Bishops reject abuse testimonies8 March 2013
Two Victorian bishops, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne and Bishop Paul Bird of Ballarat, have challenged two testimonies to the State Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations.
Archbishop Hart emphatically rejected an allegation by Christian Brother Barry Coldrey on 1 March that he (the Archbishop) had been involved in a cover-up of a suspected paedophile at Mannix College, a residential college at Monash University in Melbourne, or that there was any cover-up at all.
Bishop Bird said a teacher, Michael Crowe, had told the inquiry that in 2010 he had witnessed a priest abusing a child, that he reported that abuse to the Church and that nothing had been done.
"The diocese has no record of any complaint being made by Mr Crowe that he witnessed a priest abusing a child," Bishop Bird said.
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