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Australian Bishop Tells Commission He was Abused by Clergy as an Adult

Last edited 21st February 2017

Australian Bishop Tells Commission He was Abused by Clergy as an Adult

The eleventh day of the Royal Commission’s Catholic “wrap up” hearing was held yesterday (21/02/2017) in Sydney.

Yesterday's panel featured Bishops from “smaller” dioceses: Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, Archbishop Julian Porteous, Archbishop of Hobart, Bishop Daniel Hurley, Bishop of Darwin, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop of Broome, and Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay, Maronite Bishop of Australia.

Disclosure of abuse from Bishop Long

Although it occurred at the very end of today’s testimony, it is worth mentioning as the initial item in this summary. Bishop Long told the Commission that is a survivor of clerical sexual abuse:

I was also a victim of sexual abuse by clergy when I first came to Australia, even though I was an adult, so that had a powerful impact on me and how I want to, you know, walk in the shoes of other victims and really endeavour to attain justice and dignity for them.


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