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March 2017
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Catholic Church hearings concluded

The Royal Commission concluded its final hearing into the Catholic Church last Friday.

The Council is working on a number of issues which emerged from the hearing.

Church Authorities are likely to consider seeking clarification from the Vatican on a number of issues raised including regarding reconciliation.

The Council is considering its response to the Royal Commission's current discussion paper: Strengthening Information Sharing Arrangements.

A number of hearings regarding other institutions and broader issues are yet to be heard, but all hearings will be concluded by the middle of the year.See the hearing schedule here.

The Royal Commission will hand its final report to federal and state governments in December 2017.

A selection of media coverage is available on the TJHC website

A selection of statements from bishops and archbishops is available on the TJHC website

 

   

Frankly speaking...

The Catholic Church's final public hearing is over. After three intense weeks of scrutiny what are we left with? Whether it was an Archbishop, religious leader or recognised expert, witnesses spoke of a Church that had drastically lost its way.

Given the history of how this scandal has been handled, the Church's response to the Commission's findings will speak volumes.

Latest from the Council
 
 

Is Francis actually backsliding on punishing abuse?

Journalist Nicole Winfield reported last week that Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question.

Michael Sean Winters responded in National Catholic Reporter asking is Francis actually backsliding on punishing abuse?

Is Francis actually backsliding on punishing abuse?
NCR: Michael Sean Winters - 28 February 2017

Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy
AP: Nicole Winfield - 25 February 2017

 
 

Public hearings begin in UK inquiry

On Monday 27 February, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse began its first public hearings, which relate to sexual abuse in the British child migration programmes and the institutional failings of organisations based in England and Wales.

In December 2016 the Chair of the Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay OBE, published the results of her internal review into the Inquiry's ways of working. The report sets out how the Inquiry will carry out its work as swiftly and effectively as possible. The review sharpens the focus of the Inquiry and lays out a detailed schedule of work for 2017.

See more on the British Inquiry's website

Child abuse scandal of British children sent abroad
BBC: 27 February 2017

 
 

Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a new research paper, Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts, which provides an overview of key conceptual issues in understanding grooming and discusses what is known about grooming, particularly as it relates to institutional child sexual abuse.

Read the report

 
 

Public hearing into nature, cause and impact of child sexual abuse in institutions

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a public hearing commencing Monday 27 March 2017 in Sydney to inquire into:                                    

1. The nature of child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts in Australia and how community understanding of abuse has changed over time.

2. The extent of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts historically and in contemporary Australia, and challenges to identification and prevention.

3. The factors that contribute to the risk of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

4. The impacts of child sexual abuse and institutional responses on survivors, both in childhood and throughout their adult lives, their families and supporters, and the wider community. 
 

For more information visit the Royal Commission's website

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