CEO of the Catholic Church’s newly-formed Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan spoke today on the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
“We welcome the appointment of the six commissioners named by the Prime Minister today: Chief Commissioner Justice Peter McClellan; former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson; Justice Jennifer Coate; Productivity Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald; Professor Helen Milroy; and former WA Senator Andrew Murray.
“Once again, we commit to fully cooperate and engage with the Royal Commission and its deliberations,” he said.
“At its heart, the Royal Commission needs to let the full truth come out and ensure that the dignity of those who have been damaged by these atrocities is preserved, that they are supported, and not subject to a retraumatising of their experiences.”
“It is essential that the Commission’s process contribute to the healing of the victims, and that institutions develop best-practice processes to address child sexual abuse.”
“The Church stands ready and willing to assist.”
“Apart from participating fully in the Royal Commission, the Church will embark on its own processes of atonement and healing to bring light, hope and compassion to this very dark episode”, he said.