YspeopleExplore tab

Vale Anthony Foster




About DJC

The older I get, the less I know and the more inquisitive I get.

Unfortunately, despite a lifelong search, most of the answers elude me. That said, I love to ask the questions and fuel the debates that will ultimately lead us all to a better understanding of the big issues in life, the universe and everything.

They say that we spend 98% of our lives in our head. I for one would like to use that time as effectively as possible.


Child-sex abuse victim advocate Anthony Foster will never see justice done, but for the sake of his daughters and wife, Chrissie, let's hope it happens.

I never met Anthony Foster. My only with the advocate for child-sex abuse victims was via the news.

Child-sex abuse advocate Anthony Foster will be buried in a state funeral.

Child-sex abuse advocate Anthony Foster will be buried in a state funeral. Picture: YouTube

Mr Foster, 64, died in Melbourne on Friday after a fall and I would have been glad to have known him.

Anthony Foster was an inspirational man. He and his equally brave wife, Chrissie, whose family was broken at the behest of the Catholic Church, played a significant role in the establishment of the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

He dedicated his life to seeking justice for child sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church after two of his daughters were repeatedly raped by a priest in the 1980s.

In a battle over two decades to hold the Catholic Church accountable for crimes against children, the Fosters told their heartbreaking story of their family's treatment at the hands of the church to the royal commission. They have also actively supported others affected by child abuse.

Anthony Foster was, and Chrissie is, a hero.

The couple's daughters, Emma and Katie, were raped by Melbourne paedophile priest Father Kevin O'Donnell when they were in primary school. Anthony and Chrissie lost Emma to suicide and have spent the last few years caring for Katie after she was injured in a road crash.

Anthony, Chrissie and their two daughters were victims of the Catholic Church.

Anthony, Chrissie and their daughters were victims of Cardinal George Pell.

Anthony Foster: Extended interview


Anthony and Chrissie were warriors in letting the world know what was going on in the Catholic Church, drawing attention to the role of George Pell in preventing and/or limiting payouts to victims, and helping the victims have their voices heard.

I cannot imagine how painful this all must have been for this brave man.

I can only hope that Chrissie has the support she needs to find happiness in the future

Alas, the likelihood that this evil church, or evil cardinal, will ever get what they are due seems very low indeed.

The world needs less child abuse and more men like Anthony Foster.

Banner 2
| Your rating
No ratings yet


Related stories

His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The power of the null hypothesis

I am a big subscriber to the null hypothesis, a scientific term suggesting there is no evidence available to you that enables...

Expand
Over 1 year ago
(Headlines)
Why is the Church obsessed with sex? Picture: Shutterstock.

The plebiscite and the Christian obsession with sex

Why does this most natural of human pursuits cause so much division?

LGBTI Politics Marriage Equality Australia
Expand
Over 1 year ago
(Headlines)
Let's do this! Picture: Shutterstock.

Calling out the Coalition For Marriage for what it is

 

The Coalition For Marriage's action against the gay community this week is no different to an old-fashioned religious witch hunt.

LGBTI Politics Marriage Equality Australia
Expand
Over 1 year ago
(Headlines)
All power to a truthful ABC.

Why One Nation's push against the ABC is wrong

The ABC has a responsibility to report the facts, not a balanced view.

Social Issues Politics Australia
Expand
Over 1 year ago
(Headlines)
What do you think of Australia day? Picture: ABC.

Australia Day: Is January 26 appropriate?

What are your thoughts on an appropriate date to celebrate Australia Day? Here are mine.

Community Social Issues Politics Australia
Expand
Over 1 year ago
(Headlines)
Is prison an ineffective deterrent? Please share your thoughts with us.

Why do we jail offenders?

Retribution is not, and should not, be the primary purpose of imprisonment.

Community Social Issues
Expand
Over 1 year ago
(Headlines)
United, we CAN make a difference to our world.

Together, the over-50s can change the world

 

I am an Australian over the age of 50. I believe together we must stand, or divided we will fall.

Ageing Social Issues Politics Australia
Expand
Over 1 year ago
(Headlines)
Peter Finch in that rousing scene from Network.

I'm as mad as hell. Come yell with me!

It's time to stand up and tell our politicians that we are as mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.

Movies Community Social Issues Politics
Expand
Over 1 year ago
(Headlines)
How can PM Malcolm Turnbull truly understand the average Australian? Picture: iStock.

Does Malcolm Turnbull understand you?

How can anyone truly understand you until they have walked a mile in your shoes?

Social Issues Politics Australia
Expand
Almost 2 years ago
(Headlines)
Wooden, and full of half-truths and tall tales .

Political integrity? Pffft, you've got to be joking!

Don't you just hate politicians who think you are too thick to realise they are just telling you what you want to hear?

Social Issues Politics Australia
Expand
Almost 2 years ago
(Headlines)

Message board

Derek, 10 months ago:
I am great
George, 10 months ago:
What's up Thomas?
George, 10 months ago:
Messages are now updated in real time on other browsers.
Thomas, 10 months ago:
Hello
Thomas, 11 months ago:
Great!
DJC, 11 months ago:
Groovy!
George, 11 months ago:
Message board active from June 2018

Have your say!

Your Great Australians

Trending stories
When it comes to great bloggers you can connect with, this list has you covered.

20 mature bloggers worth following

Looking for Australian...

(Entertainment & Culture) About 2 years ago
They may be hideous, but geez, some toby jugs are valuable.

Is your toby jug worth a fortune?

Did you know that some of...

(Nostalgia) 10 months ago
JB Hi-Fi is on the money when it comes to customer service.

JB Hi-Fi Vs Harvey Norman

When it comes to comparing...

(Money & Business) Over 2 years ago
Sammy's no slouch when it comes to rattling cages.

Connect on hotelnepal ... and make new friends

This blogger may be shy,...

(Pastimes) About 2 years ago
Have we been sold a lemon with the NBN? And what should we do about it? Picture: Shutterstock.

What should we do about the NBN?

The NBN is now being called...

(Money & Business) Over 1 year ago
Weekly Poll
Photographic memories
Hizgg0vzzqvwc9xicknk
It's 35 years since the Ash Wednesday bushfires in South Australia and Victoria claimed 75 lives and more than 2500 buildings.