7 percent of catholic priests Australia accused of child abuse

7 percent of catholic priests Australia accused of child abuse

7 percent of roman catholic priests in Australia in the past six decades, since 1950, accused of child abuse. This is evident from the data that were collected by an Australian commission of inquiry.

The statistics were Monday presented during a hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, reports AP.

The royal commission, the most important form in which in Australia the national investigation carried out, investigating since 2013 how the Roman Catholic Church and other institutions responded to child sexual abuse images.

Members of the commission discovered in the archives of the Church that between 1980 and 2014 4.444 people reported to have been abused in more than a thousand catholic institutions in the whole of Australia.

The average age of the victims was around the age of 10 in girls and around the age of 11 in boys.


According to Furness worked in both the Vatican and local catholic bischopdommen often not participate in the research. The Vatican refused documents about accused priests to hand over.

“Children were ignored or worse, punished. The allegations have not been investigated. Priests and monks were moved. The parishes or communities where they are being moved knew nothing about their past,” she said. “The documents were not kept or they were destroyed. Confidentiality and doofpotten were rampant,” said the commission.

Monastic orders

By far the most widespread abuse took place in the monastic orders, writes The Guardian. So was called the hospitaller brothers of St. john de Deo 40 percent of the brothers accused of abuse. The Christian Brothers and the Brothers Maristen was respectively 22 and 20 percent. Both orders have schools.


According to Francis Sullivan, the head of the Truth, Gerechtigheids and Genezingsraad by the Roman Catholic Church was founded as a result of the work of the commission of inquiry, is evident from the data is “a huge failure” of the church to protect children.

“These numbers are shocking, they are tragic and they are undefendable,” said a visibly emotional Sullivan against the commission. “As catholics, we need our heads in shame to bow.”

The church has now taken steps to prevent abuse, said Sullivan. So there are new rules for the investigation of allegations and see church officers monitor compliance with the requirements thereof. Also are accusations from the past are examined and if the church is to victims compensations payments.

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