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Summit on child protection opens with Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of evil acts committed

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described the powerful impact of hearing from child sexual abuse survivors during the opening of an historic Vatican summit on child protection. “I was surprised at the way tears welled up,” Archbishop Coleridge said of the pre-recorded video testimonials from abuse survivors.  They included one made pregnant three times by a priest who started abusing ... Read More »

ACU Vice-Chancellor critical of the way Royal Commission was conducted

ONE of the 11 members of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council has delivered a sharp and wide-ranging criticism of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, describing it as “a flawed body” and its final report “a flawed document”. On the day that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia formally responded to the Royal ... Read More »

Australia’s bishops and religious vow never to repeat shameful child sexual abuse history

Archbishop Coleridge and Sr Monica Cavanagh address the media at a press conference on the Church's response to the Royal Commission

CATHOLIC leaders today (August 31) announced they accept 98 per cent of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse and have vowed that the Church’s shameful history will never be repeated. Catholic Religious Australia president Josephite Sister Monica Cavanagh and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge spoke at a media conference in Sydney, expressing their ... Read More »

Archbishop offers heartfelt apology to abuse victims as Catholic Church responds to Royal Commission

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AUSTRALIAN Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has offered a heartfelt apology to traumatised victims of child sexual abuse and their families. Today (August 31) as the ACBC and Catholic Religious Australia publishes a joint response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Archbishop Coleridge says “there is no-one in the Church who hasn’t ... Read More »

Calls for convicted Archbishop Wilson to resign growing as he appeals court’s decision

Archbishop Philip Wilson

Updated July 5, 2:39pm SOME Australian bishops have added their voice to the growing public debate about whether convicted Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should resign after receiving an imprisonment sentence for covering up child sexual abuse. Survivors and prominent Australians including the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have called for Wilson to resign. “Although we have no authority to compel ... Read More »

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 »

Leaders confirm Catholic Church will join the national redress scheme

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THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have today confirmed that the Church will enter the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse when that becomes possible under national legislation. “Since as early as 2013, the Catholic Church has called for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge ... Read More »

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