Indeed, the idea that the Catholic Church – now in 2012 – is "ignoring child abuse" is very troubling and unsettling.
But the headline is false. Not until halfway through the article does one see that the central story entails allegations that in 1983 the Church may have mishandled the case of an accused priest whose criminal case was thrown out by civil authorities in 1988.
1983? 1988? There is hardly anything "fresh" about allegations from 25-30 years ago.
This patently bogus headline from the ABC should serve as a very helpful reminder to readers: Always be skeptical of claims from the media when they concern sex abuse and the Catholic Church.