04 January 2018

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s report of Case Study 28 – Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat

This report provides details of the response of authorities of the Congregation of Christian Brothers in the St Patrick’s Province of Ballarat and the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat to complaints and allegations of child sexual abuse by Christian Brothers, clergy and religious in institutions within the Diocese. In conclusion it identifies systemic issues involved in this case study. These included the governance of the Diocese and the Christian Brothers; the effect of cultural, structural and factors present within the Diocese, the Christian Brothers and their institutions on the response to allegations of child sexual abuse; knowledge of senior Church personnel of allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests; movement and treatment of priests and religious accused of child sexual abuse; disciplinary action against priests and religious accused of child sexual abuse; reporting allegations of child sexual abuse to child protection authorities and the police; recordkeeping and the impact of child sexual abuse on families and the community.