Catholic Professional Standards Ltd welcomes the release today of the Catholic Church's response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released in December last year. 

Speaking shortly after the release, Sheree Limbrick, CPSL CEO said that at first glance the response from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia, and the detailed four volume report from the Truth Justice and Healing Council look comprehensive and suggest a way forward for Catholic church authorities, their agencies and the broader Catholic community.

"We will consider both publications in the weeks ahead.

"At the end of the day, what matters is that the Church is a safe place for everyone who engages in its activities, whether that's in parishes, youth groups, schools or its social services," Ms Limbrick said.

"CPSL will continue its focus on issues specific to the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

"CPSL was established just over 12 months ago to set and monitor safeguarding standards and to publicly report on the compliance of Church authorities with those standards.  We will shortly finalise these standards.

"CPSL is necessarily functionally independent of the Catholic Church.

"Without this mandated transparency and accountability there is a real risk of a return to business as usual.

"Ours is unique and important work. It is vital we remain focused on the work we were set up to do.

"CPSL is preparing for the release of several important pieces of work in the weeks ahead," Ms Limbrick said. 

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Read the Catholic Church's Response to the Royal Commission here

Access the Final Report from the Truth, Justice & Healing Council here