Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the case of the former altar boy who was abused by a priest in Perth in the 1970s highlighted the horror of sexual abuse and the dreadful effects it had on victims. Source: Perth Now.
The Church will make a record payment of $2.45 million to the survivor, agreed to after one day of trial in Western Australia’s Supreme Court.
Fr Bertram Adderley, who died in the 1980s without ever being charged, abused many boys in regional WA and Perth, the survivor’s Victorian law firm Rightside Legal said yesterday.
Last week’s trial ended after the survivor gave evidence about the abuse he suffered.
In a statement, Archbishop Costelloe said he was “glad that the survivor of this shocking abuse has had the opportunity to have his story told and believed and has been financially compensated”.
Archbishop Costelloe acknowledged that the Church had a “deplorable” history of abuse of the young and vulnerable, which was exposed by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“Nothing can justify or cancel out the dreadful mistakes of the past,” he said.
“What the Church can do today and into the future is to commit itself to treating those who have been abused with dignity, respect and integrity.
“The Church can and must also take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that, as far as humanly possible, such abuse never again occurs within Catholic settings.”
The Archbishop said he was “deeply sorry and ashamed” that abuse had been carried out by clergy, religious and lay Church workers.
Church pays record $2.4m to abuse (Perth Now)
Statement from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB (Perth Archdiocese)