Editorial

Priests: life-long learners

As The Royal Commission on the Institutional Response to child sexual abuse winds up, the Commission has begun to produce the final report of the Commission on the Catholic Church. 

One of the key issues is to find ways to improve priests’ accountability. This has been recognised since 2002 in the message of the Australia Bishops (Nov 29, 2002) where they note a ‘concern to respond adequately to issues of sexual abuse within the Church’, and they commit to ‘renew our resolve to follow our agreed procedures’ by ‘accept[ing] the need for accountability and consistency in all that we do’ and to ‘propose that the National Committee for Professional Standards continue to assess and refine these procedures”.

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