly not the school ….

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ant 1:02 am
21 Oct 08
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I was stunned to hear two mothers, some months back, discussing which school to send their boys to, Marist or St Eddies. The first of these articles had been appearing on Riotact, plus the news reportage, and I was startled. Eventually, I muttered something about this business, and both women quickly brushed it aside as all in the past and all gone now.

Well, I don’t get it. I really don’t. Plainly there’s an attitude out there that I just do not understand. I don’t like children very much, but this is too much. It’s just plain cruelty, and yet apparently they think it can be swept under the carpet, and from the mothers’ attitudes, maybe they’re on to something. What the hell is going on?

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minime2 2:11 am
21 Oct 08
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Blame the school … ? when the PARENTS keep burying their heads and in the sand and keep sending their children into these dens of iniqity (don’t get to say THAT very often)year after year; court case after court case.
“No child should go throught that horror…” you are so right Granny; and add the horror that they KNOW their parents) sent them there; they will KNOW that the parents) knew; they will have to deal with that betrayal as well… being sacrificed to their parent’s egos, religious fears and guilt. They will know in the end that the blame is on their very own loving, caring, God-fearing, church-loving, truth-denying parents. The ones that took them to the gates of hell called a Catholic School and offered them up to men of the cloth who saw them as their own to-do-with-as-they-wished; butt-fodder given over to them by mum and dad. Yeah, go ahead and blame the school.

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Wide Boy Jake 4:27 am
21 Oct 08
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Is it any wonder people refer to the Catholic church as The Church of Pedophilia.

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Tempestas 6:59 am
21 Oct 08
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Defund them now and revoke the lease.

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realityskin 7:37 am
21 Oct 08
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its f*cking disgusting

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jessieduck 8:04 am
21 Oct 08
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That’s a disgrace and against so many Christian values I don’t know where to begin.

Horrible things happened at that school and their duty of care was not upheld. It is so obvious and slimy that they are trying to get out of paying their dues.

PS- mimime2- shutup. Plenty of bad things go on in state schools as well.

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Granny 8:09 am
21 Oct 08
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I agree, Jessieduck.

Of the two paedophiles who have preyed on my children over the years, one was a ‘Christian’ but not Catholic friend of my father, and the other was a mentally ill ex-partner of mine.

Pogroms are not cool.

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