Catholic church instinct to deal with sex abuse itself has caused victims spiritual and physical trauma

04 February 2016 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Eastern churches have seen the worst examples of denial over paedophile priests

The Church’s instinct to deal with sex abuse cases internally has been its most dangerous and common response to the crisis, according to a leading expert. Fr Hans Zollner SJ, president of the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) at the Gregorian University in Rome, said a typical church response to abuse scandals had been "We will solve this internally as only we can really understand it”. This, he told the German Catholic news portal, had caused victims spiritual trauma on top of the psychological and physical trauma of abuse. Fr Zollner identified the Eastern Churches as among the foremost in resisting the CCP’s safeguarding programme because they believed that clerical sex abuse occurred only in the "decadent, liberal Church in the West". "They say, 'we

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