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Sociologist and criminologist to produce police-style ‘social network analysis’ of clerical crime across the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese

Network Analysis Maitland Newcastle

Title: Sociologist and criminologist to produce police-style ‘social network analysis’ of clerical crime across the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese
Author: Ian Kirkwood
Publisher: Newcastle Herald
Date: 09JAN2021

Newcastle sociologist Dr Kathleen McPhillips and criminologist Dr Jodi Death of the Queensland University of Technology’s law faculty will lead the project, which recently received ethics approval from both institutions. Both Dr McPhillips and Dr Death (pronounced “Deeth”), have published widely on clerical child abuse.

The Melbourne mapping was carried out by one of Dr Death’s PhD students and drew on her work, including a 2017 book on the Royal Commission and other Australian inquiries.

She has described the Catholic situation as more of a “bad barrel” than “bad apples”.

COVID restrictions permitting, Dr Death should be in Newcastle next month, when she is scheduled to join Dr McPhillips in explaining the project to members of the Clergy Abused Network, a support group formed more than 10 years ago by Maitland’s Bob O’Toole, who suffered at the hands of the Marist Brothers as a boy.

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