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Friday, May 12, 2017

Bubget funding for redress, struggle for credibility, Frankly speaking and more

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Commonwealth commits funding for national redress scheme

The federal government has put up an initial $33.4 million for a national scheme to compensate child sexual abuse victims, prompting calls for the states to get on board.

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church's TJHC, said the funding is a good start and that the Catholic Church fully supports, and will be part of the new scheme.

National redress scheme gets early funds
AAP - 9 May 2017

National child sex abuse redress scheme gets budget allocation
The World Today - 10 May 2017

Commonwealth announces funding for child sex abuse redress scheme
TJHC Media Release - 10 May 2017

Budget 2017: child sex abuse compensation to cost feds $600m
The Australian - 12 May 2017


Frankly speaking...

This week's announcement by the Commonwealth in the federal budget that some $33 million has been set aside to set up a national redress scheme for survivors of sexual abuse is welcome news.

But to be successful, the scheme demands buy-in from the states and territories, as well as the many institutions responsible for the sexual abuse of children.

Latest from the Council

Bishops continue to discuss issues around seal of Confession

Australia's Catholic bishops are unlikely to travel to Rome seeking answers on whether the seal of confession can be broken to protect children from sexual abuse.

The proposal was suggested by Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson during evidence he gave to the Royal Commission earlier this year.

Bishops retreat from Rome Delegation
AAP - 12 May 2017


Church and government both struggle for credibility

When representatives of the Catholic Church appeal to values in public life, in sexuality and in education, their appeal is often thought to mask hypocrisy — the assertion of high values that it does not practice.

Andrew Hamilton, consulting editor of Eureka Street, discusses the difficulties both government and the Catholic Church face when commending values.

Australian bishops gather in the light of the royal commission
Eureka Street  - ‎May 4, 2017‎

Frank Brennan, in his John Wallis Memorial Lecture in Toowoomba last weekend, takes up a similar theme.

Finding meaning in a chaotic/changing world
John Wallis Memorial Lecture - May 7  2017



Church still divided

After more than four years of evidence about the extent and brutality of child sexual abuse in the Church and across many other institutions there are still some priests who are not convinced.

Read a profile of TJHC CEO and the work of the Church to address the abuse scandal below.

The good fight
The Australian,  ‎May 5, 2017‎

Royal commission into child abuse a 'hatchet job' say priests
The Australian, May 5, 2017‎


Priest's name taken off Adamstown Catholic high school building

ST Pius X High School at Adamstown in Newcastle has removed formal references to former principal and Catholic priest Patrick Helferty after former students alleged he knew about the child sex offending of fellow priest John Denham.

Adamstown Catholic high school has removed references to former Catholic priest
Newcastle Herald 6 May 2017

Coming up

May 15, Address to YPO WA chapter in Perth
May 17, Address to Catholic Mission One Heart Many Voices Conference, Sydney
May 18, Address to Canberra-Goulburn Clergy Assembly, Canberra
May 31, Marist Brothers Project Roundtable, Sydney
June 6, Keynote address to Wollongong Diocesan Assembly, Wollongong
June 28, Spirituality in the Pub, The Sandy, Sandringham Victoria
July 4, Address to Clergy Life and Ministry National Directors Annual Conference, North Sydney
July 18, Address to University of third Age, Canberra
July 19, Address to Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Conference, Melbourne
August 24, Address biennial National Catholic Education Media, Marketing and Communications Conference, Surfers Paradise
August 25, Address to South Australian Catholic Principals, Adelaide
October 19, Address to Catholic Community of Geelong, Geelong
November 4, Address to Catholic School Parents Australia, Hobart
November 13 Address to Catholic Secondary Principals Australia, Adelaide

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