Religious Life Without Integrity

The Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church

By Dr. Barry M Coldrey

Courtesy of Dr. Barry M. Coldrey and

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Table of Contents

About the Author

Copyright information

1: Foreword

The Ugandan Martyrs

2: The History of the Sexual Abuse Crisis

The Initial Reactions of Catholic Leadership

The History of the Sexual Abuse Controversy in Australia

3: Priest and Brother Molestation Techniques

4: The Investigator, the Whistleblower and the Busybody

Hostility to the Investigator

5: The Life of an Institution

The Ten Levels of Denial

6: 'Boys Never Forget'

7: The Recent Crisis

8: The Sexual Revolution

9: The Optional Extra

10: Zero Tolerance

11: Hypocrisy - a Cardinal Sin

12: The Sexual Underworld

Bad Day at Black Rock: The Guilty Secrets

Special Problem: The Active Gay Priest

13: Collusion in Abuse

The Tolerance of a Sexual Underworld

The 'Poor Ted' Syndrome

14: Leadership Tolerance

The Province Leader's Dilemma

The Dissipation of a Sexual Underworld

Theory and Practice

15: Membership and Religious Orders

Prevention or Perversion

Promotion of Priest/Brother Molesters as Denial

16: Understanding Sexual Abuse: Various Approaches

17. Action

18: The Formation Stage

19: Profession, Ordination, Membership

20: Sympathy for the Church

21: Clerical Affairs

22: Bibliography

23: Appendices

Appendix 1: Pre-War View of the Priesthood

Appendix 2: Sexual Abuse and Boundary Violations

Appendix 3: The Seriously-Disturbed Priest or Brother

Appendix 4: The Brotherhood of St Gerard Majella


Author: Barry M Coldrey

Barry M Coldrey was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia and completed his tertiary education at the University of Melbourne in the early 1960s. Since then he has taught in secondary schools in some states of Australia, and Teachers Colleges and university in Papua New Guinea and Pakistan. He completed his PhD in 1984, published as 'Faith and Fatherland': 'The Contribution of the Christian Brothers to the development of Irish nationalism, 1801-1921' by Gill and Macmillan in 1988. Dr Coldrey has written some twenty books and a number of refer[e]ed articles, many of them in recent years around the child migration abuses in children's homes issues which have featured in a media a good deal over the last ten years.

Publishing Programme:

1979 Australian Federal Politics for the Senior Student, Hargreen/Edward Arnold, Fourth Edition, 1985.

1981 Legal Studies for the Higher School Certificate Student, Privately printed, (Out-of-print).

1982 Australian Federal Politics and Foreign Policy, Hargreen, Edward Arnold/ Hodder & Stoughton.

1985 Australian Foreign Policy for the Senior Student, Collins Dove, Melbourne.1985 Bruce Dawe's Poetry (Coles Notes). T.C.Lothian, Publishers, Port Melbourne.

1987 Critical Issues in Peace Studies. Edward Arnold/Hodder & Stoughton (Australia)

1988 Faith and Fatherland: the Contribution of the Christian Brothers to the Development of Irish Nationalism, 1838 - 1921. (Gill and Macmillan), London and New York.

1989 Essential English Summary, Privately printed, Melbourne. (In 1992, this text was published by Hawker Brownlow Education, Cheltenham, Victoria).

1990 Issues in Australian Politics: Elections. Hawker Brownlow Education, Cheltenham, Victoria.

1990 Issues in Australian Politics: Pressure Groups. Hawker Brownlow Education, Cheltenham, Victoria.

1990 'The Social Classes attending the Christian Brothers school in the nineteenth century', British Journal of Education Studies, Vol. XXIX, N 1. February 1991.

1990 'Education for Revolution: the Christian Brothers and Radical Irish Nationalism, 1838 - 1921', Proceedings of the Third Irish-Australian Historical Conference, ANU Canberra, 1990.

1991 Effective Legal Studies (Notes Summary). Hawker Brownlow Education, Cheltenham, Victoria.

1991 The Western Australian Boys Homes and the Child Migration Scheme, Tamanaraik, Melbourne.

1992 St. Joseph's Farm and Trade School, Bindoon: History Sources, Tamanaraik Press, Melbourne.

1992 Francis Paul Keaney and Child Care in Western Australia, 1918 - 1954. Tamanaraik Press, Melbourne.

1992 Maltese Child Migration to Australia, 1938 - 1966, Tamanaraik Press, Melbourne.

1992 Child Migration, the Australian Government and the Catholic Church, 1926 - 1966, Tamanaraik Press, Melbourne.

1992 'A most unenviable reputation: the Christian Brothers and school discipline over two centuries', History of Education, (UK) Vol. 21, N 3. 1992 - also published in Oideas, Eurack, N 38, 1992, Government Publications Office, Dublin, Eire.

1993 Lord Somers Camp and Power House: the early years, 1929 - 1939. Tamanaraik Press, Melbourne.

1993 Essential Legal Studies for the Senior Student, Hawker Brownlow Educadion, Cheltenham, Victoria.

1993 'Child Migration and the Catholic Church: a Historical Perspective', The Australasian Catholic Record, Vol. LXX. N 1 January 1993.

1993 The Scheme: the Christian Brothers and Child Care in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific, Perth, Western Australia.

1995 Child Migration to Catholic Institutions in Australia: Objectives, Policies, Realities: 1926 - 1966, Tamanaraik Press, Melbourne.

1995 Child Migration: Consent of British Parents and Guardians to the Children's Emigration: The Legal Dimension, Tamanaraik Press, Melbourne.

1996 'A most unenviable reputation': the Christian Brothers and school discipline over two centuries' in O'Sullivan, P. (ed.) The Irish World Wide: Vol.3 Religion and Identity, Leicester University Press, 1996.

1996 'A thriving and ugly trade': The first phase of child migration: 1617 - 1757', in History of Education Society Bulletin. N 58, Autumn 1996.

1996 'A Charity which has outlived its usefulness': the last phase of Catholic child migration, 1947 - 1956', History of Education, Vol. 25. No 4. December 1996.

1996 'The sexual abuse of children - as a public issue', Studies (Dublin), Vol. 58. N 3 Autumn 1996.

1997 'Child Migrants from Postwar Britain', History (Royal Australian Historical Society). N 53. September 1997.

1999 '...a place to which idle vagrants maybe sent.' The first phase of child migration to the Americas, 1618 - 1778', Child and Society, Oxford University Journals, Vol. 13. N 1, February 1999.

1999 'Good British Stock': Child and Youth Migration to Australia, 1901 - 1983. Guide N 11, National Archives of Australia

2000 'Caring and Corruption': Church Orphanages and Industrial Schools, Studies (Irish Quarterly Review), Vol 89 No 353, Spring, 2000, pp. 5 - 18.


© 2000 Barry M C[o]ldrey

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