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Catholic Church in PNG struggling with sex abuse

Catholic Church in PNG struggling with sex abuse

Updated 24 April 2014, 18:01 AEST

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea is maintaining it is doing what it can to deal with cases of sexual abuse by its clergymen.

But the country's Archbishop admits it faces various challenges, including the 'wantok' system, that are preventing some perpertators from being brought to justice.

Catholic Archbishop John Ribat's comments come as the case of priest, Philip Kelera, has been in court in recent weeks.

Kelera's been charged with five counts of incdecent assault against five school boys aged between 11 and 15 in East New Britain.

Archbishop Ribat says the case may be just the tip of the iceberg and the Church is using its 'Good Relations Policy" to deal with cases of abuse.

Presenter: Catherine Graue

Speaker: John Ribat, Catholic Archbishop of PNG

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