|Queensland||CHURCH TO ACT ON ABUSE ENQUIRY REPORT|
The Catholic Church has pledged to closely examine the outcomes of the Forde Enquiry into the abuse of children in Queensland institutions, in order to work out a strategy to assist the Government in the healing process.
Three of the Enquiry report's 42 recommendations call for action by the churches. They urge churches to acknowledge harm done to children in institutions and apologist, as well as the establishment of principles of compensation and the funding of counselling for victims.
Expressing regret for the abuses that occurred, Brisbane archdiocesan chancellor Fr Jim Spence said: "The contents of the Forde Report will be closely examined to see how the church can work with the government."
The report said: "A recognition of the relationship between the department and the denominations which ran the licensed institutions is essential to an understanding of how institutional care could fail children in so many respects without intervention from the department."
Catholic Leader 1:16pm 15/6/99