Royal Commission examines Towards Healing process

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, today (9th December 2013) began public hearings on the Catholic Church’s victim’s reparation and pastoral response scheme - Towards Healing.

This hearing will focus on the experiences of four Queensland residents who were abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Diocese of Lismore and by Marist Brothers in two Queensland schools in the late 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

Over the coming weeks, there will no doubt be a lot of publicity regarding past sins of Church members, and past failures of Church authorities. It is important we understand both the reality of past crimes and failures, as well as the determined efforts of the Church in Australia over the past two decades to accept and remedy them.

In its submissions to the Royal Commission, and in its communications with both the Catholic and broader communities, the Church has made a commitment. This Commitment Statement, from the leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia, has been read out in parishes across the country over the past couple of weeks. Bishop McKenna read the Statement at Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday 8th December. You can view the Commitment Statement at

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council’s website provides information and regular updates on the hearings and other matters. You can access it at or through the link on the home page of our Diocesan website