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As for why the commission decided to single-out the Catholic Church in this manner, some Catholics will undoubtedly allege anti-Catholic bias of some sort. I'm looking at you, Bill Donohue. But this is a case where I suspect the truth may be far simpler than any sort of bias of anti-Catholic conspiracy.
According to the BBC:
Religious ministers and school teachers were the most commonly reported perpetrators, the report said. The greatest number were in Catholic institutions.Right, so the whining about anti-Catholic bias probably doesn't apply here. At least, not when as many as 7% of Australian Catholic priests may have been involved in child abuse. Under such circumstances, I think it probably makes sense to pay a bit more attention to the Church.
I recently noted that mandatory reporting requirements are being promoted in Britain by the National Secular Society, and it now appears that they are part of what Australia's commission is recommending. I don't think anyone would claim that instituting such requirements would completely solve the problem; however, it seems like something that could help a great deal. Now we just have to convince the religious institutions to implement them.