St Aloysius’ College Principal Hits out at Catholic Church Child Abusers
By Andrea McCullagh
March 10, 2016
|Mark Tannock has made his feelings clear in a newsletter to parents. Picture: David Swift|
THE principal of a Catholic boys’ school has hit out at child abusers and those that covered up for them.
St Aloysius’ College principal Mark Tannock made his feelings clear in a newsletter to parents in light of the Royal Commission.
“The extent of this abuse ... shames the church and all (including me) who love it,” he wrote.
“The criminal deeds of the past deserve to be exposed by the Royal Commission and, if sustained by the burden of proof in a criminal court, the perpetrators should be called to account by the law.”
|Cardinal George Pell in Rome after giving evidence to the Royal Commission. Picture: Ella Pellegrini|
He also said that those within the church who deliberately covered up the crimes should also be called to account for their actions.
The principal explained in his letter that he was also living in Boston at the time the sexual abuse scandal there was first exposed by the Boston Globe, admitting that his reaction at the time was not how he felt about historical cases coming to light.