Sexual Abuse Allegations & Claims of Church Cover-up Triggers Australian Government Inquiry

After a string of sexual abuse accusations against priests and claims of a Catholic Church cover-up, Australia’s primer minister ordered on Nov. 5 a federal inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions and community groups, according to Associated Press. The extent of scandal for the Church appears staggering. Following are just some of the articles covering the crisis that have appeared since the announcement earlier this month (stories generally are listed chronologically beginning with the most recent)  —

Although allegations have been made in the past, Australia now feels the full impact of the Church’s worldwide clergy sexual abuse scandal.

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  1. #1 by robert hughes on November 28, 2012 - 6:47 PM

    U.S should be doing what australian government is doing.

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  2. #2 by Thomas Reilly on November 28, 2012 - 2:11 PM

    Thanks for sharing.

    On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM, “Voice of the Faithful ” wrote:

    > ** > Voice of the Faithful posted: “After a string of sexual abuse > accusations against priests and claims of a Catholic Church > cover-up, Australia’s primer minister ordered on Nov. 5 a federal inquiry > into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions and > community gro”

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  3. #3 by Thomas Reilly on November 28, 2012 - 2:10 PM

    I wonder when the hierarchy will get the message that they would benefit greatly if more lay people were involved in the process of clergy selection, especially in the choice of bishops for dioceses. I’m not convinced that the bishops are doing all that is necessary to open their diocesan records of priests’ problem behavior. I pray for all of our church leaders for wisdom and courage to act properly.

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  4. #4 by Patricia on November 28, 2012 - 2:06 PM

    Sadly, the sexual abuse of children by clergy / church personnel, the ensuing cover up by church officials, and victimization of the families of those abused closely parallel what happened in the US. So much unnecessary pain and such dishonesty inflicted by church offiials at the expense of the most vulnerable in our midst. Let these events remind us to be vigilent for any signs of grooming behavior by predators of children and embolden us to speak up when any suspicious behavior is noticed. We can create and maintain safe environments in our church for out children. It is up to us to insist and monitor.

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