From the Catholic community

This page contains information and contributions from Catholic dioceses, archdioceses, orders, congregations and lay organisations relating to clerical sexual abuse and the Royal Commission.

If a member of the Catholic community wishes to contribute to this page, please email: socialmedia@TJHCouncil.org.au


Statement from Head of College, Dr Anne Wenham
St Stanislaus College Bathurst Public Apology - 16 June 2017

Statement from Provincial of Vincentian, Fr. Gregory Brett CM
St Stanislaus College Bathurst Public Apology - 16 June 2017

St Stanislaus College Public Apology booklet
St Stanislaus College Bathurst Public Apology - 16 June 2017

Statement Catholic Professional Standards Lt announces CEO
2 June 2017

Edmund Rice Education Australia Apologies to Survivors and Victims
EREA statement 1 June 2017

John Crowley, Headmaster St Patrick's College Ballarat, address at EREA National Apology, Canberra
1 June 2017

National Apology - Edmund Rice Education Australia
18 May 2017

Statement from Archbishop Fisher on Cardinal Pell
Archdioceses of Sydney - 17 May 2017

St Stanislaus College Bathurst Public Apology and Liturgy of Sorrow and Hope
Letter from Principal - 15 May 2017

Easter Message: Bishop Bill Wright: Diocese of Maitland Newcastle
11 April 2017

'We created the abuse', Church official tells priests its time to listen to the Community
Catholic Leader - 11 April 2017

Statement from Fr David Ranson, Vicar General, Diocese of Broken Bay, Royal Commission appearance
4 April 2017

Lenten Message from Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long
28 February 2017

Video Message from Perth Archbishop Timothy Costellow - Final hearing
28 February 2017

Statement from Br David Hawke Provincial De la Salle - Final Hearing
24 February 2017

Statement from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge - Final hearing
25 February 2017

Statement from Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart - Final hearing
24 February 2017

Homily - Fr Frank Brennan
5 February 2017

Pastoral Letter from Sale Bishop, Patrick O'Regan, ahead of final hearing
1 February 2017

Statement from Wollongong Bishop, Peter Ingham, ahead of Royal Commission final hearing 
4 February 2017

Message from Parramatta Bishop, Vincent Long, ahead of Royal Commission Final Catholic hearing
3 February 2017

Archbishop Coleridge video message ahead of Royal Commission final hearing
2 February 2017

Brisbane Archbishop urges change as Commission ends Catholic review
Catholic Leader - 2 February 2017

Statement from Archbishop Hart regarding final Catholic Royal Commission case study
2 February 2017

Maitland Newcastle Diocese launches new Protection and Safety Council
Media release - 23 January 2017

St Stanislaus' Bathurst 150 year media statement
19 January 2017

Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents
2 February 2017

St James Brighton service for healing and reconciliation
4 December 2016

Father Martin Dixon Homily - St James service
4 December 2016

Armidale memorial plans not to proceed
30 November 2016

Catholic Church in Australia launches new company to protect children and vulnerable adults
22 November 2016

Catholic Professional Standards - FAQs
22 November 2016

Melbourne Response compensation limit to double
18 November 2016

Child abuse memorial in Armidale Cathedral grounds
15 November 2016

Letter from Archbishop Hart to principals and priests on school Reconciliation
10 November 2016

Statement: Jesuits welcome redress scheme
10 November 2016

Statement from Marist Brothers - Redress
9 November 2016

Statement from Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher - National Redress Announcement
4 November 2016

Framework for Marist-Governed Schools Child Protection Standards
June 2016

Statement from Bishop Michael Kennedy at start of Farrell public hearing
9 September 2016

Statement from Bishop Vincent Long at start of Farrell public hearing
9 September 2016

Statement: Marist Brothers Provincial, Br Peter Carroll, Opening statement and apology, Case Study 43
8 September 2016

Statement from the Jesuits - Comprehensive strategy to safeguard children
6 September 2016

Statement from Bishop of Ballarat, Paul Bird: Bishop Mulkearns' estate
6 September 2016

Statement from Marist Brothers ahead of commencement of Maitland Newcastle public hearing
30 August 2016

Statement from the Marist Brothers’ Province of Australia – Royal Commission
27 July 2016

New child protection training for school staff
Media release Catholic Education Commission of Victoria  - 9 August 2016

Statement from Cardinal Pell re 7.30 child sex abuse allegations
27 July 2016

Statement from Archbishop Hart re 7.30 child sex abuse allegations against Cardinal Pell
27 July 2016

Statement from Archbishop Fisher re 7.30 child sex abuse allegations againast Cardinal Pell
27 July 2016

Statement to 7.30 from Cardinal Pell re child sex abuse allegations
22 July 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on announcement of Newcastle Maitland RC hearing
27 July 2016

Statement from Marist Brothers' Province of Australia ahead of Newcastle Maitland RC hearing
27 July 2016

Statement from Armidale Bishop, Michael Kennedy - Royal Commission hearing into dioceses of Parramatta and Armidale
6 July 2016

Letter from Parramatta Bishop, Vincent Long  - Royal Commission hearing into dioceses of Parramatta and Armidale
6 July 2016

Media statement Diosese Parramatta - Royal Commission hearing into dioceses of Parramatta and Armidale
6 July 2016

Statement from the Sisters of the Good Samaritan
16 June 2016

Statement from the Christian Brothers Oceania Province
25 May 2016

50th World Communications Day - Communicating the Power of Mercy
ACBC 4 May 2016

Joint Statement from Diocese of Rockhampton and Sisters of Mercy  - Royal Commission final report into St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol
21 April 2016

Statement from Bishop Bird following the death of Bishop Mulkearns
4 April 2016

Statement from the Christian Brothers Oceania re handling of compensation to abuse victims
30 March 2016

Statement - Cardinal Pell - Meeting with Ballarat survivors
3 March 2016

Statement - Bishop Bill Wright - Royal Commission
2 March 2016

Statement - Cardinal Pell - Survivor Meetings
2 March 2016 

What is Loud Fence?
March 2016

Statement - Cardinal Pell calls for investigation into leaks
22 February 2016

Statement - Archbishop Hart re leaked Sano allegations
20 February 2016

Statement - Bishop Comensoli re leaked Sano allegations
20 February 2016

Statement - Archbishop Fisher re leaked Sano allegations
19 February 2016

Statement - Cardinal Pell re leaked Sano allegations
19 February 2016

Statement - Archbishop Denis Hart re Cardinal Pell evidence
18 February 2016

Statement - Cardinal Pell regarding giving RC evidence from Rome
17 February 2016

Statement - Catholic Diocese of the Australian Defence Force - Bishop Max Davis
16 February 2016

Cardinal Pell statement Ballarat directions hearing
8 February 2016

Cardinal Pell clarification regarding Royal Commission application
13 December 2015

Partial Transcript: Cardinal Pell Royal Commission Application
11 December 2015

Statement from the Office of Cardinal George Pell in Rome
11 December 2015

Statement from Marist Brothers on RC final report into Canberra hearing
11 December 2015

Marist Brothers resolve to adopt Catholic Church's guidelines on civil claims
2 December 2015

Pastoral letter from Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird ahead of recommencement of Ballarat RC public hearing
20 November 2015

New child protection office part of Archdiocese of Sydney review
30 September 2015

Archbishop Hart welcomes release of Royal Commission Reports
15 September 2015

The Australian Province of the Society of Jesus child protection policy
10 September 2015

Christian Brothers Oceania Province completed nearly 50% of re-examinations in WA
7 July 2015

Perth Archbishop sets world first in preventing abuse
5 July 2015

Response to Royal Commission Findings on St Ann’s Special School
5 June 2015

Statement from Archbishops and Bishops in support of Cardinal Pell
2 June 2015

Statement of Archbishop Denis Hart - Cardinal Pell
1 June 2015

Postcard- Contact the Council
Download post card with TJHC contact details 

Child protection expert appointed by Catholic Archbishop
14 September 2014

Francis Sullivan's speech at the Archdiocese of Brisbane’s ‘Assembly of Catholic Professionals’ 
11 September 2014

Christian Brothers in WA Royal Commission undertakings update no. 2 
2 September 2014

Catholic Archbishop welcomes extension to Royal Commission’s invaluable work
2 September 2014

Media Statement by Archbishop Hart
25 August 2014

Media Release from Marist Brother' Province of Australia
7 August 2014

Homily of Pope Francis
Holy Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae with a group of clergy sex abuse victims
7 July 2014

Letter from Br Jeffrey Crowe FMS, Provincial Superior, Marist Brothers
Marist Brothers
2 July 2014

Mercy Sister Berneice Loch OAM elected as new President of Catholic Religious Australia
Catholic Religious Australia
1 July 2014

Letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
Archbishop Christopher Prowse
5 June 2014

Message to the people of the Diocese of Wollongong regarding the Royal Commission
Bishop Peter W Ingham
4 June 2014

Update on Royal Commission undertakings
Christian Brothers
27 May 2014

We will right this terrible wrong
Br Julian McDonald, Deputy province leader, Christian Brothers Oceania Province.
The Australian Newspaper
12 May 2014

Survivors of Abuse will receive ongoing counselling as long as it needed
Christian Brothers 
7 May 2014

Statement regarding the Royal Commission hearings in Perth
Christian Brothers
30 April 2014

Letter from Archbishop of Perth 
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe
24 April 2014

Letter from the Archbishop of Perth:The Royal Commission Executive Summary
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe
24 April 2014

George Pell can lift the veil of secreacy around sex abuse
Sydney Morning Herald
17 March 2014

Catholicism in Australia: Demographics, scandal underlie tectonic shifts
National Catholic Reporter
17 March 2014

Pastoral Letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Adelaide
Archbishop Wilson
12 March 2014

Letter to Madonna King
The Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge
24 February 2014

Major Support for Church's Council
The Catholic Leader
13 January 2014

Archbishop Denis Hart Welcomes Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry Report
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
13 November 2013

The Commitment of the Australian Catholic Church
The Catholic Church in Australia, in its submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in its communications with both the Catholic and broader communities has made this commitment.

Francis Sullivan addresses the Aquinas Academy
16 September 2013

The Irish Experience
Ian Elliott
10 September 2013

Keeping the Faith
Kate Bartlett Newcastle University Chaplain
13 August 2013

Apology from Bishop Bill Wright
Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle
6 August 2013

Statement from Emeritus Bishop Michael Malone
Emeritus Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle 
6 August 2013

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Wright regarding the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry
28 June 2013

Archbishop Coleridge welcomes the Royal Commission to Queensland
Archdiocese of Brisbane Media Release
11 June 2013

Archbishops Re-Commit To Eradicating The Evil of Sexual Abuse
Catholic Communications, Sydney
4 June 2013

Speech by Archbishop Denis Hart at the Leadership for Change luncheon
31 May 2013

Statement by Cardinal George Pell on the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry
28 May 2013 

Closing Statement by Archbishop Denis Hart to Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry
20 May 2013

Statement from Pope Francis on church sexual assault 
5 April 2013

Letter from the Archbishop of Brisbane welcoming the Royal Commission 
28 March 2013

Sowing in Tears is a Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of NSW to the Clergy, Religious and Laity in response to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Lent 2013

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Michael E. Putney about the Royal Commission.
6 December, 2012

At the Hinge of History
Annette Cunliffe rsc  
Catholic Religious Australia
20 Nov 2012

Royal Commission will be healing for the Church
Bishop William Wright
20 November 2012

Update on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Sexual Abuse
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
15 November 2012

Response of the Archdiocese of Sydney 
outlines the practices and procedures that the Archdiocese of Sydney follows today in responding to sexual abuse.

Statement to the people of the Diocese of Parramatta on the Royal Commission into Child Abuse
17 November 2012

Message to the people of the Diocese of Wollongong by the Bishop pf Wollongong Peter W Ingham DD Welcoming the Royal Commission
16 November 2012

Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference - Royal Commission Bishops' Response
12 November 2012

A Pastoral Letter on Sexual Abuse 
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
1 July 2010

A Pentecost Letter on Sexual Abuse of the Young in the Catholic Church
Archbishop Mark Coleridge 23 May 2010

 

 

 

 

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