On March 7, 2013 the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s Vicar General, Fr Brian Mascord, invited representatives of the diocesan community to join a consultative group.
The Diocese’s ‘Committee for Commissions’ aims to assist the diocese in its preparation to engage with the Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and support the diocese’s ongoing engagement with the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry Concerning the Investigation of Certain Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Hunter Region.
15 individuals comprising eight women and seven men representing a large cross section of the diocesan community have been appointed to the Committee for Commissions including:
- Parishioners of the diocese
- Clergy and religious
- Diocesan staff members
- Senior leaders from the Chancery, Catholic Schools Office and CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning.
The diocese actively supports, and is firmly committed to assisting, the work of both the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry and the national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The work of this Group will assist the diocese to better reflect the insights of the local Catholic community and respond effectively. Members of the group will also bring perspectives from the groups or regions they represent in our large and diverse diocese.
The Group will also support the work of the Manager of the diocesan child protection unit, Zimmerman Services, who is closely involved in the diocese’s preparations.
Further information produced or relevant to the Group will be posted on the Commission part of the diocesan website when appropriate: www.mn.catholic.org.au/commissions