Catholic Religious Australia will hold its National Day of Sorrow and Promise on Sunday, commemorating the first anniversary of the National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
The National Apology was delivered by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in October 2018 in Parliament House, Canberra.
Br Peter Carroll FMS, Catholic Religious Australia president, said:
“The scars of abuse – sexual abuse and abuse of power – continue to move our Church into greater reflection and action – to learn from past mistakes, to learn from the experiences of survivors and to take concrete action to ensure our Church is a safe place for children and all people.”
The National Apology was symbolic of the deep impact that institutional sexual abuse has had on thousands of lives over many decades in Australia. CRA believes it is a significant date on which to hold a day of remembrance, a National Day of Sorrow and Promise, which is a response from Catholic religious across the country.
On Sunday, Catholic religious women and men will gather with their communities in solidarity, to recognise the pain and damage caused by abuse, in different cities and towns across the nation.
“As President of CRA, I confirm CRA’s commitment to reform the Church’s practices so that safeguarding is integral throughout the Church’s ministry and outreach in the community and to work with those who have been abused in a compassionate and just way, effecting change within the very heart of our Church,” Br Peter said.
The Liturgy booklet and Promise Statement can be found on the CRA website.
CRA National Day of Sorrow and Promise to mark National Apology (Catholic Religious Australia)