I continue to be encouraged by the attitude and determination of regular Catholics responding to the clerical child sex abuse scandal.
Talking with local parishioners in Sydney this week, it is clear that ordinary Catholics appreciate the opportunity to talk and express their disappointment. They want to know that the Church is facing the past, accepting responsibility and pushing for change to secure a better life for survivors and to ensure children are forever safe in the Church.
60 minutes: head of the Pope's child sex abuse commission
In a wide ranging interview with America's 60 Minutes program last Sunday, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, a key adviser to Pope Francis and the head of the Pope's child sex abuse commission, spoke about the clerical sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church both in the US and internationally.
TJHC CEO meets with national leaders in Catholic education
Francis Sullivan met with members of the National Catholic Education Commission in Sydney last week to discuss emerging issues relevant to Catholic schools, as the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continues its work.
Mr Sullivan outlined the Council's reform agenda and the importance of a transparent, consistent approach to the way all Church organisations approach child protection.