Hunter abuse inquiry is damning of Catholic Church while critical of the police whistleblower

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Special Commission of Inquiry into criminal child abuse by two priests in the Hunter region has found the Catholic Church failed for 40 years to inform police of known paedophile priests, failed to fully co-operate with police investigations and misled investigating police.

Predictably, given the extent of the institutional attacks on key police whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Fox, the Inquiry was also critical of aspects of his evidence.

Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The inquiry’s findings against the Catholic Church are damning.

“The 40 years during which the Church failed to inform police of a known paedophile priest undoubtedly resulted in many more children being sexually abused and damaged forever.

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