Legislate to ‘force sex abuse compo’, says Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall
From: The Australian
November 28, 2013
THE head of the Anglican faith in Australia said yesterday his church had failed dozens of children who were sexually abused, and called for federal laws forcing his church to compensate victims of these crimes.
In an extraordinary admission outside the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said senior clerics in one NSW diocese “failed to treat (the church’s) procedures with anything but contempt”.
“I have heard more truth here (at the royal commission) in eight days than I found out in seven years in my dealings with the people in the Diocese of Grafton” Dr Aspinall said.
“The victims say themselves that they felt humiliated and demeaned, that they weren’t treated with dignity.”
Senior clerics were focused on money instead, he added.
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