The Truth, Justice and Healing Council was established shortly after the Federal Government formally announced the establishment of the Royal Commission to investigate Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on 11 January 2013. The two overarching Catholic Church organisations, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), which together represent dioceses, archdioceses and religious congregations across Australia, established the Council to oversee the Church's engagement with the Royal Commission and the pastoral and other ramifications that have arisen from the sexual abuse scandal.
The Truth, Justice and Healing Council fully supports the Royal Commission and will do everything within its power to cooperate with it and its exploration of truth for everyone who has been affected by the tragedy of child abuse by:
- Identifying systematic institutional failures that have impeded the protection of children;
- Promoting lasting healing for the survivors of previous abuse;
- Identifying all necessary measures to prevent abuse of children in the future.
The Honourable Neville Owen and Mr Francis Sullivan serve as chair and CEO respectively of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council which will include representatives from the community to provide expertise, wisdom and guidance over the course of the Royal Commission.
Contact the Council through Francis Sullivan, Executive Officer, Truth, Justice and Healing Council through the details below:
Telephone: 02 6234 0902
Fax: 02 6234 0999
Address: PO Box 4593, Kingston ACT 2604