TJHC visits St Andrew's College in Cairns and meets with students and staff
The CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, Mr Francis Sullivan, met with students and staff at St Andrew's Catholic College in Cairns this week and tied a ribbon to the school's Loud Fence set up in support of the survivors of child sexual abuse.
Speaking at the school, Mr Sullivan said it was wonderful to see a school like St Andrew's with its almost 1700 students across both primary and secondary classes getting behind the Loud Fence initiative.
It is now some weeks since Pope Francis announced plans to make bishops accountable for grave neglect in the area of child safety. This came on the back of a previous pledge where he proposed a penal tribunal be established for a similar purpose. The latter has not seen the light of day, probably due to Vatican politics.
So now we have this new endeavour to instil accountabilities on the performance of bishops in carrying out their responsibilities. If nothing else this shows the Pope is serious about bringing bishops to account.
Royal Commission public hearing into Mater Dei disability school and other disability services
The Royal Commission will conduct a public hearing in Sydney from Monday 11 July 2016 into responses of disability service providers to allegations of child sexual abuse.
The hearing will inquire into a case of child-on-child sexual abuse at Mater Dei School in western Sydney as well as a women who was sexually abused as child while in the care of the Gold Coast Family Support Group (now FSG Australia) and a man abused as a child while in the care of the Disability Trust.
St Josephs Parish, Nambour in Queensland has established a LOUD FENCE to raise awareness about the victims of child abuse in the Church and wider community. The parish invites members of the community to tie a ribbon on the Currie St fence near the sign (above).
LOUD FENCE is a place to show support for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. It started in Ballarat Victoria and is now an expression world-wide of solidarity for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in the church and other institutions.
The Canberra Times reports the ACT Government introduced its reportable conduct scheme to the Legislative Assembly last week. The scheme, which is modelled on the highly regarded NSW system, will be debated in August and is expected to pass.
UK child migrants urged to give Commission evidence
The Guardian reports the child abuse inquiry in the UK, headed by Judge Lowell Goddard, has called for people who were abused before and after being transported to Australia and Canada in the child migrant program to give evidence about the sexual abuse they suffered to Britain's public inquiry into historic and ongoing child abuse. A preliminary hearing will take place in the UK in July
22 June 2016: CRA National Conference Leura NSW: Francis Sullivan will present
27 June 2016: Bendigo Spirituality in the Pub: Francis Sullivan will be part of a forum on 'Healing the Hurt' in the Queens Arms Hotel from 6pm June 27 in Bendigo. RSVP's are essential by June 20 if you plan to come for a meal, please contact Anne on 5441 6474 or Peter on 0417 217 325.
28 June 2016: CatholicCare Melbourne Staff Leadership Day: Francis Sullivan to present
29 June 2016: Mount Gambia Parish meeting: Francis Sullivan will be in Mount Gambier in South Australia at 7-30pm for a Parish meeting in the local Parish Hall. All Welcome