Press releases and statements

The latest statements and media releases from the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are listed below including those from the Catholic Schools Office, CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning and the Catholic Development Fund.

Please direct any media enquiries or requests for interviews to the Communications Team on 0419 263 901.

16Sep 2021

A message from Bishop Bill Wright on his health and ministry

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Recent times have involved many difficulties for people in our region and across New South Wales and beyond.  In such times, it is the duty of a bishop to be pres…

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12Sep 2021

Statement from Bishop Bill on the findings of the public consultation for a memorial

In September 2017, following Lina’s Project, I spoke about consulting with survivors and the community about a permanent memorial in the grounds of Sacred Heart Cathedral.  That consultation has been…

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18Jan 2021

Statement by Bishop Bill Wright on the Unexpected Death of Archbishop Emeritus Phillip Wilson

I was saddened to learn of the death of Archbishop Emeritus Philip Wilson on Sunday afternoon. Although he had been very unwell in recent years, his death was sudden and unexpected. I first met Philip…

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28Aug 2020

Statement welcoming a police inquiry into the tragic suicide of Father Glen Walsh

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has, continues to, and will always acknowledge both the terrible levels of historic child sexual abuse that occurred within the Diocese and the failures of some of it…

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21Aug 2020

Statement in response to request for further judicial inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has, continues to, and will always acknowledge both the terrible levels of historic child sexual abuse that occurred within the Diocese and the failures of some of it…

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08Jun 2020

The Catholic Church has denounced a number of malicious emails being sent to random recipients claiming to be from Catholic parishes, dioceses and other organisations.

In recent weeks, emails have been sent that mention one or more of the following: Cardinal George Pell, the complainant in his criminal trial, COVID-19 and – most recently – the upcoming Eden-Monaro b…

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27Mar 2020

Statement by Bishop Bill Wright on the first anniversary of the dedication of the memorial to the victims and survivors of historical child sexual abuse at Marist Brothers High School Hamilton

REMEMBERING DEDICATING HOPING Acknowledgement of the first anniversary of the dedication of the Memorial to the victims and survivors of historical child sexual abuse at Marist Brothers High School H…

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14Mar 2020

Detailed communication in support of Bishop Bill Wright’s open letter to the People of the Diocese

DETAILED COMMUNICATION IN SUPPORT OF BISHOP BILL WRIGHT’S OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DIOCESE IN PREPARATION FOR THE AIRING OF THE ABC DOCUMENTARY REVELATION The details set out below are writte…

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13Mar 2020

Open letter from Bishop Bill Wright to the People of the Diocese

Please CLICK HERE to view the open letter from Bishop Bill Wright to the People of the Diocese.

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13Sep 2019

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright: Volume IV of the Cunneen Commission Report

When first asked about the calls for a Royal Commission into the history of Child Sexual Abuse in this diocese, I said that I would welcome a public inquiry. I believed that only an investigation by c…

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