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Catholic Bishops's Conference of England & Wales

Statement on Safeguarding

Friday 20th November 2020

 

The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have stood together in profound shame. We express our sorrow and contrition before God.

 

We have reflected on our need to reach out afresh to those who bear the wounds of permanent damage caused by this abuse. We commit ourselves to listen more intently to those who have been abused so as to learn from them and benefit from their wisdom. It is through learning from their testimony that hearts are changed.

 

We are grateful to those survivors who have come forward, not only to lay before us their experience of abuse, but to help us understand the depth of their pain. We invite anyone who has experienced abuse to come forward, no matter how long ago the abuse took place. We undertake to listen carefully to them with open heart and mind and support them on a journey of healing.

 

We have carefully considered the recommendations of the IICSA Report and formally accepted them. We have already begun work towards their implementation.

 

The IICSA’s generic hearings into the Church began last October. Around that time we commissioned an Independent Review of our Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This was carried out by Mr Ian Elliott, an experienced safeguarding professional who has worked across the world in this area.

 

This week, alongside the IICSA Report, we have also examined in depth the Final Report of the Elliott Review and fully accepted its recommendations. It is a searching analysis of our safeguarding work, in its weaknesses and strengths. It proposes a number of remedial and forward-looking recommendations, which accord with the IICSA Report’s own recommendations. The work of implementation will begin immediately. It will be carried out in close cooperation with the Religious Orders who play such an important part in the life of the Church.

 

In all our activities, our desire and resolve is to be a Church in which every child and vulnerable person is not only safe but nurtured into human flourishing. These recommendations present us with steps towards this goal. Key to them is a standards-based approach to safeguarding together with a specially commissioned national body with powers of effective audit and oversight of safeguarding in both Dioceses and Religious Orders. Everyone in the Church will be required to work to clear, published standards of behaviour and action. Most significantly, the Elliott Report has been fashioned with the participation of survivors of abuse. Their insight and wisdom has been crucial. We thank them for their great courage and generosity in working with us and we look forward to continuing this growing collaboration.

 

The Elliott Report builds on all that has been achieved in our safeguarding ministry in the past 20 years, achievements also recognised in the IICSA Report. Therefore we thank profoundly all who contribute to the work of safeguarding in the Church today: the thousands of Parish Safeguarding Representatives, the professionals who work in our Safeguarding Offices in every Diocese, the Safeguarding Commissions who oversee this work and give objective and professional advice to guide our decisions, the staff of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service and those who serve on the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission. These, and many others, have contributed greatly to the current work of safeguarding in the Church.

 

Today, however, we acknowledge without hesitation, our failings, our mistakes, our lack of adequate cooperation. We express our deep sorrow and ask forgiveness, especially from victims and survivors. We affirm our resolve to effect the next step in our work of safeguarding and care for survivors. In prayer we turn to Christ the Good Shepherd, the fount of healing and compassion, asking that this moment of painful truth becomes a time of grace as we strive to fulfil the ministry entrusted to us as bishops in an unshakeable unity of purpose

Parish Finances

Offertory Income

 

Many parishioners have asked how they can continue to support the parish financially in the absence of the weekly offering. Some are even putting cash through presbytery letter boxes.

There are several options available.

Standing Orders, Bank Payments & Cheques

  • Use the Paypal Link on the website to make a donation via the PayPal secure payment gateway system. You don't need a PayPal account to use this service, and it gives you the opportunity to easily and securely donate to the parish using your debit or credit card.

  • Set-up a Standing Order to the parish (both Gift Aid and non-Gift Aid forms are available fromGraeme.Bell@Cliftondiocese.com).

  • For those who use internet banking, non-Gift Aid Standing Orders can be setup online without the need for a paper form, to obtain our bank account details, please contact Jo Bentley on hope@stlukeswincanton.org.uk. 

  • If preferred, parishioners can make an electronic payment directly to the parish bank account, or send a cheque to the Presbytery. 

 

If you normally donate using a Gift Aid envelope, no matter which of the above methods you use , please quote your name and GA Envelope Number and we should still be able to reclaim the tax paid on the donation.  It is possible to link any donation to a parishioner who has an existing Gift Aid Declaration in this way. 

The same methods of payment can also be used for the Easter Offering, but please identify your donation by using the word 'EASTER' in the reference box.

The Sisterhood of St Elizabeth from Bielo, Russia

The Sisterhood will be visiting St Luke's after Mass on Tuesday 11th August to sell their products.  The money raised from these sales support and army of men, women and children in need.  

Please support their cause if you are able to.

Sunday Homilies

Starting next Sunday, Fr Louis will be publishing his homilies on the parish website in place of his weekly reflections.

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The Parish of St Luke & St Teresa, Wincanton includes the Mass Centres of St Mary's, Mere and St Mary the Virgin, Bruton.

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