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    Committee member David O'Brien put a series of questions to Bishop Connors.
        Was there awareness of Ryan's sexual problems from early on? ''Yes.''
        Was there persistent conduct in not warning parishioners? ''I can't comment.''
        Was there a persistent determination to retain him despite the high risk? ''Yes.''
        Was there a persistent disregard for victims? ''Yes.''
        There hasn't been any investigation or explanation of how a priest like Ryan could be shifted around? ''No.''
        The church has effectively facilitated child sex offences by leaving known offenders in place? Bishop Connors: ''I agree with that.''
        Very unChristlike, isn't it? ''Absolutely.''

    He conceded that even now Father Ryan had not been defrocked, and the church did not know where he was. His licence to officiate as a priest had been withdrawn.

    Committee member Andrea Coote said Ballarat, where a paedophile ring flourished at St Alipius school and some 40 victims have since killed themselves, was the worst case in Victoria.

    Bishop Connors said Catholic Church Insurance told the diocese in 1975 it would no longer cover compensation payments for Ridsdale, later jailed for child sexual offences, because he had abused so many victims. But Bishop Mulkearns, in charge from 1971 to 1997, took no action until 1988, in which time Ridsdale abused many more victims.

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    How can this den of iniquity presume to lecture the rest of us on sexual morals?

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