Days of Reparation
The release of the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will stir a range of emotions amongst parishioners. We are mindful that parishes have been impacted by the events of the past years in different ways and that local responses are necessarily reflective of those needs.
To support parishes, the following resources have been prepared and may be adapted according to the needs of the local community. They include sample penitential liturgies, prayers, litanies and prayer sheets.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has proclaimed the days from Ash Wednesday until the Saturday after Ash Wednesday 2018 as days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims. The Bishops Commission for Liturgy has prepared several liturgical resources which might be used in these days of reparation and afterwards.
Also provided are supplementary materials from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.