Unholy Trinity: The Hunt for the Paedophile Priest Monsignor John Day by Denis Ryan and Peter Hoysted

Reviewed by
September 2013, no. 354
Gross collusion

Unholy Trinity: The Hunt for the Paedophile Priest Monsignor John Day

by Denis Ryan and Peter Hoysted

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 270 pp, 9781743314029

Unholy Trinity: The Hunt for the Paedophile Priest Monsignor John Day by Denis Ryan and Peter Hoysted

Reviewed by
September 2013, no. 354

Many people have heard of Gerald Ridsdale, defrocked Catholic priest of the diocese of Ballarat and a notorious convicted paedophile. But comparatively few people have heard of Ridsdale’s contemporary John Day. A priest in the same diocese, he too preyed upon many hundreds of children who came under his pastoral care. Ridsdale, who for a time served as Day’s curate in Sacred Heart parish, Mildura, is in prison; Day, however, officially remained a priest in good standing until his death in 1978 at the age of seventy-four. He was only temporarily removed from active ministry and never faced court for his crimes. This was not because they were never investigated, but because church and state colluded to suppress public knowledge of them.

Gross collusion

Unholy Trinity: The Hunt for the Paedophile Priest Monsignor John Day

by Denis Ryan and Peter Hoysted

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 270 pp, 9781743314029

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