Podcast Show Notes
Mike Ledingham and his younger brother, Chris, gave testimony at a Private Session in May 2020 before Royal Commissioner, Sandra Alofivae.
Private Sessions are one way victim/survivors can report to the Royal Commission and here is a guide to that process:
Mike and his brother also became part of the “Loud Fence” initiative at the June 1, 2019 launch of their book, The Catholic Boys https://www.abuseincare.org.nz/survivors/private-sessions/
This involved tying coloured ribbons to the iron railings of the fence adjacent to the church, an initiative begun in Ballarat, Australia. The ribbons represent support and solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual assault by officials of the Catholic Church and all survivors of faith-based abuse and state abuse.
Astonishingly, these ribbons were repeatedly slashed down causing outrage.
On November 8th 2020, the opposite outcome was achieved at St Patrick’s Cathedral in central Auckland, when the Māori Dean. Father Pa Tipene, dressed in a traditional Māori cloak (korowai), greeted Mike with a traditional hongi (nose to nose touching) and helped tie on the ribbons, some of which came for another Network member, Grant West from Ballarat, These ribbons still remain there and have grown in number
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About The Guest
Mike Ledingham and his brothers, Chris and Gerard, are survivors of the sexual predator, Father Frank Green, when he was diocesan priest at Our Lady of The Assumption, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand in the 1950s.
Mike went on to a career in the New Zealand military being a member of the elite SAS.
He and his brothers published an account of this horror, The Catholic Boys (2019)
and this book was launched on the steps of the same church on June 1 2019
Mike, an important member of The Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions and Their Supporters was the first faith-based person to give public testimony at the New Zealand Royal Commission’s Abuse in Care first Contextual Hearing on November 8, 2020 and his stunning testimony can be viewed here:
Mike continues to advocate fearlessly for justice and redress and demands the Catholic Church accept responsibility for the holocaust of souls it caused and continues to conceal.
About The Host
Murray is an advocate and historian for The Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions and Their Supporters and a founding member of The Reckoning NZ