Vatican Urged To Amend Celibacy Rule As Priests Top List Of Alleged Sexual Abusers.
Going by a recent 5 year-inquiry report of sexual abuse in Australia, Catholic Priests and Other Religious Leaders top the list of Alleged sexual abusers in Australia.
The inquiry was carried out by Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, the Royal Commission and it indicted institutions of the state for failing to protect minors from sexual abuses with over 60,000 children sexually abused in the last decades.
After hearing over 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse, the commission suggested that the Catholic Church may have to compromise or adjust its celibacy rule as Priests topped the list of offenders followed by school teachers.
The reports received by the commission showed that the Catholic Church had 4,400 sex abuse allegations against its priests, Anglican Priests allegedly abused 1,115, with Jehovah’s witness Church having 1000 alleged abusers.
“Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions. We will never know the true number,” the report said.
“It is not a case of a few ‘rotten apples’. Society’s major institutions have seriously failed.”
The commission reently recommended that Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they fail to report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession. -this of cause is against the Catholic Way.
The final report given on Friday said the Catholic Church should also consider making celibacy voluntary for priests because while it was “not a direct cause of child sexual abuse” it had “contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse, especially when combined with other risk factors”.
Since the inquiry, many religious leaders have come out to apologize on behalf of the institutions they represent.
On Friday, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, issued an “unconditional” apology.
“This is a shameful past, in which a prevailing culture of secrecy and self-protection led to unnecessary suffering for many victims and their families,” he said.
Australia’s most senior Anglican figure, Melbourne Archbishop Dr Philip Freier, also said sorry.
“I apologise on behalf of the church to survivors, their families, and others harmed by our failures and by the shameful way we sometimes actively worked against and discouraged those who came to us and reported abuse,” he said.