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Prime Minister to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse survivors

Malcolm Turnbull

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to deliver a national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on October 22. “Now we have uncovered the shocking truth we must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward,” Mr Turnbull said, announcing the Federal Government’s formal response to the Royal Commission into ... Read More »

Commissioner Bob Atkinson heartened by church support for royal commission’s work

Bob Atkinson

ROYAL Commissioner Bob Atkinson has offered encouragement to Australian churches taking up the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, including the payment of compensation to survivors. “I can say it is very heartening to see the support of various faiths in recent times for the national redress scheme,” Mr Atkinson, a former Queensland police commissioner, said while ... Read More »

Adelaide archbishop found guilty of sex abuse cover-up

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide

ADELAIDE Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of concealing child sex abuse in a case that dates back to the 1970s. Appearing in Newcastle Local Court on May 22, magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict following a magistrate-only trial, finding Archbishop Wilson, 67, guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person between April 22, 2004 and ... Read More »

Catholic child protection watchdog appoints well-known Brisbane high school principal to important new role

Kerrie Tuite

A LEADING Queensland school principal has been appointed to a new Catholic child protection watchdog. Dr Kerrie Tuite, principal of Brisbane’s Mount Alvernia College and president of the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland, will join the board of Catholic Professional Standards Limited – the Church’s new, independent, child protection standards setting, auditing and reporting organisation. The leadership of the ... Read More »

Diocese of Ballarat failed to act in the interests of abused children for decades, Royal Commission reports says

royal commission

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed “catastrophic failure” in Church leadership in the Diocese of Ballarat. “That failure led to the suffering and often irreparable harm to children, their families and the wider community,” commissioners said in a report released today (November 6). “That harm could have been avoided if the Church had acted ... Read More »

Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

confessional

PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

Archbishop says Church must end ‘culture of concealment’

Royal Commission

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the Church as “a law unto ourselves”, and said Pope Francis and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse were catalysts for cultural change. Archbishop Coleridge was a panellist on the third day of the Royal Commission hearing in Sydney discussing Catholic Church structural and cultural issues, including accountability and transparency. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Pope appoints Australian woman to child protection panel

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has named an Australian woman among new appointments to his papal commission on child protection. Founder and now retired director of CatholicCare, in Wollongong, NSW, Kathleen McCormack, was among those who the Vatican named as new members of the commission on December 17. CatholicCare provides essential social services and counselling. Starting in the 1990s, Ms McCormack also became ... Read More »

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