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Media Releases 2013

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.

franciseffect150Australia has made the first comprehensive response worldwide to the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, with a new online book by Catholic Mission and Catholic Religious Australia which has brought together prominent Catholic leaders to share their insights on the challenges and inspiration needed to fully live the joy of the Gospel in varied Australian ministries.

tjhc logo150Towards Healing, the Catholic Church’s protocol for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse, is the focus of the fourth public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, which is expected to run for two weeks.

tjhc logo150The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin hearings into the Catholic Church’s victim’s reparation and pastoral response scheme, Towards Healing, from Monday, December 9, 2013.

tjhc logo150The Royal Commission has announced details of its public hearing into the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse reparation scheme, Towards Healing.

tjhc logo150The Truth, Justice and Healing Council will ask all state and territory attorneys-general to start work on a compensation scheme with no caps on payments for victims of child sexual abuse.

tjhc logo150Parish priests around Australia will acknowledge the start of Royal Commission hearings into Towards Healing on December 9 by reading a statement recognising past failings including cover-ups, failures of leadership in dealing with child sexual abuse in the Church.

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) will launch their annual Parish Resource for the celebration of Migrant and Refugee Week (19-25 August) at Australian Catholic University in Strathfield on 19 August at 10am.

In marking the feast of St Mary MacKillop on 8 August, CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe calls on politicians to rise above vote seeking and on all Australian Catholics to look beyond their own individual needs and vote for the common good.

In a media statement on 21 July 2013, CRA President Sr Annette Cunlife rsc expressed shock and disappointment at the new hard-line asylum seeker policy and called for a long term solution that protects the human rights of all asylum seekers and to treat them dignity and respect.

In a media release, Jesuit Refugee Service Indonesia and Australia claim there are no quick solutions to complex movements of people throughout the region and warn against returning asylum seekers to Indonesia.

Australian Young Christian Students (AYCS), part of the End Child Detention Coalition, has called for all sides of politics to give special consideration to children who are currently detained in Australia’s immigration system.

CRA President, Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc, appreciated the talk of Truth Justice and Healing Council CEO Mr Francis Sullivan at the 2013 CRA National Assembly in Sydney last week, which gave congregational representatives valuable information about the Royal Commission, said the Truth Justice and Healing Council in a media release. 

Prominent religious leaders from diverse traditions, including CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe, are calling for urgent action on climate change to help avert a devastating 4° C rise in global temperatures, said the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) in a media release.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has delivered his first wide ranging public speech on the issues and approach the Catholic Church’s independent advisory group will take in the lead up to and throughout the Royal Commission into child abuse.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Council, today said the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be a crucial time for the Catholic Church in Australia. 

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Council, has met with the Bishop of Bunbury, Gerard Holohan and local priests to discuss the Royal Commission into Child sexual abuse. 

In a media release on 16 May, the Truth Justice and Healing Council announced its new website, which is designed to provide information on the way the Catholic Church will approach its engagement with the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse

The government’s decision to release families on bridging visas is a positive step but the omission of work rights from the policy will put asylum seekers at high risk of destitution, says Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Council, has today said the NSW Government should reconsider its reported changes to the State’s victims of crime compensation scheme.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Council, has told Catechists from across the ACT and NSW that the Royal Commission into child sexual assault would pose a challenge to the way they talk to children in State schools.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Council, visited Queensland last week to meet with the Townville bishop, Michael Putney, other clergy and lay people from the Townsville dioceses to discuss the Royal Commission into Child sexual abuse.

The Truth Justice and Healing Council held its first meeting in Sydney earlier this week with discussions ranging across document procurement for the Royal Commission, systematic issues related to the protection of children and future communications about the Council’s work and the Commission’s progress.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has welcomed yesterday’s comments by Pope Francis calling on the Catholic Church to "act decisively" against church child sexual abuse.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has welcomed the start of Royal Commission hearings into child sexual abuse saying no past victims will be stopped from telling their story to the Commission because of past confidentiality agreements.

Members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC), who will oversee the Catholic Church's engagement with the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, were announced today. They are men and women with professional expertise across child sexual abuse, paedophilia, trauma, mental illness, suicide and public policy, said Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Council.

On 11 January 2013, CEO of the newly-formed Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan spoke on the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, reaffirming that the Catholic Church is ready and willing to cooperate with the Royal Commission.