Over the past week there has been much media coverage and discussion about the 'Ellis defence' and whether dioceses and congregations are still using or threatening it to force abuse survivors away from taking their claims to Court.
Listen to Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, talk about the Ellis defence here
The Archbishop of Sydney and one of Australia's most senior Church Leaders, Anthony Fisher, has said the Ellis defence is no longer a legal tactic used within his Archdiocese. Speaking on ABC's Radio National this morning Archbishop Fisher said both within the Archdiocese of Sydney and more broadly across the Church the position is that in cases of child sex abuse survivors there will always be someone or thing to sue which will be backed by assets and or insurance.
RC considering public hearing into immigartion detention centres
The SMH has reported the Royal Commission has requested immigration authorities hand over a series of documents in a move that could eventually widen to see Australia's detention centres become a target of the inquiry.
Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc new coexecative officer NCPS
Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc has commenced as an Executive Officer of the National Committee of Professional Standards. She joins Fr Tim Brennan msc, the other Executive Officer, based at the National Office in Sydney.
In welcoming Sr Annette to the position, the current Co-Chairs, Bishop Bill Wright and Sr Clare Condon, highlightedSr Annette's long-term engagement across a broad spectrum of Catholic ministry including the Church's professional standards ministry.