Yesterday I was advised that Bishop Christopher Saunders had announced to the clergy that he has voluntarily stood aside from the ordinary administration of the Broome diocese.
While this has not been confirmed, this may relate to allegations that have been reported in the media yesterday regarding sexual abuse of two young people. I further understand that this matter is the subject of a police investigation.
The Holy See has appointed an Apostolic Visitator to the diocese. The Most Reverend Peter Ingham, Emeritus Bishop of Wollongong, will assume this position effective today. The day to day running of the Diocese will be the responsibility of Monsignor Paul Boyers, Administrator for the Broome Diocese.
I appreciate that media reports and imminent public commentary about this matter may be distressing for our school community and would like to reassure our community that Catholic schools are safe and welcoming communities that have comprehensive processes and practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students.
Our staff are required by law to report any students who they suspect are victims of abuse. They are also required to comply with a strict code of conduct which governs their interactions with students and their families within school and out in the community.
All schools in WA are also required to teach students a mandatory protective behaviours curriculum to enable children to recognise abusive behaviour and seek help when required.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to email me at Yvette.firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at school.