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Stannies apology, can child sex abusers be cured? Frankly Speaking and more

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June 2017
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'We failed you': St Stanislaus in Bathurst formally apologises to sex abuse victims

Victims of sexual abuse at Australia's oldest Catholic boys' boarding school have welcomed a formal apology, but say there is a long way to go in the healing process.

At least 160 students were abused by former staff and priests at the school between the 1970s and 1990s.

Father Gregory Brett, provincial of the Vincentians, said the church was sorry for the "deeply disturbing criminal actions" at the school.

Statement from Head of College Dr Anne Wenham
St Stanislaus College Bathurst Public Apology - 16 June 2017

Statement from Vincentian Provincial Fr Gregory Brett CM
St Stanislaus College Bathurst Public Apology - 16 June 2017

St Stanislaus College Public Apology Booklet
St Stanislaus College Bathurst Public Apology - 16 June 2017

'We failed you': St Stanislaus in Bathurst formally apologises to sex abuse victims
ABC Central West - 17 June 2017


Frankly speaking...

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.

Latest from the Council

Can a child sexual offender be cured?

Conventional wisdom has it that child sex offenders lurk among us until caught, and that they can never be cured.

But psychologists around the world who have dedicated their careers to studying and treating sexually abusive behaviours have discovered over decades of research that we are only partly right.

Can a child sexual offender be cured?
The Age - 17 June 2017


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.

ACT sex-offenders register nearly doubles in size over past five years
The Canberra Times - 18 June 2017



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.

Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of risk of child sexual abuse in institutions
June 2017


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.

Pope, cardinal advisers study 'healthy decentralization' proposals
Catholic News Service - 14 June 2017

Coming up

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

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