Royal Commission hears ‘no structure to deal with’ priest misconduct complaints

The Daily Telegraph

NEIL KEENE, The Daily Telegraph
August 2, 2016

A PRIEST who tried to expose paedophilia within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle was ostracised by colleagues and undermined by senior members of the church.

Reverend Roger Dyer, former Rector at Wallsend Parish, told the Royal Commission today that he raised concerns about the sexual history of paedophile priest Peter Rushton to no avail.

At a church Synod in 2010, he attempted to raise a motion “for the Newcastle Diocese acknowledge the effect of allegations of child sexual abuse and the effect of this on the work of the ministry of the church”.

But a group of influential church leaders at the Synod tried to thwart his motion and accompanying speech, to the point where one of them attempted to physically stop him taking the stage.

Rev Dyer ignored their remonstrations and had the motion successfully passed.

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