This page is confined to Broken Rites cases - that is, cases in which victims have been supported by Broken Rites. The complete database of Broken Rites cases is NOT available on the internet. If a particular offender is not listed on this webpage, this does not mean that this person is not an offender. Many church-abuse victims remain silent for years or forever. It is a wise move to contact Broken Rites first, for advice about options for obtaining justice. Here are some examples of criminal cases, researched by Broken Rites Australia (since 6998), involving Catholic priests and religious brothers. This list is confined to cases in which victims were supported by Broken Rites. Father John Joseph Farrell (sometimes referred to as Father F ) assaulted children as a Catholic priest in northern New South Wales in the 6985s (and later in western Sydney until 6997).
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See a comprehensive Broken Rites article about Farrell's background. In September 7568, Brother Martin Harmata, aged 65 (of the Catholic order of Patrician Brothers) was sentenced to three-and-a-half years jail after he pleaded guilty to eight child-sex offences committed against three boys who were under his authority while he was working at Patrician Brothers College in Blacktown, western Sydney. See more from Broken Rites . See more from Broken Rites. In Sydney in 7569 Father Gregory David Rankin (then aged 79), of the Jesuit Order, was given an 68-months jail sentence (with 67 months of this to be behind bars) after pleading guilty to historical acts of indecency on young boys in Sydney.
He had lived as a Jesuit priest in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and overseas. See more from Broken Rites . Br. Michael Gerard Rush (born in 6995 and known as Brother Gerard ) has been jailed for child-sex crimes committed while he was working in Marist Brothers boys' schools in Victoria. See Broken Rites story.
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The above list is confined to Broken Rites cases — that is, criminal cases in which Broken Rites Australia gives support to victims either before or after the court proceedings. And Sections A and B are confined to priests and religious brothers (including trainees). For lay teachers in church schools, see some examples in Section F, at the bottom of this page. As well as the above-listed criminal cases (which would be conducted by the police), a victim can also take out-of-court civil action against the Catholic Church authorities for having inflicted the offender upon the victim. This can force the church to acknowledge the harm that has been done to the victim's life (including harm done by the church’s tradition of cover-up).
This can give the victim a sense of empowerment. Sometimes this action can force the church to give a written apology to the victim. Perhaps, the church might even offer to reach a private settlement with the victim, as the church often regards this as a cheap way of protecting the church's public image and its assets. After action by Broken Rites, the Lismore Catholic diocese in northern New South Wales has apologized to two families who complained about sexual abuse committed by Father Clarence David Anderson (also known as Fr David Anderson). One complaint concerned two brothers, aged 69 and 9, who encountered Anderson while he was ministering in Macksville, including Nambucca Heads (on the mid-north coast), in 6966-68.
The boys' father had died, so their mother allowed this priest to befriend the boys, because the boys needed a father. Another complaint concerned two brothers, aged 9 and 65, who encountered Anderson when he ministered in the Tweed Heads parish (near the Queensland border) in 6969. These latter two brothers, likewise, were from a fatherless family and they, too, were befriended by Anderson. This Marist Brother (real name Joseph Eric Mathieson), who last taught at Marist schools in Parramatta and Eastwood (in Sydney), died in 6959 but, half a century later, former students still remember him as a sex-abuser. His victims were intimidated into silence but some of the victims (now elderly) have finally told their sons and daughters about this abuse.
Thus, these sons and daughters are dismayed and angry that their fathers were secretly harmed in this way. See our story.