In a major speech to more than 230 interested Catholics at a Catalyst for Renewal event in Sydney last Friday night Francis Sullivan called on Catholics around Australia to continue the push for reform in the Church.
The speech came in the wake of the final Royal Commission hearing into the Catholic Church and the release of data which showed some 1,880 priests, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people had been identified as alleged perpetrators in abuse claims made to the Church by 4,445 victims.
This week I was asked in a TV interview how is it that I can speak out in the media about the problems and changes that need to be made in the Catholic Church to address so many of the issues around the child sexual abuse scandal yet don't seem to be saying the same things to the Church leadership.
Virginia Trioli asked me on Monday why is it that I go on her program and talk about the 'great problems of the Catholic Church'. 'Can't you tell the Catholic Church directly yourself, they are your employer?' she asked.
TJHC submission to RC's final Catholic Church hearing
In a wide ranging submission from the TJHC to the Royal Commission, issues such as compulsory celibacy and clericalism are identified as having contributed to child sexual abuse over more than five decades in the Catholic Church.
The Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council submission in response to the Commission's Issue Paer No 11 deals with issues including current Church child protection policies, safety standards, and responses to allegations of child sexual abuse.
The Royal Commission has released two new research reports. The first examines recruitment and training for carers working in out of home care while the second looks at coordination in child sexual abuse prevention.