Abuse survivor Marie Collins has resigned from the Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors due to frustration with some officials in the Roman curia regarding a number of issues, including the relevant dicastery's refusal to respond to letters from abuse survivors.
This week I spoke at a forum organised by the National Committee for Professional Standards. As we all look to the future, discernment is the key now. We need to think about – and frankly we need to pray about – what we have heard and where to from now. In the lead up to the 2020 Plenary, we must not lose momentum. We have to engage beyond our comfort zone and tap into more than what has come out of the Royal Commission. We need to reach out, including to disengaged Catholics. In a creative spirit we must seek a new heart, a new way of being church.
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart announced in April 2014 that he had appointed former Federal Court judge Donnell Ryan, QC, to review the Melbourne Response, the Archdiocese's internal compensation scheme for victims.
Last November, the Melbourne Archdiocese announced it would double the payment cap in the scheme from $75,000 to $150,000 and agreed to review past claims.
While the Archdiocese rejected a number of Mr Ryan's recommendations it did reiterate it supports the national redress scheme currently being designed by the government's advisory group, and failing that, a Victorian redress scheme.
McClellan repeats call for national working with children check
State government child protection reporting systems are being clogged by thousands of reports that aren't serious enough for them to act on, a commission has heard.
NSW Department of Family Services secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter says the Department received 120,000 calls last year that did not meet the "risk of significant harm" threshold.
"In effort terms, that's about 100 child protection caseworkers working in intake, taking reports we don't act on as a statutory agency," he told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Wednesday.