Catholic Church hires security after protesters vented over clerical sexual abuse

Courier Mail

Stephen Drill
From:Herald Sun
November 27, 2012

A SECURITY guard who patrolled St Patrick’s Cathedral during weekend masses kicked out people protesting against clerical sexual abuse.

The security presence comes as the Catholic Church continues to deal with the fallout from the announcement of a royal commission and a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse.

Victims’ rights groups say the security tactic showed the church was putting the protection of property before the rights of the abused.

But the Archdiocese of Melbourne, which oversees St Patrick’s, said the security guard was employed to make sure masses were not disrupted.

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