Appearing before the child abuse royal commission on Monday, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart laid the blame at the feet of top church officials.

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Archbishop Little, who has been accused of covering up child sex abuse cases and moving paedophile priests between parishes, did not want to have on his conscience any action that would force clergy from the priesthood. Read more:

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Sex abuse commission: Melbourne Archdiocese failed to respond to paedophile priests

Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart told the royal commission a "paralysis" plagued the Catholic Church's response to abuse allegations for decades.

Vulnerable children were in danger of being targeted by paedophile priests because a "paralysis" plagued the Catholic Church's response to abuse allegations for decades, the royal commission has heard.

Appearing before the child abuse royal commission on Monday, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart laid the blame at the feet of top church officials, including former Archbishop Frank Little, but did not criticise his predecessor Cardinal George Pell over his role in the abuse scandal.

Archbishop Hart said there was a "complete failure" of processes within the Melbourne Archdiocese when dealing with child sex abuse complaints, and described allegations referred to Catholic education officials about the Doveton parish as "just a horror story".

"What is now apparent to me is that there was knowledge and a failure to act," he said. "I have just been totally appalled by the extent and the depravity of the offenders and the suffering and ruination of lives of the survivors."

He said he believed Archbishop Little, who has been accused of covering up child sex abuse cases and moving paedophile priests between parishes, did not want to have on his conscience any action that would force clergy from the priesthood.

 

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