Catholic Church knew it had abuse ‘time bombs,’ child sex abuse inquiry says / The Guardian

The Catholic church knew it had child abuse ‘time bombs’ ticking away in a number of Australian dioceses, an inquiry has heard.

“A special issues committee meeting at the Australian Catholic Bishops conference in 1992 noted: ‘It was agreed that there are serious time bombs ticking away in a number of dioceses at the present time’ …

“(Bishop Hilton) Deakin (Melbourne vicar general, 1987-1992) said when he was an auxiliary bishop he spoke to the Apostolic Nuncio, the Pope’s representative in Australia, about a priest called Peter Searson.

“‘I was telling him about this priest, who was a most evil person, doing evil things to little children in a school and had been doing it for quite some time,’ he said.

“‘I was hoping and praying that something would be done.’

“He said the Apostolic Nuncio thanked him and walked away.”

By Australian Associated Press in The Gudardian — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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