Priest tells abuse inquiry that church needs to change
GEELONG parish priest Fr Kevin Dillon has told a parliamentary inquiry into institutional abuse the Catholic Church needs to lose its arrogance dealing with victims.
Fr Dillon said at a hearing in Geelong today the church had focused on denial and protection of material assets rather than protection of human assets.
"The church expands its mission without looking at something which is fundamentally tearing at its heart," Fr Dillon said.
He said processes for dealing with victims had lost credibility and were beyond repair and the church's response to victims had been inadequate.
Fr Dillon's testimo...
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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