The Pope can be a retreat from his action against pedophile priests as the Vatican bureaucrats to do what they can to warned to undermine reform efforts, a senior Australian Catholic official has.
The Catholic Church in Australia could be said at the end as a “marginalised rump”, unless there is real change an institutional culture, hell-bent on self-protection and self-preservation, the chief executive of the Church on truth, justice and healing Council, Francis Sullivan,.
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Sullivan, who has led the Australian Church’s response to the four-year-old child sex Royal Commission that points to abuse on the recent developments in Rome.
Pope Francis has told the bishops of the whole world to adhere to a policy of zero tolerance ” for clergy who sexually abuse children, but has reportedly reduced the sanctions against a number of problematic priests.
“You have to seriously ask whether this is not the Pope back step on what was allowed to be a strong and decisive action against offending priests, and the circumstances of that abuse is taking place,” he said.
Sullivan, a to the other, with the development said the resignation of the Irish clerical abuse survivor and advocate Marie Collins to the Vatican’s child protection Commission was relying on the resistance of the Vatican.
“Together, these two developments paint a picture of the Vatican’s establishment, its officials and courtiers, and do what you can to either to undermine the Pope or driving an agenda about maintaining the status quo and the protection of the institution”.
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It was a very dangerous time for the Catholic Church in Australia, Sullivan said in a speech in Sydney on Friday evening has been released to the media on Sunday.
“If the Church does not see in Australia, ongoing, coordinated exchange of our leaders are driven and supported by an active and ambitious Catholic community, our Church as the religion of a marginalized rump, to preach without credibility and relevance of the Links is to an ever-aging community with eyes on a dim beyond.”
A total of 1,880 priests, brothers and sisters, and laity as an alleged perpetrator in case of abuse claims in the Australian Catholic Church of 4,444 victims.
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