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Overview
of the work of Te Rōpū Tautoko

“…I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many  minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike…
…The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.”

Pope Francis, August 2018

We, the Bishops and Congregational Leaders of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, participate in the processes of the Inquiry acknowledging those who have been wounded in our care. Because of, not in spite of, our own brokenness in regard to abuse we offer our lessons. They come from a place of deep humility and sorrow. All we have to offer is our own experiences and the call to justice, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Hēhu Karaiti.

We recognise that the way to learn lessons for today and the future is to examine, understand, acknowledge and address what has occurred.  We must, collectively, work towards healing.

The Aotearoa Catholic Te Rōpū Tautoko exists to co-ordinate and manage cooperation between the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (“the Commission”) and the Catholic Church in Aotearoa, represented by the Catholic Bishops and Congregational Leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Rōpū Tautoko is independent from the Royal Commission. It coordinates the response of the Catholic Church to the Royal Commission, and is not a support group for survivors. Survivors seeking support can contact the Royal Commission directly on their website.

Confidentiality Waiver

Recognising the importance of survivors having absolute clarity regarding being able to fully tell their story to the Royal Commission, Te Rōpū Tautoko recommended to the Bishops and Congregational Leaders that they establish a process, similar to the Crowns, to enable all survivors to participate fully in the Commission.

To that end, the following document states that if anyone has “signed a confidential settlement relating to an abuse claim with a Catholic Bishop, Diocese, Congregation, or Congregational leader who is listed in Appendix 1 of this document (Catholic Entities), or with any predecessors of such entities, these Catholic Entities agree to waive any relevant confidentiality obligation or any other clause that might stop free communication with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (Commission).”

The full text of the Waiver is available by downloading the following document.

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Catholic Entity Confidentiality Waiver

Key Documents
from Tautoko

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Message of Support for the Royal Commission

From Te Rōpū Tautoko on behalf of the Catholic Bishops and Religious Congregational Leaders

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Letter of Commitment to the Royal Commission

Part of the July submission to the Royal Commission for Preliminary Hearing on 19 August 2019

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Slides from Regional Seminars

Seminars for the congregational and diocesan leaders throughout New Zealand, giving an overview of the Commission and Tautoko

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Structure of the Catholic Church

Part of the July submission to the Royal Commission for Preliminary Hearing on 19 August 2019

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Te Rōpū Tautoko Terms of Reference

The role of this group is to walk alongside both the Commission and the Catholic community to learn and grow from this process and to continue to work towards healing

Updates
on the work of Tautoko

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Tautoko thematic review of the Contextual Hearing

19 November 2019

Update Three | 28 June 2019

Update Two | 5 April 2019

Update One | 18 December 2018

Confidentiality Waiver

Recognising the importance of survivors having absolute clarity regarding being able to fully tell their story to the Royal Commission, Te Rōpū Tautoko recommended to the Bishops and Congregational Leaders that they establish a process, similar to the Crowns, to enable all survivors to participate fully in the Commission.

To that end, the following document states that if anyone has “signed a confidential settlement relating to an abuse claim with a Catholic Bishop, Diocese, Congregation, or Congregational leader who is listed in Appendix 1 of this document (Catholic Entities), or with any predecessors of such entities, these Catholic Entities agree to waive any relevant confidentiality obligation or any other clause that might stop free communication with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (Commission).”

The full text of the Waiver is available by downloading the following document.

agsdi-file-pdf

Catholic Entity Confidentiality Waiver

Key Documents
from Tautoko

agsdi-file-pdf

Message of Support for the Royal Commission

From Te Rōpū Tautoko on behalf of the Catholic Bishops and Religious Congregational Leaders

agsdi-file-pdf

Te Rōpū Tautoko Terms of Reference

The role of this group is to walk alongside both the Commission and the Catholic community to learn and grow from this process and to continue to work towards healing

agsdi-file-pdf

Letter of Commitment to the Royal Commission

Part of the July submission to the Royal Commission for Preliminary Hearing on 19 August 2019

agsdi-file-pdf

Structure of the Catholic Church

Part of the July submission to the Royal Commission for Preliminary Hearing on 19 August 2019

agsdi-file-pdf

Slides from Regional Seminars

Seminars for the congregational and diocesan leaders throughout New Zealand, giving an overview of the Commission and Tautoko

Updates
on the work of Tautoko

agsdi-documents

Tautoko thematic review of the Contextual Hearing

19 November 2019

Update Three | 28 June 2019

Update Two | 5 April 2019

Update One | 18 December 2018

Contact

Te Rōpū Tautoko

Chairperson

Catherine Fyfe

Project Manager

David Mullin
06 213 9264