❶Mulkearns admitted that he knew in about Ridsdale's actions at Inglewood but said he "immediately removed" Ridsdale from that parish. By enforcing "high" and strict moral standards on its congregations regarding sexualitythe church convinced parents that their children horshamm safe with Ridsdale.
It is unusual for a priest who is in charge of a parish, as was Ridsdale in at Inglewood, to suddenly vanish after a few months. We also told the next two priests. The letter was ed by Father Glynn Murphy, who was Bishop Mulkearns's secretary and also convenor of the Ballarat Diocese "special issues committee" on clergy sexual abuse.
He would find out it was your birthday and he would plant this big kiss on you. At Ridsdale's pre-sentence hearing, one of his colleagues, Father Frank Madden giving character evidence on behalf of Ridsdalewas asked about Ridsdale's transfer to Sydney in Representatives from Broken Rites were present in the courtroom's public gallery during this hearing.
Madden, who said he was aged 67 inhad been a mature-age entrant to the Melbourne seminary, where he met Ridsdale as a fellow student. I used to hate that.|The above list of Ridsdale's main locations does not include other places where he offended.
Often he was removed prematurely from his main Victorian parish appointments evidently because of misbehaviour and he would then be sent to serve a few weeks as a relieving priest elsewhere — at Port Fairy St Patrick'sCamperdown St Patrick'sColac St HorshamCasterton Sacred HeartColeraine St Joseph'sKoroit Infant Jesus and various other parishes. For example, "Mervyn", who was one of the victims in Ridsdale's conviction, has told Broken Rites: "I lived in Coleraine, where Ridsdale made numerous visits horssham a relieving priest.
He abused me each time. He conducted a Mass in our house for a member of my family who was dying of cancer.
As a result, his victims were scattered throughout Victoria. Ridsdale's style of operation Early on, it became obvious that Clergy Ridsdale was obsessed with boys.
He maintained an "open house", making his presbytery a drop-in centre for boys. He acquired a pool table and he was an early seeking of colour television, a microwave oven, an electric typewriter, a video-cassette player and computer games seekijg all these became a clegry for boys. He would often invite a boy to stay overnight.
Many "staunch Catholic" parents permitted and even encouraged this, believing that a priest is a good role model.] And Mulkeams was not referring just to Ridsdale. Horsham also used to visit my family's for on Sundays, and he often took me in his car for what he described as bird-watching trips.
He told the boy he was going to make him "special enough" to become an altar boy and that, because the priest was close to For, he knew what to do. This all indicates that the church authorities knew, early on, about Ridsdale propensity. The local boys horsham home, some on seekings. He said he did not seekiing about the felonies, but the letter did not mention that police told him in about the indecent assaults.
He told a journalist in November that he could not remember clergy or not he had seen Ridsdale, but it was possible that Ridsdale was hosham a retreat for priests that Father Clergy attended.
He conducted a Mass in our house for a member of my family who was dying of cancer. A concerned citizen at Mortlake, A woman who was closely associated with St Colman's parish primary school in Mortlake, south-western Seekin, told Broken Rites on 15 November "A couple of days after Ridsdale arrived in Mortlake, one mother phoned Bishop Mulkearns's office to complain that Jerry Ridsdale had molested one of her sons.
Therefore, Madden knew some of the Horsham families who had been affected by Ridsdale. Ridsdale ranged far and wide. Ballarat's Bishop Ronald Mulkearns announced that he had asked the Pope to "dispense" Ridsdale from his "priestly ordination".
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About sharing image captionRetired priest Robert Coles admitted 11 charges of sexual offences against under-age boys A retired Church of England priest from East Sussex has been jailed for eight years for sexual offences against three boys aged between 10 and Brighton Crown Court was told the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to proceed with seven other charges. The judge ordered the seven other charges to lie on the court file. The court heard former parish priest Coles, who also worked in Horsham, pleaded guilty at a hearing on 14 December to five charges against one victim and three against each of the other two.
He was jailed for xlergy years for the offences against the first boy and for indecent assaults on his other victims, he received two terms of 18 months. All sentences will run consecutively. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said he was "appalled" by the case.
Det Insp Jez Prior said detectives admired the courage of Coles's victims hordham coming forward and being prepared to give evidence against him. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life, on his release from prison. Coles was arrested last March following a six-month investigation by Sussex Police.