Catholic Church to establish new, 'functionally independent' company to name and shame code of conduct violators

The Catholic Church in Australia will set up an independent company to name and shame publicly church bodies that that fail to abide by a new code of practice to protect children and vulnerable adults. The company, Catholic Professional Standards, is being established in the wake of a litany of failures by church authorities, identified through the child abuse Royal Commission. The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, acknowledges that the church has ‘betrayed trust’ but asserts that, despite the company being structurally bound to the church, it will be ‘functionally independent’.

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