Newcastle Anglican bishop says child abuse cover-up like ‘religious protection racket’ – ABC News

Bishop Greg Thompson says members of the Newcastle Anglican diocese acted like a Sopranos-style protection racket when it dealt with sex abuse complaints.”What’s particularly distinctive about the story of abuse in this diocese is the habituated protection of perpetrators and the undermining of survivors as they came forward. It was like a religious protection racket,” Bishop Thompson told 7.30.”You could call it like a religious Sopranos, people who pretended to be religious behaved appallingly. An organised crime against survivors.”The bishop also told how he was abused by two senior priests — including former bishop Ian Shevill — at an R-rated movie in the 1970s.”The abuse was groping and touching and grooming me to see sexual assault as a normal thing, as an acceptable thing and as part of becoming a person in the church. That’s how corrosive it was in that moment,” he told 7.30.In an exclusive interview with 7.30, Bishop Thompson spoke out about the intimidation and bullying he was subjected to when he started giving survivors a voice.”People didn’t like what they were hearing. ‘The bishop is digging up the past, the bishop was not doing as we wanted him to do,'” Bishop Thompson said.

Source: Newcastle Anglican bishop says child abuse cover-up like ‘religious protection racket’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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