"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."
- Bishop Bill Wright, November 2012 (read full statement).
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle actively supports, and is firmly committed to assisting the work of both the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry and the national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
This section of the website is dedicated to providing information, links, news stories and statements concerning both the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry.
In this section you can:
On 9 November 2012, the Premier announced that the NSW government proposed to establish a Special Commission of Inquiry into matters raised by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox in an ABC Lateline interview regarding the handling of certain child sexual abuse allegations.
Commissioner Margaret Cunneen's report relating to the Special Commission of Inquiry was published by the Executive on Friday 30 May 2014. You can read the Commissioner's report at www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/scoihunter
Following the release of the report, Bishop Bill Wright issued an open letter to the people of the Diocese, accompanied by a video.
You can also download and read the full public submission sent to the Special Commission of Inquiry by the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. This document includes an acknowledgement and apology from Bishop Bill Wright and descriptions of the evolution of Child Protection Practices within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
On Friday 11 January 2013, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, appointed a six-member Royal Commission to investigate Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Royal Commission will inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
Healing and Support, Zimmerman Services also offers healing and support to victims and their families who have been adversely affected by child sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Contact Healing and Support on (02) 4979 1390 or email.