New Vatican department to investigate bishops who cover up sexual abuse
Pope Francis has approved a new Vatican department which will judge bishops accused of covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of children.
A statement from the Vatican overnight said the department would come under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "to judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors".
I've had lots of emails and letters in the past couple of months as the Church hit the spotlight again through the Rockhampton and Ballarat hearings. I appreciate the feedback, the good and the bad. It helps to keep a healthy focus on the survivors, their families and their communities. I am in the process of responding to everyone who has taken the time to write to the Council.
The Royal Commission's Report of Case Study no. 9 – the responses of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide and the South Australian Police to allegations of child sexual abuse at St Ann's Special School, has been released.
Almost 200 people and 10 parish priests from Queensland's Sunshine Coast met last night with the head of the Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council to talk about child sexual abuse and the response of the Catholic Church in Australia.
The meeting heard from a number of parishioners angry at the failure of the Church leadership to be fully transparent about abuse within the church and to take action to address the past and put in place reforms for the future.
Royal Commission Out-of-home Care hearing to resume
The Royal Commission will hold the second stage of its public hearing on out of home care in Sydney from Monday, 29 June 2015. The first stage of this hearing was held from 10-18 March 2015.
Evidence will be taken from care leavers, representatives from organisations which provide advocacy and support services, and oversight bodies (Children's Guardians, Public Advocates, Children's Commissioners and Ombudsmen).
Child protection Australia 2013-14 is the eighteenth annual comprehensive report on child protection. It includes detailed statistical information on state and territory child protection and support services, and some of the characteristics of the children receiving these services.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports an overhaul of NSW child protection laws will require the chief executives of organisations that deal with children to undergo the same screening as frontline staff.
A raft of changes are being made in response to serious issues raised by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, said NSW Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard.