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Friday, May 22, 2015

Ballarat hearing, Frankly Speaking



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Ballarat Royal Commission Public Hearing

The Ballarat Royal Commission public hearing into child sexual abuse within Catholic schools and parishes started this week.

The hearing has been traumatic for all involved particularly for the almost 20 survivors who have or will give evidence. You can read survivor witness statements here

Many claims and allegations have been made during the hearing, a number have related to Cardinal George Pell, you can read a statement from Cardinal Pell regarding this evidence here

There has been much discussion about the impact of the abuse on the Ballarat community, you can hear an interview with editor of the local paper, the Ballarat Courier, here

Senior reporter, Paul Bongiorno, was a priest in the Ballarat Dioceses around the time one of the key perpetrators, Gerald Ridsdale was abusing many young children. You can hear his interview with Radio National's Fran Kelly about his time in the Diocese here

Francis Sullivan discusses issues raised in the first week of the Ballarat hearing on ABC NewsRadio here

 
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Frankly speaking...

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

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RC update from Commissioner McClellan

In a few weeks the Royal Commission will pass the half way mark in its work. Its final report will be provided to government by the end of 2017.

At the opening of the Commission's hearing into child sexual abuse within the Ballarat Diocese Commissioner McClellan gave a snap shot of the work so far and the road ahead.

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Senior Church leaders commit to no Ellis defence

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.

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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.

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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.

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Coming up

TJHC CEO, Francis Sullivan, will be visiting a number of parishes in June to talk about the work of the Truth Justice and Healing Council and the Church's reform agenda.

Everyone is welcome

10 JUNE 2015
Parish meeting
The Stella Maris Parish
37 Baden Powell St,  Maroochydore  QLD 4558
Phone   07 5443 3488
TIME:  7.00-9.30pm

11 JUNE 2015
Parish meeting
St Mary's Cathedral Parish Centre
Harrington St, Hobart
TIME:  7.30-9.30pm

   
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