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Church sexual abuse broke into the open in 2002, when it was discovered that US bishops in the Boston area moved abusers from parish to parish instead of defrocking them.Similar scandals have since been discovered around the world and tens of millions of dollars have been paid in compensation.
Two members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors set up by Pope Francis were invited to give evidence via video link, but instead opted to provide written evidence on the group's work, the commission was told.The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sex Abuse is currently holding its second round of interviews in its inquiry into child sex abuse in Ballarat.Cardinal Pell said: “I'm not here to defend the indefensible.READ MORE: Australian cardinal - Church 'mucked up' on sex abuse The church surveyed 10 religious institutions and 75 church authorities to uncover the abuse data on priests, non-ordained brothers and sisters, and other church personnel employed between 19.Prosecutions have been launched in 27 of the 309 abuse cases the commission has referred to Australian police, with 75 more being investigated, it says.The inquiry also heard that 1,265 priests and religious brothers and nuns had been accused during a 60-year period ending 2010. Documents were not kept or they were destroyed," she said. Many children suffered and continue, as adults, to suffer from their experiences in some Catholic institutions." Joan Katherine Isaacs, an abuse survivor, called the data "gut-wrenching".
Senior counsel, Gail Furness, told the commission that 90 percent of the alleged perpetrators were male, while the average time between when the alleged abuse occurred and when a claim was made was 33 years Furness said the accounts of the experiences of the survivors in numerous hearings "were depressingly similar". "There are just so many children who have been so damaged over tens of years because of the Catholic church, and because of the extent of their cover-ups," Isaacs told reporters outside the hearing.
"I just wanted to come to be witness to the exposure of these dreadful crimes against children." Six of Australia's seven archbishops, and leaders of other Catholic orders, are being questioned by the commission for the final hearing.
The worst-offending institutions were the orders of brothers who often run schools and homes for the most vulnerable children.
“The Church has made enormous mistakes and is working to remedy those but the Church in many places, certainly in Australia, has mucked things up, has let people down.” The priest criticised former Bishop of Ballarat, Ronald Mulkearns, for his conduct in the Ridsdale case.
Bishop Mulkearns has been accused of moving Ridsdale between parishes for decades every time allegations against him surfaced.
"It was a sad story and not of much interest to me."There are moments in Cardinal George Pell's testimony when you realise that he is telling the truth.