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Convicted paedophile Vincent Ryan confessed to a priest — then he continued abusing children

Mar 20, 2020

By Sarah Ferguson

Vincent Ryan is a Catholic priest and a paedophile, convicted of sexually abusing more than 30 children. In Australia’s first television interview with a convicted clerical sex abuser, Ryan said there was no reason why he should not remain a priest.

“It’s a duty. I’ve committed myself to it,” he said. “It’d have to be a very serious reason, unless I’m stopped by authority, for me to make that decision and at this moment I don’t see it.”

In the ABC’s Revelation series, filmed on the eve of Ryan’s 2019 criminal trial, the paedophile priest is seen performing mass in his home, wearing holy vestments and blessing the communion wine and bread.

Following his fourth conviction in March 2019 on charges of sexually abusing two boys in the Newcastle region in the 1970s and 1980s, Ryan, 81, is currently serving a prison sentence in NSW of three years and three months.

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One comment on “Convicted paedophile Vincent Ryan confessed to a priest — then he continued abusing children”

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    Cairsley says:

    … In Australia’s first television interview with a convicted clerical sex abuser, Ryan said there was no reason why he should not remain a priest.
    “It’s a duty. I’ve committed myself to it,” he said. “It’d have to be a very serious reason, unless I’m stopped by authority, for me to make that decision and at this moment I don’t see it.”

    A fine example of how religion warps or poisons the human conscience.


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