Church credibility ‘almost lost’

POPE Francis has been urged to ask for the resignation of all Catholic bishops who have failed to properly address child sexual abuse cases.

Australian Roman Catholic Bishop Geoffrey Robinson made the call yesterday in an effort to restore "trust and credibility" in the Church.

Bishop Robinson told ABC Radio National every bishop who was responsible for the abuse of a child "because he did not do what he should have done" should be asked to resign.

If Pope Francis was to act on Bishop Robinson's urging, hundreds of bishops worldwide could resign.

Bishop Robinson said the church had lost "almost all its credibility" and had to be seen to be confronting the problem.

He also called for more women to be allowed involvement in the Church at senior levels and an end to the Catholic rule of mandatory celibacy for priests.

Bishop Robinson, a former chairman of the Bishops' National Conference for Professional Standards, also called on the Church to reassess its teachings on sexuality and homosexuality.

It comes as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continues its inquiries.

The commission released a consultation paper this week on the "best practices" for institutions responding to child abuse complaints.

The paper canvasses potential complaint handling processes for institutions, as well as measures that "protect the child, provide justice to the victim and hold perpetrators to account", RC chief executive Philip Reed has said.

The commission also held hearings this week to examine a series of child sexual abuse cases at the Uniting Church-run Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, New South Wales, between 1970 and 2012.

During those hearings, the commission rejected former teacher Christopher Fotis's applications for suppression orders on information related to cases at the school.

Mr Fotis asked the commission to suppress references to him being suspected of groping a boy at the school - allegations he denied.

Gympie Times

Topics:  catholic church child sexual abuse national pope francis

Rainbow Beach business rated our best accommodation

Debbie's Place at Rainbow Beach has been rated the top accommodation provider in the Gympie region.

Rainbow Beach business rated 11th best place to stay in Australia

Brothers 3 sizzle on bar stage at Widgee

STAR POWER: Brothers 3, ready to hit the Widgee stage last Saturday night.

All the latest news from Widgee including the Brothers 3 concert.

Dawn Rd upgrade under way

UPGRADE: A section of Dawn Rd is being widened this week.

Works to Dawn Rd are underway to upgrade a single lane section.

Local Partners

Brothers 3 sizzle on bar stage at Widgee

Did you catch Eagle Mountain and Brothers 3 last weekend at Widgee? Chances are you are in our photo gallery!

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

What's on in Gympie this weekend

INTERGALACTIC: Lissa and Nee Nee will be providing plenty of family entertainment this Saturday

There's plenty of fun for young and old in Gympie this weekend.

Racer seeks Bright future in fight against breast cancer

Sheree Bright takes a corner on Sheeza Instant Gem.

Gympie's Sheree Bright will be racing to raise funds for cancer.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E12 - the finale

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

The Bachelorette finale: Georgia declares her love for Lee

Georgia Love with The Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott.

MATTY J left heartbroken in emotional grand final.

Buy your own brothel: Scarlet Harem for sale

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: The Coast's first brothel, Scarlet Harem at Kunda Park, is up for sale.

Coast brothel madam sells up

Tom Cruise credits success to Scientology

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise credits his success to Scientology

Hacksaw Ridge leads AACTA Awards nominations

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

MEL Gibson's wartime drama opens in cinemas next week.

ABBA to reunite for virtual live experience


ABBA have confirmed they are to reunite - in virtual reality form

6 houses in Gympie under $200,000

$170, 000, 9 Norman St, Gympie

These Gympie houses are perfect for investors or first home-buyers

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?