Friday 17 November 2017

Australia's inquiry into Catholic Church child abuse has echoes of the past from closer to home

Activists protest against sexual abuse in the Australian Catholic Church outside St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, in 2008 Photo: Getty
Activists protest against sexual abuse in the Australian Catholic Church outside St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, in 2008 Photo: Getty

Annette Blackwell

While Ireland slept this week, on the other side of the world people were hearing the full extent of child sexual abuse by priests, brothers and nuns in the Australian Catholic Church.

The figures were damning, with 7pc of priests, and more than 20pc of Christian Brothers and members of other religious orders having preyed on children over six decades.

The grim stats were released at a public hearing in Sydney by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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