1001 K Tue 11 Jun 2002
The Ballarat diocese made a compensation payout of conditional on the victim's silence in September 2001. This is according to an article on page 6 of The Australian newspaper by Nicole Strahan. The bishop of the Ballarat diocese is the Most Reverend Peter Connors.
Kelly Burke, in the Sydney Morning Herald, wrote:
If it was signed last month then it would have been signed by Bishop Jarrett, who became the bishop there in December 2001. So it seems to me that both Bishop Connors and Bishop Jarrett have failed to follow the policy of the December 2000 Towards Healing document:
They have made mistakes that have seriously and publicly damaged the credibility of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Now they have a choice: to say nothing or publicly admit their part of the error. If they say nothing the Church's credibility will continue to be damaged. Their ability to use the media in the future will be severely restricted. It will also limit the ability of other Australian bishops to talk to the media.
Often people make mistakes and do not publicly admit them. Often there is no need to. But this is a matter considerable public interest.
1015 K Wed 12 Jun 2002
According to Kelly Burke in today's Sydney Morning Herald:
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 11 June 2002. Last updated 12 June 2002.