Day of shame for Church in Australia

SYDNEY (SE): On February 6, the Catholic Church in Australia began its 21 days of shame, as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse launched its final intensive review of the response of the Catholic Church to the crisis at a hearing in Sydney that will involve more than 60 witnesses, including the archbishops of the six most influential dioceses.

The Commission has been gathering information for four years and includes scrutiny not only of the Catholic Church, but other Churches, charitable bodies, sports clubs and government institutions. It will hear how they have responded to allegations and instances of abuse.

The assisting counsel to the...