The Catholic Church is going to crack down on priests who betray the trust of children in their care by raping them. The new pope said so! No more shuffling priests who violate kids to new locations, right Melbourne diocese?
A Catholic priest expelled from the Melbourne diocese for sexual abuse has been allowed to resume his duties in an overseas parish despite an explicit warning from Archbishop Denis Hart to the church hierarchy in Bosnia.
The decision to assign Father Mato Krizanac to a parish in Bosnia raises further questions about the church’s resolve to clamp down on clerical sex offenders and dismantle its entrenched culture of protecting abusers.
The Sunday Age can reveal that Father Krizanac immediately returned to a clerical role in Bosnia with the apparent permission of the Archbishop of Sarajevo, who ignored the damning findings of the church’s independent commissioner in Melbourne, Peter O’Callaghan, QC.
Kudos to Denis Hart. He tried to uphold the standards to which the Church pays lip service. I wish he’d realize that the Church is not on the same page with him on actually doing something about child-raping priests. Make promise after promise? Sure, the Church can handle that. But when it comes to actually protecting the children over their own PR/money, the Church has a completely different track record.