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Michaela Daphne’s healing from abuse one book at a time

HEALING from an abusive relationship can include years of therapy or, in Michaela Daphne’s case, lead to publishing two fiction novels. The 31-year-old from Brisbane is the author of Purlieu and the recently launched Verja, the first two books from her Hidden Grove Series. The series follows Evelyn, a young woman who is manipulated by a young man into leaving ... Read More »

Most shocking detail of aged care abuse revealed in Royal Commission closing

TWO and half years of hearings before the Royal Commission into Aged Care have exposed shocking stories of neglect and abuse inside Australia’s residential aged care facilities – but perhaps the most shocking detail was left for last. Almost 50 sexual assaults occur in care facilities across the country every week, senior counsel assisting, Peter Rozen, told the royal commission during ... Read More »

Seal of confessional vital for some survivors of sexual abuse

A GROUP of survivors of sexual abuse have defended the Seal of Confession as a vital lifeline and aided their recovery. Their testimonies paints the confession box as a safe place to speak and ease their trauma, and contradicts the intent of new laws across Australia aimed at compelling priests to report child sexual abuse offences disclosed during confessions. South ... Read More »

Brisbane L’Arche community in shock over findings of leader Jean Vanier’s prolonged sexual abuse

BRISBANE L’Arche community leader met Jean Vanier four times since the 1980s and never once considered him anything but an inspirational Catholic. But last weekend his image of Vanier was shattered when the L’Arche International community announced the findings of an independent inquiry that found the internationally renowned Canadian had sexually abused at least six women. L’Arche Brisbane community leader ... Read More »

Brisbane parish priest charged with an historic count of sexual abuse

A BRISBANE parish priest is to face court later this month charged with an historic count of sexual abuse. In line with protocols adopted by the Catholic Church in Australia, Darra Jindalee parish priest Fr Dan Carroll has been stood aside while the legal process is underway. Fr Carroll denies the sexual abuse allegation that dates back more than 40 ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge urges Catholics to face failures but look to all the good done by the Church

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has addressed the conviction of Cardinal George Pell in a letter to the entire community of the archdiocese urging parishioners to acknowledge the Church’s failures with child sexual abuse, but to recognise “a whole dimension” of good works carried out by the Church. In a rousing Sunday homily, Archbishop Coleridge also called on Catholics to keep ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell remanded in custody over abuse conviction; he will be sentenced on March 13

AMID rowdy scenes outside a Victorian courthouse Cardinal George Pell has been formally remanded in custody – a first step towards jail – after being found guilty of child sexual abuse. Cardinal Pell’s defence team withdrew a bail application, and he will now be sentenced on March 13.  Cardinal Pell’s conviction has shocked Catholics across Australia and around the world, ... Read More »

Turning dialogue into action – summit about tackling abuse needs to be more than just words

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has appealed for concerted Church action and cultural change ahead of the summit on clerical sexual abuse Pope Francis has called for February 21-24 for the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world.  “There will be many words spoken in discussion, in prayer and so on, but if those words don’t give birth to action and ... Read More »

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