Australian Roman Catholic Church admits child sex abuse

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The Roman Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria has confirmed that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by its priests since the 1930s.


The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, described the figures as “horrific and shameful”.

They were released in a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into the handling of abuse cases.

Campaigners say the true number of abuse victims could be up to 10,000.

In its submission, the church said the 620 cases went back 80 years with the majority taking place between the 1960s and the 1980s.

It says it is still investigating a further 45 cases.

In a statement, Archbishop Hart said it was important to be open “about the horrific abuse that has occurred in Victoria and elsewhere”.

Watch a report on Australia’s cases here (Thanks to msloane for the link)

Written By: BBC News
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14 COMMENTS

  1.  I understand Australian victims have been claiming  for decades that they were abused.  It takes the cathlicks a long time to get their heads around things doesn’t it especially when they ‘ve been caught with their trousers down.  400 years in the case of Galileo. 

    Two of the essential mechanisms of susceptiblity to religious belief  must be the the capacity to lie and the incapacity to detect deception (even if the deception is as obvious as a poke in the eye).

  2. In its submission, the church said the 620 cases went back 80 years with
    the majority taking place between the 1960s and the 1980s.

    If the ‘faithful’ were serious about their shock and anger then it would have been cleared up decades ago!
    The ‘faithful’ are kiddy fiddler enablers…simple like so!
    They are happy and content to pretend it was always somewhere else never in their diocese and never their holy fader!…

    Thing is it is absolutely everywhere a Roman Catholic crow waltzes.

    They should be so very deeply ashamed of themselves…but so incapable of empathy or even responsibility they will no doubt pretend it was a few rogue homosexuals who waged a holy war against jebus.

    Bunch of perverted retarded cretins every single one of them, from priest to Pope and that specifically includes the silent fans of balderdash pretending holier then thou every Sunday at confession, that enable paedophilia  willingly.

  3. There’s something I don’t understand about all this (I’m not being funny, I really don’t understand)…how is the church not being shut down, or severely fined, or….something?  I think of the Sandusky situation in the States, where he’s locked up for years and years, and Penn State is heavily fined  (which I didn’t understand either considering all that did was punish the players, students, and fans)…….why isn’t the Catholic Church in trouble with the various governments where these crimes are being committed?  And isn’t there / shouldn’t there be some international organization that investigates and punishes this sort of thing?

  4. Triton, what’s not to understand, the whole organisation was guilty of covering up, just like the catholics. That the students, fans and players lose out is Sandusky and the Universities fault, are you seriously blaming the state for punishing the offenders? 

    Who would want to play for, watch or support them anyway? I won’t play for the catholics either, my morals are too high.

  5.  .why isn’t the Catholic Church in trouble with the various governments where these crimes are being committed?  

    The RCC has political influence with these governments. 

     And isn’t there / shouldn’t there be some international organization that investigates and punishes this sort of thing?

    The RCC also has extensive influence with international organisations like the UN.  It has observer status at the UN and other international bodies.  Have a look at 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H

    I don’t know about your country but mine still maintains diplomatic relations with the Holy See. 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F

    It’s outrageous.

    Michael

  6. I was quite surprised by this remark as well. This number is based on what?
     
    The problem with a lot of the child abuse cases is the lack of scientific information. A lot is guessed and for some reason the campaigners feel the need to exaggerate the numbers.
     
    AS IF THIS ISN’T BAD ENOUGH!!!
     
    No children are helped by over screaming this issue. Stick with what is known and don’t give child abusers a case, so they can point out obvious flaws in the information which they (or in this case the Church) can exploit.

  7.  Punishing the offenders?  How were they punished exactly?  Do you honestly think that the majority of the organization cares about the punishment doled out by the NCAA??  You really think they care about their wins being stripped, etc?  The people who care about that are the players, the students and the fans….they are the ones who got punished, and they had zero involvement in what happened.

    Regarding who would want to play for and support them, that’s just a ridiculous comment that isn’t worth addressing.

  8. As usual this follows a sad and predictable routine, firstly deny it happened for years then admit it only after evidence becomes overwhelming and then admit to as few cases as you think you can get away with and also keep an eye out for the extent of the local churches cover ups of offenders which only magnify and prolong the problem.

  9. I howled with laughter at a CBC radio news story about the Boy Scouts “perversion files”.  They  read a confession by a scout leader who said he was no longer going to contest the charges.  He was going to hand in his Boy Scout registration.  Besides, he had been doing some soul searching, and had decided to go back to being a priest in the Catholic Church (where presumably there would be less heat and more opportunity).

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