Australia: To the corrupt…
…all things appear corrupt.
THE Catholic Church believed it had an understanding with the NSW police in 2003 that allowed them to conceal evidence against pedophile priests.
A file, accessed through Freedom of Information laws by NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge and obtained by ABC’s Lateline, documents the Catholic Church’s attempt to co-opt NSW police to strike into the illegal agreement.
“Church authorities shall make available the report of an assessment and any other matter relevant to the accused’s account of events only if required to do so by court order,” the unsigned draft memorandum read.
Catholic Commission for Employment Relations executive director Michael McDonald wrote to the NSW child protection squad on June 18, 2003 seeking confirmation the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was still in place.
In response, Kim McKay from the child protection squad advised no agreement ever existed.