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This page gives a few  examples (not a complete list) of Broken Rites cases involving Catholic clergy and religious Brothers in Australia. This page is confined to Broken Rites cases - that is, cases in which victims have been supported by Broken Rites. The complete database of Broken Rites cases is NOT available on the internet.

If a particular offender is not listed on this webpage, this does not mean that this person is not an offender. Many church-abuse victims remain silent for years or forever. Only a few victims have consulted the police; some victims eventually contact  Broken Rites ; and some victims (often unwisely) merely tip-off the church's internal Professional Standards Office (also called "Towards Healing"), whose main purpose is to protect the church and the perpetrator. It is a wise move to contact Broken Rites  first, for advice about options for obtaining justice.

Here are some  examples  of criminal cases, researched by Broken Rites Australia (since 1993), involving Catholic priests and religious brothers. This list is confined to cases in which victims were supported by Broken Rites .

Mariology of the Catholic Church is the systematic study of the person of Mary, mother of Jesus , and of her place in the Economy of Salvation , within Catholic theology. [1] [2] [3]

Mary is seen as having a singular dignity above the saints. The Catholic Church teaches that she was conceived without original sin therefore receiving a higher level of veneration than all other saints. Roman Catholic Mariology thus studies not only her life but also the veneration of her in daily life, prayer, hymns , art , music , and architecture in modern and ancient Christianity throughout the ages. [4] [5] [6] [7]

The study of Mary and her place in the Catholic Church has been undertaken from a number of perspectives and within a number of contexts, and in his address to the 2012 Mariological congress, Pope Benedict XVI stated that this study must be "understood and deeply examined from different and complementary viewpoints". [15] Pope Benedict XVI also emphasized that the study of Mary cannot be performed in isolation from other disciplines and that Mariology is inherently related to the study of Christ and of the Church, and expresses the inner coherence of these disciplines. [16]

Disclaimer:

In the answers to the Common Questions, unless specifically addressing this issue,we  assume that there has been both a civil divorce and a Catholic annulment (properly called a Decree of Nullity).  

Thus, using common language, the absent spouse is properly referred to as ex or former.  If there is no Decree of Nullity, the other person is still a spouse even if common life has ended.


Divorce is hard enough, but separation has its own unique pain because there's no finality, no apparent moving back or forward. It's relationship limbo. The first thing to do is stay open to reconciliation, if possible.

Each situation will require certain steps but for most couples this is a time for patience, practical planning and doing the following:

In 1791, during the French Revolution, the de Mazenod family was forced into exile in Italy to avoid the guillotine. In 1795, leaving her husband and son behind in Venice, Marie-Rose returned to France with Eugene's sister. Once back home, she divorced Eugene's father , took back her maiden name and aided by her mother's shrewdness, successfully recovered her dowry. She later wrote to her ex-husband saying You now have nothing.

After eleven years in exile, Eugene returned to Aix at his mother's request, where he struggled to reunite his family. He also endeavoured to regain the family's holdings which had been lost during the revolution.

In 1808 Eugene entered the seminary in Paris, worked diligently with the poor, and eventually became Bishop of Marseilles, France, in 1837 and his influence extended not only locally but throughout the world. Before his death, the order of priests he founded, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, (over 400 men) had spread to ten countries throughout the world.

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