That was the warning of the Hon Geoff Giudice, chair of the Catholic Church’s new safeguarding body, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL), when he addressed the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Plenary Council in Sydney last month.
Mr Giudice told the bishops that one of the key challenges for the Church and for CPSL over the next few years was to maintain the momentum created by the Royal Commission.
“Evil will always exist,” he said.
“A sustained effort is needed to create and maintain a culture of safety and care. That realisation is central to CPSL’s operations.
“Two things in particular flow from this realisation.
“The first is that safeguarding of vulnerable people should be at the forefront of conversations within the Church at all levels and the second, because of the ever-present possibility of abuse and misconduct of other kinds, CPSL will be persistent and uncompromising in implementing the national standards.”