Church Rules out Investigating Paedophile Activity

ABC [Australia]
February 28, 2006

The Catholic Church has refused to launch an investigation into paedophile activity on the north-west coast of Tasmania.

Child protection advocates made the request after a 70-year-old priest and teacher, Roger Michael Bellemore, was convicted of assaulting four boys at Burnie's Marist College in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Archbishop of Hobart, Adrian Doyle, says investigating criminal activity is a matter for police.

"I think they've got the experience and they've got the expertise to carry out these investigations," he said.

"I think it would be totally inappropriate for the Catholic Church or any other organisation to investigate criminal matters that really should be dealt with by police."


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