How a victim (with police help) brought this priest to justice

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 7 March 2014)

From 1964 to 1994, Father Richard Cattell was a Catholic priest in parishes around Sydney. A boy who was sexually abused by Cattell in 1973 eventually told  police (twenty years later) about the abuse. This resulted in Cattell being jailed in 1994 after pleading guilty. This 1994 court case, researched by Broken Rites, demonstrates that church victims should report sexual crimes to the civil authorities, not to the offending organisation (the church).

  • To see a comprehensive article by Broken Rites about Richard Cattell's convictions in 1994 and 2015, click HERE.