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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Call for CSA support service funding, WA Bar Association speech, Yarra Theological Union Panel, Frankly Speaking and more

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Call for church funding for support services

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has called on Catholic Church leaders to consider funding independent Church-related child sexual abuse support services.

Speaking at the Pioneer Room in St Mary's Parish, Geelong, Mr Sullivan said organisations like Lifeboat and In Good Faith, the pastoral support services for victims and survivors of Church-related sexual abuse, are working hard with limited resources.

Call for Church funding for independent Catholic-related support services for child sexual abuse survivors
TJHC media release  - 20 October 2017


WA Bar Association - National Redress, Royal Commission

CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, has told a group of Western Australian lawyers and barristers that advice provided by lawyers and passively accepted by church leaders had significantly compounded the clerical sexual abuse crisis.

Speech - WA Bar Association
Francis Sullivan - 10 October 2017

Interview (43.30)
ABC Perth Mornings - 10 October 2017

TJHC CEO addresses WA Bar association on child sexual abuse crisis in Catholic Church
TJHC media release - 25 October 2017

Head of Catholic Church body talks candidly to Jon Faine
ABC Melbourne Mornings - 12 October 2017


Frankly speaking...

Over these past weeks I have been giving presentations on the work of the Council in various parish and professional settings around Australia. It is fair to say that there is intense interest in the 'where to from here' question.

The Royal Commission's final report is much anticipated. It is due to governments on 15 December this year and we can be confident that the Commission will meet that date.

Given the magnitude of this inquiry we can assume that the report will be long and comprehensive! Unsurprisingly, a significant slab of it will be about the Catholic Church.

Latest from the Council

IPSOS global study shows half think religion does more harm than good

A bigger share of Australians than respondents in most other countries think religion does more harm than good in the world, new polling has revealed, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

But we are also more comfortable with religious diversity than the international average.

The survey of more than 17,000 people across 23 countries by polling firm Ipsos found opinion is evenly divided about the influence that religion has in society.

IPSOS Report

IPSOS global research shows half think religion does more harm than good
IPSOS Summary - 12 October

Australians think religion does more harm than good in the world
SMH - 12 October 2017

Yarra Theological Union - child sexual abuse, power and the Royal Commission

A community forum at the Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill earlier this month heard three respected Church leaders talk about the impact of the child sexual abuse crisis on the Church from the perspective of a Bishop, an educator and the head of the Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Panel of church leaders discuss child sexual abuse crisis and way forward for Catholic Church
TJHC media release  - 13 October 2017

Listen to the addesses at the event from:
Francis Sullivan, CEO Truth Justice and Healing Council
Maria Kirkwood, Director Catholic Education, Sale Diocese
Vincent Long, Bishop Parramatta



Report into problematic and harmful sexual behaviours of children in schools released

The Royal Commission has released its report into Case Study 45 which examined problematic and harmful sexual behaviours of children in schools. The report, which looked at The Kings School and Trinity Grammar School in Sydney and Shalom College in Brisbane, commended St Ignatius Riverview in Sydney for its successful approach to bullying prevention in 2014 and 2015. 

This report follows a public hearing held in Sydney in October and November 2016. It is one of the five hearings to indirectly involve the Catholic Church.

Royal Commission Media Release
18 October 2017

Royal Commission Report
October 2017

King's and Trinity Grammar schools failed to support bullied students, royal commission finds
ABC Online - 18 October 2017

Coming up


November 2, Presentation Emaus Catholic Primary School, Ballarat
November 4, Address to Catholic School Parents Australia, Hobart
November 9, Update to MacKillop Family Services Leadership Team Meeting
November 13, TJH Council Meeting, Melbourne
November 14, Address to Catholic Secondary Principals Australia, Adelaide
November 14, Address to Millicent Parish, Mount Gambia
November 27, Address National Directors of Catholic Education, Sydney
December 18, Address Executive Mercy Health Board, Melbourne

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