Australia forms commission to investigate church sex abuse

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a national inquiry into the Catholic church’s responses to child sex abuse after a series of scandals involving paedophile priests.

Gillard made the announcement on Monday in the wake of claims by a senior policeman that a Catholic Church in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales destroyed evidence and silenced investigations.

“There have been too many revelations of adults who have averted their eyes from this evil,” Gillard said. “I believe in these circumstances that it is appropriate for there to be a national response through a royal commission…”

Gillard had been under growing pressure to establish a national inquiry after the recent allegations but she said the probe would be broader than just the Catholic Church.

This is not a royal commission targeting any one church,” Gillard said…

In early November, a senior police investigator…alleged that the church had covered up sexual abuse of children in the Hunter Valley, just north of Sydney, to protect paedophiles and its own reputation.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox said it was his experience that the church not just covered up, but silenced victims, hindered police, alerted offenders, destroyed evidence and moved priests to protect the church…

Gillard said the more recent allegations were heartbreaking.

“These are insidious, evil acts to which no child should be subject,” she told reporters in Canberra.

Gillard said she did not yet know how far back the commission would investigate. She commended victims for speaking out.

Overdue. Long justified. Something you cannot count on churches to do on their own.

But, then, self-policing usually concerns itself more with “self” than “policing”.

8 thoughts on “Australia forms commission to investigate church sex abuse

  1. exult49 says:

    I deeply share Martin Wilson words: “The sooner religions (especially the monotheistic ones) are consigned to hstory the better for all of us ……” Yes I agree ignorance makes a big difference and this is the main reason why we still are enduring their ill-omened effects. Not to forget their robberies ……..

  2. exult49 says:

    Reblogged this on Exult49's Blog and commented:
    E secondo voi questi crimini ,oltre alle ruberie comuni, perpetrate dai vari rappresentanti di questa congrega sono compiuti a tittolo individuale? Non esiste un disegno, un comportamento sociocriminogeno parte integrante di questa struttura piramidale? Difficile crederlo! Dall’Europa agli USA , passando per l’America Latina e l’Oceania il Vaticano stà sprofondando in centinaia di accuse e cause il cui costo é oggi difficile da quantificare, ma il cui esito é evidente, la non credibilità della difesa che condurrà alla sua inesorabile disparizione.

  3. exult49 says:

    Hi Ed , before re-blogging your post on sex abuses in Australia , I wrote a post on the new legal lobbist escroc system the vatican found to continue not to pay any taxation to the italian State in spite of the budget problems we are experiencing as community.
    Read the number and different activities owned by this “spiritual gigantic economic zaibatsu”.
    I tried to report all the properties owned by this State in the State …..This should be a “laity bible” for all of those who consider religions Opium!

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