Dear Parishioners and Friends

Today, the first Sunday of Advent marks a new beginning - the Church's New Year's Day! Throughout this season we are guided by the Scripture readings which we hear every day at Mass and if there is one theme which we cannot avoid it is the we are people of HOPE. This first Sunday in Cycle B of the readings forms a kind of link with last Sunday's feast of Christ the King - we are citizens of His kingdom - and takes us forward to recognize what we shall be celebrating in a few weeks' time, the advent of the Saviour and then all that is required of citizens. We can look back and give thanks, despite the hardships we are all still facing, and look forward. We are going to 'keep watch', 'be alert', live life not on the surface, where materialism and self interest attempt to lure us into a false happiness, but we have the lovely invitation to live life fully in the God 'in whom we live and move and have our being', the Word who became flesh and lives among us.

Godric OSB

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The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

We thank the IICSA Panel for their work. The Report will now inform the ongoing reform and improvement of safeguarding in all aspects of the Church's life.

An important aspect of the Inquiry's work was the voice given to victims and survivors of abuse, including the accounts which they gave of their subsequent engagement with the Church. Listening attentively to their witness testimony has brought into sharp relief the extent of the damage this sexual abuse has had on their lives.

We apologise to all victims and survivors who have not been properly listened to, or properly supported by us. By listening with humility to those who have suffered, we can contribute to the healing of the wounds of abuse, as well as learn from those most directly affected how we must improve the Church's safeguarding standards, policies and procedures.

This is an ongoing task and one to which we are wholly committed. Child sexual abuse is a crime. It is a crime that requires committed vigilance and strict procedures to ensure reporting to the statutory authorities. This is the Church's policy. It is also why our safeguarding work needs to be continually reviewed and improved. Where there have been failings and inconsistency in the application of our safeguarding procedures, we acknowledge these and commit to actions which will bring about improvement.

Abuse is an evil act against the most vulnerable; it must never be excused or covered up. Abuse committed against children and the consequent damage to people's lives cannot be undone. For this, we apologise without reservation, and we are committed to listen attentively to the voices of those who have been abused.

This report is an important moment in our safeguarding journey in the Catholic Church in our countries. It will now be considered in detail by us, the Bishops, at our Plenary Assembly beginning next week so we can explore how to integrate the findings of this important Inquiry into the life and work of the Church in order to consistently safeguard children and the vulnerable.

Vincent Cardinal Nichols
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP

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Let us pray for all those already affected by the virus, and that ways of combatting the virus will soon be found.

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