Bishops' Statement on the Royal Commission

candelsAs the Bishops overseeing the Year of Grace, we join with our fellow Bishops in welcoming the National Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Bishops Conference, spoke for us all: "As Catholic bishops and as individuals we share the feelings of horror and outrage which all decent people feel when they read the reports of sexual abuse and allegations of cover ups."

We will see, in this Year of Grace, that there has been much disgrace in the way some members of the Church have acted. Our first concern must be for the victims and survivors of abuse.

In the National Prayer for the Year of Grace, Catholics all over the country are praying each day "that our Church may be transformed, our relationships be healed, and our nation grow in compassion and justice".

We pray that, in the face of Jesus, all who have been violated and harmed may recognise One who understands human pain and suffering. May Christ be present to each of us in the weeks and months ahead.

Again, we invite all involved with the Year of Grace to "start afresh from Christ", to turn to him for healing, so that we may all "grow in compassion and justice".

+Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane,
+Timothy Costelloe sdb, Archbishop of Perth,
+David Walker, Bishop of Broken Bay
+Michael Putney, Bishop of Townsville
Members of the Bishops' Working Party for the Year of Grace.



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