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Melbourne priest "murdered, held satanic rituals"
The Melbourne Archdiocese has accepted as substantially trueallegations that a Melbourne priest took part in satanic rituals duringwhich a number of murders occurred.
The Advertiserreports that the Melbourne Archdiocese paid $33,000 to the man who madethe allegations as compensation for the repeated sexual and physicalabuse he suffered as a child at the hands of the priest afterinvestigating claims.
The Archdiocese's independent sexualabuse investigator, barrister Peter O'Callaghan QC, described thedetails of the ritualised murders and sexual abuse provided by thevictim as "extraordinary".
"... but I have no reason orjustification for doubting his credibility," Mr O'Callaghan said in aletter to the victim's lawyers in 2000.
Earlier during aformal interview with the victim, Mr O'Callaghan said he was satisfiedthe man was telling the truth. "I see no reason why I shouldn't acceptwhat you say," he said.
The Melbourne Archdioceses VicarGeneral, Msgr Les Tomlinson, said that Mr O'Callaghan advised VictoriaPolice about the allegations when he first learned of them in 1999.
He was told that the victim had already notified police that he had been sexually abused and was a witness to murder.
Ina sworn statement given to the Archdiocese, the victim said he wasfirst abused by the priest in Melbourne in the early 1960s, when he wasserving as an altar boy at the Sacred Heart Church in Sandringham andattending a Catholic school.
The abuse continued for three years.
Inhis statement the 56-year-old victim, who wishes to remain anonymous,gave details of at least three deaths - a young woman, a young man anda child - that occurred during the satanic rituals over a number ofyears.
Two victims had their throats cuts and a third was killed with an axe. Animals were also killed during the ceremonies.
Priest murdered, held satanic rituals (The Advertiser 26/5/06)
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26 May 2006