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Sunday, May 28, 2017

National redress, new cardinals, Frankly Speaking and more

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Redress scheme hard work beginning

Survivors of child sexual assault are watching with familiar trepidation the making of an unprecedented national redress scheme.

Despite not yet knowing who will become part of its proposed model the Government has now started the hard work of bringing all jurisdictions and institutions into the scheme.

Its no wonder abuse survivors are anxious about a national redress scheme
ABC Online - 25 May 2017 (including interview with Minister Porter on the Government's proposed redress scheme)

States open to national abuse redress plan
AAP - 19 May 2017

Government's redress scheme will not meet ongoing needs of trauma survivors
ABC The World Today - 22 May 2017


Frankly speaking...

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.

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Catholic citizens needed within the church

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.

Catholic citizens needed withing the church
Eureka Street - 23 May 2017


Ballarat Loud Fence March

Two years to the day after the Loud Fence movement first took to Ballarat's streets, community members returned to make a stand and keep the issue at the forefront of public debate.

Victims and their supporters made their voices heard in the fight against sexual abuse during a march on Sturt Street in Ballarat last Sunday afternoon.

Loud Fence march 2017: Victims, supporters march against abuse
Ballarat Courier - 21 May 2017

Pope adds five new cardinals

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.

Pope adds five new cardinals, all from outside Italy and the Vatican
RNS - 21 May 2017

New Cardinals: What the Pope is saying
UCA News - Robert Mickens - 23 May 2017

Coming up

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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