Commitment Statement from Catholic Church Leaders

The Catholic Church in Australia, in its submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in its communications with both the Catholic and broader communities, has made the following commitment:

The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia recognise and acknowledge the devastating harm caused to people by the crime of child sexual abuse.

We take this opportunity to state:

  1. Sexual abuse of a child by a priest or religious is a crime under Australian law and under canon law.
  2. Sexual abuse of a child by any Church personnel, whenever it occurred, was then and is now indefensible.
  3. That such abuse has occurred at all, and the extent to which it has occurred, are facts of which the whole Church in Australia is deeply ashamed.
  4. The Church fully and unreservedly acknowledges the devastating, deep and ongoing impact of sexual abuse on the lives of the victims and their families.
  5. The Church acknowledges that many victims were not believed when they should have been.
  6. The Church is also ashamed to acknowledge that, in some cases, those in positions of authority concealed or covered up what they knew of the facts, moved perpetrators to another place, thereby enabling them to offend again, or failed to report matters to the police when they should have. That behaviour too is indefensible.
  7. Too often in the past it is clear some Church leaders gave too high a priority to protecting the reputation of the Church, its priests, religious and other personnel, over the protection of children and their families, and over compassion and concern for those who suffered at the hands of Church personnel. That too was and is inexcusable.
  8. In such ways, Church leaders betrayed the trust of their own people and the expectations of the wider community.
  9. For all these things the Church is deeply sorry. It apologises to all those who have been harmed and betrayed. It humbly asks for forgiveness.

The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia commit ourselves to endeavour to repair the wrongs of the past, to listen to and hear victims, to put their needs first, and to do everything we can to ensure a safer future for children.

REQUEST FOR ONLINE TRAINING FORM:

https://forms.gle/jLka2T1zL9BEPQ5M8

Once you fill in your details, the safeguarding office will email you with the link and details for online training.

Please email events@olrfairfield.org.au or visit Parish office to give us your certificate once the training is completed, for more information contact the Parish office on 97245997.

If you would like to volunteer you MUST fill out these Forms:

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Overview-of-the-Archdioceses-Child-Safeguarding-Policy PDF

CAS SAFEGUARDING WEBSITE:

For more information and resources about Safeguarding in the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney,

Please visit the website below.

Feedback and Report

Parish Safeguarding Feedback Form

https://forms.office.com/r/B2PssD4Lex

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Fairfield is committed to encouraging anyone who has a concern about a child or vulnerable adult to make a report. If you are concerned or a person you know about has been abused within the Archdiocese, we encourage you to contact us. All concerns, allegations, or complaints will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity. Matters will be acted on with moral, ethical, and legal obligations.

Forms of abuse may be:
• physical abuse
• sexual abuse including grooming
• emotional abuse including spiritual abuse
• family violence
• neglect
• discrimination
• bullying and sexual harassment
• Financial