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Ballarat Priest's RC journey, Vital days for national redress, National Church Life Survey, more...


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Ballarat Parish Priest speaks about his journey through the Royal Commission

Fr Peter Sherman, West Ballarat parish priest, has spoken confrontingly about his journey over the past five years as the Royal Commission has exposed the shocking extent of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

Speaking at a community gathering at Emmaus Catholic Primary School in Ballarat earlier this month Fr Sherman told a group of more than 100 local school parents, staff and community members of the challenges he has faced as he has tried to come to terms with the abuse crisis.

Ballarat Parish Priest speaks about his journey through the Royal Commission
TJHC Media release - 16 November 2017

Presentation given to community gathering at Emmaus Catholic Primary School, Ballarat
Fr Peter Sherman, Parish Priest, Ballarat East - 2 November 2017

   

Frankly speaking...

In this historic week of the same sex marriage postal result we are hopefully advancing another social commment. The Commonwealth, through Social Services Minister Christian Porter, convened a series of meetings to advance the national redress scheme. For the Catholic Church, it all boils down to having constitutional access across the country to the scheme.

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Society's major institutions seriously failed children: Commission head

After five years of public hearings across Australia, Justice Peter McClellan has described institutional child sexual abuse as "a national tragedy, perpetrated over generations within many of our most trusted institutions".

Addressing the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Seminar in Melbourne on Tuesday 14 Justice McClellan said it is not a case of a few 'rotten apples'.

"Society's major institutions have seriously failed. The problems have been so widespread, and the nature of the abuse so heinous, that it is difficult to comprehend."

Rights and wrongs
Justice Peter McClellan's speech
Tuesday 14 November 2017 - Melbourne, Victoria

Justice Peter McClellan says children paid price for social 'stability'
Newcastle Herald 14 November 2017

 
 

Who goes to church? National Church Life Survey, first results

In 2017, the average churchgoer is certain to be a woman, probably tertiary-educated, and likely to be a first or second-generation migrant.

And her faith will reinforce her choice of career – so lots of doctors, nurses, teachers and social workers.

That's the finding of the latest National Church Life Survey.

With 280,000 people participating, it's the biggest survey in the country after the census.

National results for the Catholic religion are expected to be provided to church leaders before the end of the year.

Multicultural and female parishioners:
Demographics of Australian Catholic mass attenders
revealed in 2016 National Church Life Survey results

National Church Life Survey Media Release
9 November 2017

Go to NCLS web page for more detail on research

The new face of the Australian church: Multicultural and female
ABC Religion and Ethic Report - 27 September 2017

Final sitting to mark the end of the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will sit on December 14 to publicly mark the conclusion of the five-year long inquiry.

Royal Commission CEO, Philip Reed, said the sitting will be a chance for Commissioners to thank the community for their continued support of the Royal Commission and its work.

Final sitting marks the end of the Royal Commission
Commission media release - 14 November 2017

   
 
 

TJHC mets with Catholic Secondary Principals Board

Francis Sullivan CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council (right  with Phil Lewis) met with the Catholic Secondary Principals Australia board on November 14th. 

With the impending release of the report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse due in mid December, the CaSPA Board is looking at possible consequences of the release of this report. It is anticipated that there will be significant implications for Catholic Education - and for the Church more broadly - contained in the recommendations of the Royal Commission Report.

TJHC meets with Catholic School Secondary Principals
14 November 2017

Read CaSPA blog here

TJHC meets with Catholic School Parents in Hobart and MacKillop Family Services in Melbourne

Francis Sullivan, TJHC CEO, addressed MacKillop Family Services' national leadership team in Melbourne last week and he addressed the national conference of Catholic School Parents Australia in Hobart earlier in the week.

TJHC meets with CSPA in Hobart and MacKillop Family Services in Melbourne
14 NOvember 2017

   

Coming up

November 23, Presentation, Community of the Way, Perth
November 24, St John of God Retreat, Perth
November 27, Address National Directors of Catholic Education, Sydney
November 29, ACBC Plenary Meeting
December 1, In Good Faith Foundation, Melbourne
December 4, National Redress Meeting CRA Leaders, Sydney
December 5, Faith Based Governance and Dispute Resolution Conference, Melbourne
December 12, Ecumenical Redress Conversation, Sydney
December 14, Royal Commission Final Hearing, Sydney
December 15, Royal Commission report due to Governor General
December 18, Address Executive Mercy Health Board, Melbourne

   
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