Presentation on theme: "Annette Cunliffe RSC. At least 3 years – possibly 5+ “letters patent” = purposes 6 Commissioners – to sit separately Church response: “Whole of."— Presentation transcript:
Annette Cunliffe RSC
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
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....
“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
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
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”;
WE are the Mission; Witness to the resurrection: victory of life over death
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
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).
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?)
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?