Church admits liability for Ridsdale

The Courier

September 6, 2019

The compensation floodgates for clergy victims have opened with the Catholic Church admitting liability for the sexual abuse of a nine-year-old boy in a confessional box by Ballarat prolific paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.

The defrocked priest is considered one of Australia’s worst paedophiles and he admitted to a family member his victims numbered in the hundreds.

Ridsdale was moved from parish to parish within the Ballarat Diocese, starting at St Alipius in Ballarat, before serving at Warrnambool, Inglewood, Apollo Bay, Edenhope and Mortlake.

A directions hearing in the Victorian Supreme Court on Friday scheduled a 10-day trial to start on January 29.

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