Statement from the Principal
The following statement was made by the President of the Australian Bishops’ Council, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in relation to the conviction of Cardinal George Pell.
"The news of Cardinal George Pell's conviction on historical child sexual abuse charges has shocked many across Australia and around the world, including the Catholic Bishops of Australia.
The Bishops agree that everyone should be equal under the law, and we respect the Australian legal system. The same legal system that delivered the verdict will consider the appeal that the Cardinal's legal team has lodged. Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served.
In the meantime, we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones, and we commit ourselves anew to doing everything possible to ensure that the Church is a safe place for all, especially the young and the vulnerable."
-February 26, 2019
I am aware that the news from the Victorian Court, announced on Tuesday 26 February, will be distressing from a number of points of view. I am particularly aware that some members of our MacKillop community know survivors of abuse and indifference by clergy and religious and that therefore awful painful memories will again be stirred with this court's decision.
At this school we teach our students to trust, respect and obey the laws of the land and the institutions thereof. We therefore place our trust in the judicial process and hope for a just conclusion.
The College holds survivors of abuse close to our heart and keep them in our prayers. May the love, support and indignation of our community be of comfort to survivors and their families and friends.
Should any distress have been caused, the following agencies can be contacted for support:
13 11 14 • www.lifeline.org.au
1300 224 636 • https://www.beyondblue.org.au
Yours sincerely in St Mary MacKillop,