Meeting of Concerned Catholics Canberra Goulburn Diocese
On Thursday 31st August, the Concerned Catholics of Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese met for their second forum. Sr. Ruth Durick osu was asked to speak on the way forward from the royal Commission. Fr Peter Day, a priest of the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese, and Mr. John Falzon, Chief executive Officer of the St. Vincent de Paul national Council also spoke at the event.
Included here are the texts of the talks given by Ruth and Peter.
OUR RESPONSE TO THE ROYAL COMMISSION –
WHERE TO FROM HERE? TO WHAT AND WHO ARE WE RESPONDING?
The Royal Commission will complete its task in December this year with its final report to be handed to the Governor General on 15th December. Our response will not just be to the Royal Commission as such but
1. to the church,
2. to the world,
3. to those who think not much will change, who are waiting to get back to normal,
4. especially to those whose lives have been broken by abuse within our church
5. and to all those who have been affected along the way – the dispirited, the disenchanted, the angry - but also to those of us who still have hope that things can be different.......
Canberra, 31st August 2017
We spend too much time in airport lounges
and not enough time in ‘soup kitchens’.
I was not baptised in the name of this pope or that pope; this group of bishops, or that group of bishops.
Nor was I baptised in the name of the conservatives, or the progressives; this faction, or that faction.
I was baptised in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
I was baptised and ordained to serve, but that’s not as romantic as it sounds:
…He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing… ‘If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you’. (John 13: 4-5, 13-15)
By Peter Day