‘Cowardly, evil’ Catholic brother jailed in Brisbane for 8 years

‘Cowardly, evil’ Catholic brother jailed in Brisbane for 8 years

Francis Brophy, 87, above, began an eight year jail sentence today (Monday) after Brisbane District Court judge William Everson found him guilty of sexually abusing nine ‘vulnerable and marginalised’ boys at a Queensland orphanage.

Everson, according to this report, denounced Brophy as “a cowardly, evil paedophile” who preyed on defenceless boys at the Scenic Rim region BoysTown facility between 1978 and 1983.

The judge said Brophy, a member of the De La Salle Brothers order, presided over a “Gulag right in our midst” that left some of his victims ravaged by nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.

The combination of your depraved sexual offending and the terrifying violence you meted out makes your conduct particularly heinous.

It is the sheer terror that you presented to the victims in the context of their complete and utter helplessness that places your conduct in a special category of seriousness.

Brophy, who was convicted of a total of 38 offences, was sentenced to eight years behind bars but was set a parole eligibility date in August 2019.

Sex abuse victims ‘consented’

Meanwhile, it’s reported here that the Catholic Church and local authorities in the UK allegedly used a legal loophole to avoid paying compensation to victims of child sex abuse.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, a government agency, has denied some children financial settlements because it said the victims had “consented” to the abuse, a group of charities has warned.

One case that the charity Victim Support brought attention to involved a 12-year-old girl who was given alcohol, brought into woodland and then sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old male. The girl was denied compensation because she had “voluntarily” gone into the woods with the man.

Said Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England:

No child ever gives their ‘consent’ to being abused, and the increased use of this line of defence, although still quite rare, is worrying. I have contacted the Ministry of Justice previously and again recently about this issue and the Government should look urgently at what can be done to tackle it.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that it had seen documents regarding two cases where the defence was used. A claimant who was raped at the age of 15 was told by lawyers representing the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark that his abuse:

Actually occurred in the context of a consensual relationship (albeit one the claimant in retrospect now appears to regret).

Child sex abuse victims given power to challenge if cases are shelved

The victim said:

I was below the legal age of consent anyway and there’s a grooming element to that kind of situation. It was totally disregarded and it made me feel really small.

The case was finally settled, with the Catholic Church paying out £80,000.

Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child abuse solicitor at Bolt Burdon told Kent Live:

It is time for the church to practise what they preach and to admit their failings, to take account of the damage this has caused to the lives of far too many children and lastly to apologise for the abuse.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Southwark said that the church does not comment on individual cases out of respect for the claimant’s privacy. He added that the Archdiocese:

Supports the right of anyone who has suffered harm to seek compensation.

Since the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) was launched in 2012, approximately 700 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have had their claims rejected.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

12 responses to “‘Cowardly, evil’ Catholic brother jailed in Brisbane for 8 years”

  1. Broga says:

    Brophy is one of a religious type. They gain total power over their helpless victims and abuse them without pity while flaunting their Christianity as a cover up. The Irish laundry nuns are another example. They know their Church is not going to expose them.

    In the UK the Church “Supports the right of anyone who has suffered harm to seek compensation.” And will then do everything it can by denial and equivocation to ensure that no compensation will be paid.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the official church, keeps his head well down. Shouldn’t he be making some ripples about what is going on. Or perhaps that other head of the Church (I don’t know which is what) the Queen, who regularly expresses her concern, say how concerned she is.

  2. L.Long says:

    The heads of the various churches can’t make any moves that will support the victims, as this will show that religion is NOT what gives one morals but rather it is the morality learned thru life that gives morals to the church.
    Now with that who needs the batshit crazy churches!? And atheist organizations showing that you do not need churches for charity work nor for socialization.

  3. andym says:

    Remember Pope Benedict’s tears on his visit to the UK ? Further proof they were as phoney as his church.
    The C of E has picked on this approach as well( see the Smythe physical abuse case.
    i/ deny, deny deny.
    ii/when the fails, talk about isolated incidents which have been dealt with.
    iii/ when this becomes untenable, issue major mea culpa, with tears, apologies and promises of restitution.
    iv/once that’s got you out of the spotlight, refuse any further comment, and instruct lawyers to use every loophole possible to limit liabilities.

    Tragedy is, to some degree it works . The C of E case mentioned above has many unanswered questions, not least how much Welby knew, but the story has died a death.

  4. barriejohn says:

    @andym: I’m sure you have it all wrong. Only the other day I was reading, in a report from Reuters, so it must be so,that Pope Francis has “pledged action against perpetrators and bishops who protected them”. I’m sure that he had no idea what was going on, and that now he knows there will be prompt and decisive action!*

    *Does that remind anyone of comments made at the time about another fascist leader in Europe, in the first half of the last century?

  5. Ray says:

    There are tens of thousands of paedophile priests still flying under the radar and so far unexposed … fretting away with the gnawing anguish of being discovered and shamed. And what is happening with the Pell case? Anyone know?

  6. Broga says:

    Ray: “Cardinal George Pell one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican and Australia’s most senior Catholic, appeared in court to face historic sex assault offences and declared he was “not guilty” despite not yet being required to enter a plea.

    Greeted by a mix of jeers and applause, Cardinal Pell, who has returned from the Vatican to try to clear his name, appeared tired but assured as he entered Melbourne Magistrates Court, which was packed with journalists and onlookers.”

    Early days. I think Pell is taking flack in a way he never did in his days of pomp in the Vatican.

  7. StephenJP says:

    A child below the age of consent cannot consent to anything, least of all sexual coercion. Why is this so hard for the churches to understand?

    @andym, that is exactly right, except that the CofE get their (oppressive and very expensive) lawyers involved from the outset. Self-protection always comes before justice.

  8. Ray says:

    The photo in the above Reuters link is disturbing on so many levels I hardly know where to start.

    The woman is ecstatic … how can anyone think it wonderful that the head of a pedophile ring is groping a child?

    The child will remember this as a wonderful holy experience because her parents will blather and boast about it until their last breaths.

    Sorry I cannot go on … too exasperated by the ignorance of those who dote on such an evil figure.

    And hitler at least did not pretend he was a wholesome force for good in direct contact with God.

  9. barriejohn says:

    And hitler at least did not pretend he was a wholesome force for good in direct contact with God.

    Exactly, which is why I have absolutely no time for the religiots who keep pointing out that there are atheists who are guilty of similar crimes to those committed by believers. Unbelievers don’t make the ridiculous claims that believers do, nor do they routinely hold themselves up as paragons of virtue. Not only is there no evidence that religion, per se, benefits humanity, but all the evidence points in the other direction!

  10. Peter Sykes says:

    “Scenic Rim”, stop sniggering!

  11. Teresa says:

    Bruno Cornacchiola

    Bruno Cornacchiola, though raised a Catholic, grew not only to detest everything Catholic, but also nursed a deep hatred for the Catholic Church and vowed action Brunocornacchiolain order to bring Her down. Bruno’s hatred was not helped by the fact that he grew up poor and kept bad company with unruly boys of his own age. After receiving only a rudimentary education Bruno joined the military which seemed to suit his need for constant excitement and fed his need to hate someone or something. One would think that with such hatred eating at his very soul, Bruno would be a lost cause, but God, “Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth” (1 Timothy 2)
    One day while he was preparing an anti-Church and anti-Mary speech, Bruno took his children to the park where he sat and wrote notes on his speech as his children played ball. As Bruno prepared his notes he could hear his children gleefully playing together, this did not deter Bruno from his course.

    It was only when the children cried out that they had lost their ball that Bruno with great irritation left his notes and began to help his children look for the missing ball. While Bruno and his children were searching for the ball Bruno could hear his son Gianfranco say over and over ‘oh beautiful lady, beautiful lady’. Very much in fear for his son Bruno searched for Gianfranco and found him kneeling transfixed before the small grotto, soon all three of Bruno’s children knelt in awe at the sight of this most beautiful lady. Bruno immediately tried to get his children away from the Grotto but to no avail, he as strong as he was could not lift his own little one’s. Finally Bruno yelled, ‘God help us!’
    As Bruno took in this sight he also noticed that the beautiful and sad lady held a book in her hands which she cradled close to her heart and beneath her feet was a broken crucifix on top of a black cloth. Bruno could hardly believe what he was seeing but he could not move as he listened to our Lady speak to him.

    Our Lady bent a little towards Bruno and said these words to him, “I am she who is related to the Divine Trinity. I am the Virgin of Revelation. You have persecuted me, now is the time to stop! Come and be part of the Holy Fold which is the Celestial Court on earth. God’s promise is unchangeable and will remain so. The nine First Fridays in honour of the Sacred Heart, which your faithful wife persuaded you to observe before you walked down the road of lies, has saved you.” Our Lady continued to instruct Bruno as she said,“Live the divine doctrine. Practise Christianity. Live the Faith….The Hail Marys that you pray with faith and love are like golden arrows that go straight to the heart of Jesus,” and, “Pray much and recite the Rosary for the conversion of sinners, of unbelievers and of all Christians.” Bruno belongs to thousands of people who have been touched by the grace and become staunch believers.