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Linda Marie: you might find the 1985 timeframe to be irrelevant when a royal commission starts. Such an inquisition has the full authority of the state. It's powers are likely to be far-reaching. Also, the claim that no one has done more for kids, and that other organizations were involved in no way excuse the church in this matter. Is it any wonder that the pews are emptying out in this part of the world. This is complete and utter sinfulness--immorality condoned quietly by the church of Jesus. It is the most disgraceful behaviour by (so-called) men in authority, and represents a complete breach of trust.
The octogenarian Pope, and his predecessor, did virtually nothing to address this. Yet they'll both be declared saints, no doubt.
The Royal Commission will be looking at more than the Church, but the media reserves its vilification for priests and the Church, even down to misrepresenting Church teaching to condemn Her. They give Anglican clergy who abuse less of a hard time. As the previously quoted article said, the abuse was endemic in the entire child welfare system no matter who ran it. Everyone, Anglicans, government employees included , covered it up and enabled it to continue, yet only the Church is raked over the coals.
I did not say "no one has done more for kids." I said the Church is addressing the problem and is taking steps to prevent it occurring any more. Raking up more 30 year old cases is not going to make the Church any more aware, or more determined to eradicate the abuse.
All it does is make it seem like the Church is doing nothing and is still covering up and enabling child abuse. The other misrepresentation is that priests were abusing small children when the problem in the Church has been mostly ephebophilia, abuse of teenagers.
Consider that schools today assume that teenagers will be having sex, and not only do not condemn it, but enable them to have so-called 'safe sex'. What is condemned for priests, is celebrated by schools. It should be condemned for both. I submit that ephebophiles have taken over and are running schools' sex education programs. By far, children are much more likely to be abused by a teacher than by a priest. And that is today, not 30 years ago.
This should not be about 'getting' the priests and 'sticking it' to the Church but about protecting our children.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces royal commission into child sexual abuse
Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston welcomed the announcement of a wide-ranging powerful inquiry into institutional responses to allegations of child abuse.
She says the issues are endemic, and sweeping powers are critical if the inquiry is to succeed.
"The Royal Commission needs to include not only the churches," Ms Johnston told AAP.
"It needs to include family and other courts, government organisations and other institutions, anybody who who has a duty of care."
Royal commission to consider confessional seal
The royal commission into child sex abuse is likely to consider whether Catholic priests should be forced to tell police about crimes against children told to them in the confessional.
There are growing calls for priests to be subject to the same mandatory reporting rules that other professions are, despite church rules that the confessional should remain secret.
Expert: 'Priests believe child abuse forgivable'
SOME priests think pedophilia does not "break celibacy" and that sins can be confessed away, one of the nation's top child protection experts says.
Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs, who has just published a seminal text on child protection, says sexual abuse by a priest is “the most damaging of all" for children and that the Catholic Church is guilty of forgiving priests instead of punishing them.
UniSA Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw, an adjunct professor in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, says <...>, “It's the patriarchal nature of the system. They don't have women priests, I think they really think they're a cut above, that they're beyond the state."
yes, the old 'Catholics believe they can continue to sin, because they have Confession' accusation.