Archbishop writes letter about sexual abuse hearings

Preparing parishioners

The Archbishop of Goulburn and Canberra has written to parishioners to prepare them ahead of next week’s hearings by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, reports The Canberra Times.

He has also asked Catholics to pray for the victims who will be giving evidence over two weeks from next Tuesday. 'They [the commissioners] will be examining the way in which the Marist Brothers responded to allegations of child sexual abuse in their schools in the ACT, NSW and Queensland,' Archbishop Christopher Prowse said.

'I write to prepare you for the public testimonies of the very sad experiences of some victims.

'Many of you will be shaken by these horrendous stories. The victims deserve our prayers and support. They have been courageous in coming forward. We stand alongside them.

'I attach a prayer of intercession that you may wish to use in your Masses in the coming two weeks.'

The prayer reads: 'As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse conducts hearings in Canberra, we pray for all victims, especially those giving evidence. May the Holy Spirit heal the minds and hearts of victims. May we all work towards a world free from this terrible scourge. Lord hear us.'

Archbishop Prowse described sexual abuse in any form, especially by church leaders, as 'one of the great scandals of our times'.

FULL COVERAGE

Archbishop prepares parishioners for 'horrendous' child sexual abuse stories (The Canberra Times)

Prayers for victims (C-G Newsletter)

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Letter to parishioners from Archbishop Christopher Prowse

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