TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: "True culture change requires changes in environment, values, attitudes, relationships and behaviours."
You would have to admit that the past week has been a big week for the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, for those who have appeared before the Royal Commission, for the broader community and most especially for those who have been harmed by the perpetrators of child sexual abuse and a system which failed to act.
Once again this message is being written on Sunday evening after spending the day at the Upper Hunter Regional Gathering and then going to Mass at the Cathedral for my parish commitment.
Since 2005, the Catholic Schools Office has undertaken study tours of countries such as India, Vietnam and Cambodia. The purpose of those tours was for teachers and CSO staff to experience the work of the Catholic Church in addressing poverty in these countries.
On Sunday night at the Cathedral, we experienced the joy of being joined by about 20 children for our singing at Mass. Their parents formed part of the congregation along with others who were there with their young families. These children were clearly excited to be there and to learn some of the words and indeed actions to our responses and hymns. Their parents were delighted at the joy which exuded from their children. In my experience children do not have any difficulty with religion or in expressing their faith as something beyond us.