Catholic Church Paedophile Networks
A “mafia-like” code of silence among “dark networks” within the Catholic Church has begun to emerge from a world-first project mapping clerical paedophile networks, says an academic behind the project.
- The first mapping effort linked 99 clergy to 16 paedophile networks in the Melbourne and Ballarat dioceses
- Documents and the oral histories of at least 50 survivors are being used
- Women in the church and nuns will be examined as part of the mapping process
The project is led by Newcastle sociologist Kathleen McPhillips and criminologist Jodi Death (pronounced Deeth) from Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) law faculty.
The research builds on work done by Sally Muytjens, one of Dr Death’s doctoral students, who mapped Catholic paedophile networks in Victoria, and will now include other hotspots such as Newcastle and the role of women in the church, nuns and seminaries.