A Sydney bishop minces no words.
Big news in today’s (or, technically, tomorrow’s) the Age of Melbourne :
THE Catholic Church is still not serious about confronting
sexual abuse, only “managing” it, according to the Sydney bishop
who headed Australian efforts to tackle abuse.
Bishop Robinson, 70, who was abused as a child, headed the
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference professional standards
committee for a decade until he retired because he was so
disillusioned in 2004.
He said the response of the church, especially the Vatican, to
the sexual abuse crisis did not go deep enough. “The most profound
factor about sex is that the church has had a morality for 2000
years based on offences against God and I find that quite
inadequate. I ask if we should move to a morality based on
relationships, on good and harm to people.”
Bishop Robinson said the Catholic Church centralised too much
power in the hands of the Pope. “The entire responsibility of the
church throughout the world to something as big as sexual abuse
depended too much on the response of one person.”
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