November 14, 2012
It sure has taken a long time break down the defensive walls of legal protection that the sexual abusers, paedophiles and predators in the Catholic Church have hidden behind so successfully, for so long. Several decades in fact to set up a Royal Commission to expose the systemic network of abuse and its coverup. The Catholic Church, and it appears the police, have been very skilled in covering up the atrocities.
The Church's defence has been the few rotten apples one (the rogues defence) and dismissed the existence of institutional sexual abuse There has been entrenched resistance to addressing the issue from the political parties, the churches and police.
The Church's position had been that is insufficient evidence to justify a Royal Commission into the sexual crimes of the Catholic church, that it has changed, has taken decisive steps to make child safety a priority and to help victims and been the victim of a biased media. It knew what has happening, it relocated the abusers who offended again, and it did not inform the police.
The Australian weighs in with an editorial entitled A time for open confession:
The Australian supports the royal commission as a vehicle for exposing institutional failures. If radical secularists want to propose a separate royal commission to consider the abolition of the Catholic Church, they are welcome to put the arguments forward. But this subversive game being played by the usual suspects, with the connivance of the ABC, is a distraction the real victims of abuse could do without. Let us not beat about the bush: their fight with Catholicism is, in part, a proxy war against Tony Abbott.
I haven't heard any radical secularists proposing a separate royal commission to consider the abolition of the Catholic Church, nor have I heard the public broadcaster's using the issue to wage a proxy war against the Opposition leader. That's fantasy land stuff ----Catholic conservatives are living in an inverted world that has become an alternate reality.
The issue is to do with abused children and predatory priests and the Catholic Church not reporting the cases of sexual abuses it knows to the police, not the dismantling of the Catholic Church or an attack on the First Section 116 of the Constitution that bans the commonwealth from prohibiting the "free exercise of religion".