Letter to Parents and Carers

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Timeline

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have read a great deal, as many of you would have, about George Pell. As a Catholic School Principal, I think it is important I make a clear statement to our community.

I condemn child abuse of any kind in the strongest possible terms, as does the Church. My understanding of the Australian legal system is that convictions are not in any way notionally suspended or less strongly held because the convicted person appeals. Pell has been convicted of five counts of child sexual abuse. I am deeply sorry for the complainant and his friend who died. I stand in solidarity with them, their families and all victims and survivors of sexual abuse.

St Mary’s College and Catholic Education Tasmania have a strong child protection policy based on the National Standards for Protecting Australia’s Children. I have included below John Mula’s letter, Director of Catholic Education Tasmania, which includes a link to the policy.

Catholic Education Tasmania Letter

If you or anyone you know needs help:
CatholicCare 1800 819 447
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
Headspace on 1800 650 890

I pray that we bring forth God’s love in our community.



Helen Spencer

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