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John 13:34

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Celibacy from the perspective of a priest in training, NSW Government apologies, Frankly Speaking and more

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Frankly speaking...

Its difficut to be hopeful that a royal commission into the abuse of young people in the Northern Territory juvenille detention system will deliver significant change, if the Federal Government's response so far to recommendations from the child abuse royal commission are anything to go by. We have yet to see anything of substance on the Commission's recommendation for a national redress scheme for victims and survivors of abuse in Autralian institutions.

Latest from the Council

Celibacy isn't the cause of sexual abuse - view from a priest in training

Jack Green is a seminarian at the Holy Spirit Seminary in Harris Park Sydney.

In this comment piece which appeaered in the Sydney Morning Herald this week he talks about celibacy and what it means to him as a young trainee priest.

He talks about the hoops he had to jump through to enter the seminary and the training in psyco-sexual and human development that is part of his training.

Celibacy isn't the cause of sexual abuse
SMH 26 July 2016


NSW government aplogises for abuse victims at boys home

The Australian reports this week that the NSW government has priv­ately apologised to the victims of child sexual and physical abuse carried out by multiple offenders "in brutal and terrifying circumstances" at a state-run boys' home northwest of Sydney.

NSW government aplogises for abuse victims at boys home
The Australain July 25 2016

In conversation with Rome delegates

TJH Council CEO Francis Sullivan met this week with Fr Hans Zollner sj, President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr Zollner, who is in Australia for conversations with Church bodies engaged in child protection work, was interested in how the work of the Council might be used by other countries to model a way forward. Also present at the meeting was Ms Kath McCormack, Australian representative on the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors.

TJHC media release

Coming up

11 Aug 2016: Archdiocese of Perth General Assembly presentation - Perth
18 Aug 2016: Holy Name of Mary Parish presentation Hunters Hill - Sydney
18 Sept 2016: Year of Mercy Panel Rosary Cultural Centre - Tamworth
20 Sept 2016: St Aloysius College staff development day - Sydney


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