Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report

By Scott Neuman, December 15, 2017, NPR

In a far-reaching report on child sex abuse in Australia, a government commission is recommending that the country's Catholic Church lift its celibacy requirement for diocesan clergy and be required to report evidence of abuse revealed in confession.

Those are among the 400 recommendations contained in the 17-volume final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which is wrapping up a five-year investigation – the longest in Australia's history.

"We have concluded that there were catastrophic failures of leadership of Catholic Church authorities over many decades," the report said.

The Australian reports: "More than 15,000 people contacted the commission to share their experiences of abuse, more than . . .

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2017-12-15 14:39:09 -0600
    The Roman Catholic Church (not simply the Catholic church) needs to be singled out because it is number one source of institutionalized sexual abuse of children. Secondly, this ‘church’ has secrecy laws that coverup sexual abuse and protect the perpetrators. Unless this is changed nothing willchange.

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