‘The Church is dragging its heels on child safety’

Irish Independent

Sarah MacDonald
Published 31/07/2014

The Catholic Church’s revision of penalties and procedures for dealing with clerical sexual abusers is taking far too long, the former head of the national board for safeguarding children has warned.

Ian Elliott described himself as “shocked” that the revision of canon law’s abuse penalties has been going on since 2008 and there is still no sign of it nearing completion.

In his blog, ‘Keeping it Simple‘, the safeguarding consultant said “some matters require speedier responses”.

He said that a picture is being presented by the Catholic Church that all that can be done to address the problem of clerical abuse is being done.

But he said the credibility of this was thrown into doubt by the six years the revision by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has taken so far. No date has been given for its completion.

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