Gozo Bishop slams delay in Church abuse probe
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 07:27
It is “unacceptable” for the Church to take eight years to investigate allegations of priestly abuse, Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said.
He said that all cases of abuse should be referred to the police, when asked for his reaction to the inconclusive investigation by the Church’s Response Team into a woman’s allegation of abuse by Dominican friar Fr Charles Fenech.
The woman had reported the case to the Response Team in 2006 but the investigation was never concluded.
Response Team head Judge Victor Caruana Colombo did not respond to questions when asked about the delay yesterday.
Subsequently, the woman also reported the matter to the police and charges were filed ...
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Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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