Bring sex abuse ‘wall of silence’ down

Courier Mail

August 31, 201210:08AM

PROSECUTING individual priests won’t uncover enough information about child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, NSW MP David Shoebridge says.

The Greens’ justice spokesman has renewed his calls for a royal commission into sexual abuse in the church after an elderly Catholic priest was on Thursday charged with committing and covering up child sex offences near Newcastle in the 1970s and 80s.

The charges include one count of failing to report the sexual abuse by another priest on a child at a school where he was principal in 1978.

The priest also faces 10 sexual assault offences at a church in Waratah in 1984 and 1985.

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