ARCHIVE: Special Commission of Inquiry into Catholic Church cover up of sex abuse

LATE last year Premier Barry O’Farrell announced a Special Commission of Inquiry into ‘‘certain child sexual abuse allegations’’ raised by Hunter police officer Peter Fox.

The actions of two former priests of the Maitland-Newcastle diocese of the Catholic Church, paedophiles Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher, are at the centre of the inquiry.

An initial bank of hearings, in May, looked at whether Detective Chief Inspector Fox was ‘‘asked to cease investigating relevant matters and whether it was appropriate to do so’’.

 The current bank of hearings, which began on June 24 and which will continue to at least late July, are concerned with the church’s response handling of the McAlinden and Fletcher matters.


Catholic leaders 'could not accept' that priests would abuse: inquiry  September 9

THE HERALD'S OPINION: The long silence is broken August 1

COMMENT by Joanne McCarthy: Predator targeted most vulnerable August 1

STORY: Priest admits rape of more children August 1

STORY: For John Pirona the light shone too late August 1

TRANSCRIPTS: Tears in court as victims' statements read August 1

Priest confirms gay porn was his August 1

Inquiry: Good and bad priest files kept July 29

INQUIRY: Priest tells of victim's drunken outburst July 29

Inquiry: Victim's family still intimidated July 27

Inquiry: Victim's mother tells of family's pain July 26

Priest's inability to recall 'defies belief': inquiry July 26

Inquiry: AH's mother 'ostracised' by church after Fletcher revelations July 26

Inquiry: Priest 'did not recall McAlinden' July 25

Inquiry: Limited memories questioned July 25

Senior priest defends dealings with paedophiles: inquiry July 25

VIDEO: No notes, no paper trail: inquiry July 24

VIDEO: Defrocked priest worked at school July 24

VIDEO: Tears as victim testifies at inquiry July 24

Priest victim opens up at inquiry July 24

Special inquiry stress leave for priest   July 19 

Ombudsman report slams Church  July 19

Church abuse inquiry: vicar-general excused July 19

Church abuse inquiry hears of ‘‘selective recall’’ July 18 

Protesters target priests at inquiry July 18 

UPDATED: Senior priest aware of McAlinden rumours in late 1980s  July 17 

VIDEO: Bishop apologises, denies altering  diary July 15

Malone rejects diary-change allegations July 15 

Malone tells inquiry of 'sickening' reports July 15

Bishop defied Rome: inquiry July 12

Paedophile priest was mongrel to us: victims July 12

Bishop did not destroy documents: inquiry July 12

Bishop regrets inaction on child abuse claims July 11

Diocese knew of possible concealment charges: inquiry July 11

Bishop never looked at files: inquiry July 10

Church collusion evidence rejected: inquiry July 10

INQUIRY: Bishop 'never saw' priest files stored in his office  July 10 

Collusion between church figures denied: inquiry July 10

Questions over gay porn: inquiry July 9

Priest offered to hand himself in: inquiry July 5

Letters reveal Church's knowledge of paedophile priest's behaviour July 5

Letters presented to the Special Commission of Inquiry July 4

Fox's record of Malone meeting examined at inquiry  July 3

Inquiry focus swings to Catholic Church July 3

Fox grilled over alleged tip-off: inquiry July 2

VIDEO: Allegations diocese knew of abuse July 2

Church sex abuse going on a long time July 2

VIDEO: Bishop apologises to the victims July 2

Priest boasted of beating police charges July 2

VIDEO: Bishop's 'unreserved apology' - inquiry  July 1

Top cops defend strike force: inquiry June 28 

Church faces special inquiry blowtorch June 28

Police superintendent assaulted by priest: inquiry June 28

Doubts cast on Fox interviews: inquiry June 27 (update)

Doubts cast on Fox interviews: inquiry June 27 

Investigations not deterred by church's might, inquiry told  June 27 

No ill will towards Fox: inquiry June 26

Leaks to Herald led to formal police complaint: inquiry June 26

Inquiry hears Catholic Church 'covered tracks' of predator priest June 25

VIDEO: Statement by Joanne McCarthy June 25

Inquiry: Church had knowledge of abusers June 25

COMMENT: Ian Kirkwood describes inquiry  June 25

'No animosity' for Fox from officers June 25

VIDEO: Herald journalist at inquiry June 25

McCarthy denies colluding with Fox: inquiry June 25

Crowd gathers as star witnesses take their turn June 24

Fox rode on 'saddle of lies' June 24

Police chief asked to meet reporter June 24

Newcastle Herald journalist speaks at child sex abuse inquiry June 24

UPDATE: Herald journalist takes stand at inquiry  June 24

POLL: Clergy to give evidence in private June 11

Commission to run one extra week May 21

Former top cop rejects Fox claims May 17

Barrister praises police and Fox May 17 

Reports mixed on Fox meeting May 16

Investigation a 'shining example': inquiry May 16

Fox’s claims on strike force rejected May 15

Tayler denies claims he didn't want abuse cover-ups investigated  May 15

Police leaks linked to Fox May 14

UPDATED: Inquiry hears of lack of resources May 13

Sex crimes investigation hampered by resources: inquiry  May 13

INQUIRY: Officer agrees investigator was 'shut down' May 10

Commission told early police response 'lacked urgency' May 10

Church figure warns of 'bitter truths': inquiry May 9

Fox under fire over tweet May 9

INQUIRY: Witness denies 'mafia' tag May 9 

Grant didn't say 'Catholic mafia': inquiry   May 8

INQUIRY: Fox admits thin blue lie May 7

Police paedophilia meeting 'sinister': inquiry  May 6

Testimony alleges church cover-up May 6

Police ordered not to talk to journalist May 6 

VIDEO: Opening remarks in child sex abuse inquiry May 6

VIDEO: Police discussed bishop concealing sex crimes: inquiry  May 6

Shine the light: Commission hearing in Newcastle   May 5