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More than half priests suspended over claims of abuse “have returned to work”

Portugal’s child sex abuse ‘scandal’ within the Catholic Church will see the Vita working group report on new claims tomorrow, and present a ‘manual of good practices’. In anticipation of this comes the truth that of the 17 priests suspended earlier this year by the conference of Portuguese bishops, as a result of complaints by victims to the independent commission (now disbanded), more than half have been exonerated and are back at work. Explain reports today, the cases were archived ‘due to lack of proof’. This has always been the ‘devil in the detail’: how to prove historic sexual abuse, particularly if the alleged aggressor denies it? According to SIC Notícias, among clergy returning to work is one who was condemned for child sex abuse, and served a sentence…