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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TJHC redress submission

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Catholic Church calls for fair, just and compassionate national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors

Last week the TJHC has spoken to and provided the Royal Commission with its submission on redress for survivors of child sexual abuse and proposed law reforms into a number of major challanges facing people when they go to Court with a cliam of child sexual abuse.

Francis Sullivan said the issues of redress and law reform are amoung the most significant issues the church faces as it comes to terms with its history of child sexual abuse.

Read TJHC submission here
Read media release here
Read Francis Sullivan statement to RC here
Watch Lateline interview here


Frankly speaking...

Last week I presented the Church's submission to the Royal Commission hearing into redress and reforms to civil litigation and also spoke to the media, including ABC TV's Lateline about our proposals.

I was also in Rockhampton ahead of the Commission's hearing into a local orphanage and significantly we wound up our consultation on proposals to introduce more effective safeguards for children in our institutions.

Read more here

Rockhampton meeting

Last week I was in Rockhampton ahead of the Royal Commission hearing which starts mid-April into the St Joseph's Orphanage, Neerkol.

It was valuable to meet with more than 120 local teachers, principals, priests and others to talk about how the hearing is likely to unfold and what the Catholic and broader community can expect to hear.

Both local Bishop Michael McCarthy and the head of the Mercy Sisters, Bernice Loch said that while the hearing will be extremely difficult for the survivors who will give evidence it is important that they have every opportunity to tell their stories, be listened to and be believed.


Royal Commission research program

Over the past two years the Royal Commission has published a range of research projects dealing with issues such as employment screening, a review of child sexual abuse legislation, mandatory reporting laws and others.

Read about the Commission's research program here
Review all the Commission's current published research work here

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 86

Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on the Journey (Ep86)

Welcome to another episode of the Journey Catholic Radio Podcast. We are gearing up for Holy Week which begins this weekend with Palm Sunday.

Don't miss our awesome interview with Brianna Thomas, one of the organisers of the the huge Light to the Nations Easter Youth Pilgrimage to be held at Appin Scout Camp from Holy Thursday (2 April) to Easter Sunday (5 April). Over 1,000 young people will camping-out and celebrating the Easter ceremonies together. There are still spots left so listen to the interview more details!

Sr Hilda gives us her Wisdom from the Abbey. The Catholic Guy, Bruce Downes, inspires you to dream and there is some brilliant music from Tracey Coombes as she saves the best for last in her final psalm for Lent.

Check out the full show or just the bits you want to by clicking below. Thanks for listening and sharing the show with your friends - it's growing every week!

The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong all about faith, hope, love and life and is the only Catholic radio program in Australia aired on general Christian radio.

Listen to highlights from this week's show:

"My God, My God" - Responsorial Psalm by Tracey Coombes
"Gospel Reflection" Arise Lenten Program 2015
"Interview with Brianna Thomas" on the Light to the Nations Easter Pilgrimage
"Pain & Suffering In God's Plan" - Walking the Walk with Sam Clear
"Busyness" - The Catholic Guy with Bruce Downes
"Gertrude" - Wisdom from the Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
"God Speaks In Metaphors" - Milk & Honey with Trish McCarthy
"Jesus is the Answer" - The Call with Fr Dave Callaghan MGL

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