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Media Releases 2012

CRA’s President and members of the National Council speak on social concerns of our time through media releases and public statements.

Some of the areas they comment on include the place of women in the Catholic Church, human trafficking, being a neighbour in the Pacific, asylum seekers and refugee rights, indigenous issues and reconciliation, justice, peace and creation questions and ecology and sustainability.

Our media releases also highlight CRA initiatives such as the Welcome to Australia program which helps Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests newly arrived to Australia to better understand their new country and adapt to the new environment.

Read the latest release here:

In a media conference in Melbourne this morning, Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) President Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc announced the establishment of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, which will be headed by The Honourable Barry O’Keefe AM QC and Dr Francis Sullivan as Chair and CEO, respectively. 

A supervisory group of representatives from Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) will establish and oversee a new Council for the Royal Commission made up of bishops, religious and lay people to present recommendations on ensuring child protection.

Monday, 26 November 2012 10:41

Response to Royal Commission consultation

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) have welcomed the establishment of the Royal Commission investigating issues of child abuse in Australia, reaffirming their commitment to cooperate with the Commission. 

In a statement released by the Josephite Justice Office, the Sisters of St Joseph ask that human life, human rights and compassion must be placed ahead of political expediency in response to measures enacted this week to discourage people from seeking asylum in Australia.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 13:03

CRA Statement on the Royal Commission

Catholic Religious Australia joins the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference in welcoming the Prime Minister’s announcement of her intention to establish a Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia. 

The President and Permanent Committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, on behalf of the Australian Bishops, support the announcement by the Prime Minister of a Royal Commission into child sex abuse in our community.  This is a serious issue not just for the Catholic Church but for the whole community.

The Sisters of St Joseph have spoken out against a proposal before Parliament to excise the mainland from the migration zone. The policy proposes the excision or exclusion of the entire Australian territory for asylum seekers by boat, denying boat arrivals the legal right to ask for protection.

On behalf of leaders of the Catholic Church in Victoria, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart announced that the Catholic Church in Victoria supported extending mandatory reporting of child abuse to police to include ministers of religion and other religious personnel. In this media statement, the Introduction and Executive Summary of the document, 'Facing the Truth' are also attached. 

Friday, 05 October 2012 12:01

'Facing the Truth' resources

The website, Facing the Truth, provides information around the Catholic Church of Victoria’s response to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations. 

Friday, 21 September 2012 07:38

Facing the Truth

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart announced on behalf of Church leaders in Victoria that today they would lodge the submission "Facing the Truth" to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations. "The submission shows how the Church of today is committed to facing up to the truth and to not disguising, diminishing or avoiding the actions of those who have betrayed a sacred trust."

Monday, 17 September 2012 10:09

Statement from the De La Salle Brothers

The Provincial of the De La Salle Brothers, Ambrose Payne, has responded to allegations of wrongdoing by De La Salle Brothers and their lay workers at BoysTown Beaudesert during the 70s and 80s, emphasising that the De La Salle Brothers have a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse, making the protection of young people in their care a fundamental priority.

Monday, 20 August 2012 22:14

Towards healing, justice and wholeness

CRA President Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc and President for CRA Victoria, Sr Helen Toohey csb, join Victorian Church leaders Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors, Sale Bishop Christopher Prowse and Sandhurst Bishop Leslie Tomlinson in a pastoral letter concerning the Victorian parliamentary inquiry on child abuse.

Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:30

Upholding human rights of asylum seekers

Catholic Religious Australia called on Federal Parliament to remember in their discussions that asylum seekers and refugees are human beings, and urged them for a long term solution that protects the human rights of asylum seekers and to treat them with dignity and respect.

Yolnju Nations leadersCatholic Religious Australia acknowledges with respect and fully supports the Yolŋu Nations Statement, and its call to reject the legislation of the ‘Stronger Futures Northern Territory 2011 Bill'.

Children in DetentionOn March 21, the International Detention Coalition (IDC) is releasing its report Captured Childhoods at the 19th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, together with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and the Swedish and Belgian governments.

Catholic Religious Australia calls upon all Federal Senators to refuse to pass the legislation of the ‘Stronger Futures Northern Territory 2011 Bill’.