Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo has launched a new framework for the diocese that outlines its commitment to the human and spiritual rights of children.
The Broken Bay Diocese dedicates September to safeguarding and the Rights of the Child Framework is an initiative of this month.
It has been 30 years since Australia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which identified the particular rights that apply to children, rights that governments commit to upholding and protecting. These include the right to be educated, to grow in a healthy environment, to have a safe and loving home, to be clothed and fed, to be listened to and to be treated fairly.
Broken Bay Diocese’s framework details these rights and extends to include the spiritual rights of the child. It outlines the commitment of the diocese to the child’s human and spiritual rights and aims to empower the leadership and culture of the Diocese to understand and practice these rights.
Bishop Randazzo made it a priority to express the spiritual rights alongside the natural rights identified by the United Nations.
“In the community of the Church, these human rights of the child are grounded in the truth that each child is made in the image and likeness of God, with unique beauty and dignity,” he said. “Each child is known and loved by God.”
The Diocesan entities of Chancery and Parish, Catholic Schools Office and CatholicCare will utilise the framework as a platform for developing child-related programs relevant to each agency.
Rights of the Child Framework Launched (Broken Bay Diocese)