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Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Maitland-Newcastle

27 July 2016

The Royal Commission will hold a 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. The public hearing will commence on 29 August 2016 in 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.

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