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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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