Church abused more than 100 children

ABC News

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Topics:sexual-offences, community-and-society, child-abuse, human-interest, law-crime-and-justice, religious-leaders, ballarat-3350, australia


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: A Catholic Church order has told the Victorian Parliament inquiry into the abuse of children by organisations that at one stage up to 25 per cent of its members were accused of sexual abuse

The inquiry heard from the St. John of God Brothers, the Salesians and the Diocese of Ballarat.

Both the Bishop of Ballarat and his predecessor admitted that the decision to allow a known abuser to continue to have access to children had tragic consequences

Hamish Fitzsimmons reports.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS, REPORTER: Many victims and their supporters saw today as a potential indication of how the Catholic Church will handle the Royal Commission into sexual abuse.

The St. John of God Brothers told the inquiry that of the 60 members who’d served in Victoria since the 1950s, 15 had been accused of abusing those in their care.

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