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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bishop calls for Church renewal, CSA support services survey, Frankly Speaking and more


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Catholic bishop calls for renewal in the Cathoic Church following child sexual abuse crisis

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson calls for renewal in the Catholic Church and hopes Pope Francis will request the resignation of every bishop who has failed to properly address cases of child sexual abuse.

Bishop Robinson said there needed to be "death and resurrection" in the church to restore trust and credibility.

"Every bishop who has ever been responsible for the abuse of a child, because he did not do what he should have done, should be asked to resign," Bishop Robinson, now retired, said in an interview with ABC Radio religion specialist Noel Debien on Good Friday.

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Listen here - interview starts at 11.24
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Frankly speaking...

Tomorrow government leaders from across the country will meet to discuss many important issues dealing with great matters of state – tax, education, health and the like. They will fly into Canberra with caravans of advisors and bureaucrats to take part in the imposingly named, Council of Australian Governments meeting. The Prime Minister will be there, as will most, if not all state premiers.

But what appears to be off the COAG agenda is any discussion about a national redress scheme for the survivors of child sexual abuse.

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A Cross to Bear on The Spirit of Things

Sexual abuse by a priest left 'Jane Dowling' troubled and struggling with her faith, but she found strength and courage in the scriptures.

A nun for over 20 years, she has written Child Arise, The Courage to Stand which we profiled last year, to help child survivors like her.

'Jane' spoke to Rachael Kohn on the Easter edition of RN's The Spirit of Things.

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Take part in a new survey regarding access to support services

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to investigate how survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions and their families access support services.

AIFS invites all victims/survivors of institutional or non-familial child sexual abuse to take part in an online survey about their views and experiences of accessing support services. Responses to the survey are requested by mid-May 2016.

 

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Royal Commission Multicultural Forum

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will host a multicultural forum in Adelaide on 14 April for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

This is an opportunity to find out more about the Royal Commission and how culturally and linguistically diverse communities, organisations and advocates can be involved.  South Australian Council of Social Services CEO Ross Womersley will be the facilitator.

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