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The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first hearing in Melbourne's County Court today.
Council overseeing church's engagement with Royal Commission into child abuse announced
The TJHC will oversee the Catholic Church's engagement with the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Council, welcomed the announcement saying the 13 member Council is made up of men and women with professional and other expertise, especially across child sexual abuse, paedophilia, trauma, mental illness, suicide and public policy.
“The Church and members of the TJHC are determined that the truth be told and that the Church assists victims and those damaged by abuse as children receive justice and to embark on a sustainable process of healing,” Francis Sullivan said.
“Councillors have been chosen for their obvious expertise and their willingness to give frank and independent advice.”
“This Council will guide the Church as it goes through the Royal Commission, and will approach the task with openness and compassion.”
“We accept that the Royal Commission may well reveal embarrassing and shameful episodes from our past, but it is necessary in order for the truth to heal and for the community to see that our engagement is genuine and sincere.”
“Our task also involves advising the Church on the best practice changes to protect children and prevent sexual abuse.”
“This is a crucial task as the Church demonstrates through its actions that the welfare and safety of children are the highest priority.”
The Truth Justice and Healing Council will hold its first meeting in Sydney in mid April.
Members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council are: