Continue covering up child abuse, Australian bishops say

This 15 December 2017 video says about itself:

Australia: Child abuse report criticises Catholic church

A five-year inquiry into the sexual abuse of children in Australia has called for sweeping changes to be made.

These included recommending an end to mandatory celibacy in the Catholic Church.

The Australian Royal Commission estimates tens of thousands of children have been abused in Australian institutions over the last 90 years.

Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Australian bishops against mandatory reporting of abuse

The Roman Catholic Church in Australia is against the plan of some states to make it mandatory to report abuse by clergy. The bishops’ conference ACBC disagrees with the recommendation of a committee of inquiry …

The inquiry committee examined the sexual abuse within Australian churches and other institutions for five years. The survey showed that tens of thousands of children in Australia have been abused in recent decades and that the authorities have failed seriously in preventing the abuse.

The inquiry was completed last year. The committee made a series of recommendations, one of which was mandatory reporting of abuse. Since then, two of the eight Australian states and territories have introduced laws that penalize the covering up of information by priests. Archbishop Philip Wilson was convicted last month of covering up abuse in the 1970s.

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