A council of religious and lay people being set up to work with the royal commission into child sex abuse will help the Catholic Church “face the truth”, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart says.
The Catholic Bishops Conference on Friday announced it had established a group of representatives from the conference and religious orders to establish and oversee the new 10-member council.
In a statement, the conference said the royal commission’s inquiry would be “painful and difficult” for the church, but that was nothing compared to the hurt of those who had suffered sexual abuse.
“Once again, we renew our heartfelt apology to those whose lives have been so grievously harmed by the evil perpetrated upon them by some priests, religious and church personnel.”
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