Justice Peter McClellan has spoken about the royal commission for the first time in a speech to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Justice McClellan reflected on the fact many leaders of the Catholic Church argued sexual abuse was a “moral failure” rather than a criminal act.
“I cannot comprehend how any person, much less one with qualifications in theology … could consider the rape of a child to be a moral failure but not a crime,” he said.
“This statement by leaders of the Catholic Church marks out the corruption within the church both within Australia, and it seems from reports, in many other parts of the world.”
Justice McClellan also said he was disheartened by delays in institutions signing up to the national redress scheme for survivors of child abuse.
“I hope this is not because of a desire to put the protection of the institution’s assets ahead of the needs of survivors,” he said.
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