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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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