A bishop who first arrived in Australia as a refugee has said that he suffered sexual abuse by a priest.
Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta made the disclosure at a royal commission hearing in Sydney last week.
“I was also a victim of sexual abuse by clergy when I first came to Australia, even though I was an adult,” he told the royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
“That had a powerful impact on me and how I want to … walk in the shoes of other victims and really endeavour to attain justice and dignity for them.”
In his testimony Bishop Long said the Church should consider removing honorifics from priests found guilty of abuse. He added that titles and privileges “breed clerical superiority and elitism”.
He said he was doing everything in his power to achieve justice for victims of abuse in his diocese.
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