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Lying about abuse

Victim Says Church Is Still Lying About Abuse
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Ruth Barnett, Sky News Online

A campaigner has accused the Catholic Church of "continuing to lie" about child abuse in a Sky News debate on the eve of the Pope's official visit to Britain.

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Colm O'Gorman, an abuse victim who successfully sued the church, said there was "corruption at the heart of the Vatican".

He told Sky News: "I don't think the Catholic Church is unique in creating paedophiles...But what's unique about the Catholic Church is the wilful, deliberate cover-up of these crimes."

Mr O'Gorman was taking part in a debate about the Papal visit chaired by Sky's political editor Adam Boulton.

Boulton was joined by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey; Catholic convert and ex-MP, Ann Widdecombe; and Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has been tipped to be the first black Pope.

Also taking part were Father Christopher Jamison; feminist columnist Julie Bindel; and commentator Matthew Parris, from The Times newspaper.

Father Jamison said those in the Church who work on child protection issues have "great respect" for Mr O'Gorman's efforts to bring abuse to light.

At the start of the debate, Miss Widdecombe said the visit was set to be a "tremendous force for good".

The Archbishop said he too welcomed the Pope as a "significant world leader" but hoped he would use the trip to say he is listening to concerns over clergy abuse.

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Atheist commentator Mr Parris said it was right the UK paid for it as the Vatican is considered a state and the country historically foots the bill for state trips.

"I don't think we ever should have recognised the Vatican as a state," he added.

Moving on to the topic of the Vatican's attitude to women, feminist writer and academic Ms Bindell highlighted the Pope's view that the UK equalities bill "violates natural law".

"There's no question the Pope wishes to see the continued subordination of women," she said, adding that the church also shows "terrible bigotry" towards gay and lesbian people.

But Miss Widdecombe warned that any state that "dispenses completely" with allowing people to follow their religious conscience - for example on issues of equality and sexuality - would be an "impoverished" one.

Earlier, a key member of the Pope's entourage, Cardinal Walter Kasper, withdrew from the trip days after describing the UK as "Third World".

Cardinal Turkson, who is from Ghana, told Sky News he could not comment on the remarks as he did not know what Cardinal Kasper meant to imply.

But he said if it was intended as a derogatory statement about multiculturalism, he disagreed, believing Britain's tolerance was something to "rejoice over and be happy about".

Cardinal Turkson laughed away the suggestion he could one day become Pope, but added: "I don't think it (would be) impossible to see a black Pope in my lifetime."

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