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Catholic bishops to release Royal Commission response

Posted on 13 August 2018
Catholic bishops to release Royal Commission response
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has agreed to release its formal response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by the end of the month.

In a media release following a two-day meeting on the issue, the Catholic bishops said they will also release the four volumes of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council's final report.

"The Bishops Conference and the president of Catholic Religious Australia agreed that the close collaboration between the two bodies during the life of the Royal Commission and in the area of the protection of children and vulnerable people should continue," ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.

The Catholic Religious Australia Council, which meets later this month, will work with the ACBC to finalise the Catholic Church's response.

"Through the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, the bishops and religious orders have engaged productively with the Royal Commission and within the Church in recent years, shaping a shared voice and approach," Archbishop Coleridge said.

"It's therefore appropriate that our formal response to the Commission's recommendations and our response to child sexual abuse should also be made together."

Representatives of Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Professional Standards Limited and the Church's Implementation Advisory Group were key contributors to the bishops' deliberations this week.
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