Fantastic, and it goes beyond the church - "It must include all organisations, government and non-government, where there is evidence of sexual abuse"
Yes it's going to be huge and could take years. The one in Ireland went for a decade or so I think.
That's great news, finally the web will be unravelled and victims will get a voice. This is going to tear apart the catholic church.
Good on her !
But isn't the response by the Catholic Church conference of bishops so typical:
"Talk of systemic problems of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is ill-founded and inconsistent with the facts."
Gah they are so predictable. Instead of saying let's co-operate and get to the bottom of this, or let's co-operate and clear the church, no it's all about how it's not true.
I would so love to believe this will result in real change, but sadly it feels like the process will be so frustrated before it starts.
I have no idea how it all works - there's going to be a federal investigation/audit of the church but the still need the church to co-operate/tell the truth.
I suppose what makes me do happy about this is that it sends a very strong message that abuse will not be tolerated and abusers can no longer be protected. No matter how powerful an institution, they are not above it all.
Like a pp said, their constant denial of the problem has probably done more to tarnish their reputation than the claims themselves.
Anyway it will be interesting to see how it progresses.
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