Abuse: Accountability in Australia.

Ireland and the US are not the only countries where abuse has been a problem, just the most visible. Perhaps as a result of this high visibility, not only of outrage over the original abuse but also at cover-ups, we are finally beginning to see some accountability. Earlier this week, an Irish bishop resigned is diocese, and another resigned as head of a charity. More resignations are possible after the head of the Irish church, Cardinal Brady, and the present Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Martin, meet Pope Benedict XVI in Rome tomorrow.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a smaller drama has played out this week in Queensland, Australia. It was reported yesterday that some Australian parents were planning to sue the church over abuse at a Catholic primary school. Today, it was announced that a primary school head and two Catholic education officers are to be dismissed following th allegations. The head was earlier acquitted by a court on charges of “failing to provide a written report to the police”, and the local bishop has acknowledged that the three had not “covered-up” the problem, nevertheless they are to be dismissed for “serious errors of judgment”.

The ground has clearly shifted, with much higher standards expected now, than was so before the outcry. The next step, would be an honest look at the real causes.

From theheraldsun.com.au

Church sacks three over abuse allegations

A CATHOLIC primary school principal and two senior Catholic education officers have been sacked by the Catholic Church following allegations of sexual abuse at a Queensland school.

Bishop of Toowoomba William Morris said that although the three had not conspired to cover up the allegations, they were guilty of serious errors of judgment.

The teacher at the centre of the allegations faces 12 counts of rape and 34 of indecent treatment of 13 children under 12 years and is expected to face court again in coming days.

Despite the fact the school principal was found not guilty in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court of failing to provide a written report to police, he and the other two staff members made unacceptable errors of judgment, Bishop Morris said.

“They failed to respond appropriately to the information received from documenting the concerns to actioning and responding to them,” Bishop Morris said.

“They had an obligation to do everything necessary to ensure that the protection of children in their care remained paramount.

“They failed in that duty.”

Read more at herald sun.


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