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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Pope Francis: Church late in addressing abuse scandal; Bishop Long: Elitist priesthood drawing its last breaths

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Church late in addressing abuse scandle: Pope Francis

Pope Francis, in some of his most candid and personal comments on the sexual abuse of children by priests, has said the Catholic Church had "arrived late" in dealing with the problem.

Pope Admits Church Was "Late" In Addressing Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
Huffpost - 22 September 2017

Pope says not laicizing priest guilty of abuse was a mistake; it will never happen again
Crux - 21 September 2017

Pope admits Catholic Church waited too long to respond to clergy abuse crisis
National Catholic Reporter – 21 September 2017

Pope Francis acknowledges Catholic Church's bad practices during the sex abuse crisis
Washington Post  - 21 September 2017


Frankly speaking...

As we move into October it is not long before the nation's political leaders will have to show their hand on support or otherwise for a national redress scheme. Social Services Minister Christian Porter has stepped up. Already he has released draft legislation that can morph into a national redress scheme.

What we end up with as a redress model for victims of institutional child sexual abuse will be the result of the forthcoming parliamentary debate. And if it takes some pragmatic changes to the draft bill to achieve national coverage, then let's bring them on.

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Separate and elitist priesthood drawing its last breaths: Bishop Long

Parramatta's Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen has told a seminary reunion in Sydney that the model of an exalted, separate and elitist priesthood was "drawing its last breaths".

"We bear the brunt of public anger and distrust in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis," Bishop Long told the gathering at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, in western Sydney, in a speech entitled "The Priesthood in Australia: Reflections on its future in the light of the Royal Commission (into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse)".

Bishop Long's speech is available here.

Separate and elitist priesthood drawing its last breaths: Bishop Long
The Tablet - 28 September 2017


Justice McClellan addresses psychotherapists' conference

Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, addressed the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP) 30th Anniversary Conference in Sydney on Saturday 30 September 2017. He outlined Royal Commission processes, including the need for private sessions because of the potential impact on victims of providing evidence. He also detailed the potential long term impact of abuse including loss of faith or spirituality; and barriers to disclosuer, especially for children. He also described factors that affect the survivor's ability to provide evidence and the importance of an effective naitonal redress scheme.

Read Justice McClellan's speech


Protecting children from abuse needs leadership and cultural change

Daryl Higgins, Professor & Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies at the  Australian Catholic University writes on the Conversation web site that if the the rhetoric of preventing child sexual abuse in organisations continues to focus mostly on screening then institutions will keep failing children.

Protecting children from abuse needs leadership and cultural change
The Conversation - 12 Septebmer 2017

Safeguarding children: A workshop in leading change - 27 September 2017


Brisbane archbishop sees progress and challenges

Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge says the Church still has "a long way to go" as it comes to terms with clerical child sexual abuse.

Archbishop Coleridge made the comments following the recent release of a major international study of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

In fight against sex abuse, Australian archbishop sees progress, challenges
Crux 19 September 2017

Coming up

October 10, Address to the Western Australian Bar Association
October 11, Address St Benedicts Parish Burwood
October 12, Panel discussion, Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne
October 17, Address to University of the Third Age, Canberra
October 18, Blue Knot Day presentation, St Mary's Parish Greensborough, Melbourne
October 19, Address to Catholic Community of Geelong, Geelong
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 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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