TJHC meets with Wollongong diocesan leaders and parishioners
Francis Sullivan met with parishioners, priests, religious leaders and the heads of Catholic welfare, education and health agencies in the NSW Illawarra to discuss the child abuse royal commission and the Church's reform agenda.
Francis Sullivan gave an overview of the Church's development of new policies to protect young people in the future and to help it respond appropriately and justly to survivors.
The Activity Report describes the work of the Council over the past two years as it has driven the Church's reform agenda and led the Church in its response to the Royal Commission.
It records our engagement with the Royal Commission, our development of the Church's position in the public policy debate, our work with survivors and their representatives and our role as the public voice of the Church.
The report also records some of the key concerns and issues the Council has become increasingly aware of as it has gone about the business of connecting with the thousands of people who have been involved with and affected by the child sexual abuse crisis within the Church.
Using the information and understandings gathered over the past two years and reflected in this report, the Council will continue to develop the Church's reform agenda.
Both Bishop Tim Costello from Perth and Archbishop Anthony Fisher in Sydney have had opinion piece about the Report and its content published in their local metropolitan papers. Read their pieces here.
Royal Commission hearing into Yeshivah Melbourne and Bondi
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 2 February 2015. The hearing will examine the response of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi to allegations of child sexual abuse.
Over the past two years the TJHC has drawn together a range of liturgical and communications material that has been used by different parish and other Catholic organisations to help start and keep the conversation going within Church institutions about our response to child sexual abuse. The material includes programs from Parishes to help involve people in the discussion, special liturgical material, easy to print documents that can be left in the Church or published in local Catholic papers and other outlets, information on the activities of the Council and the Church's reform agenda.
Anything that is published on the TJHC website can be picked up and reproduced at any time without seeking permission.