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Friday, December 9, 2016

New Vatican CSA website, Commission's Criminal Justice public hearing, Frank Brennan on the confessional, Frankly Speaking and more


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New Vatican CSA website

The Vatican has launched a new website detailing its efforts to protect children from sexual abuse by clergy.

It's the first time the Vatican has published the documents and resources in one place, including an email and phone number to contact its Commission for the Protection of Minors.

New Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors website

TJHC welcomes new Vatican child sex abuse website
8 December 2016

Vatican launches website after child sex abuse scandals
CNN - 6 December 2016

   

Frankly speaking...

Over the past week there has been much discussion about the Sacrament of Confession, particularly when it comes into contact with the civil law. The key issue is: should a priest who is told by a penitent that they have committed a child sex abuse crime reveal it to the police? .

Latest from the Council

Blessed Sacrament Congregation apologises

During Mass last Sunday a senior Church official apologised publically to a former parishioner for the pain and suffering she endured as a result of a "long-term inappropriate sexual relationship" with the parish priest at St Francis on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne, Tom Knowles.

"On behalf of the Australian Province of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation, I wish to apologise to Jennifer Herrick for the pain and suffering she experienced," reads the apology.

According to reports, Tom Knowles, has become the first in Australia to be defrocked for having an inappropriate relationship with a woman.

Church apology for a 14-year sexual relationship an Australian first
The Age - 4 December 2016

Catholic Church defrocks priest for having 'inappropriate sexual relationship' with woman
ABC PM - 7 December 2016

 
 

New Commission research into institutional culture and child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission has released a new research report investigating the role of organisational culture in institutional child sexual abuse. The research also identifies factors that can lead to successful organisational change and prevent child sexual abuse in institutions.

The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Royal Commission media release
1 December, 2016

 
 

Commission's Criminal Justice public hearing

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from Monday 28 November 2016 to inquire into issues raised in its consultation paper on Criminal Justice.

TJHC Case Study 46: Criminal Justice web page

Francis Sullivan evidence to Royal Commission hearing on Criminal Justice
1 December 2016

 
 

Royal Commission and the Seal of Confession

In a long opinion piece in last weekend's Australian Fr Frank Brennan says he will disobey any law which requires he breaks the Seal of Confession.

"With the seal of confession intact, a paedophile may find a listening ear to assist with the decision to turn himself in.

"If a law is introduced to say that a priest should reveal a confession, I will disobey the law," writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ.

Breaking the seal of the confessional will not save children
The Australain  - 3 December 2016

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