The tsunami of sex abuse scandals hitting the Roman Catholic church indicates it learned little from the trailblazing work done in Canada on the issue two decades ago, say experts in the church here.
"Anyone who was paying attention had to know, at least 20 years ago, that there's a right way to manage this and a wrong way," said Sister Nuala Kenny, professor emeritus of bioethics at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
"But that's where the systemic issues kick in: If you're (simply) trying to avoid scandal and you're into denial about some of these things, they don't go away," Kenny, a pediatrician, added in an interview.
Few know better than her.
In 1990, Kenny was a member of the Winter Commission set up by the Catholic church to investigate the sexual abuse of boys by members of the Christian Brothers religious order at the notorious Mount Cashel orphanage in St. John's, Nfld., in the 1970s and 1980s.
Two years later, she became a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Child Sexual Abuse, set up by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its report, From Pain to Hope, was issued after the church and the Ontario government agreed to a $40 million compensation package for 1,600 men abused as children at two Catholic training schools near Ottawa and Toronto. Provincial police laid more than 200 assault and sex-related charges, which ended in 15 convictions.
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"Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit." Erik Erikson