The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Newcastle from Wednesday 31 August to Thursday 8 September 2016.

The hearing resumed for one day on Friday 9 December 2016 in Sydney.

The public hearing inquired into the response of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious


From Wednesday 31 August 2016 to Thursday 8 September 2016 the hearing was held at Newcastle Courthouse, 343 Hunter St Newcastle.
On Friday 9 December 2016 the hearing was held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

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.


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