The Truth Justice and Healing Council

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how organisations such as the Catholic Church responded to victims and allegations of abuse over the past decades. 

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Royal Commission Case Study 50:
Catholic Church Authorities in Australia

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney commencing 6 February 2017 to inquire into the current policies and procedures of Catholic Church Authorities in Australia in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Witness List

Opening and Witness Statements


TJHC Hearing room updates

Royal Commission data report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

Analysis of claims of child sexual abuse made with respect to Catholic Church institutions in Australia
16 February 2017


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 Truth Justice and Healing Council Activity Report December 2014


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



The Royal Commission

The Royal Commission will investigate where institutions have failed to protect children and it will make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions.

Catholic dioceses, schools, congregations, orphanages and other Church organisations are part of the Commission’s investigations. Find out more

Currently the Royal Commission is examining preventing child sexual abuse in out-of-home care and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in out-of-home care. Find out more



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