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