The Bishop of Armidale, Michael Kennedy, has released a statement detailing his personal reflections following the conclusion of last month's Royal Commission hearing into former Armidale and Parramatta priest, John Farrell.
The statement also lists the reforms that have taken place in the Diocese since Bishop Kennedy arrived in February 2012.
A new page on the TJHC website lists other statements detailing reforms and changes that have been made over recent years to the way in which dioceses and congragations are responing to and managing claims of child sexual abuse as well as new child protection reforms which have been put in place.
If you are aware of a similar statement that is not listed please let the Council know.
The Royal Commission has released two very interesting reviews of current literature dealing with child sexual abuse. The first deals with the risk and protective factors for child sexual abuse and the second with the characteristics, motivations and offending behaviour of perpetrators. Not only is it important that our understanding of these issues continues to develop, but that we maintain our focus on what we do now to provide all the help we can for abuse survivors. From the Council's perspective, key to this is providing fair and just redress. As the Royal Commission enters its final stages this must remain at the very front of our thinking.
Royal Commission releases two new literature reviews
Over the past week the Royal Commission has released two new literature reviews looking at the avaialble research on risk and protective factors for child sexual abuse and on the characteristics, motivations and offending behaviour of child sexual abuse perpetrators.
Blue Knot Day: Uniting Church interfaith service of lament and hope
On Sunday October 23 at 3pm, Pitt Street Uniting Church Sydney, together with South Sydney Uniting Church will be holding an interfaith service of lament and hope in support of Blue Knot Day.
The gathering will include people from Buddhist, Hindu, Baha'i, Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths who will join together and mourn with, and for, those who have been betrayed and wounded in childhood.
Blue Knot Day is Blue Knot Foundation's national awareness day celebrated in October every year. On this day, all Australians are asked to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
25 October 2016: CSSA Leaders Summit, CLC Melbourne 25 October 2016: St Roch's Parish Pastoral Council, Glen Iris 27 October 2016: Catholic Theological College SRC, Melbourne 2 November 2016: "Lookout" Monthly Meeting, Healesville 3 November 2016: The Quality of Mercy presentation, Melbourne 8 November 2016: Spirituality in the Pub, Notting Hill, Victoria