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Bishops fine-tuning sex abuse response procedures

The Australian Catholic Bishops have indicated that the Towards Healing protocol for dealing with claims of abuse by Church personnel is continuing to "evolve in the light of experience".

At their recent plenary meeting earlier this month, the bishops 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.

The bishops also approved the establishment of a professional standards consultative panel for each diocesan bishop and religious leader to assist him or her to implement the process.

They thanked Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, for his contribution to the Professional Standards Committee and to his input on formulating and implementing Towards Healing. Bishop Robinson stood down from the committee after nine years.

The new committee chairman is Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

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