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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Pope and CSA, Commissioner McClellan lagal speech, Frankly Speaking and more

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How the church is combatting sexual abuse: an interview with Jesuit Hans Zollner

In a wide ranging interview Hans Zollner, S.J., president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, says the impression that Pope Francis is not hard enough on perpetrators is wrong.

In an interview with the Jesuit outlet, America, he explains what the pope and the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) are doing to combat child abuse and ensure the protection of children in church institutions worldwide.

How the church is combatting sexual abuse: an interview with Jesuit Hans Zollner
America, the Jesuit Review - 21 March 2017


Frankly speaking...

Since the Royal Commission's final hearing of the Catholic Church I have been regularly asked about where to from here. At one level the answer is straight forward. We will need to wait on the findings of the Commission and then move into implementation mode. Exactly how that is undertaken will be a preoccupation of the church leadership.

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Two prominent female lay Catholics discuss the Royal Commission

Two prominent Australian lay Catholics, Monica Doumit and Kristina Keneally, discuss a range of issues on ABC Radio National's God Forbid including women priests, Lent, bioethics, the child sex abuse crisis.

In the Voice in the Wilderness section they discuss the Commission's implications for the Church in Australia.

Voice in the Wilderness
ABC God Forbid - 19 March 2017

God Forbid (full program)
ABC Radio National - 19 March 2017

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New child sex abuse reporting laws proposed for Queensland

MINISTERS of religion will be forced to report child sex abuse to authorities under new laws to come before the Queensland State Parliament.

The requirement already applies to teachers, nurses and doctors in Queensland, and will apply to childcare workers from July.

Independent Member for Cairns Rob Pyne will introduce a Private Member's Bill enshrining mandatory reporting requirements for churches.

Child sexual abuse: Ministers of religion in sights of law change
The Courier Mail - 21 March 2017

Cairns MP Rob Pyne lashes out at the Church in Parliament while introducing bill on reporting abuse
Catholic Leader -  21 March 2017


Royal Commissioner addresses Lawyers Alliance

In a major speech last week, Justice Peter McClellan outlined key areas where reform is needed so as to deliver improved legal outcomes for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Seeking 'justice for victims' – Part I
Justice Peter McClellan speech to Australian Lawyers Alliance NSW Annual State Conference
17 March 2017

More people acquitted of child sex abuse
AAP 17 March 2017

Justice Peter McClellan criticises 'judicial wisdom' on child sexual assault and sexual assault
The Herald - 17 March 2017


Perth's Archbishop, Tim Costello, pastoral message following Catholic wrap up hearing

Perth's Archbishop, Tim Costello, has released a video message and pastoral letter reiterating his apology to the survivors of child sexual abuse, calling for change within the Church, committing to doing all he can to ensure the safety of children and young people and inviting parishioners to be part of the force for change within society.

Pastoral video from Perth Archbishop Tim Costello following the conclusion of the final Royal Commission hearing into the Catholic Church

Pastoral letter
February 2017

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