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Samoa Archbishop reported to be "furious"
But for the 1994 convictions, none of the allegations above have been proven in court and every accused priest is entitled to the presumption of innocence. The point to be made, though, is that such allegations should be investigated by police and, should they lay charges, the evidence should be tested in court. The church should in no way frustrate that process. Father Murdoch [Congregational Leader] says the Salesians are "deeply sorry for the sexual misconduct of some of our members and for their violation of the young". Members of the order and the church they represent cannot begin truly to repent and atone for that in the eyes of their public and their God until their leaders do their moral and legal duty. The order has the power to recall Father Klep to answer the charges, and should, or else stand condemned for complicity.In a further article being carried by Murdoch newspapers it is claimed "the Catholic church has paid up to $100,000 in compensation to sex abuse victims linked to exiled priest Frank Klep.
SOURCES FULL STORIES:
The Australian Samoa's pedophile anger
The Age Editorial: Church compounds the sins of the fathers
Dallas Morning News Convicted sexual abuser and fugitive works with kids under his religious order's wing
Dallas Morning News Multi-media interactive presentation
The Age Pedophile priest stays out of reach
ABC Radio PM Priest with paedophilia conviction relocated to Samoa
ABC Radio PM Alleged sex abuse victim speaks out
LA Times Vatican Aware of Abuse for Centuries, Study Says
Salesian Australian website
23 Jun 2004