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Catholic church unveils new system for reporting sexual abuse committed or covered up by bishops

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Title:Catholic church unveils new system for reporting sexual abuse committed or covered up by bishops
Author: CBC Staff
Publisher: CBC Canada
Date: 07MAY2021

Victims, advocates question why police aren’t considered the first point of contact.

Victims and advocates say a new system for reporting sexual abuse and cover-ups by Catholic bishops appears to be a case of “optics over substance” and may not go far enough to protect those at risk of being abused.

This week, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) announced the unveiling of a national and bilingual service for reporting situations of sexual abuse either committed or covered up by a bishop.

“This service furthers their commitment to responsibility, accountability and transparency in matters of clergy sexual abuse and their commitment to facilitate healing and justice for victims-survivors,” the national assembly said in a statement.

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