THE Special Commission of Inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse allegations in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese of the Catholic Church has announced further public hearings in Sydney.
The hearings, with Monsignor John Usher and Father Brian Lucas, are scheduled to start at 10am on September 9.
The commission finished its scheduled public hearings in Newcastle on August 1, but commissioner Margaret Cunneen has held a series of in-camera hearings during the intervening weeks.
Father Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, gave evidence in the public Newcastle hearings and was listed as one of at least 15 witnesses giving evidence behind closed doors.
Monsignor Usher, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, had not appeared previously on witness lists.
He had been mentioned in public evidence on July 24, by Father Lucas, who had described working with Father (as he was then) Usher in dealing with paedophile priests in the late 1980s and early 1990s.