Senior priest welcomes Vatican inquiry into the cover-up of abuse


A senior Victorian priest has welcomed a new inquiry into the cover-up of abuse by priests, approved by the Vatican last night.

Pope Francis has approved a Vatican department to hear accusations of bishops covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of minors.

Father Kevin Dillon of St Mary’s Church has told Neil Mitchell that current methods of holding priests to account are inadequate.

“I think anything that moves towards greater accountability within the Church is very welcome,” Fr. Dillon said on 3AW on Thursday.

“There aren’t enough structures built in whereby the people that we serve are able to let their voice be heard and pull us up where we need to be.”

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