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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 commission and the mission of the church

The Royal Commissionand the Mission of the Church

Annette Cunliffe RSC


Royal commission

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

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

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

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

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 mission1

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

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

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 assembly1

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

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

Other questions?


What is the call to mission

WHAT IS THE CALL TO MISSION?


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