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The Catholic Dilemma

Eric Hodgens, Melbourne priest, asks what the performance of the bishops at the Royal Commission tells us about the need for change in the selection and appointment of bishops.

Clerical privilege took a heavy blow when Catholic bishops were summoned to appear at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to child sexual abuse (RC). The church answering to the state.The drama climaxed with the appearance of Australia’s five metropolitan archbishops. They were being questioned rather than asking the questions – a dramatic role reversal. They were very chastened.

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