Why ‘cover-up culture’ serves church poorly

Sunshine Coast Daily

Bill Hoffman | 29th Jul 2016

REQUIREMENTS for celibacy and the exclusion of women from the priesthood were areas the Catholic Church could consider as it grapples with issues of child sexual abuse.

Former Dean of the North Coast Parish of the Catholic Church, John Dobson, speaking in the wake of the latest allegations levelled again Cardinal George Pell, said psychologists dealing with offending priests have raised issue with the benefits of enforced celibacy.

Father Dobson said once people were set up as direct representatives of God it opened a lot of doors to odd places.

And he said only fools would argue women lacked the gifts and abilities to make them suitable for priesthood.

Father Dobson said problems in the church were more about institutional culture rather than individual evil.

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