Posted by admin - 16/07/14 05:24PM - -
Responding to the interim report from the Royal Commission into institutional Child Sexual Abuse the Chair of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, acknowledged how the Bishops have fully endorsed the recommendations of the Council. But these apply across the board for all institutions. He asked the following questions specifically about the Catholic Church:
- To what extent have cultural issues played a part in allowing abuse to occur?
- Why does it seem that many church institutions over many decades turned a blind eye, either instinctively or deliberately, to the abuse happening within their walls?
- What roll has a culture fed by clericalism, blind obedience and a closed, water-tight environment, played in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders?
- What reforms need to be made to the way in which young men are selected for entry into the priesthood or orders? What about their training and ongoing development, including a grounding in psycho-sexual development?
- Where is the professional development of priests and others? Where is the ongoing assessment and accreditation? Where is the oversight to ensure they are carrying out their duties in accordance with professional practices and policies?
- Where is the assessment and response to the assertion that the clerical, if you like, corporate culture of the Church was for so many years about protecting the reputation of the institution and its assets - protecting fellow priests and religious from exposure and embarrassment - rather than protecting children?
New Archdiocesan Policy on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Posted by admin - 06/06/14 07:11AM - -
The Archbishop has promulgated a new Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy.
The policy states:
“Children are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security
from physical and emotional harm. They are to be treasured, nurtured and safeguarded
from harm by all.”
A copy of the full policy document will be at the entrance of the Church and a link placed on our website. You are encouraged to read it. Our parish is implementing the policy and procedures during the coming months and some training will be provided to those who are working with children.Full Story
Pope Francis in the Holy Land
Posted by admin - 31/05/14 11:29AM - -
Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, on Sunday held private talks in Jerusalem and signed a Common Declaration in which they pledged to continue on the path towards unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Their encounter marked the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras in 1964. In their joint declaration, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew said it is their duty to work together to protect human dignity and the family and build a just and humane society in which nobody feels excluded. They also stressed the need to safeguard God’s creation and the right of religious freedom. The two leaders expressed concern over the situation facing Christians amidst the conflicts of the Middle East and spoke of the urgency of the hour that compels them to seek the reconciliation and unity of the human family whilst fully respecting legitimate differences. - from Vatican Radio.
The full text of the Common Declaration and be found on the "Full Story" link.Full Story
Posted by admin - 29/05/14 05:05PM - -
“Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveller who has been attacked. It is justice’s role to prevent the attack” - Blessed Frederic Ozanam
Good Samaritan Vinnies Youth formed on the 28th February 2014. 40 young people from St Joseph’s Primary school and St John’s College supported by St Joseph’s Parish, had their inaugural meeting to form a Vinnies youth group that would encapsulate both campuses and goes beyond the boundaries of the school grounds. The name Good Samaritan was chosen for the group as both schools and Parish have a strong connection with the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and it was only fitting that the founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Blessed Fredrick Ozanam had two key focuses: charity and Social Justice. This lines up beautiful with our Chrasim.
The students had been talking about the need to do “good works” in their local community as it had come to their attention that “in our own backyard” people needed support.
The idea of forming the Vinnies group was born, as Vinnies epitomised what the students wanted to do. It was an opportunity to put their faith in social justice to action and actively participate in volunteer driven projects, events and initiatives aimed at improving and working towards rectifying ideas in their community. Both schools’ agreed to elect office bearers that would meet with their respective group fortnightly at school and monthly collectively. St John’s College Office Bearers of St John: President: Tegan Duggan Vice President Hannah McNaught, Treasurer Ashton Darracott and Secretary Nicole McKinney.
The main objective is to support the families in our schools and Parishes through material support and supporting children in need for example food hampers or meals, assist with gardening, homework, transport, school uniforms and providing confidential information in times of crisis.
We can do this by fund raising, raising the awareness of social injustices in our community and work with other conferences to get support. Most of all we want to have fun.
Our members include students, parents and friends and are welcome to everyone.
What we have done and what we plan to do.
Our recent BBQ at cross country raised $1000.
Year 7’s from St Josephs and Year 11’s from St John’s joined together to make slices for the homeless.
Cooking on Mondays will be an ongoing event and will also include cooking for the Soup kitchen once a month. Volunteer parents encouraged.
Date claimer: Friday 18th July Sleepover at St Joseph’s Parish Community Centre to raise awareness for homelessness in Nambour and district. Cost $5 Register with Mr Gorman or Mrs Langford.
Commissioning Mass for all members at St Joseph’s Catholic Church- Date to be announced.Full Story
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane
Posted by admin - 09/05/14 06:29PM - -
First G20 Resource Released
CJPC Brisbane has just issued a resource to help Catholics prepare for the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November 2014. It focuses on the teachings on economic justice of the newly canonised Sts John XXIII and John Paul II.Full Story