The Royal Commission and the Truth Justice and Healing Council
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has investigated how organisations such as the Catholic Church responded to victims and allegations of child sexual abuse over the past decades.
The Truth Justice and Healing Council has been established by the leadership of the Catholic Church to co-ordinate the Church's response to the Commission, to help develop the Church's reform agenda and to act as the public voice of the Church during the life of the Commission.
The Royal Commission's Final Report - December 2017
On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission presented a final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.
The Report was released publicly on the same day.
Read the full report
Catholic Church in Australia's Commitment Statement
The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia in its submissions to the Royal Commission and in its communications with both the Catholic and broader communities have made a commitment recognising and acknowledging the crimes of the past and the devastating harm caused by child sexual abuse.
In the statement Church leaders commit to repairing the past wrongs, listening to and hearing survivors, putting their needs first and doing everything possible to ensure a safer future for children.
Read the Church’s Commitment statement to survivors of child sexual abuse and the broader community here
The Activity Report describes the activities of the Council over the past two years to December 2014 as it has driven the Church’s reform agenda and led the Church in its response to the Royal Commission.
It records our engagement with the Royal Commission, our development of the Church’s position in the public policy debate, our work with survivors and their representatives and our role as the public voice of the Church.
The report also records some of the key concerns and issues the Council has become increasingly aware of as it has gone about the business of connecting with the thousands of people who have been involved with and affected by the child sexual abuse crisis within the Church.
Using the information and understandings gathered over the past two years and reflected in this report, the Council will continue to develop the Church’s reform agenda.
Read the Activity Report here