Friday, September 22, 2017

A Just Society





Jesus calls us to build a just society. This includes working together to eradicate poverty and ensure all benefit from a society’s common wealth. Get the facts about economic exclusion. While many live in comparative comfort, three million Australians (including over 730,000 children) live in poverty.





CHOSEN Advent & Christmas Reflections 2017 | BUY NOW!

Chosen - Advent and Christmas Reflections 2017

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
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We are delighted to announce that we are now taking orders for Chosen – Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2017 with bulk pricing for GST Free Catholic Religious Groups starting from only $3.00 per book.

Continuing the tradition from past years, Chosen is a 72 page pocket-size book containing short daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (3 December 2017) through to the Baptism of the Lord (8 January 2018) primarily for personal use, but also appropriate for group use such as parish, Church agency, religious community and school staff/class prayer.

Chosen also features beautiful religious artworks from the Masters such as Fasolo, Veronese, De Favanne, Bloch, Lotto and Perugino, with enlightening "Artwork Spotlight" reflections written by Fr Graham Schmitzer PP (Parish Priest, Immaculate Conception Parish Unanderra).

Many customers buy bulk copies of the book for family, friends and work colleagues as an alternative to Christmas cards and gifts. We have included a page in the book for you to write your gift message.

These spiritually rich, yet accessible, daily reflections have been written by 14 contributors from the Diocese of Wollongong:

  • Bishop Peter Ingham DD (Bishop of Wollongong)
  • Mr James Arblaster (Seminarian for the Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Mr Ken Bryant (Head of Catholic Life, Education and Mission Services, Catholic Education, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Fr Mark De Battista ADM (Administrator, St Anthony's Parish, Tahmoor-Picton)
  • Fr Leo Duck (Priest in Residence, Holy Spirit Church Vincentia)
  • Mrs Robyn Gallagher (Professional Officer, Staff Spiritual Formation, Catholic Education, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Mr Peter Gilmore (CCD & Evangelisation Coordinator, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Fr Richard Healey PP (Parish Priest, St Paul's Parish, Albion Park)
  • Mr Jude Hennessy (Director of the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Miss Trish McCarthy (CCD & Evangelisation Coordinator, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Sr Margaret Paton RSJ (Pastoral Associate, Immaculate Conception Parish, Unanderra)
  • Fr Christopher G Sarkis PP (Parish Priest, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Rosemeadow)
  • Sr Hilda Scott OSB (Vocations Director, Benedictine Abbey Jamberoo)
  • Ms Michelle Vass (Director of St Mary's Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park)


We have also included special discounted prices for bulk orders as well as a GST Free option for Catholic Religious Groups (eg, Catholic parishes, schools and religious communities):


Qty GST Free Catholic Group
AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST)
AU (+ post)
1 - 24 $4.00 $4.40
25 - 49 $3.50 $3.85
50 + $3.00 $3.30

If you have any questions, or if you would like to place a phone or email order, please contact us on (02) 4222 2400 or email us at

Delivery of the books is expected to commence mid October 2017.

Please note, if you live in the Diocese of Wollongong, please check with your parish, school, agency or religious order before ordering as they may be ordering copies on your behalf.

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong


Catholic Diocese of Wollongong · PO Box 1239 · Wollongong, Nsw 2500 · Australia

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National redress hurdles, international sex abuse report, more....

Welcome to the Truth, Justice and Healing Council eNewsletter

September 2017
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Questions over State participation in redress scheme

The Australian has reported an estimated $613 million worth of taxpayer-funded compensation claims have emerged as the key sticking point over a national child sex abuse redress system amid growing angst from the states over who will pay.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has urged governments to strike an in-principle agreement to sign up to the new system ahead of imminent moves by him to reveal draft legislation to create the body.

Child abuse compensation 'tidal wave' feared
The Australian - 13 September 2017

States alarmed over $613m abuse bill for redress scheme
The Australian - 12 September 2017

Fears $4B abuse scheme will fracture
The Australian - 11 September 2017


Major research report on child sexual abuse in Catholic Church

A study that examines child sexual abuse worldwide in the Roman Catholic Church has found that the Australian church has done less to safeguard children in its care than its counterparts in similar countries.

The report, released last week by the Center for Global Research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, says that while  the possibility of abuse in Catholic residential institutions, like orphanages, should be getting more attention, especially in developing countries, abuse in schools is now 'very low'.

Report: Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church:
An Interpretive Review of the Literature and Public Inquiry Reports

September 2017

Worst of Catholic sexual abuse scandal still to come in developing world: report
ABC Online - 13 September 2017

Melbourne study reveals how a global child sexual abuse tragedy occurred
Newcastle Herald - 13 September 2017

Australian Catholic Church Falls Short on Safeguards for Children, Study Finds
New York Times - 12 September 2017


Frankly speaking...

The Australian's John Ferguson has recently written extensively about the proposed national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors, its hurdles and where it is headed. In three articles he has identified several potential issues with the proposed scheme and highlighted some of the concerns both private and public institutions claim to have. What is missing at the moment, however, is a firm commitment, particularly from the state governments, that they will be part of a scheme.

On another issue, a major research project into abuse in the Catholic Church has found the worst of the sexual abuse scandal may be over in Australia, but in other parts of the world, including the Church in Asia, Africa and parts of Europe, children are still potentially in danger.

Latest from the Council

Jusuits release annual child safeguarding report

As part of the Jusuits commitment to safeguarding children the Society has released its inaugural annual safeguarding children report in line with its 2016 strategy to enhance professional standards,

Fr Brian McCoy SJ, Provincial, says the safeguarding of all people in its care, particularly children and vulnerable adults, is a fundamental concern for the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus.

"In fact, there is no greater responsibility for those that care for others than keeping them safe."

Australian Jusuits Safeguarding Children 2016/17 Annual Report
September 2017


Challenges to the Australian Church: Massimo Faggioli

In this piece Massimo Faggioli, professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, writes about his recent visit to Australia and the challenges the Australian Church faces including the ramifications of the Royal Commission, the charges currently on foot against Cardinal Pell and the 2020 Plenary Council for Australia.

Seeking a Path from Pell to a Plenary Council
Commonweal - September 5, 2017


Pope in Colombia spells out priorities for the clergy

In a powerful condemnation of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis, addressing more than 12,000 priests, men and women religious, consecrated laypeople and seminarians in Colombia has decried "the poison of lies and hidden things",  the manipulation and abuse of God's people, of the most fragile of God's people, especially the elderly and children.

This poison, he said, "must find no space in our communities," every dead branch must be severed," he told the gathering.

Pope in Colombia spells out priorities for the clergy
Vatican Radio 9 September 2017


Coming up

October 10, Address to the Western Australian Bar Association
October 17, Address to University of the Third Age, Canberra
October 19, Address to Catholic Community of Geelong, Geelong
November 4, Address to Catholic School Parents Australia, Hobart
November 14, Address to Catholic Secondary Principals Australia, Adelaide

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