Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Maitland-Newcastle to commence on Wednesday 31 August 2016

Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Maitland-Newcastle to commence on Wednesday 31 August 2016

The Royal Commission’s public hearing to inquire into the response of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious will now commence on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Case Study 43 was initially scheduled to start on Monday 29 August 2016, however it has been delayed to accommodate two additional hearing days for the public hearing into the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

The public hearing will take place at Newcastle Courthouse, 343 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The experience of survivors of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and religious in the Maitland-Newcastle region.

  2. The response of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to allegations of child sexual abuse made against Father Vincent Ryan.

  3. The response of the Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse made against Marist Brothers including Francis Cable (Brother Romuald) and Thomas Butler (Brother Patrick).

  4. The impacts of child sexual abuse on survivors, families, and the community in the Maitland-Newcastle region.

  5. Any related matters.