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Thursday, July 13, 2017

TJHC Newsletter - Two new Commission research reports, SIP in Sandringham, CCI documents, Frankly Speaking and more


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July 2017
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Child sexual abuse scandal about power not sex

The National Catholic Reporter editorialises this week that what continues to thwart the work of the church to fully understand and address the clerical child sexual abuse scandal is that the hierarchy has yet to undertake the deep and likely painful examination of the role the all-male clerical culture of the Church has played.

'At its core, this scandal is not about sex, it is about how power and authority are wielded in the church. Until that changes, little else will,' the NCR says.

On abuse, church has changed, but not enough
National Catholic Reporter editorial - 11 July 2017

   

Frankly speaking...

As the Royal Commissioners meet behind closed doors to finalise their observations and recommendations the rest of us begin to consider the implications for our organisations and services.

Obviously what is actually recommended and in turn implemented lays in the future. But some action can happen now

Latest from the Council
 
 

Two new research reports released by Commission

The Royal Commission has released a new research report about how memory affects child sexual abuse prosecutions.

The report outlines research findings that "common sense" beliefs about memory, frequently held by police, lawyers, judges, juries and laypeople, did not correspond with scientific knowledge about memory.

Read full report: Empirical Guidance on the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Memory and Complainants' Evidence

This week the Commission has also released a new research report that suggests strong connection to culture can help protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from sexual abuse in institutions.

Read full report: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and sexual abuse in institutional contexts

 
 

New ACT reportable conduct scheme

Canberra-Archbishop Christopher Prowse has again urged the ACT government to include the church in organisations covered by its reportable scheme, calling its omission an "anomaly".

Under the new laws schools, childcare centres and health providers will be forced to report all child abuse allegations to the ACT Ombudsman.

However church organisations, scout groups, sporting clubs and dance schools are not covered by the legislation.

Archbishop urges extension of reportable conduct scheme
Canberra Times - June 30 2017

 
 

Sandringham 'Spirituality in the Pub' kicks over the rocks

The future of the Catholic Church and its response to child sex abuse were the main focus of a 'Spirituality in the Pub' meeting in the Sandringham Hotel in Melbourne's west late last month.

More than 150 people attended the event, titled 'The Royal Commission: What happens now?', to hear the CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, talk about the reforms which have taken place in the Church over recent years and the challenges it continues to face.

TJHC joins Sandringham community at Spirituality in the Pub Melbourne
28 June 2017

CCI documents

The Commission has published documents relating to Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) and 22 alleged perpetrators which were tendered during the public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Australia.

   

Coming up

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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