Last week in Melbourne I met with the Federal Social Services Minister Christian Porter and people from other non-government organisations to start to flesh out the process and workings of the national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors. It was made very clear that unless the states cooperate, and we know that SA and WA are dragging their feet, then the entire process might collapse and abuse survivors, who are all getting older, will again be left to fend for themselves. In the same way that churches and NGOs must step up, so too must the governments who had oversight of the child based institutions, that they ran and were responsible for, in which children were abused.
Catholics must stand up and become active citizens, not loyal subjects, within their own church community, says John Warhurst Emeritus Professor Political Science ANU and Chair of Concerned Catholics a recently established group in the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn.
In a surprise announcement at his weekly address last Sunday, Pope Francis announced five new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador would be installed on 28 June this year. The move underscores Francis's position that the Church is a global institution that should become increasingly less Italian-centric. Francis, the former cardinal-archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected on 13 March, 2013 as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.
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