Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council attended Sacred Heart College in Oakleigh in Melbourne's south east last night to talk about the work of the Royal Commission and the Council.
College Principal, Chris Dalton hosted the evening which was attended by around 40 people from the local community, including parishioners, clergy and religious, and school staff. Members of families affected by abuse also attended.
Abuse survivors need special care: Australian Synod observer
Professor Maria Harries, a member of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council and an observer at the Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome is urging extra special care for Catholics who are either too angry, disillusioned or afraid to return to the Church because of clerical sexual abuse.
Prof. Harries says abuse by clergy in Australia has led to a crisis of faith and a loss of trust in the church's moral authority for "a very large number of people".
Prof Harries has worked for more than 45 years assisting children and families traumatised by abuse and violence.
ACU CANBERRA Tuesday 20 October 2015 Francis Sullivan will give a lecture at the Australian Catholic University this month as part of the 2015 Blackfriars Lecture Series. Mr Sullivan will talk about the unique challenges facing the Catholic Church during the Royal Commission. All welcome.
5:30pm for 6:00pm (1 hour lecture) Room B10, Blackfriars Building, ACU Canberra Campus 127 Phillip Ave, Watson ACT RSVP Essential Friday 16 October to OCD.Canberra@acu.edu.au Contact: Mary Moran P: 02 6209 1129