Catholic Priest in Toowoomba Says Sexual Abuse Needs to Stop

By Tracey Ferrier
The Courier-Mail
December 18, 2017

A CATHOLIC priest in Toowoomba has told his congregation the church is a flawed institution, and Australian archbishops must fight for change to stop sexual abuse.

Father Peter Schultz used his homily on Sunday to personally apologise to anyone who'd suffered abuse, which he said was the fault of the church hierarchy.

"We are a flawed institution and we have to own that fact," he told followers at St Thomas More's Church in South Toowoomba, just a few days after the royal commission into institutional abuse handed down its final report.

"I hope and I think there are enough people both within the church and outside to keep calling it to account, keep calling it to act properly."

He also used the service to issue a personal apology, and demand action by church leaders to ensure the horrors of the past could not happen again.

"To any here ... who have suffered abuse by a member of the hierarchy, I personally say sorry," he said, in comments recorded and aired on ABC radio.








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