Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Council, has met the Bishop of Bunbury and local priests to discuss the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, the council said in a media release.
Mr Sullivan said last week’s meeting had been overwhelmingly positive and all involved understood the importance of the Royal Commission to victims and to the Church.
“We talked about the process the Council is going through to collect important documents from dioceses and congregation for the Commission,” Mr Sullivan said.
“We also talked about the way in which parish priests are responding to their congregations at a pastoral level and the importance of providing clear information to parishioners with a focus on the changes that have taken place over the past 20 years.
“Everyone I met said this Royal Commission is an historic opportunity for the truth to be told and for healing and reconciliation,” Mr Sullivan said.
The Bishop of Bunbury, Gerald Holohan, said the meetings provided valuable information about the Royal Commission and the role of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.
“As we go through the Royal Commission hearings it will be painful for victims,” Bishop Holohan said.
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