The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recently focused on various church financial matters. This has been followed in the media with reports on education funding and catholic development funds. An article in The Australian newspaper on 2nd April 2014 specifically referenced our own development fund: The Armidale Diocesan Investment Group (ADIG). This followed an earlier article on 1st April 2014 which linked payment of abuse claims to government funding for schools.

Bishop Kennedy has issued the following statement explaining the facts surrounding these matters in the Diocese of Armidale.

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission with a commitment to cooperation, openness, full disclosure and justice for victims and survivors.

Their website is and this is updated regularly with media releases, speeches, and other information.

The Church’s submission to the Royal Commission on Towards Healing can be found at: