Following the announcement of a Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Bishop Bill has written an article outlining his hopes for this process. In the piece, he describes a sense of relief at the announcement, and expresses his wish that the commission will be an opportunity for victims “to have their pain acknowledged and understood by society generally.”
“My hope is that after the Royal Commission there will be no more conspiracy of silence around child abuse, no more blaming the victim, no more resigned acceptance that it’s going to happen. These would be great outcomes. If the Church has to take a battering along the way, so be it.”
You can read the full text of Bishop Bill’s article on his “Writings” page.