This week the Royal Commission released research which looks at four major risk factors for children in institutional care. Essentially the report says where the opportunity for abuse is there, vulnerable children are particularly targeted by adults with a propensity to abuse children. And the characteristics of the institution itself play a major role.
While the Church has come a long way in recent times, gaps remain in some areas and these are slowly being addressed. But until the Catholic church acknowledges and addresses many cultural issues (which have been well documented), it cannot say it is doing everything to ensure children in its care are safe.
ACT sex-offenders register nearly doubles in size over past five years
The number of Canberra citizens named on the ACT sex-offenders register has almost doubled over the past five years.
ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchley said the increase in the number of people on the register was due to amendments made in 2015, making it easier for police to monitor child sex offenders.
Figures from ACT Policing show as of June 2017, there are more than 150 people in the ACT on the register.
New research on child sexual abuse risks in institutions
The Royal Commission has released a new research report that identifies four dimensions of risk of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.
The research report is designed to establish a means of differentiating between types of institutions in terms of level of risk of child sexual abuse according to their characteristics and the services they provide.
Pope Francis considering 'healthy decentralization' of power to local bishops
Pope Francis and members of his International Council of Cardinals discussed the possibility of allowing local bishops rather than the Vatican to decide on certain matters, including the marriage or priestly ordination of permanent deacons.
It is "what the Pope calls a 'healthy decentralization,'" said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office.
June 21, Address, CRA National Assembly Dinner, Melbourne June 22, CRA National Assembly Guest Speaker, Melbourne June 27, Address to Jeff Whalan Executive Learning Group, Canberra 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