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The Catholic bishops don’t understand their responsibility and accountability

John Menadue questions how the current bishops can avoid all responsibility for the negligence of their predecessors. 

It’s very rare that an emperor tells us he has no clothes. But hats off to one that does. That’s almost what the Australian bishops have just done after being driven to their knees by the scale and reach of sex abuse in the Church. It was revealed in their ‘wrap-up’ before the Royal Commission.

Of course these emperors don’t admit that THEY have no clothes. It’s their predecessors who are shown to be naked before the truth. Their predecessors were ‘scandalously inefficient … hopelessly inadequate … just totally wrong’. They were even found by one of their number with a law degree – Anthony Fisher of Sydney – to have been ‘criminally negligent’.

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