With the formal reading in Latin of a Papal Bull, Christopher Prowse yesterday became the seventh Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn. Archbishop Prowse was formally installed in his chair of office in St Christopher’s Cathedral in front of about 700 people, including more than 30 of his brother bishops, reports the Canberra Times.
In his homily at the service, Archbishop Prowse mentioned the Royal Commission and said the Catholic Church could do more to support victims of child sexual abuse. 'We can always do a lot more,' Archbishop Prowse said. First of all, we have got to listen to their stories. I think we need to really improve on that, reports the ABC on Yahoo7.
The Canberra Times reports the Vatican’s Ambassador to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher read out the letter of appointment from Pope Francis, before it was translated into English. 'We believe that with your well recognised and much esteemed spiritual and pastoral gifts, you venerable brother, are best suited to fill this vacancy, Pope Francis wrote to Archbishop Prowse.
Archbishop Prowse formerly served as Bishop of Sale and as an auxiliary bishop in Melbourne. In his homily, he reflected on the fact he and the cathedral were both named after St Christopher.
According to legend, St Christopher served God by carrying people – including on one occasion the Christ-Child – across a dangerous river. 'I want to be a 'Christopher for you,’ Archbishop Prowse told the congregation. I want to carry you and your burdens to Jesus, the great burden-bearer, across the dangerous river of life.’
Senior clergy at the mass included Sydney’s Cardinal George Pell. Former Canberra and Goulburn Archbishop Mark Coleridge, now the Archbishop of Brisbane, also attended. Former Archbishop Francis Carroll was unable to attend due to ill-health.
Christopher Prowse installed as Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn (The Canberra Times)