3 Jul 2010

Church to apologise for sexual abuse

1:03 pm on 3 July 2010

The Catholic church in Melbourne will apologise to victims of sexual abuse by priests this weekend.

Archbishop Denis Hart says about 300 people have been compensated as victims of sexual abuse within the archdiocese in the past 14 years.

In the letter, Archbishop Hart says sexual outrages and breaches of vows committed by some priests brought shame upon the entire church.

He says most of the attacks occurred decades ago.