Posts Tagged ‘Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’

Australian bishops adopt new Safeguarding Standards Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Last week the Australian bishop’ conference and Catholic Religious Australia adopted new Catholic safeguarding standards to combat the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults in the wake of a 2017 report on such abuse in the country’s institutions. The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards were adopted on May 30. “These National Catholic Safeguarding Standards draw Read more

Australia’s plenary council completes first phase Comments 0

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Australia’s Catholic Church has completed the first phase of plans for the Plenary Council scheduled for 2020-2021. Plenary Councils are rare, with only two held during the past 130 years or so – one in the Philippines and the other in Poland. Lay-people’s opinions have been sought regarding the topics to be debated at the Read more

Priest critical of church’s response to abuse Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Fr Vaughan Leslie says the church’s response, within New Zealand and overseas, had helped fuel the “abuse crisis” now engulfing the church. Leslie is the parish priest of Alexandra, a town in Central Otago, New Zealand. The Church had failed to remove men from ministry when credible complaints were received, and “misguided protectionism” had occurred Read more

Church commits to redress scheme for child sex abuse Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Australia’s redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse at Commonwealth institutions has the Australian Catholic Church’s support. The Church has committed to taking part in the new nationwide scheme. “We support the Royal Commission’s [into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse] recommendation for a national redress scheme, administered by the Commonwealth, and we are keen Read more

Royal Commission leaves door slightly open for including Churches Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018
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The draft terms of reference for a Royal Commision have restricted an inquiry into historical abuse to state institutions, but the Catholic and Anglican churches have both said they would like to be included in it. On 26 March the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said she stood by her belief that the inquiry should look Read more

Australian Catholic Church – actual as against stated wealth Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

The Australian Catholic Church wealth has been investigated by media. The amount the investigation turned up is significantly greater than the Church admits. The Age – a daily newspaper that has been published in Melbourne since 1854 – undertook the six-month investigation. It  found the Church is far wealthier than it asserted to the Royal Commission Read more

Child sex abuse a national tragedy Comments 0

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Child sex abuse is a national tragedy, says Justice Peter McClellan. McClellan is the Chair of Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Commission learned that child sex abuse has occurred in almost every type of institution where children lived or attended. Furthermore, “it is not a case of a few Read more

Australian Catholic Church unlikely to reform Comments 0

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Australia’s Truth Justice and Healing Council vice chair, Elizabeth Proust, says she’s “pessimistic” about the Catholic Church’s willingness to reform now the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has finished. Proust, whose role on the Council is to supervise and coordinate the Church’s response to the Commission and its recommendations, says she fears Read more

Confessional seal stays – priests risk jail Comments 2

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Controversy has broken out in Australia since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published recommendations saying priests should break the confessional seal when child sexual abuse is confessed. The Commission wants legislation introduced to jail people who fail to report child sexual abuse, including priests. In response, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Read more