Bishops told us abuse was in the past -- one of so many untruths
Published 14/07/2011 | 05:00
WHEN the Ferns Report was published in 2005, Catholic bishops declared that the cover-up of allegations of child sexual abuse was a thing of the past.
They pointed to the various church guidelines, starting with 'Child Sexual Abuse: Framework For A Church Response', which was published in 1996. The bishops insisted that where it was known or suspected that abuse of a child had taken place, the matter would be reported to civil authorities. They said the same when the Ryan and Murphy Reports were published in 2009.
Abuse was all in the past, they claimed, pointing to their guidelines. Now, of course, we know that it wasn't in the past at all.