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.
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.
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.
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
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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