Can a Royal Commission make child abuse less common? If so, let's get on with it. But doesn't most child abuse happen within families: uncles, step-parents, the mother's new live-in boyfriend, etc?
Most abused children in Australia have probably never met a priest, or have any clear idea what a priest is. Could the focusing on Catholic priests be - in part perhaps - the brainchild of persons at least as interested in discrediting the Church as in protecting children?
By all means hold the Church accountable for letting bad things happen. But if our priority is children's safety, the Commission must ruthlessly investigate every level of society.
ARNOLD JAGO (DR)