New Royal Commission findings enhance demand for action to get back on mission
Cardinal George Pell knew of child sexual abuse by clergy and failed to act.
The once redacted reports of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse provide further details of the Catholic Church’s grave failures to protect children from paedophiles. Victims’ lives were irreparably changed and damaged because the Church valued its reputation more highly than the safety of children.
The Plenary Council of the Church in Australia, now deferred due to the coronavirus, was intended to focus on ‘getting back on mission’, on reforming the Church’s culture and governance that enabled this immoral behaviour.
A national group of Catholics, Catholics for Renewal, has provided in the words of Jesuit priest Frank Brennan, “a realistic, hopeful and authentically Catholic roadmap” for the Plenary Council, in Getting Back on Mission: Reforming Our Church Together.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is presently holding a 7-day ‘virtual’ meeting during which they will set a new date for the Plenary Council. These findings now released by the Government underlines the urgency of the Plenary Council and of the need for radical reform.
Thousands of Catholics throughout Australia have advised the bishops of the critical needs and their importance in the Plenary Council consultation process, issues documented thoroughly in Getting Back on Mission.
Reading Getting Back on Mission will ensure you add your informed call to the clergy to demand change.
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This is a contribution to the Australian Plenary Council 2020/21. Its purpose is twofold: to get the Church back ‘on mission’; and to show how that can be achieved ‘together’.