The Vatican moving quicker on dealing with child sexual abuse cases
In a recent media interview Teresa Devlin, CEO of the Irish National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church says she believes The Vatican department that tackles the cases of priests accused of abuse is moving faster to deal with such cases.
She says the development was connected with the appointment a month ago of Dublin priest Msgr John Kennedy as head of the disciplinary section in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Ms Devlin gave evidence to the Royal Commission in February during its final case study into the Catholic Church.
A colleague recently pointed out to me the latest survey by the international communications and research firm, Edelman, on trust in institutions. The 2017 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER reveals the largest-ever drop in trust across the institutions of government, business, media and NGOs. Significantly for the Catholic Church, trust in NGOs fell 2 percent to 53 percent across all countries while in Australia trust in NGOs fell to 52 percent down by 5 percent from last year. While there is no indication in the available survey material what organisations actually fall into the NGO group we can only assume churches are there.
More than 200 parishioners from across the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese met last week and called for a greater say in the future direction of the Catholic Church in Canberra.
The forum, convened by the recently formed Concerned Catholics of Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese, pushed for reforms including more lay people involved in church decision-making and a new diocesan pastoral council with a greater participation of the laity.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse, who attended the standing-room only meeting, was asked to take the reform proposals back to this week's meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.
St Patrick's College in Ballarat will open the town's first permanent monument in recognition of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in May as part of the city's 'No More Silence' week.
The enclosed garden is a permanent, visible and accessible symbol of the College's deep remorse for the sexual abuse suffered by students at the college.
Headmaster Mr John Crowley said the College had worked closely with key members of the College community, including victims and survivors, to ensure the garden reflected the wishes of those it has been designed to recognise.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and the Australian Catholic University will next month present findings from three research projects, commissioned by the Royal Commission, on child safe institutions.
May 8, Address to CAM Social Justice Teachers, Melbourne May 15, Address meeting 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