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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mt Gambier visit, two new RC hearings, St Pat's Ballarat leading the way in child protection, Frankly Speaking and more



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St Pat's Ballarat leading the way in child protection

St Patrick's College in Ballarat will be the first Victorian secondary school to introduce the "gold standard" Keeping Them Safe program.

Principal John Crowley said the school has changed the way certain things are done to ensure protection of children is at the forefront of everything.

St Patrick's College to introduce Keeping Them Safe program
Ballarat Courier - 4 July 2016

   
 

Frankly speaking...

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.

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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.

Read statement from Parramatta Bishop, Vincent Long
Read statement from Armidale Bishop, Michael Kennedy
Read RC media release

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.

Laura Turley interview with Francis Sullivan
Shine Radio - Tenison Wood College - 29 June 2016

Fr Dean Marin, Parish Priest for Mt Gambier and Millicent and Francis Sullivan were also interviewed by Selina Woods for the local ABC radio breakfast show about last week's community meeting.

Selina Green interview with Fr Dean Marin and Francis Sullivan
ABC South East SA Breakfast Mt Gambier - 30 June 2016

Church faces child abuse failings
Mt Gambier Border Watch - 5 July 2016

   

RC public hearings

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.

Read RC media release

Abuse inquiry focus on Newcastle
AAP - July 5 2016

Next week the Commission will also start its public hearing into disabilitiy service providers including the Mater Dei School in Camden, NSW and other non-government and government providers.

Read RC media release

Coming up

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

   
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