The fallen father: Church sex abuse in NZ 'still not exposed' - expert | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

The fallen father: Church sex abuse in NZ 'still not exposed' - expert

An internationally-renowned expert on clerical sex abuse believes its extent in New Zealand has not yet been exposed.

Emeritus Professor Desmond Cahill, of RMIT University in Melbourne, also criticised the Government for not extending the terms of reference of its historical inquiry into abuse in state care homes to include religious institutions.

Cahill was a senior consultant on clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church for the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which referred 2575 abuse cases to the authorities. It released its final report in December last year.

He told the Herald a "triggering event" may be needed to precipitate a decisive move to reveal clerical abuse in New Zealand and initiate changes to ensure mistakes of the past didn't happen again.

"The same culture of secrecy with the so-called 'pontifical secret', together with the lack of transparency and accountability, would have been operating in the New Zealand Catholic Church," he said.

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