Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 10-11 February 2018
BEGINNING THE JOURNEY TO LENT: A WORD FROM ARCHBISHOP MARK
Greetings of peace to you all as we look towards Lent and to Easter that lies beyond.
Last December, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report, as you know. Like the Australian Government and many other institutions, the Catholic bishops of Australia and leaders of religious institutes are currently studying the final report and its recommendations.
In the long years since the tragedy of child sexual abuse within the Catholic community became known, the Church has committed to policies, procedures and structures to respond better to survivors of abuse and their families, to establish professional standards for all ministers and Church workers, and to safeguard children and vulnerable people in every way. For the Church, as for other institutions, this has involved gradual learning and development, and so it will continue to be. ..