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On Tuesday 4 September 2018, the Diocese of Broken Bay held a Liturgy of Commitment and Care. All in the Diocese were invited to gather together to acknowledge the suffering caused by abuse of our most vulnerable, to give public expression to our sorrow, to seek forgiveness and to make a public commitment to safeguard all.
Fr David Ranson, Diocesan Administrator of Broken Bay, remarked that our current period of history is occasioned by our acceptance that our community of faith has not been a place of safety and care, and that it stands in need of radical redemption. Fr David encouraged those who had gathered to sustain a mindfulness about our moral, legal and spiritual obligation to safeguard all those within the community. He challenged us to not just be people of action, but to be people who act together.
“The action of prayer is one powerful way in which a community can demonstrate its solidarity in committing to a culture of safety and care,” said Fr David. At the conclusion of the liturgy the next action by the people of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay was to read aloud, as one community, the Diocesan Commitment to Safeguarding.
The Liturgy of Commitment and Care signifies the start of the annual Safeguarding Month held during September in Broken Bay. The month highlights safeguarding initiatives from the Chancery and Parishes, CatholicCare and Catholic Schools. Initiatives focus on; prayer, raising awareness and education. To find out more visit our webpage at https://www.bbcatholic.org.au/our-faith/safeguarding