Reforms to put in place nationally consistent arrangements for information sharing concerned with the safety and wellbeing of children within and across sectors and jurisdictions in Australia are of fundamental importance.
In a major submission to the Royal Commission's discussion paper on information sharing the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council says consistent and cross jurisdictional sharing of information relating to teachers, carers, police records is vital for the protection of children.
In the Church's latest submission to the Royal Commission we have called for nationally consistent arrangements to be developed for information sharing across all sectors that deal with children and across all jurisdictions.
In his new book 'Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics,' Father Thomas Berg says he wants priests to listen to the experiences of hurting Catholics.
He says the book is an invitation to a kind of Church-wide self-examination: Where have we failed in charity? Why is our day-to-day, interpersonal living of that Christ-like gift of self, agape-love, so languid at times, so passive, so anemic?
Are teachers now too scared to really get to know their students?
Too often in response to a perceived problem the resultant solution goes too far. Many teachers today are now afraid to relate to their students other than teaching disembodied brains. Ultimately the educational enterprise has become impersonal and less efficacious.
Marching to a loud future: week-long commemoration in Ballarat
When Maureen Hatcher tied the first ribbon on a fence in Ballarat two years ago to remember victims of clerical child sexual abuse she never envisioned that thousands of ribbons would flutter on church and school fences across Ballarat and the world.
A week long event from May 16 will celebrate the first ribbions and replicate the community march which also took place at the start of the Ballarat public hearing.
The week will also focus on education with the library hosting a white wreath workshop to remember those who have died by suicide and an education expert running sessions on safety, consent and gender equality aimed at the parents and educators.