Archbishop Anthony Fisher's vision for the future of the Church following the Royal Commission Catholic 'wrap up'

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
24 Feb 2017

What has become known as the Catholic 'wrap up' of the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse concluded its three week hearing today.

All the Royal Commissioners heard from Australia's leading Archbishops including Sydney Archbishop, Anthony Fisher OP.

The Archbishops were asked their views on a range of issues being discussed at this hearing including professional standards, priestly formation, celibacy, the seal of Confession, governance, Church structure and clericalism.

The appearance of Archbishops Anthony Fisher, Denis Hart (Melbourne), Mark Coleridge (Brisbane), Philip Wilson (Adelaide)and Timothy Costelloe SDB (Perth) followed evidence given by other clergy and lay experts during this hearing.

During the Archbishops' day and a half evidence, Archbishop Fisher once again expressed his sorrow for the tragic crime of child abuse and cover up which has been explicitly revealed by the Royal Commission. He also spoke of the many victims, survivors and their families who have had the courage to speak of their experiences in either the public forum of the Commission or in private sessions.

He said while the Church has been tackling the issue of child abuse for a number of years, the Royal Commission has held the spotlight on the breadth and depth of the problem and is looking to the Catholic Church to be part of the way forward.