Archbishop leads war on sex abuse
‘HEALING BISHOP’: Adelaide’s Archbishop Philip Wilson
AN international group of Catholic bishops resolved to rid the Church of sexually abusive priests is committed to making the Catholic Church a model safe environment for children, says Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide.
He has been presiding over a meeting in Rome of 30 English-speaking bishops, religious superiors and Church child protection officers from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Great Britain, Ireland, the US, Canada and Jamaica.
They are committed to acknowledging the problem, making sure “people who do this are stopped, that the laws of the land are fulfilled and that the victims and those associated with them are cared for and looked after”, says the archbishop.
“At the same time,” he said, “it is not enough just to look back at things that have gone wrong, but we must work out a way in which the Church can be a light to others by the way that it takes up the issue of child protection.”
This is the group’s fifth meeting since 1996 when they decided they should meet after sharing, by telephone, experiences and suggestions for dealing with cases of clerical sex abuse.
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