Freshly Doug Monday

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Posts are going to be a tad erratic this week, as I’m up in Cairns, Far North Queensland, to observe the total solar eclipse Wednesday. But I will post here now and then: normal service will be resumed next week.

Today brings another barrage of good news, as more and more evidence of the Catholic church’s crimes and cover-ups emerges, and more prominent people join the call for a royal commission.

There are also several petitions circulating which are inexplicably slow to gather signatures: change.org seems reluctant to give them the prominence they need, too. Nick Allardice, their Australian Director, is the man to contact, via Facebook.

This petition is the one the stirrer supports. Please sgin it and urge all your friends and contacts to do so.

It’s disturbing to read that evidence has been destroyed and hidden from police, and that Cardinal Pell continues to try to weasel out of any responsibility, or to do anything. If the man had a shred of Christian compassion he would personally take apart every church building in Australia stone by stone until all the evidence had been uncovered and all the guilty were in jail.

Instead of which he continues to spread the lie that the problem stemmed for gay priests who infiltrated the church in the 1960’s: he insists that the Catholic church does not have a unique problem.

The Pope has been spinning the same lie, and indeed there is evidence that the church will use that argument to shore up it’s demand to continue to be exempt from anti-discrimination law. That must not be allowed to happen.

That’s all I have time for today – after all, I am technically on holiday. Please keep up the pressure for a wide-ranging Royal Commission into the church. Other organisations have also had their problems with the cancer of child abuse, but the principal tumour on Australian society and indeed the world is the Roman Catholic Church.

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Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. And now he's been nominated for LGBTI Journalist of the Year 2017, which is great news, as he hasn't won any of these things for years! If you want to nominate him too - the more the merrier - you can do it here http://www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au/public-nominations.html"Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)