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UK Inquiry: Catholic Cardinal Failed to “Demonstrate Compassion” for Abused Kids

Nov 16, 2020

By Val Wilde

The same panel that shone a light on the systemic clerical sex abuse problem in the Church of England has released a similarly damning report about the Catholic Church in the UK.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) discovered more than 3,000 complaints of child sexual abuse perpetrated by over 900 priests, deacons, and other Church employees between 1970 and 2015. That’s just the cases they were able to find and document; the true numbers, they suspect, would be much higher.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and current president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, claimed to be “shocked to the core” by the level of abuse, which is a startling claim from the man who acts as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Wales and England. Reportedly, Nichols has led abuse inquiries in the past… but to hear him speak, one wonders whether he’s even been paying attention to news items about his religion over the past few decades.

But this particular inquiry got his attention, skewering him for what they described as a lack of compassion for the suffering of child abuse victims.

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