“It would have been no different if he had taken a gun and shot him, it just took longer.”
A horribly familiar and genuinely frightening story broadcast this evening in Australia of child sexual abuse and the Catholic Church in Ballarat, Victoria.
The abuse involved “many children, committed over several years” and is believed to have lead to 40 suicides in the state
But “the most alarming revelation is the fact that the Church turned a blind eye to [one of the] the priest’s crimes…despite clear evidence of abuse, the Church allowed him to move from parish to parish, apparently without alerting the police.”
The programme reveals that “even now the Church will not admit the full extent of what it knew.”
Thanks Mark Geary