The Catholic Church in Australia has confirmed that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by its priests since the 1930s, sinking the Church deeper into sex scandal. The Catholic Church in Australia's Victoria State admits that its priests have abused at least 620 children since 1930s. According to Melbourne's Archbishop Denis Hart, there have been an appalling number of victims back in the 1960s and 1970s. However, victims' support groups have alleged that the number of children abused by clerics was likely much higher than that announced by the church and they have demanded independent investigations. The recent revelation came after the Victoria State's government announced an inquiry into child abuse cases, which has also revealed that dozens of victims have already taken their own lives. Chrissie Foster, mother of two girls who were raped by their parish priest from the 1980s, told ABC news that the church had decades to address the issue but never did until now.
"It's only been victims coming out and going to the police that has stopped all of this," she added.Foster further noted that, "The church has never lifted a finger to stop their pedophile priests," adding that one of her daughters had ultimately taken her own life. Recently the Roman Catholic Church has been rocked by numerous revelations of child sexual abuse at the hands of priests around the world. Investigations have shown that clerics have sexually abused children in several countries in the past decades and that the church has often covered up the abuse, protecting pedophile priests. TNP/JR/IS