lunedì 18 settembre 2023

One of Australia’s most powerful Catholic figures likely sexually assaulted four youths, Vatican report alleges

A top-secret investigation ordered by the Pope into a former Australian bishop – the first of its kind in Australian history – has found he likely sexually assaulted four youths while potentially grooming another 67. The bombshell 200-page report also found 73-year-old Christopher Saunders spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in church and charity funds grooming the young men. 7NEWS has exclusively obtained a copy of the final report handed to the Vatican for action by Pope Francis. The report was completed in April and sent to Rome – yet six months on, no decision has been made on his future. Only a pope can appoint a bishop – and only a pope can defrock one. (...)