Ballarat survivors meet with Pope’s anti-abuse commission

More level-headed, factual reporting on the Ballarat diocesan sex-abuse case and the survivors’ pilgrimage to the Vatican…

Catholic Voices Comment

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Three Australian victims of clergy sexual abuse who have been in Rome this week for the Cardinal George Pell hearings (see CV Comment) have met with a senior member of the Pontifical Commission for Minors, the Commission said today.

Fr. Hans Zollner SJ (centre, above), who heads the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University, and is a founder member of the Commission, met with David Ridsdale, Andrew Collins and Peter Blenkiron, who are survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Cardinal Pell’s former diocese of Ballarat, Australia.

The meeting was arranged by Cardinal Pell after the survivors asked to discuss with the Commission ideas for healing and how better to protect young people from abuse.

“We know this problem had been wider than the Catholic Church but our experiences have been in this environment,” they told the Commission, adding: “We are keen to develop links with your group as it is a world-wide issue.”

Fr. Zollner said…

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