Thursday, December 11, 2014

RC Church in Australia Links Celibacy to Abuse; Church Leaders Ignored Clergy Abuse for Years

The Roman Catholic Church in Australia today (December 11, 2014) conceded that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and said clergy should be given "psychosexual" training, the Newsmax World website reports.

In a landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse added that some church institutions and their leaders turned a blind eye to what was going on for years.

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council also said there was often more concern with protecting the institution than the child and criticized a culture "geared to power over others" rather than service.

Under one section it noted: "Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse in some circumstances."

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