Facing the Past: Shaping a Healthy Future – Statement from the Bishop of Newcastle

facing the future“To you who have experienced abuse I want you to know as a Diocese we feel shame and profound regret that people within the Church harmed you and harmed you again when you came forward to speak of what had happened.”       Bishop Greg Thompson

Watch the Bishop’s video statement here.

Read the statement here.

O Christ, you called your Church
to bear your love and grace to the world
but we have failed.

We failed to care for your children and vulnerable ones.
We failed to show compassion and confront evil.

O Christ, we turn to you
in whom the fullness of life is found
we renounce evil;
we claim your love.
We choose to be made whole. Amen.