Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults
Pope Francis, Letter to the People of God, 20 August 2018
In 2017 as part of Lina’s Project, Bishop Bill established September 15 as a Perpetual Day of Remembrance throughout the diocese. Such a day holds before us our history of child sexual abuse and the reality of its continual unfolding in the lives of those directly and indirectly affected.
The intention is that this day be marked in a variety of ways including survivor led events which will grow and develop from year to year. It is hoped that these events provide an opportunity for all of us to stand with survivors.
It is equally important that the Church mark this day with prayer, ritual and worship. As a people of faith, commissioned by Jesus to live in remembrance of him, we know the importance of remembering. Our remembering not only functions to ensure that such abuse never happens again, more than that, it is penetrated with the light of Christ’s Paschal Mystery and so becomes the source of our ongoing conversation and hope.
Our Church response is shaped by our liturgical wisdom and experience and by the light of the Paschal Mystery. Hopefully it too will grow and develop from year to year.
For more information read: Perpetual Day of Remembrance Resource
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has an absolute and abiding commitment to promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children and vulnerable adults — particularly for those who participate in the life of the Diocese as part of our faith communities in parishes, in our diocesan systemic schools and early education centres, as part of our welfare and community services through CatholicCare, out-of-school hours care and other diocesan ministries.
The office of Director of Safeguarding has been established by decree, issued by the Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle.
The Office of Safeguarding is the Diocese’s organisational expression of its commitment. The Office of Safeguarding is an integral part of the Diocese and separately oversees other diocesan services, agencies and program.
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