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EREA apology, Tas Govt redress, Frankly Speaking and more

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Edmund Rice national apology to child sexual abuse survivors

Last week in Canberra Edmund Rice Education Australia, which has responsibility for more than 50 Catholic schools and entities, delivered a National Apology to the survivors of sexual abuse in their schools.

Edmund Rice Education Australia Apologies to Survivors and Victims
Statement from EREA - 1 June 2017

John Crowley, Headmaster St Patrick's College Ballarat, address at EREA National Apology, Canberra
1 June 2017

Edmund Rice Education Australia makes apology to sexual abuse victims
The Courier - 1 June 2017

Statement from Canberra Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse


Frankly speaking...

Last week's Edmund Rice national apology in Canberra was a moving event that captured the emotion and the significance of the occasion. EREA Executive Director Dr Wayne Tinsey acknowledged that the sexual abuse of young children is "part of a destructive and shameful reality in our national history and we are totally committed to ensuring it never happens again." He said EREA hopes the national apology will help in the healing process and be a step towards re-establishing trust.

When a Catholic Community reaches out with honesty, goodwill and integrity there can be optimism for reconnection and healing. 

Latest from the Council

Tasmania called upon to fund redress scheme

The Tasmanian government has been called upon to help fund a compensation scheme for some victims of child sexual abuse with authorities having been warned some Tasmanian survivors will die before they receive redress.

Greens question lack of funding for child abuse redress scheme in Tas budget - 5 June 2017

Sexual abuse victims dying before redress scheme set up survivors warn
ABC Online - 5 June 2107


Rome conference to address safeguarding children online

An international congress in Rome this autumn will bring together experts to focus on the problem of online sexual abuse of minors and how to better safeguard children on the internet.

The meeting to be held from 3-6 October will be hosted by the Pontifical Gregorian University's Center for Child Protection and will conclude in an audience with Pope Francis during which he will be presented a "Declaration on Child Dignity in the Digital World."

Rome conference to address safeguarding children online
Catholic News Agency - 31 May 2017

Anthony Foster State Funeral

Royal commissioner Peter McClellan led the tributes to Mr Anthony Foster at his state funeral earlier this week. Mr Foster, 64, was a constant presence at Royal Commission hearings with his wife, Chrissie, supporting survivors of child sexual abuse particularly in the Catholic Church.

Tributes for child sex abuse advocate Anthony Foster
The Australian - ‎7June 2017‎

'My father saved my life': Tributes flow for child sex abuse victims' advocate Anthony Foster
The Age - ‎7 Jun 2017‎


Vatican II, the sexual revolution and clergy sexual misconduct

In light of the proposed Catholic Synod in 2020, there is an issue that, if not included, may prove to be a fatal flaw for the current church hierarchy.

Unless the Synod faces up to another plank in the Church's own eye, that of clergy sexual activity and misconduct, its hopes may well be dashed before they are even discussed.

Vatican II, the sexual revolution and clergy sexual misconduct
Eureka Street 6 June 2017

Coming up

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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