Vatican abuse summit: Cardinal says files were destroyed

A senior Roman Catholic Cardinal has said that files documenting child sexual abuse were destroyed, allowing offences to continue.

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a conference on paedophilia in the Church that procedures to prosecute offenders “were deliberately not complied with”.

“The rights of victims were effectively trampled underfoot,” he said.

The unprecedented four-day summit has brought together 190 bishops from across the world.