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Child abuse

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 Contents - Apr 2013AD2000 April 2013 - Buy a copy now
AD2000: the changing of the guard - Michael Gilchrist
POPE FRANCIS: 'REBUILD MY CHURCH' - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Obituary: Vale Dr Lyn Billings AM, DCSG, MBBS (Melb), DCH (Lond) - Joan Clements
Vocations: Australia's vocations springtime continues into 2013 - Br Barry Coldrey
'Jesus Abandoned' in Nigeria: Chiemera's new freedom - Madonna Brosnan
Pilgrimage: A Holy Land pilgrimage with Scott and Kimberly Hahn - Wanda Skowronska
Returning beauty and sacredness to churches - Art Lohsen
Child sexual abuse: looking beyond the institutions - Anne Lastman
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen's insights on the priesthood - Martin Tobin
Letters: Anglican Ordinariate - Phillip Turnbull
Letters: The Second Coming - Andrew Sholl
Letters: Holy priest - M.A. Ross
Letters: Child abuse - Arnold Jago
Correction
Solemn Abbatial Requiem Mass for deceased servicemen on Anzac Day
Books: REDEEMING GRIEF: Abortion and Its Pain (2nd and Revised ed.), by Anne R. Lastman - Fr Paul Crotty (reviewer)
Books: PERPETUA'S PASSIONS, ed. Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: FESTA PASCHALIA: A History of Holy Week Liturgy in the Roman Rite, Goddard - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: THE SEVEN BIG MYTHS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, by Christopher Kaczor - Father John Flynn LC
Books: Order books from www.freedompublishing.com.au
Reflection: Easter: the centrality of faith in the risen Christ - Fr Dennis Byrnes

The website of the "Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse" says it will "investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions."

But most child abuse doesn't happen in institutions. There's a well-funded industry devoted to pretending that it does and mostly in the Catholic Church and wanting the Church punished, bankrupted and hastened into non-existence.

With child abuse flourishing in every seemingly normal Australian street, better perhaps to say, not "isn't the Church terrible?", but "isn't our whole society terrible so teeming with child abuse that it has penetrated even the Church?"

To further entrench the notion that child abuse is a problem peculiar to institutions can only guarantee that most abuse will never be eliminated.

Isn't this Royal Commission into institutions itself an institution worsening the problem?

ARNOLD JAGO (DR)
Mildura, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 26 No 3 (April 2013), p. 14

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