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An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional. Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its final 17-volume report and 189 recommendations following a wide-ranging investigation. Australia's longest-running royal commission – which is the country's highest form of inquiry – has been investigating since 2012 how the Catholic Church and other institutions responded to sexual abuse of children in Australia over 90 years.Catholic clerics who testified to the royal commission gave varying opinions about what if anything a priest could divulge about what was said in a confessional about child abuse.Pell this year became the most senior Catholic official to face sex offense charges.
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