This week I had the pleasure of addressing the mid-term assembly of the Capuchin Friars held at Baulkham Hills. Men from ministries in all parts of the world attended.
Like so many others they were heartsick with the reality of the clerical abuse scandal and the shame it has brought on all of us in the Church. At the same time there was a realistic hope that positive changes to Church procedures, processes and culture can come.
RC public hearing into Parramatta and Armidale dioceses handeling of abuse claims against Joseph Farrell
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing into the response of Catholic Church authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse by John Joseph Farrell who was a priest in the dioceses of Armidale and Parramatta in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The hearing will commence on 12 September 2016 in Sydney at the Royal Commission's hearing rooms in Sydney.
TJHC speaks to school students in Mt Gambier and local community
Last week Francis Sullivan was in Mt Gambier where he visited Tenison Woods College, a 1400 student early childhood to Year 12 school. During the visit he was interview by Year 11 student, Laura Turley, for Shine Radio, the school's internal radio program which is also podcast to parents.
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Newcastle, commencing Tuesday 2 August 2016 to inquire into the experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and lay people involved in or associated with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
It will also look at past and present systems, policies and practices in place within the Diocese for responding to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse.
11 July 2016 - RC Public hearing into disability service providers, Sydney 19 July 2016 - Presentation to Little Company of Mary, Sydney 22 July 2016 - Community meeting and presentations in Darwin, details to be confirmed 11 August 2016 - Community meetings and presentations in Perth, details to be confirmed 18 September 2016 - The Year of Mercy Panel, Rosary Cultural Centre, Tamworth