Analysis: Bishop Emeritus Geoffrey Robinson appeared Aug. 24 before the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to testify to the prevalence of clergy sexual abuse.
German Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes, Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson worry about credibility of bishops and the pope’s leadership in how sex abuse cases are being cleared.
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Catholics in the United States and Australia have ringing similarities, the most evident being that their churches are undergoing a major transition.
Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson has said he is “disappointed” in his fellow bishops, who last week issued a statement saying they had found “doctrinal difficulties” with Robinson’s book on sex abuse and reform in the Catholic church.
Robinson is in the United States on a book tour for Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus, which was published last fall in Australia is now available in North American through Collegeville, Minn.-based Liturgical Press.
Robinson, 71, is the retired auxiliary bishop of Sydney and led the Austrailan bishops’ committee that addressed sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.