Terms of Reference for the Independent Inquiry


Terms of Reference for the Independent Inquiry commissioned by
Most Rev Michael Kennedy, Catholic Bishop of Armidale &
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Catholic Bishop of Parramatta

The Terms of Reference for an Independent Inquiry established jointly by the Bishop of Armidale and the Bishop of Parramatta have been announced.

The Inquiry will examine the processes related to the management of former priest, the then “Fr F”, who is the subject of allegations of abuse of children and complaints received from alleged victims.

“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.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry have been developed in consultation with the former Federal Court Judge Hon. Antony Whitlam QC, who has been appointed to conduct this Inquiry. The Inquiry will commence immediately and at its conclusion a report will be available for public access.

This is a not a statutory inquiry and will therefore not take the form of a public hearing. Consistent with standard processes related to a privately commissioned inquiry, Mr Whitlam will gather the information required in order to respond to the terms of reference.

The Diocese of Armidale and the Diocese of Parramatta will continue to cooperate fully with the police and all relevant authorities to ensure that any criminal conduct is investigated and dealt with appropriately.

Bishop Kennedy and Bishop Fisher are committed to ensuring that victims of abuse and their families receive justice and are treated with compassion and respect. Once again, the Bishops encourage victims to contact the police.

To ensure that the integrity of the Inquiry is not compromised, Bishop Kennedy and Bishop Fisher will not be making further comment about this matter until a report from Mr Whitlam is received.

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