Catholic Wrap: all summaries in the one place

Case Study 50, the final public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, wrapped up at the end of last month.  The hearings spanned three weeks, as the Commission heard from more than 60 witnesses.

catholicTalk provided a daily summary of the hearings, and you can find links to all of these below.

Day One

Opening statement from Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission, Gail Furness SC.

Opening remarks from Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Structure, governance and culture panel: Father Michael Whelan SM and Father David Ranson.

Day Two

Structure, governance and culture panel: Father Thomas Doyle OP, Dr Michelle Mulvihill, Professor Neil James Ormerod, and Father Francis Moloney SDB.

Day Three

Structure, governance and culture panel: Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Professor Patrick Parkinson, Dr Maureen Patricia Cleary OAM, Peter Johnstone OAM and Father (Dr) Gerry O’Hanlon SJ.

Day Four

Canon Law panel: Dr Roger Austin, Father Thomas Doyle OP, Sister Moya Hanlen OLSH and Kieran Tapsell.

Sacrament of Reconciliation panel: Father (Dr) Frank O'Loughlin, Father (Prof) Ian Waters, Father (Dr) Joseph Grayland, Father Frank Brennan SJ, Father Laurie McNamara and Bishop Terence Curtin.

Day Five

Teresa Devlin, CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (sole witness.)

Day Six

Seminary formation panel: Bishop Tony Randazzo, Father David Ranson, Father John Chalmers and Dr Chris Geraghty.

Dr Gerardine Robinson, clinical psychologist (sole witness.)

Day Seven

Current practices in seminary formation panel: Sister Lydia Allen RSM, Father Peter Thompson CM, Father John Hogan, Father Brendan Kelly SJ and Dr David Leary OFM.

Day Eight

Formation of clergy panel: Dr Michelle Mulvihill, Father Michael Whelan SM, Father Gregory Bourke, Sister Evelyn Crotty RSM, Father Thomas McDonough CP and Dr David Leary OFM.

Community services panel: Ariana Kenny, Michael Austin, Dale West and Nick Halfpenny.

Day Nine

Comments regarding data analysis from Gail Furness SC.

Education panel: Dr Tim McDonald, Peter Hill, Stephen Elder and John Crowley.

Safeguarding panel: Mark Eustance, Claire Pirola, Karen Larkman, Andrea Musulin and Sean Tynan.

Day Ten

Catholic Professional Standards Limited panel: Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the Hon. Neville Owen and Francis Sullivan.

Day Eleven

Bishops of “smaller” dioceses: Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Archbishop Julian Porteous, Bishop Daniel Hurley, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop Christopher Saunders and Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay.

Day Twelve

Heads of religious orders panel: Sister Berneice Loch RSM, from the Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea, Brother Peter Clinch of the Christian Brothers, Brother Peter Carroll of the Marist Brothers, Brother Ambrose Payne of the De La Salle Brothers, Brother Timothy Graham of the St John of God Brothers, Father Gregory Chambers SDB of the  Salesians of Don Bosco and Father Brian McCoy SJ of the Jesuits.

Day Thirteen

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors panel: Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins, Kathleen McCormack AM and Bill Kilgallon OBE.

Metropolitan Archbishops panel: Archbishop Denis Hart, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB and Archbishop Philip Wilson.

Day Fourteen

Metropolitan Archbishops panel: Archbishop Denis Hart, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB and Archbishop Philip Wilson.

As the Commission ends its public hearings to write its final report, the news coming from the Commission is expected to be quite limited.  But stay tuned to catholicTalk for any updates.

Monica Doumit, catholicTalk editor

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 06:08 Written by 


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