Bishop Long recalls abuse

Bishop Vincent Long

Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen has made an impassioned plea for the Church to become less "elitist" while revealing he was sexually abused by clergy, The Australian reports.

Bishop Long was applauded during his evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Tuesday.

Survivors of sex abuse and their loved ones approached afterwards and some cried as they spoke with him.

"I was also a victim of sexual abuse by clergy when I first came to Australia, even though I was an adult," the former refugee said towards the end of his testimony in Sydney.

"That had a powerful impact on me and how I want to ... walk in the shoes of other victims and really endeavour to attain justice and dignity for them."

Bishop Long, who is the first Australian bishop of Vietnamese background, said titles, privileges and the Church's institutional dynamics "breed clerical superiority and elitism".

He says he cringes when parishioners call him "your lordship" and the Church needs to review mandatory celibacy - which he thinks separates the clergy from parishioners.

Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous and Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher Prowse said they would not insist on someone calling them by a title but would also not demand honorifics be dropped.

Archbishop Porteous told the commission that while blame lies with individual perpetrators he agreed there had been a massive failure in Church leadership.

Bishop Long was part of a panel of six bishops and archbishops giving testimony at the hearing yesterday.

FULL STORY

Bishop says he too was abused by clergy (The Australian)

Bishop of Parramatta Vincent Long Van Nguyen tells royal commission he was abused (Sydney Morning Herald)

Hobart archbishop says scale of abuse by Catholic clergy 'difficult' to understand (The Guardian)

Bishop says he too was abused by clergy (9news)

Catholic Bishop calls for equality between clergy and parishioners (ABC PM)

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The Vatican, child sex crimes and how Australia is the great facilitator (Newcastle Herald)

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Priest who denied a duty to report abuse faces abuse charges (Crux)

SUMMARY

THJC Update 136 Royal Commission Case Study 50 

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Bishop Long (Parramatta Diocese)