Brisbane, Australia, Sep 18, 2017 / 13:50 pm
Amid ongoing controversy surrounding clerical sex abuse in Australia, one of the country's archbishops believes the local Churches are making progress – but still face a long journey ahead.
"It's very much a work in progress; we still have a long way to go," said Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, according to the Australian Associated Press.
"Because it's not just a matter of changing procedures and protocols but of building a culture, and that takes time," he continued.
Over the years, Australia's sexual abuse crisis has been one of the most infamous within the Church. A recent report from the Australian Royal Commission found that seven percent of Catholic priests in Australia serving between 1950-2009 have been accused of child sex crimes.