Time for Bishops to step back

ABC – Lateline

[with video]

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 28/11/2012

Reporter: Philippa McDonald

The most senior woman in the Catholic Church in Australia has said it is time to let lay experts handle the Church’s response to the royal commission on sexual abuse.

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The senior ranks of the Catholic Church look set to take a back seat role at the royal commission into sexual abuse.

The Church’s most senior woman has told the ABC that the bishops will no longer lead the Church’s response to the royal commission because they’re too close to the problem.

Sister Annette Cunliffe says they will step aside to allow lay experts to speak for the Church.

Today Sister Annette joined senior clergy from around the country meeting behind closed doors in Sydney to formulate how the Church will confront the growing crisis.

Philippa McDonald reports.

PHILIPPA MCDONALD, REPORTER: This is the woman on the inside of the most exclusive club in Australia’s Catholic Church.

There are 42 bishops and archbishops at the table. How many women are there inside that meeting?

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.