April 12, 2013

Australian priests abuse kids; bishops hide abuse.

Al Jazeera has a story about the upcoming investigations and prosecutions of Australian priests and bishops who were involved in the sexual abuse of children. Here's an excerpt:
She then discovered another bishop’s letter, outlining a plan to cover-up the crimes of one of the most dangerous paedophile priests in the Maitland-Newcastle area, Father Denis McAlinden.
Bishop Leo Clarke wrote to McAlinden with an offer - if he agreed to be laicised or, defrocked as a priest, the church would protect him: "Your good name will be protected by the confidential nature of this process."
It's the same old story: protect the priests and the hell with the children. This one's going to end up with many priests -- and hopefully bishops -- in prison.

PS: I've added a new tag to this post. I don't know why I didn't append it to the other posts about priestly abuse. It just didn't occur to me. The tag is mortal sins.

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