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.
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.
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
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 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.
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