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Church Strongly Condemns Sexual Abuse

Accused clergy will be stood down until investigations are over The Catholic Church in Fiji is taking a tough stand against sexual abuse in its parishes, schools, offices and institutions.
05 Sep 2014 23:14

Accused clergy will be stood down until investigations are over

The Catholic Church in Fiji is taking a tough stand against sexual abuse in its parishes, schools, offices and institutions.

This follows the promulgation of the church’s Guidelines for Dealing with Cases of Sexual Abuse yesterday. The guideline came into effect after it was announced by the head of the church, the Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong.

Prior to the promulgation, the Professional Standards Resource Group, comprising of psychologists, lawyers, social workers, and medical professionals, was set up to study the policy and worked on the implementation processes.

The guideline was created in the wake of incidences of sexual abuses among the clergy and religious leaders in Fiji and the world.

An instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei) called on all bishops to establish guidelines and policies for dealing with sexual abuse.

All complaints or concerns about sexual abuse will be recorded by the archbishop, who will direct independent investigators – according to the guideline – to look into the allegations and provide him recommendations.

Any person accused of sexual abuse will be stood down until investigations are completed, the church said.

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