Wright was arrested, tried by jury and found guilty of one count of rape, one count of indecently dealing with a girl under 14, and four counts of indecently dealing with a girl under 16.His victim had been aged 13 when the abuse, which occurring between 19, first began.
This shows that, as a profession, the priesthood has lost its direction and has become a real danger to the community.The scale of this travesty is so great that only the highest level enquiry will get to the bottom of it.Only then can you decide what to think about the sensitive and controversial issues of paedophile priests, the moral hypocrisy their actions engineer and the countless victims whose lives they destroy.This booklet is not designed to criticise religion or make judgments on the day to day lifestyles of church clergy.No-one wants to talk about these crimes because, for many of us, they are too horrific to believe and the gap from trusted spiritual leader to paedophile is just too difficult for many to traverse. But these cases of child sex abuse, perpetrated by religious leaders, must be faced -- no matter how difficult that may be -- if we, as a society, are to reduce their number or, better yet, eradicate them altogether.
From the research contained in this book, it is clear that a significant number of child sex abuse cases do involve clergy and church officials, though a far greater number of cases occur than are ever reported.
His hate, reservoired within him, gets its drainage in raids on vice, in the prosecutions and suppressions carried on by anti-vice societies, and in the campaigns of reform that call for the punishment of evil-doers."Former Labor MP and Baptist lay preacher, Keith Wright, was a strong moral campaigner -- deeply religious, opposed to pornography and a vehement defender of children and their need for protection.
As it turned out, children would need protecting from Wright, the former Queensland state Opposition leader and member for the federal seat of Capricornia, with a sexual bent towards adolescent girls.
However, there are also people involved in religious orders who, for reasons best known to themselves, use their positions of trust to molest and defile the most vulnerable individuals in our society - young children.
Some of them have stooped so low as to have molested intellectually handicapped children.
The teacher involved was Ossie Mc Namara, a former Catholic Marist brother who had previously been convicted for indecently dealing with a boy at a Brisbane school and had also been charged with assault and indecently dealing with a male arising from his time at St Josephs College in Queensland in the 1970s.