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It involves making a vow to abstain from meat, drink, drugs and alcohol, and live a strict life of prayer.
But for many, it can be difficult to make the commitment to the church.
It was a problem that was brought into sharper focus last year when a number of priests from the Diocese of Sydney, in Western Sydney, were caught up in an investigation into misconduct allegations.
The allegations against them included making “inappropriate sexual comments” and using their position to sexually exploit vulnerable young boys.
The investigation, which was overseen by the Catholic Church, concluded the priests had committed the misconduct in a way that “did not reflect on the Catholic hierarchy”.
The diocese has now apologised to the boys’ families, apologised to other church members, and has put the men on leave from the diocese.
The revelations led to calls for the resignation of the bishop of the dioceses, the Archbishop of Sydney and the Archdiocese of Canberra.
But a statement from the archbishop’s office, which is handling the fallout from the scandal, says the church has always been a safe place for priests.
“As such, we understand and accept the pain and hurt caused by this scandal and we fully acknowledge the pain of the families of these young men and their families,” the statement said.
It goes on to say the archdiocese has already worked with other diocesan authorities and is working to ensure the diaries of the priests involved will be deleted.
“The archdiocesan bishop is very confident that this matter will be resolved with the appropriate people in our diocese and will not be a problem for the archbishops or their staff,” the church statement said, adding the diostates investigation into the priestly abuse was “still ongoing”.
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