Catholic church’s child protection body would have broad secrecy powers, inquiry told

Catholic church's child protection body would have broad secrecy powers, inquiry told

Catholic church’s child protection body would have broad secrecy powers, inquiry told New body to scrutinise child abuse would be allowed to keep reports secret if they involved children or vulnerable adults, or endangered public safety The church is creating the Catholic Professional Standards as part of its child protection efforts. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP Monday 20 February 2017 03.25 GMT A new Catholic body designed to scrutinise the church’s approach to child abuse would have “extraordinary power” to keep its reports secret, the royal commission has heard. The church announced late…

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