A paralysis extending from the Melbourne archbishop led to the Catholic Church failing to recognise the pedophiles in its midst, the current archbishop says.
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart lays the blame firmly on former archbishop Frank Little but not on his immediate predecessor Cardinal George Pell.
‘What is now apparent to me is that there was knowledge and a failure to act,’ Archbishop Hart told the child abuse royal commission.
‘I have just been totally appalled by the extent and the depravity of the offenders and the suffering and ruination of lives of the survivors.’
Archbishop Hart said a paralysis in the office of the archbishop was partly to blame.
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