A prominent Australian lawyer, Dennis "Pugsly" Adams QC has launched a major legal action against the Catholic Church in Australia claiming discrimination because he was not molested by either priests, brothers or lay teaching staff during his twelve years at various Catholic schools.
"This was blatant discrimination," Mr Adams said. "Quite clearly, every functionary of the Catholic Church school system considered me unworthy of being molested and the bottom line is that they considered me just too ugly and repellent."
"This has had a devastating effect on me as any reasonable person would agree. I can well remember lying awake in the dorm at night feeling inadequate and unloved while listening to other boys whimpering and crying."
"I have not been able to hold my head high at school reunions where the other Old Boys have had such a bonding commonality of interest. I have been made to feel excluded."
"The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for."
A spokesman for the Church today flatly denied Mr Adams' claim citing a statement by a priest that he had repeatedly abused Adams from the age of 6 to 11 immediately prior to his posting to a parish in the Maldives.
"This claim by Mr Adams is just cheap opportunism," the spokesman said.