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Saturday, March 19, 2016

New child protection unit in Canberra - Goulburn archdiocese, RC WWCC submissions, Frankly speaking, and more....

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Canberra Goulburn Safeguarding Institute

The Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn has announced it is establishing a new Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding.

Archbishop Prowse said the Archdiocese aims to fully implement a governance structure that brings survivors of sex abuse from the margins into the centre of its pastoral response.

Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn Media Release

TJHC Media Release

ABC Canberra

Canberra Times


Frankly speaking...

Last week one of the most senior Cardinals in the Vatican and Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller gave an interview in which he said the clerical perpetrators of child sexual abuse must take the responsibility for their crimes and not 'innocent men' who were close to them professionally.

This is something I thought I would never hear again, that old and tired and deceitful idea that clerical child sexual abuse was the fault of a 'few bad apples' and that there is no requirement on the Church as a whole to share in the blame and, as a consequence, take responsibility for the devastating results.

Latest from the Council

The Moral Compass Special - A Spotlight on Church Leadership

The ABC's Compass program last Sunday aired a special examination of the broader implications of evidence from Church leaders at the Royal Commission.

The program asks: with the leadership of the Church under question what's the likely effect on the commitment of people left in the pews and the impact on wider Australia?

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, was part of the discussion.

Watch the program

TJHC visits parishes in Eastern Melbourne

More than 80 people from parishes across north-eastern Melbourne gathered in Heidelberg this week to discuss the child abuse royal commission, clericalism and the response of church leaders to abuse by priests and religious.

Read TJHC media release


Royal Commission OOHC Consultation continues

The Royal Commission has invited feedback on its most recent consultation paper: Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Out of Home Care.

The purpose of this consultation paper is to present its analysis of a range of issues relating to the prevention of, and response to, sexual abuse of children in contemporary out-of-home care.

TJHC Media Release

Royal Commission Consultation Paper OOHC


Criminal justice system research papers

The Royal Commission has released three research papers on the criminal justice system ahead of a national two-week public hearing commencing on 15 March 2016.

The papers are part of a suite of papers in the Royal Commission's larger program of work in the criminal justice area.

Commission media release

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