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The Royal Commission and the Mission of the Church. Annette Cunliffe RSC. Royal Commission. At least 3 years – possibly 5+ “letters patent” = purposes 6 Commissioners – to sit separately Church response: “Whole of Church” Supervisory Group:

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The Royal Commissionand the Mission of the Church

Annette Cunliffe RSC


Royal Commission

  • 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


Some purposes of Commission:

  • 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....


Supervisory Group

  • “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


Truth, Justice and Healing Council

  • 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


What has this to do with the Mission? What IS Mission?

  • 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”;


What has this to do with the Mission? What IS Mission?

  • WE are the Mission;

  • Witness to the resurrection: victory of life over death


Call of the Royal Commission?

  • 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


Br Philip Pinto at 2012 CRA Assembly

  • 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. (WangariMaathai, Nobel Lecture, Oslo, 10th December, 2004).


Br Philip Pinto at 2012 CRA Assembly

  • 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?)


So what are OUR questions?

  • 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?


Other questions?


WHAT IS THE CALL TO MISSION?


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