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John 13:34

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John 13:34

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Restorative Justice, Frankly Speaking blog, interviews and more

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November 2014
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TJHC meets with parishes in Sydney's north and south

This week Francis Sullivan visited two parishes in Sydney to talk about the Royal Commission and the Catholic Church's reform agenda.

At North Sydney's Our Lady of the Way Parish on Monday night more than 80 locals asked questions across many issues including Rome's position on the release of some documents to the Royal Commission.

Mr Sullivan told the group the issue with Vatican documents is still 'a work in progress'.

"The more the Church can demonstrate it is open, transparent and not withholding any information, the better it will be for the Catholic community and the credibility of the Church."

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Frankly speaking...

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.

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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.

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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.


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Restorative justice for child sexual abuse victims

This week Vic O'Callaghan writes in Eureka Street about the integral role of restorative justice as part of the reform process in the Catholic Church. 

"Pope Francis has described the Church as a field hospital, but are church members capable of receiving and tending the wounded?"  - Vic O'Callaghan

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Coming up

Francis Sullivan will be attending a number of parish meetings before Christmas to talk about the Royal Commission and the Church's response, if you are interested everyone is welcome.

Sacred Heart Parish Hall
Warrambool St, Griffith
9 December

St Francis Xavier Cathedral Parish
Xavier Centre,
38 Harbour St
11 December 2014
7.30 to 9.30 pm

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