This shows that, as a profession, the priesthood has lost its direction and has become a real danger to the community.
The untimely death of the star footballer-turned-media personality, from a heroin overdose at the age of 33 in November 1997, seemed unthinkable.After-all, Jacksons career had gone from strength to strength, playing nine Test matches for Australia, representing Queensland in the State Of Origin 17 times, playing for the Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos and North Sydney Bears before embarking on a media career.Wright was arrested, tried by jury and found guilty of one count of rape, one count of indecently dealing with a girl under 14, and four counts of indecently dealing with a girl under 16.His victim had been aged 13 when the abuse, which occurring between 19, first began.No-one wants to talk about these crimes because, for many of us, they are too horrific to believe and the gap from trusted spiritual leader to paedophile is just too difficult for many to traverse. But these cases of child sex abuse, perpetrated by religious leaders, must be faced -- no matter how difficult that may be -- if we, as a society, are to reduce their number or, better yet, eradicate them altogether.
From the research contained in this book, it is clear that a significant number of child sex abuse cases do involve clergy and church officials, though a far greater number of cases occur than are ever reported.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Jacksons widow would eventually settle a case with the exclusive Anglican private school where the alleged sexually abused had taken place.
The undisclosed settlement was believed to be in the vicinity of 0,000 but no amount of money could ever make up for the loss of her husband under such tragic circumstances.
But Jackson was also a troubled man, who sought medical help numerous times to battle drug addiction and manic depression and, during treatment, told doctors about the sexual abuse he experienced in his youth.
There is little doubt that this abuse impacted greatly on Jacksons life and may well have led to his premature death.
However, there are also people involved in religious orders who, for reasons best known to themselves, use their positions of trust to molest and defile the most vulnerable individuals in our society - young children.