By Val Wilde
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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