The CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, Mr Francis Sullivan, addressed the annual Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) National Assembly this week in the Blue Mountains in NSW.
Speaking with the leaders of the more than 180 congregations and religious institutes Mr Sullivan spoke about the range of initiatives that have been put in place by church leaders over the past three years to better respond to abuse survivors and to ensure children are safe in Catholic services and facilities.
Attending Catholic Religious Australia's national assembly this week, I am reminded of the temendous work done over the last 20 years around the protection of children and vulnerable people. Its been an essential, if difficult path. As I have said in recent blogs, its this story of reform and innovation that now needs greater attention.
TJHC CEO Francis Sullivan, will be in Bendigo on Monday 27 June as guest speaker at Spirituality in the Pub in discussion about the child sexual abuse Royal Commission and the history of abuse in the Catholic Church. The theme for the evening is 'Healing the Hurt'. Bookings essential.
Where: Queens Arms Hotel 23 Russell Street Quarry Hill When: Monday 27 June 2016, for 7:30pm Contact: Anne 03 5441 6474, Peter 0417 217 325, Maria 0401 181 030
Pope meets graduates of safeguarding minors course
The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged the students and faculty to be courageous in their work against sexual abuse.
TJHC CEO Francis Sullivan, will met with the Mount Gambier community at a public forum on Wednesday 29 June to answer questions and talk about the child sexual abuse Royal Commission and the history of abuse in the Catholic Church.
Where:Parish Hall, 26 Penola Road, Mount Gambier When: Wednesday 29 June 2016, 7.30pm – All welcome Contact: Fr Dean Marin, Parish Priest (08) 8725 6566 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public round table hears from Child abuse police squads and experts
Last week the Commission held a public roundtable to discuss responses to child sexual abuse when there is a multi-disciplinary approach from police and other agencies.
The roundtable considered the nature and effectiveness of multi-disciplinary and specialist police responses, as well as their interactions with institutions, parents and the community when allegations of child sexual abuse are made.