This paragraph says it all about the highly inappropriate, and highly ineffective manner in which child sexual abuse – by paedophile priests, is dealt with. It shows how their in-house handling and in-house ‘counselling’, is pathetic.
Discussing responses to complaints about Ridsdale, the bishop describes the paedophile as “an extraordinarily talented fellow” and “an excellent pastor”. Bishop Mulkearns argues he was not responsible for Ridsdale going on to abuse more children because he had referred Ridsdale to a counsellor who then authorised him to return to duties.
This isn’t confined to the Catholic Church., either. It occurs across all denominations, as the Royal Commission, has exposed.
Many abusive pastors, ministers and priests, are allowed to continue in their duties, when it is known they have already been abusive. It still continues.
I will always advocate for any form of child abuse and abuse, to be managed and handled appropriately.
It saddens and angers me, to know as a Christian myself, how badly church people can fail, in dealing with abuse.