Money at the heart of church response to child abuse saga

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Saturday, 30 August 2014 13:26 Written by Tony Webber

During his testimony to the royal commission into child sexual abuse Cardinal George Pell compared the church’s situation to that of a trucking company.

In an analogy so clunky that if it was a truck it would be unroadworthy, Pell said the actions of a sex offending truck driver could not be held against the company who employed him/her.

But of course a trucking company would report its errant driver to the police. For decades the church did not.

The trucking company would not relocate the driver to another route in the full knowledge of his/her crimes and therefore the awareness that not only would he/she continue to rape children, but that being an unknown would expose him/her to the children of unsuspecting families whose suspicions had not already been raised.

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