Truth, Justice and Healing Council CEO meets Wollongong Bishop and people of Diocese

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Media Release, 16 May, 2013

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of The Truth, Justice and Healing Council, established by the Catholic Church to coordinate the Church’s response to The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, visited Wollongong yesterday to meet with Bishop Peter Ingham, clergy, religious, school principals, and employees from the Catholic Education Office, CatholicCare and the Office of the Bishop.

Francis Sullivan, photo by Beth Doherty

Francis Sullivan, photo by Beth Doherty

Mr Sullivan walked through the process of the Royal Commission and gave an understanding of the public and private hearings. He commented, “This is our opportunity not to let down people who have been damaged by the Church.” All present were very positive in their response to Mr Sullivan’s presentation.

Bishop Ingham reiterated, “Once again I offer my sincere apologies to anyone in our Diocese who has been harmed. The Diocese is cooperating fully with the Royal Commission and seeks to be truly open to the wisdom that it will offer to ensure greater protection for children, now and into the future.”

Bishop Peter Ingham

Bishop Peter Ingham

We recognise the need for any person who has been sexually abused as a child by a clergy, religious or employee of the Catholic Church to be given the opportunity for their experience to be heard. All personnel working for the Church in the Diocese of Wollongong have been given cards with details to assist people to make contact with the Royal Commission or the Police Assistance Line.

For further media information contact:

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council Media Contact:
Michael Salmon, 0417 495 018

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong Media Contact:
Daniel Hopper, 0418 667 517 | daniel.hopper@dow.org.au