On Monday 22 October at 11am, the Prime Minister of Australia delivered the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse at Parliament House in Canberra. Click on this link National Apology
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been a painful and difficult time for the people of God as so many stories of unimaginable abuse perpetrated by some priests, religious and lay people have been revealed.
The National Apology provides an opportunity for us to remember and recall these stories and to pray for healing and atonement. We also acknowledge the courage of those who appeared before the Royal Commission to tell their stories. In addition, we recognise the work that has been undertaken and continues to be done to shape a culture of accountability and trust to enable us to protect all children and vulnerable adults.
The Catholic Church in our country stands in solidarity in
giving expression to words of acknowledgement, sorrow and apology to all
victims and their loves ones.