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Friday, February 21, 2014

Vatican still shows 'no regard for risk of children'

"The decree,  by Cardinal Levada of the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and issued after a process overseen by Cardinal George Pell, showed: 

"Canon Law comes from the point of protecting the ‘good name’ of the priest, with absolutely no regard for assessing the risk to children,’’ 

Ms Keevers [of the Royal Commission] said.


Decree shows Church’s face

Newcastle Herald

By JOANNE McCARTHY Feb. 21, 2014
A RECENT Vatican decree that used character assassination of alleged victims to dismiss a case against a former Hunter Catholic priest proved the Church’s attitude to child sexual abuse had not changed, a child protection officer said.
‘‘This is a very significant document and a key document for the Royal Commission [into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse]. I think there’s no better example available to demonstrate the modern Church can’t deal with these matters fairly.
‘‘They use evidence and twist it to say [the priest] is innocent, when it could just as easily be seen as evidence of his guilt,’’ Ms Keevers said."

"The claims we hear that the Church has got it right are completely negated by this document, and it goes beyond Australia. 

‘‘It actually made me sick when I read it because I did hope things had changed. It made me see the Church hadn’t moved from the 19th century.’’
Curiouser and curiouser. 

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