Emeritus Professor Des Cahill of RMIT University, a former priest trained in Rome, is a world leading authority on child sexual abuse in faith-based organizations. With Dr Peter Wilkinson, he was a senior consultant to the Australian Royal Commission. He has since given public evidence to the New Zealand Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions and advised the UK’s ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (Jimmy Savile Inquiry).
It is almost three years since the Royal Commission inquiring into child sexual abuse recommended that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) request from the Holy See responses on 14 matters. The Holy See responded in February 2020 with ‘observations’. Seven months later the ACBC has forwarded them to the Commonwealth Attorney-General and made them… Continue reading »