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Annette Cunliffe RSC.  At least 3 years – possibly 5+  “letters patent” = purposes  6 Commissioners – to sit separately  Church response: “Whole of.

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1 Annette Cunliffe RSC

2  At least 3 years – possibly 5+  “letters patent” = purposes  6 Commissioners – to sit separately  Church response: “Whole of Church” ◦ Supervisory Group: ◦ Truth Justice and Healing Council – 13 members + Chief Executive Officer. ◦ Possible cost for TJH Council: $3M - $4M per year + our costs

3  To better protect children  To better respond to reports of abuse  To remove impediments to reporting  To overcome impact of past abuse  To have regard to experience of those who have suffered  Focus on systemic issues  Changes to laws, policies and practices?  How to share information....

4  “Metropolitan” Archbishops + Bishops of Wollongong, Townsville, Darwin + 3 CRA representatives  To achieve a “whole of Church” approach  To guide and support Council;  To approve membership of Council,  Terms of reference  Budget  Reports  Processes

5  13 members + Chief Executive Officer  10 lay, two Bishops, one Religious  To prepare submissions to Commission  To prepare materials for Commission  To organise people who will appear  Review protocols and how they are working  Manage PR  Be focal point for Church people who are involved  Research the issue of abuse

6  Church’s Mission or Mission’s Church? SOME EXPRESSIONS OF MISSION:  Service of Christ’s Mission:  “to love one another as I have loved you”.  In this love to bring closer the dream of Jesus, “that they may have life and have it to the full”;

7  WE are the Mission;  Witness to the resurrection: victory of life over death

8  Relief that, at last, this whole question might be openly investigated and the goals of prevention, healing and justice promoted.  Tinged – humanly - with selfish concern at the demands that this will place on all of us.  Sense of shame for failure to respond as committed followers of Jesus.  From fear to hope; from death to life

9  In the course of history there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground; a time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. (Wangari Maathai, Nobel Lecture, Oslo, 10 th December, 2004).

10  This is such a time – a “hinge of history”  Seize this time, ◦ a time of trial, of suffering, ◦ yet a God-given opportunity for a rebirth like that of Baptism, where purification clears the path to new life as a more humble, open church with that “mind that was in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 2:5). ◦ (Triumph of life over death?)

11  What are our hopes?  What are our fears?  What are our dreams?  How can we ensure that morale (life) is supported?  How can we ensure that we don’t evade the challenges?

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