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Summary of the main findings of the Australian Report on Clerical Sexual abuse

These are the main findings of the report, (see previous posting), as compiled by the Centre which sponsored the work.  To put it mildly, it is fairly dramatic; it delves into the underlying causes of clerical sexual abuse in a way that the various Irish reports seriously failed to do. (The only exception to this is Marie Keenan’s study.)

Its authors, Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson, are both ordained priests who resigned from church ministry in the 1970s.

Best summary I have read on the underlying issues of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

University report lifts the lid on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

Sep 23, 2017

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Ribbons hang on the fence outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ballarat, Australia, July 23. The gesture is to remember victims of Catholic Church abuse. (CNS/Reuters/Byron Kaye)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — The most comprehensive report ever published on the systemic reasons behind child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has recently been released.

Pity for Cardinal Muller!

A recent communication from my good friend in Australia, Paul Collins, contained the following:

“No doubt you are horrified at the terrible, shocking, appalling, unjust,
lack-of-due-process-way His Germanic Eminence Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller
has been treated by that appalling pope fellow. No process! No consultation!
No mercy! Not even re-appointed! Dear-oh-dear! How can this be? Especially
in light of how compassionate, merciful and committed to a just process the
CDF under the said cardinal and his predecessors has been.

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