The Church in New Zealand is determined to listen, learn and reflect on the evidence of survivors given to the first faith-based redress hearings of the country's Royal Commission into Abuse in Care. Source: NZCBC.
“The Catholic bishops and congregational leaders are committed to upholding their responsibilities to act to stop abuse in the Catholic Church and to learn the lessons of how to respond to what has happened,” said Catherine Fyfe, chair of Te Rōpū Tautoko, the Church agency formed to co-ordinate and manage cooperation between the royal commission and the Church, as represented by the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference and the Congregational Leaders Conference (CLCANZ).
Te Rōpū Tautoko has provided thousands of pages of requested historical documents to the commission.
Cardinal John Dew, representing the bishops and their six dioceses on Te Rōpū Tautoko, said: “The bishops and congregational leaders asked to be included in the work of the royal commission. They are committed to working with it, for events of the past to be examined transparently and openly, and to implement the commission’s eventual recommendations.
“We acknowledge the harm caused to many and express our profound sorrow.”
Sr Margaret Anne Mills, president of CLCANZ, which represents 43 Catholic religious entities on Te Rōpū Tautoko, praised the courage of survivors who have come forward to share their experiences: “We will be listening very carefully to what survivors have to say, reflecting on their evidence and learning from their experiences.”
This first part of the royal commission’s faith-based redress hearings began in Auckland yesterday and heard evidence from survivors of abuse in the Catholic Church, Anglican Church and Salvation Army.
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