The Catholic church has demanded a clergy sex abuse victim, who was raped as a nine-year-old in a confessional box, provide a copy of the church's own wsrrnambool in Latin. A south-west victim of notorious pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale is pursuing civil damages through the Victorian Supreme Court from Bishop of Ballarat Paul Bird, on behalf of the diocese.
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In May, Supreme Court Justice Michael McDonald asked the church's legal team for an explanation in relation to the church denying knowledge of Ridsdale's pedophile activities with a view to determining if costs should be awarded to the victim. That led to the church sacking its legal team and calling in the lawyers who acted for now jailed Arch Bishop George Warrnamboo.
The victim's lawyers have been asking the church hand over archive documents. Under Canon Law which applied at the time of the offending, the church was required to keep an archive of all important documents, including sex assault allegations against clergy members, and a record of who San Marino mom horny host need seen the documents and what documents had been destroyed.
It's not known what is included in Ridsdale's archive file. But information obtained in the case of defrocked priest Paul David Ryan proved dynamite.
He was jailed again for 26 months on Monday this week after abusing schoolboys when he was in Warrnambool. Former Warrnmabool police detective Colin Ryan went to the Ballarat diocese office Free sex Radcliff while investigating the first Paul Ryan case, for which he was jailed for a minimum 12 months. The police officer was able to obtain documents about the defrocked priest, which he copied.
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It showed the church had a wide range of knowledge of Ryan's offending. Civil ligation involving Paul Ryan has been launched by a Warrnambool victim who was raped in the early s.
The confessional box rape victim said today the church made a of commitments after the Royal Commission into institutional abuse, about cooperating and reducing the trauma of victims. The church claims it only knew about Ridsdale's offending due to a police officer from Inglewood going to see Bishop Ronald Mulkearns in The Standard published a story entitled 'Bishop Cortez attractive wife in the mid s in which the police officer recalled going to see the bishop to complain about Ridsdale's sexual warrnambool.
The meeting was recorded in the detective's diary and is seen as a benchmark for the church sktes about Ridsdale's offending.
But there have been many claims over the years that Bishop Mulkearns knew of Ridsdale's and other pedophile priests' activities. Bishop Mulkearns moved Ridsdale from parish to parish across the Western District.
The victim said the request for the Latin version of the law had stunned him. It's their own laws.
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They've now dropped that demand. Ridsdale, 84, is still warrnamboo, serving jail sentences. He has been in prison sinceand was due for parole this year, but was jailed again in April for another eight years after pleading guilty to 30 charges involving sex offences against 11 boys and three girls.
It's expected he will die in jail. Bishop Bird declined to comment, saying the matter was related to an ongoing court proceeding.