Francis Sullivan: Reform and renewal after Royal Commission


by Fatima Measham 23 January 2018.

On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse handed its final report to the Australian Government.

Fatima Measham, consulting editor of Eureka Street and host of the Eureka Street podcast ChatterSquare, spoke with Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, the body that is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response, to reflect on the journey since the Commission was first announced in November 2012 and to consider what are the next steps for the Church.

Right now, says Francis, ‘the whole intensity is well off the boil and in part that is completely understandable because it has been a massively intense period with a lot of heightened tension, and anxieties, and when something comes to an obvious conclusion people breathe a sigh of relief’. With that, however, ‘comes the temptation to become complacent’. That is a luxury the Church can ill afford…

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