Vatican prosecutor calls for transparency

2013-02-06 20:09
A picture shows the dome of the Saint Peter Basilica reflected in a puddle. (File, AFP)

A picture shows the dome of the Saint Peter Basilica reflected in a puddle. (File, AFP)

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Rome — The Vatican's new sex crimes prosecutor has insisted on the need for full transparency about the church's failures to protect children from sexually abusive priests.

In his first public comments since taking office, the Reverend Robert Oliver quoted Pope Benedict XVI in saying the church must recognise the grave errors in judgment committed by church leaders who for decades actively covered up abuse.

Oliver— previously a canon lawyer in the Boston archdiocese — spoke days after personnel files released by court order in Los Angeles showed retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top archdiocese officials protected the church by shielding priests and not reporting child sex abuse to authorities.

Without citing Los Angeles, Oliver said on Tuesday: "We must confront the current situation, including our failures, with courage and determination, honesty and transparency."

- AP

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