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TJHC Newsletter - male religious apologise, NCR child sex abuse series, Frankly Speaking and more

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July 2017
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Male religious leaders apologise to female congregations for abuse

The three-day assembly of Catholic Religious Australia in June has included an apology by the major superiors of male religious congregations to female religious congregations.

"We want to express our sorrow for the harm that men within our congregations have brought upon others and the shame this has brought upon yourselves and the Church," the apology statement said.

"We apologise for those times when we leaders have not acted with the swiftness or decisiveness that is rightly expected of us in our positions of authority, allowing abuse to continue.

Australian Catholic religious congregations apologise for abuse at national assembly
Catholic Leader July 18 2017

Congregational Leaders: Statement of Apology from Male Religious to Female Religious
22 June 2017

A Response to Male Religious Statement of Apology
22 June 2017


Frankly speaking...

Just recently I saw an interview in the National Catholic Reporter of a convicted priest child sexual abuser, Gilbert Gustafson. He had pleaded guilty to abusing a minor in 1983 and served four and a half years in gaol. The interview outlines his personal journey, very frankly, through the seminary and early priesthood.

He makes no excuses neither does he pull any punches about himself, his obligation to take responsibility for his actions and the need for broader Church reform.

Latest from the Council

Confronting sex abuse

In the final part of a series of stories run last week in the National Catholic Reporter, Tom Roberts, editor at large, writes extensively about the history of the Catholic Church's response to the child sex abuse scandal in the US.

The clergy's task is unfinished in confronting sex abuse
National Catholic Reporter - July 21 2017

Click to read the other stories which were part of this series:

Sr. Sally Bulter finds that faith sustains when institutions fail
'Uncommon conversation' on sex abuse falls silent
'All of us together': Sex abuse survivor seeks healing within the church
Convicted soul: A priest-perpetrator of child sexual abuse shares his story


German abuse report hailed as step in the right direction

A member of Pope Francis' Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors says a new report on the abuse of more than 500 choir boys in Germany points to a current reality in many non-western countries – and that bringing these things to light means progress for everyone.

Brutal Regensburg report hailed as step in the right direction
Catholic News Agency July 20 2017

Coming up

August 2, Our Lady of Good Council Parish, Frenchs Forest
August 10, Dandenong Catholic Deanery Resource Dinner
August 24, Address biennial National Catholic Education Media, Marketing and Communications Conference, Surfers Paradise
August 25, Address to South Australian Catholic Principals, Adelaide
October 10, Address to the Western Australian Bar Association
October 17, Address to University of the Third Age, Canberra
October 19, Address to Catholic Community of Geelong, Geelong
November 4, Address to Catholic School Parents Australia, Hobart
November 14 Address to Catholic Secondary Principals Australia, Adelaide

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Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 208

Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on The Journey (Ep208)

This week on the fourth birthday of The Journey, Fr Richard Healey (Albion Park, NSW) joins us with his reflection on the Gospel of Matthew, we hear from Sr Hilda Scott OSB with Wisdom From The Abbey, Pete Gilmore teaches us about seeking to be efficient, we have some great stuff from Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy as always, and more! Tune in and let Nick Weir take you through this week's edition of The Journey!

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MATTHEW 13: 44 - 52 - Gospel Reflection with Fr Richard Healey
I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE - Wisdom From The Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
LEANING TOWER OF INEFFICIENCY - Living The Gospel with Pete Gilmore
TRUE IDENTITY - The Catholic Guy with Bruce Downes
HEAVEN WITHIN - The Call with Fr Dave Callaghan MGL
TESTING OUR FAITH - The Peaceful Parent with Marilyn Rodrigues

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