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The Catholic Church in the state of Victoria in Australia confirmed hundreds of clergy sex abuse cases in its four dioceses. It confirmed that several dozen priests, Religious and church workers sexually abused more than 600 children in the period of 1930s to early 1990s, reports the Sky Valley Chronicle.
Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne described the number of cases as “shocking and shameful” and extended the Church’s full cooperation to the State parliamentary committee that has started an inquiry. This inquiry began after 40 sex abuse victims had committed suicide.
The clergy sexual abuse scandal in Australia is not new. Like other countries, especially in the West, there have been such cases in most of the dioceses in Australia.