THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a final public hearing into the Catholic Church in February 2017.
The commission has called for submissions until July about any factors which may have contributed to why thousands of children were sexually abusedwithin the church, including the role of canon law and mandatory celibacy, and the processes by which priests and other religious were selected.
It is also considering factors contributing to how the church responded to allegations of abuse.
Final call: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has called for public submissions into a final public hearing into the Catholic Church and child sexual abuse, to be held in February 2017.
Royal Commission chief executive officer Philip Reed said previouscase studies and hearings hadconsidered Catholic institutionsincluding the Archdioceses of Melbourne and Adelaide, the Dioceses of Ballarat, Wollongong and Rockhampton, Catholic Education offices, the Marist Brothers, the Christian Brothers, and the Sisters of Mercy. Case studies hadalso considered the Towards Healing process and the Melbourne Response.
“The Royal Commission is inviting submissions on a number of factors identified through our work including canon law, mandatory celibacy and the selection, screening, training and ongoing support and supervision of working priests and religious,” Mr Reed said.
“We wish to examine to what extent these and other factors have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, or whether these issues have affected the institutional response to child sexual abuse,” Mr Reed said.
The Royal Commission is also seeking comment and submissions on the current and future proposed approaches of Catholic Church authorities to responding to survivors of child sexual abuse, individuals subject to allegations of child sexual abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse.
A copy of Issues Paper 11: Catholic Church Final Hearing, is available at the Royal Commissionwebsite athttp://老域名childabuseroyalcommission.gov备案老域名/research/issues-papers-submissions.
Submissions are invited until July 1 either in writing to GPO Box 5283, Sydney, NSW, 2001 or via email [email protected]备案老域名. Submissions can be anonymous.