Inspector Peter Fox

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox explains what the abuse was really like.

A sample from the transcript: H/t OB

TONY JONES: As we’ve heard, the scale of this abuse in Newcastle-Maitland Diocese over many years is truly shocking. It’s astonishing in fact. 400 victims, 14 clergy charged (inaudible), six Catholic teachers convicted, three priests currently on trial. How does this much evil get concentrated in one small area?

I commented at OB’s place after reading the following good news.


crucifix in front of candle source: / Judith Klien Creative commons licence Source: Supplied

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a royal commission into institutional responses to allegations of child abuse in Australia.

Speaking at a press conference shortly before 6pm, the prime minister announced the royal commission against a backdrop of “too many revelations” which had placed the subject before even greater public scrutiny in recent times.

“Too many have suffered … too many other adults have let them down,” she said.

Read more:

Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin says:

I was busy retweeting this excellent post to followers only to discover soon thereafter the following tweet – by

“Result!: #Australian PM Julia Gillard announces royal commission into child sex abuse:

It’s great news. I wish all those to the forefront all the best”

Petition: Fr. Bob McGuire, Pete Dillon, Josh Bornstein, Catherine Deveny, Jane Caro, Michael Short, Sue Cato, Chrys Stevenson, Andrew Knight.

I was bowled over listening to Inspector Peter Cox in the video, first thing this morning. He was sweet music to the ears. There is nothing so more rewarding than seeing adults of the calibre of this man bravely stand up for the rights of allegedly sexually abused children. He was prepared to be ostrasised and was because he stood up to his principles. He knew the invitations and the greeting cards from colleagues were going to come to an end. He is the equivalent of Ireland’s Mary Raftery [R.I.P..] Thank you.

I signed the petition. I also made a comment in the tiny box.

I grew up in Goldenbridge industrial school, Dublin. See: Testimony here: I know first hand the systemic child abuse cover-up that went on since time immemorial in industrial *schools*. [Schools being a euphemism for child labour camps.] Survivors have fought long and hard to get the Irish government to listen to the cries of ex-mates. They were finally heard. A commission to inquire into institutional child abuse was set up, and survivors of industrial schools have mostly never looked back. I empathise so much with your cause. I wish you all the best in your endeavours to get a Royal Commission into child abuse.

Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin.

I just received the following standard e-mail from the team. It’s not personal, so will post it here.

Dear Marie-Thérèse,

Thanks for signing my petition, “Australian Government: It’s time for a Royal Commission into child abuse by the clergy including the Catholic Church..”

Can you help this petition win by asking your friends to sign too? It’s easy to share with your friends on Facebook – just click here to share the petition on Facebook.

There’s also a sample email below that you can forward to your friends.

Thanks again — together we’re making change happen,

Fr. Bob McGuire, Pete Dillon, Josh Bornstein, Catherine Deveny,


Note to forward to your friends:


I just signed the petition “Australian Government: It’s time for a Royal Commission into child abuse by the clergy including the Catholic Church.” on

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:



I made another comment at OB’s in response to Andrew

Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin

November 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

“Gillard is going to tackle these misogynists in cassocks.”

They’ll have their work truly cut out, if one is to judge from the wild shenanigans the clergy and religious got up to at the Irish commission to inquire into institutional child abuse, along with all the other reports. I hope the Australians will be wise to the pussyfooting, expert stalling games they have the propensity to play, and be as sharp and as focussed at seeing through them, as was/is Inspector Peter Fox. He’s an incredible man. Men like him are a rarity. Doubtless the Australians will stand by him for what he had to endure in his professional life.


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