Independent inquiry commissioned

17/07/2012

An independent inquiry has been jointly commissioned by Most Rev Michael Kennedy, Catholic Bishop of Armidale, and Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Catholic Bishop of Parramatta, into the processes related to the management of “Fr F” who has been the subject of media reports in relation to allegations of abuse of children.

“Fr F” was incardinated in the Diocese of Armidale and, for a period of time, was also engaged in ministry in the Diocese of Parramatta.

Bishop Kennedy has announced his commitment to conducting an independent inquiry in relation to this matter. As this matter also relates to the Diocese of Parramatta, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP shares that commitment.

The Bishops extend their deepest sympathies to victims of child abuse and their families, and reassure the community of their commitment to see justice achieved.

Former Federal Court judge the Hon. Antony Whitlam QC has been appointed to conduct the inquiry. Further details of the inquiry process will be developed in consultation with Mr Whitlam.

This inquiry is not intended to supplant or replace any investigations that the police or other appropriate authorities may intend to undertake.


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