Final day of Hearing, Healing and Hope conference photos
The final day of Hearing, Healing, Hope commenced early on the Friday (23 February) with a working breakfast to discuss Australia's upcoming Plenary 2020 Council with facilitator Lana Turvey Collins. Attendees worked together to discuss a series of questions that would feed into the Plenary consultation process.
This was followed by a plenary on responding to abuse, and ensuring safety and dedication to service led by Maria Harries AM, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia's board, with Robert Fitzgerald (who was one of the Commissioners on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for five years) and Sheree Limbrick, the recently appointed Chief Executive Office of Catholic Standards Ltd.
In his presentation, Robert Fitzgerald stated that instead of a church walking humbly with its God, it found "an arrogant church, that placed its own reputation above the interests of victims, and did so knowingly in a way that would cause further harm to many of those victims".
The day ended with Frank Brennan SJ AO providing a masterclass on Pope Francis and Human Rights: Moving Justice and Solidarity from the dictionary to the workshop of Catholic social services.