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Australian detective says he can show Church officials impeded abuse probes

Catholic World News - May 10, 2013

A former Australian police detective has reported that Church officials warned suspected priests that they were the focus of criminal probes for sexual abuse, thereby undermining his investigations.

Tory Grant told a special commission that some Church officials might be legally as well as morally liable for impeding his efforts. “I believe they acted illegally,” he told reporters after his testimony.

Grant said that he had evidence of efforts by Church officials to cover up clerical abuse, dating back to the 1970s. He observed that these officials have never yet been held accountable for their actions, which allowed for predators to continue victimizing young people.

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