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Australian commission, seeking all Church documents on abuse charges, rebuffed by Vatican

July 07, 2014

The Vatican has declined a request from an Australian royal commission to furnish all internal Church documents related to the handling of sex-abuse complaints in that country.

Justice Peter McClellan, who heads the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, revealed that he had asked the Vatican to supply a full accounting of correspondence with Australian prelates regarding abuse. The Vatican said that it could not release confidential correspondence.

The Vatican has supplied information for the royal commission regarding particular cases of clerics accused of abuse. Justice McClellan's recent request was for a full accounting of all cases.


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  • Posted by: normnuke - Jul. 07, 2014 7:57 PM ET USA

    McClellan is demanding to conduct an open-ended unrestrained fishing expedition. The Vatican is absolutely right to refuse.