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Father Thomas Doyle tells royal commission Vatican failed sex abuse victims / Sydney Morning Herald

The Vatican has failed to support survivors of sexual abuse in the church for decades, with prominent Catholics demanding action at a royal commission.

“A whistleblower priest who was one of the first to report allegations of sexual abuse to the Vatican in the 1980s told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse he was punished for speaking out.

“Father Thomas Doyle, an American canon lawyer, told the second day of the inquiry into Catholic Church authorities, secrecy, cover-ups and betrayal of victims were hallmarks of the institution’s response to abuse.

“‘One of the massive holes in the Roman Catholic Church’s approach to this issue today is a failure to completely comprehend the spiritual damage that is done to victims, to their families . . . and the community itself,’ he said.”

By Rachel Browne, Sydney Morning Herald — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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The longtime advocates behind ‘Spotlight’ / WBUR-FM National Public Radio

Part two of our (WBUR-FM) ‘Spotlight’ series, in advance of the film’s release Friday (Nov. 6). The film ‘Spotlight’ tells a story that broke in 2002, but started years earlier. Before the Spotlight team investigated allegations of clergy sexual abuse, others — like attorney Mitchell Garabedian and Father Thomas Doyle — were already trying to get justice for the victims.” (Website story features photo of Doyle addressing the audience at the 2002 national Voice of the Faithful conference in Boston.)

By Radio Boston WBUR-FM, National Public Radio, Boston — Click here to listen to this story; click here for part one of this series; and click here to purchase Voice of the Faithful advance sale discount tickets to see “Spotlight” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, Massachusetts, on Friday, Nov. 13.

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