Aussie Catholics unveil abuse reform

AFP-JIJI

Australia’s Catholic Church on Thursday unveiled a major reform of the way it handles child sex abuse cases, acknowledging it “betrayed” the public with cover-ups that put itself before victims.

The Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council released what it described as the “most significant” reforms in its 200-year history to its processes for dealing with claims of clergy abuse of children.

Under reform proposals, independent commissioners would be appointed to deliberate on compensation instead of determinations being made internally. An independent national board would also be appointed to develop and administer child protection standards within the church and report regularly to the public on adherence to enhance transparency.