[On a Victoria Police report stating the Catholic Church protected paedophile priests and dissuaded their victims from filing police complaints]
I don't accept the police description of that. We certainly accept wrong decisions were made, but they were made because of a lack of appreciation of the significance of sexual abuse and it impact on people, on victims and their families
That's a very different thing from deliberately moving someone to avoid the situation. And that certainly is something that hasn't been part of the history for a long time.
...There is a clear and consistent and strong encouragement of victims to go to the police. [And] support is provided for them in doing that and ongoing support and counselling is provided during that time.
There is much in the police submission which is seriously misconceived and plainly wrong and which I will correct and refute in my submission.
Father Shane MacKinlay, ABC News 35 Comments
[10/14/2012 3:40:24 AM]
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Submitted By: Felix Wilde