For release: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia.

Managing Director Jim Wallace said child abuse in the church and the community was an unacceptable evil and the inquiry was warranted.

“It is to our shame as Christians that much abuse has been in the church. Jesus, who founded the church, warned that any adult who caused a child to stumble was worthy of severe punishment."

While not excusing the church, Mr Wallace said it was right that the Royal Commission focussed on all institutions.

“Let’s hope and pray that this process provides an opportunity to purge our society of the evil of child sex abuse once and for all.”