The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse will examine the current policies and procedures of Catholic Church authorities in Australia in its final public hearing into the church.
The public hearing will be held on Monday inside the royal commission’s hearing rooms at the Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney.
hearing will probe existing child protection and child-safe standards
within the Catholic Church, including responding to allegations of child
It will also examine factors that may have
contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse at Catholic Church
institutions across Australia.
The hearing is also expected
delve into the response of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to
relevant case study reports and other royal commission reports.
It will also examine data relating to the extent of claims of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church of Australia.
of this hearing is not to inquire into individual sets of facts or
particular events as has occurred in previous royal commission case
The commission, which is due to deliver its final report
in December 2017, stopped accepting survivors' applications to tell
their stories to commissioners in private hearings on September 30.
hearing comes after disgraced paedophile Catholic priest Gerald
Ridsdale fronted this month charged with more than 36 new allegations of
historic child sexual abuse.
The inquiry revealed last
year, it has spoken to 5111 survivors in private sessions, with 1544
waiting for future sessions. Last year alone, it held about 37 private
sessions a week with survivors.
The Courier understands
a number of Ridsdale’s alleged victims have come forward and made
reports to Victoria Police Taskforce Sano in the wake of the Royal
Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
commissioners are also set to make a historic apology to all victims of
child-sex abuse in institutional care who not believed when they
reported child sex crimes at the hands of clergy, or who were returned
Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton
said earlier this year, commissioners will wait until after the royal
commission's final report is released in December.
December 2015, the inquiry heard a widespread conspiracy to conceal
child sex abuse by a disgraced priest was orchestrated by leaders of the
Catholic Church and Victoria police.
The hearing will be streamed live to the public via webcast on the royal commission’s websitewww.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.