David Quinn: Staggering that church still not fully helping in child protection
Published 13/05/2011 | 05:00
The latest annual report from the church's National Board for Safeguarding Children was published this week. Two facts from it stand out.
The first is that the "vast majority" of new allegations received by the board in the last 12 months are "historic in nature", as the press release puts it, meaning the alleged incidents didn't happen recently.
The second is that the bishops and the religious congregations are still not co-operating with the board as fully as they should be, which is simply staggering. Maybe it's because the media is distracted by the economy these days, meaning church authorities aren't under pressure to fully co-operate with the board.