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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:08

To be a community of repentance and healing

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Bp Paul Bird cssr150Ballarat Bishop, Paul Bird, has written to all local parishes in the central Victorian regional town calling on all Catholics to keep in their thoughts and prayers the survivors of child sexual abuse who will be giving evidence at the Commission hearing over the coming three weeks.

"The hearings will be very stressful for survivors and their families and for people across our region. People will be deeply upset by the accounts of crimes against children and by the failings of church leaders in responding to these crimes. I encourage you to support one another through these difficult days," Bishop Bird wrote.

"I invite you to pray for those who will step forward to tell their stories. We pray that they will be able to continue the journey and find peace and hope for the future. We pray too for those who are assisting them and for the members of the Royal Commission who are undertaking such an important task on behalf of the Australian community."

"Let us pray also for our Church community. We need repentance and healing to become the community we are meant to be – the community of Christ’s disciples."

Read the pastoral letter from Bishop Paul Bird cssr here. 

Read more about the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat.