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Monday, October 19, 2015

Melb parish visit, redress confusion, Frankly Speaking and more

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TJHC CEO visits Sacred Heart College in Melbourne

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.

Prayer Resource used during Sacred Heart meeting

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Parish visit and Govt silence on redress causing confusion

On Monday night I gave a talk to around 40 people gathered at Sacred Heart College in Oakleigh in Melbourne.

This is the first parish visit I have made for a couple of months and I am still inspired by the depth of concern and interest that ordinary Catholics have in the Royal Commission.

On Monday the Salvation Army was sending mixed signals on redress - I think simply becasue the Commonwealth has remained silent on the Commission's redress proposal.

If the Commonwealth and the States don't start talking soon about redress more and more institutions will be left in the same situation as the Salvos – confused about how to move forward.

Read full blog here

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.

Read article from Catholic Weekly

Pope asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church

In surprise comments at his General Audience yesterday, Pope Francis apologised and asked for forgiveness for unspecified scandals in the Church and in the Vatican, reports The Catholic Herald.

The Pope warned against adults coming in between a child's relationship with God saying God's rapport with children "should not ever be violated".

"It is a real rapport, that God wants and God cares for. The child is ready from birth to feel loved by God."


Catholic Herald article

Coming up

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
Contact: Mary Moran P: 02 6209 1129

Read ACU flyer here

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