Questions over State participation in redress scheme
The Australian has reported an estimated $613 million worth of taxpayer-funded compensation claims have emerged as the key sticking point over a national child sex abuse redress system amid growing angst from the states over who will pay.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter has urged governments to strike an in-principle agreement to sign up to the new system ahead of imminent moves by him to reveal draft legislation to create the body.
Major research report on child sexual abuse in Catholic Church
A study that examines child sexual abuse worldwide in the Roman Catholic Church has found that the Australian church has done less to safeguard children in its care than its counterparts in similar countries.
The report, released last week by the Center for Global Research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, says that while the possibility of abuse in Catholic residential institutions, like orphanages, should be getting more attention, especially in developing countries, abuse in schools is now 'very low'.
The Australian's John Ferguson has recently written extensively about the proposed national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors, its hurdles and where it is headed. In three articles he has identified several potential issues with the proposed scheme and highlighted some of the concerns both private and public institutions claim to have. What is missing at the moment, however, is a firm commitment, particularly from the state governments, that they will be part of a scheme.
On another issue, a major research project into abuse in the Catholic Church has found the worst of the sexual abuse scandal may be over in Australia, but in other parts of the world, including the Church in Asia, Africa and parts of Europe, children are still potentially in danger.
As part of the Jusuits commitment to safeguarding children the Society has released its inaugural annual safeguarding children report in line with its 2016 strategy to enhance professional standards,
Fr Brian McCoy SJ, Provincial, says the safeguarding of all people in its care, particularly children and vulnerable adults, is a fundamental concern for the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus.
"In fact, there is no greater responsibility for those that care for others than keeping them safe."
Challenges to the Australian Church: Massimo Faggioli
In this piece Massimo Faggioli, professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, writes about his recent visit to Australia and the challenges the Australian Church faces including the ramifications of the Royal Commission, the charges currently on foot against Cardinal Pell and the 2020 Plenary Council for Australia.
Pope in Colombia spells out priorities for the clergy
In a powerful condemnation of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis, addressing more than 12,000 priests, men and women religious, consecrated laypeople and seminarians in Colombia has decried "the poison of lies and hidden things", the manipulation and abuse of God's people, of the most fragile of God's people, especially the elderly and children.
This poison, he said, "must find no space in our communities," every dead branch must be severed," he told the gathering.
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