The Diocese of Rockhampton, in dealing with issues of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, follows the principles and procedures set out in Towards Healing, the Church’s national protocol for addressing these issues.
The protocol covers complaints of inappropriate behaviour leveled at clergy, religious and other paid and voluntary personnel of the Catholic Church in Queensland.
The bishops and leaders of religious institutes of the Catholic Church in Queensland acknowledge with deep regret that a number of people have abused children, adolescents and adults who have been in their pastoral care.
Any attempt to sexualise a pastoral relationship is a breach of trust, an abuse of authority, and professional misconduct.
Any form of sexual behaviour with a minor or adolescent is always sexual abuse.
Such behaviour is both immoral and criminal. Clergy, members of religious orders, and others who work in the name of the Church are in a special position of trust and authority in relation to those who are in their pastoral care, including:
You can ring the help line number: 1800 337 928 if you wish to:
The Church actively encourages complainants to report their concerns to the police at any stage.
To make a complaint please:
Rockhampton Diocesan Response Coordinator, Melissa Davey on 1800 830113<< BACK TO DIOCESE POLICIES