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Royal Commission’s final report urges major changes to child safety across Australia

Justice Peter McClellan delivers Royal Commission final report to Peter Cosgrove

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommends prioritising child safety across the nation, including strengthening national and state laws, changing the culture within churches and organisations and providing for compensation and treatment for abuse survivors. The Commission’s final report was released today, comprising 409 recommendations. Of those, 189 recommendations had not been made until today’s 17-volume ... Read More »

Expert picked by Pope to fight child sexual abuse visiting Brisbane to talk with priest, bishops, and laity

Fr Hans Zollner and Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE will host a public seminar by one of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner. With a reputation as a reformer, Pope Francis named Fr Zollner, together with Irish child abuse survivor Marie Collins as founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014. Fr Zollner is president of ... Read More »

Audit identifies improvements for safeguarding policy in Archdiocese of Brisbane

safeguarding policy

AN independent external audit conducted within the Archdiocese of Brisbane has found parishes comply with the requirements of the new “Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy”. The Archdiocese has released the results of the audit, which is the first annual external look into how parishes are complying with the policy. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the independent audits last year ... 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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