The Guardian reports:
Senior Anglican clergy shared a secret understanding of each other’s attraction to young boys, a royal commission has been told.
The inquiry into the Church of England Boys’ Society being held in Hobart heard evidence on Thursday from the convicted child sexual offender Louis Daniels, 68, a former archdeacon who was one of Tasmania’s top-four church leaders in the early 1990s.
Allegations against Daniels were first raised in 1981 by the mother of a 14-year-old Hobart boy who had been sexually propositioned. Then working as an assistant priest, Daniels had counselling at the instruction of the then bishop, Robert Davies, and was told to amend his behaviour.
He was allowed to keep working and was later promoted to roles including a position as head of the General Synod Youth Commission.
Ex-priest Louis Daniels, a convicted Tasmanian paedophile, was asked if he believed there was a culture that facilitated offending within CEBS. He said the nature of CEBS’s activities, including camps and tours with young boys, provided opportunity.
“A boys’ society, unless it is very carefully managed, is a sitting duck, isn’t it?” Daniels said.
He was also asked if there was a culture within the Anglican Church that encouraged offending. “I think there is. I’m not sure I can define it,” he said.