An Australian bishop has revealed that he himself was a victim of sexual abuse.
Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta told a royal
investigating committee that he was abused by a cleric when he first
arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam.
“That had a powerful
impact on me,” he said. The bishop said that he was an adult when the
abuse occurred, but still considered himself a victim, and found it easy
to sympathize with other abuse victims.
Bishop Long told the royal commission that he believes the abuse
problem has been aggravated by a hierarchical system that can “breed
clerical superiority and elitism.”
He said that priests are protected by
sympathetic bishops, and bishops are protected if they are backed by
“There’s no accountability that reaches downwards or
outwards,” he said, “and that’s the critical problem.”