Part 2 of our exclusive series unveiling the close ties between the child protection charity Bravehearts and the institutions that for decades sexually abused children, concealed the crimes of the perpetrators, vilified victims and actively sought to deny them the right of redress.
A man named Karl Morris is the Deputy Patron of Bravehearts, the organisation that receives more than $5 million funding from the Child Abuse Royal Commission to provide counselling and support to victims of institutional sexual abuse by pedophiles, and to advocate on the victims behalf.
Mr Morris was for many years previously the Chairman of the Bravehearts board.
Morris a board member of the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, and a board member of the Sydney Catholic Development Fund, the Sydney Archdiocesan Investment and Finance Committees, and the Brisbane Archdiocesan Investment Committee. These funds and committees are responsible for the management of the Catholic Church finances – including the funds utilised to pay reparation to sex abuse victims – and have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the church’s consolidated assets during the past decade.
Morris (far left) with fellow member of the foundation. The portly, shiny red-faced, bespectacled buffoon to his immediate left is lobbyist Damian Power – familiar to readers of this site as The Branch Stacker, an virulent critic of homosexuality and dedicated anti-same sex marriage activist
Karl Morris is presently a Governor of the NSW and Western Australian Catholic University of Notre Dame, a church owned and operated tertiary institution that was created under the Apostolic Constitution of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul the Second. Pope John Paul II has been the subject of world-wide criticism for his failure to acknowledge or address child sexual abuse by priests and church laity during his 27 year reign as head of the church.
For many years of Morris’s governorship the disgraced former Catholic Archbishop George Pell was the titular head of the Notre Dame University.
Morris is a close friend and strident supporter of George Pell, a central figure in the Royal Commission’s investigations into the cover up of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and, on the evidence presented to the Commission, a man almost certainly involved in protecting pedophile priests and concealing their crimes. The architect of the widely condemned Melbourne Response to allegations of child sexual abuse, Pell is himself presently under investigation by Victorian Police for suspected child sex abuse offences he committed in the 1980’s.
When visiting Brisbane Pell has dined at Morris’s house, and is believed to have stayed overnight in the Morris family home on more than one occasion.
Australian Financial Review: 17 November 2012 – http://www.afr.com/news/politics/inquiry-risks-a-return-to-sectarianism-20121116-jij39
Morris is also a close associate and friend of Geoffrey Jarrett, the Bishop of Lismore, who has been adversely named in the Royal Commission as a protector of paedophile priests. Jarrett has admitted to the Royal Commission that he did not pass on a 2002 complaint in which a woman told him that she has walked in on a priest in the act of sexually abusing a child in the Lismore cathedral in 1959.
Jarrett has also admitted failing to pass on numerous complaints of sexual abuse, claiming that he did not understand the instruction issued to do so by the Vatican because it was written in Latin. It has been confirmed by the Royal Commission that an English translation of the Vatican’s decree was also provided to Jarrett.
In 2012 Morris shared the podium with Jarrett as a speaker at the Catholic John Paul II Leaders Forum. Then Archbishop George Pell was the patron of the event.
In 2012 Karl Morris was invested as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, an ancient and somewhat secretive Catholic order that led the medieval crusades. Its principal mission remains to reinforce the practice of Christian life by its members in absolute fidelity to the Pope; to sustain and assist the religious, spiritual, charitable and social works and rights of the Catholic Church and the Christians in the Holy Land.
Karl Morris at his investiture service upon becoming a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, wearing a black beret and to your right of Archbishop Coleridge, holding the staff
The Child Abuse Royal Commission has to date conducted 57 case studies examining institutional child sexual abuse.
Approximately 40% of these case studies have involved various institutions owned and operated by the Catholic Church.
The authors of this website neither question the genuineness of Mr Morris’ desire to address child abuse within the Catholic Church and without, nor do we claim that Mr Morris is in any way involved in the perpetration or concealment of child sexual abuse; but we do say that a number of people with whom he is closely associated clearly have been.
It is a well known dictum that perception is nine-tenths of reality. Child sexual abuse victims must perceive Bravehearts to be free of influence from the institutions that have violated them, and must feel confidence that assisting them to seek justice is the paramount interest of the organisations that the Royal Commission has funded to assist them in their quest to heal.
Hetty Johnston, Karl Morris and others involved in Bravehearts who will feature in the series published on this website have. knowingly or unknowingly, with our without intent, by their associations with the institutions that abused them broken the trust of many victims, shattered their hopes and dreams, and left them wondering Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
If the guards can not protect us, then who will protect us from the guards?