An Australian child abuse investigation has questioned the celibacy of Catholic clergy

On 15 December 2017 the Australian 'Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse' presented their final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five-year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.

The Final Report of the commission recommends that the Catholic Church repeal the obligatory celibacy of priests. The experts have been working since 2012 on child abuse in church and government institutions in Australia. They conclude that over decades there have been tens of thousands of victims. In addition to celibacy, the report criticizes the secrecy of priests in confession. This had helped to hide evidence of child abuse.

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