Friday, 9 April 2010

Archbishop Tlhagale: Africa Not Exempt from Abuse

The Catholic Archbishop of my former original home diocese, Archbishop Buthi Tlhagale of Johannesburg, has formally acknowledged what would have been apparant oto anyne who gave the matter any thought: Africa ahs not been spared the problems with abuse, it has just not yet had the same media scrutiny.

Bishop: Africa Also Suffers Sex Abuse by Priests

A leading African Catholic archbishop says sexual abuse by Catholic clergy is a problem in Africa as well as in Western countries.
Archbishop of Johannesburg Buti Tlhagale said the church in Africa is inflicted with the same scourge as the churches in Ireland, Germany and America. He said the misbehaviour of priests in Africa simply has not been exposed to the same glare of the media.
Tlhagale said the image of the Catholic church is virtually in ruins because of the bad behaviour of its priests, whom he called "wolves wearing sheepskin."
(Read the full report)
Archbishop Thlagale does not say so, but one of his own predecessors has been implicated. Bishop Hugh Boyle, who was ordinary while I was at school and at university in the diocese back in the 1960’s and early ‘70’s, was posthumously accused of abusing young children while he was patron of the Boys’ Town institution outside Johannesburg.  

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