January 07, 2005

‘Forgotten Australians’ report welcomed.

The Tablet

Australia’s Catholic bishops and leaders of religious congregations have established a group to help them implement improvements to the treatment of children in care following inquiries into abuse by church workers.

The bishops and leaders of religious institutes welcomed the 2004 report of the Senate inquiry into children in institutional care, Forgotten Australians.

“We have been moved by the courage of those who have laid bare their experiences before the committee,” said a statement by the bishops and congregational leaders last month. “An apology was first made in the 1996 document, Towards Healing, and we formally renew our apology to those whose abuse was perpetrated by Catholic church personnel.

“The revelations contained in the report are the very opposite of all that we would wish to stand for.

Posted by kshaw at January 7, 2005 11:07 PM