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

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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 »

Cardinal Pell denies child abuse allegations following charges

Cardinal Pell in the Vatican

CARDINAL George Pell has strenuously denied allegations of child sexual assault after being charged by Victorian Police. Cardinal Pell been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 18. The Archdiocese of Sydney released a statement on behalf of Cardinal Pell after he was informed of the charges during the early hours in Rome. “Cardinal Pell will return ... Read More »

Principals of schools formerly run by Christian Brothers apologise to student victims and survivors of sexual abuse

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PRINCIPALS of Catholic schools have apologised to survivors and victims of sexual abuse inflicted on students at their schools. Edmund Rice Education Australia led a “National Ritual of Apology” for victims of historic abuse at schools run by the Christian Brothers. Those schools include Brisbane’s St Joseph’s Nudgee College; St Laurence’s College; and St James College. EREA has responsibility for ... Read More »

Domestic harm calls for major cultural shift

Woman in abuse

ADDRESSING deficits within Catholic culture has been a consistent message from Church leaders following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Church leaders have said cultural change was needed so neglect in pastoral care when responding to vulnerable victims was not repeated. While domestic violence is outside the commission’s remit, I would posit a similar story could ... Read More »

States weigh up cash compensation for victims of child sexual abuse

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AUSTRALIAN state governments are under pressure to support a new national scheme to compensate victims of child sexual abuse with payments of up to $150,000. The scheme, announced by the Federal Government on November 4, has the potential to benefit tens of thousands of people who have suffered institutional child sexual abuse. However the Federal Government can’t legally compel the ... Read More »

First two days of Cardinal Pell’s testimony

Cardinal Pell testifies

CARDINAL George Pell has told the child abuse royal commission the Catholic Church made “enormous mistakes” and “let people down” in its handling of child sexual abuse by priests and religious. Cardinal Pell, whose heart condition prevented him from returning to Australia for questioning, testified via videolink from a Rome hotel room, in front of a group of child sex ... Read More »

Academy Awards shine brighter Spotlight on sexual abuse

SOON after Spotlight was announced the winner of best picture at the Academy Awards, the Vatican newspaper praised the film for its portrayal of The Boston Globe’s investigation into clerical sex abuse in the United States. Accepting the major award film producer Michael Sugar said Spotlight amplified the voice of the survivors. “Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore ... Read More »

Big step in the right direction

By Michael Crutcher MONICA Applewhite was removing her shoes at an airport security station when she had a thought about changing community attitudes towards sexual abuse. “Twenty years ago, no one was walking with bare feet through an airport,” Dr Applewhite, an expert in abuse prevention and response, told a gathering in Brisbane recently. “Now, we all accept it. That’s ... Read More »

Rockhampton’s ‘gentle listener’

Diocesan pastoral response coordinator

MELISSA Davey is deeply aware of the immense courage it takes for an abuse victim to pick up the phone and share their story. As the person receiving calls relating to complaints and allegations of abuse in the Rockhampton diocese, Ms Davey has learnt that the best way to respond to and support healing is through listening. Rockhampton Bishop Michael ... Read More »

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