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Australian Church leaders promise major reforms for handling absue

October 03, 2013

An independent council created by the Australian Catholic bishops to study the handling of sex-abuse complaints has promised a full set of reforms, to be proposed to the Australian hierarchy early next year.

The Truth, Justice, and Healing Council told a government investigatory commission that Church leaders recognize the need to “do better when we are dealing with victims of sexual abuse” and protecting the innocence of children. The proposals for reform will include the appointment of independent experts to set financial compensation for abuse victims, and an independent board to set policies for child-protection.


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