'No hiding place' for abusers in the Catholic Church, says new bishop

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Birmingham's new auxiliary bishop has said there should be "no hiding place" for abusers in the Catholic Church.

Father Robert Byrne, appointed this month by Pope Francis, said he wanted to be a "voice" for victims of sexual exploitation.

He told BBC WM the Church was committed to tackling sexual abuse and protecting young people.

Earlier this month the first members of the Vatican commission on protecting children from abuse were revealed.

'Must move on'

Fr Byrne said there were "whole corridors of offices" in the Vatican dedicated to dealing with sexual abuse claims.

He added he wanted to help vulnerable and "marginalised" people from all walks of life who have been affected by exploitation.

"I think the church has got to come to terms with this and also to move on to proclaiming what it is here to do," he said.

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