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The Australian

Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse: Media misses real story

AUGUST 28, 2015

While one royal commission has attracted the big headlines, there is another going more quietly about its business.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sex Abuse has barely rated a mention in news items recently until earlier this week when Bishop Geoffrey Robinson gave evidence.

Bishop Robinson was part of a group of senior clerics who developed the Church’s Towards Healing program for victims of clerical child sex abuse. His evidence contained criticisms of Cardinal George Pell and Pope John Paul II.

Naturally these criticisms became the stuff of headlines, the preoccupation with gotcha journalism being what it is but the media continues to miss the very obvious story and it is far more scandalous and far more troubling to contemplate.

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