Bishops’ Meeting: Consultative panel to assist Towards Healing process
The Towards Healing protocol for dealing with claims of abuse by Church personnel continues to evolve in the light of experience.
The bishops have restated their commitment to maintaining professional standards and to dealing compassionately and fairly with the issues surrounding abuse by Church personnel.
They affirmed and refined the established procedures and made it clear that these apply to the bishops themselves.
They also approved the establishment of a professional standards consultative panel for each diocesan bishop and religious leader to assist them in implementing the process.
They thanked Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, for his contribution to the Professional Standards Committee and to his input in formulating and implementing Towards Healing.
Bishop Robinson has stood down from the committee after nine years.
The new chairman is Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide.