Catholic World News

Australian archdiocese tightens abuse policies

February 16, 2011

The Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia has changed its policies for handling sex-abuse complaints, requiring a Church investigator to obtain police permission before he informs accused priests that they are the objects of police probes.

The new policy is the result of a controversy that arose in 2009, when the Church-appointed investigator, Peter O'Callaghan, let two accused priests know that he was suspending his inquiries until the police completed their own investigations-- thus tipping off the priests that they were under surveillance.

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