'Father wants to cleanse you, 29' ...

By John Carney
Daily Mail
May 20, 2015

Gordon Hill (centre), 72, spoke at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

A vintage photograph shows the children that used to be housed at the St Joseph's Home

Rows of tiny beds stand in St Joesph's Home where each night the terrified children had to sleep

Years of sexual and physical abuse took place at Ballarat's St Joseph's Home

A royal commission inquiry revealed that Cardinal George Pell helped move Australia’s worst paedophile priest between parishes

Gerald Francis Ridsdale has been called Australia’s worst paedophile priest Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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'Father wants to cleanse you, 29': Nun's chilling words to a young boy, 5, who was given a NUMBER instead of a name when he was raped by a priest in 'horror room' for the first time

A victim of horrific sexual abuse at the hands of a paedophile ring involving Catholic clergy in Ballarat has told how he was assigned a number and a locker number, instead of a name, and that nuns used to pull out his teeth with pliers.

Speaking at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Gordon Hill, 72, described how he was sexually and physically abused at Ballarat's St Joseph's Home in what he called 'horror rooms' and 'dungeons', and did not know his own surname until he was 10 years old.

ABC News reports that Mr Hill told the inquiry he was taken to the St Joseph's Home as a three-year-old in the 1946, and was initially abused by a priest at age five, in a place called 'the horror rooms'.

'I was given a drink... I blacked out,' he said.

'When I woke up my genitals and bottom hurt ... I discovered bite marks. The priest told me to get out.'

'Father wants to cleanse you, 29,' the nuns said to him.

'Sometimes the nuns would punish us by pulling out a tooth with a pair of pliers or hitting one of us in the head with an engineer's hammer,' Hill said.

He said he was subjected to electric shock therapy when the nuns wanted to find out if he had told anyone of his abuse, after he was found in a local hospital.

'It was like some sort of electric shock therapy,' he said after travelling 3000km from Western Australia to read his statement to the commission hearing in Ballarat.

'They wanted to know what I had told them at the hospital.'

Mr Hill said the nuns at the home would thrash him and he was abused by three priests, including by one in a confessional box while parishioners gave their confessions.

'If I made a noise as I was sitting beneath the priest's bench in the confessional box he would whack me across the face to shut me up,' Mr Hill said.

'If any Catholics had known what was going on they would have been horrified.'

A lawyer for the Sisters of Nazareth, who administered St Joseph's Home, said they had only recently received his statement and Mr Hill had so far chosen not to contact the sisters.Gerald Francis Ridsdale

His remarks come after the inquiry uncovered church documents that reveal Cardinal George Pell helped move Australia’s worst paedophile priest between parishes at the height of his reign of terror.

The former Archbishop of Melbourne, who is now based in The Vatican where he oversees the Catholic Church’s finances, was involved in at least one decision to move pervert priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale, the inquiry heard.

Then Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns knew Ridsdale had abused boys 'so he was taken out of there' and again moved to another parish, the abuse royal commission heard on the opening day of three weeks of hearings in the city devastated by decades of abuse.



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