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COMMITMENT STATEMENT FROM LEADERS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
The Catholic Church in Australia, in its submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in its communications with both the Catholic and broader communities has made the following commitment:
The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia recognise and acknowledge the devastating harm caused to people by the crime of child sexual abuse. We take this opportunity to state:
Sexual abuse of a child by a priest or religious is a crime under Australian law and under canon law.
Sexual abuse of a child by any Church personnel, whenever it occurred, was then and is now indefensible.
That such abuse has occurred at all, and the extent to which it has occurred, are facts of which the whole Church in Australia is deeply ashamed.
The Church fully and unreservedly acknowledges the devastating, deep and ongoing impact of sexual abuse on the lives of the victims and their families.
The Church acknowledges that many victims were not believed when they should have been.
The Church is also ashamed to acknowledge that, in some cases, those in positions of authority concealed or covered up what they knew of the facts, moved perpetrators to another place, thereby enabling them to offend again, or failed to report matters to the police when they should have. That behaviour too is indefensible.
Too often in the past it is clear some Church leaders gave too high a priority to protecting the reputation of the Church, its priests, religious and other personnel, over the protection of children and their families, and over compassion and concern for those who suffered at the hands of Church personnel. That too was and is inexcusable.
In such ways, Church leaders betrayed the trust of their own people and the expectations of the wider community.
For all these things the Church is deeply sorry. It apologises to all those who have been harmed and betrayed. It humbly asks for forgiveness.
The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia commit ourselves to endeavour to repair the wrongs of the past, to listen to and hear victims, to put their needs first, and to do everything we can to ensure a safer future for children.
First published in the Truth Justice and Healing Council’s Towards Healing submission to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, September 2013
Truth Justice and Healing Council
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“The Art of Song”
Shelli Hulcombe – Soprano
Rianne Wilschut – Clarinet
Paul Kopetz – Bass Clarinet
Brieley Cutting – Piano
Sunday 17th November at 1.30pm in St Josephs Church, 177 Currie St Nambour.
Tickets $20 Pensioners $15
Includes afternoon tea.
Bookings Phone: 54411034 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artico Ensemble was estabished in 2000 as a professional touring group, performing well-known repertoire in venues such as churches and art centres in citites and regional Australia. Our aim is to bring good music at an affordable price to audiences that may otherwise not be able to experience it life in mainstream venues, not necessarily being used for live music performances, to their full acoustic potential as locations for our chamber music concerts.Full Story
Social Justice Sunday 2013
Posted by admin - 28/09/13 06:43AM - -
The Australian Bishops' Social Justice Statement this year calls on the Christian community and all Australians to stand in solidarity with our neighbours around the world living in conditions of extreme poverty. The title comes from the Gospel reading for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time about the poor man Lazarus who lies unnoticed at the gates of the a man (Luke 16:19-31).
In 2000, the world leaders of 189 nations, including Australia, gathered together and committed themselves to tackling global poverty. Their Declaration gave rise to eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015. While great progress has been made over the past decade, many of these goals will not be fulfilled: Around the world, a quarter of a million women still die in childbirth each year and eight million children die annually from malnutrition and preventable diseases. One billion people remain in extreme poverty and 20 per cent of the poorest in the world live in countries near Australia.
‘In our region’, the Bishops say, ‘Australia is the rich man and Lazarus is at our gate.
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council can be found on www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au and the full statement can be downloaded here:Full Story
Confirmation & First Communion 2013
Posted by admin - 05/06/13 04:07PM - -
Congratulations to all the young people who were Confirmed by Bishop Finnigan on Friday, 31st May. Most of them then made their first Communion on the weekend.
Thank you to the parents, sponsors, leaders and everyone who supported the children during their preparation.
Fr GrahamFull Story
The Truth Justice and Healing Council
Posted by admin - 03/04/13 07:41PM - -
The Australian Catholic Bishops have set up a Truth Justice and Healing Council. It will oversee the Catholic Church's engagement with the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. The Royal Commission commenced its proceedings in Melbourne today, 3rd April.
Archbishop Denis Hart and Sr Annette Cunliffe RSC also on the 3rd April, announced the members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.
Members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council are:
Justice Barry O'Keefe AM QC, who will chair the Council.
Dr Sue Gordon AM, retired magistrate from Western Australia.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane.
Professor Maria Harries, Senior Research Fellow in the Social Work and Social Policy School at the University of Western Australia.
Mr Jack Heath, Chief Executive Officer of Sane Australia.
Associate Professor Rosemary Sheehan, currently working in Department of Social Work at Monash University.
Hon Greg Crafter AO, former Minister of Education, South Australia.
Sr Maree Marsh csb, the former Congregational Leader of the Brigidine Sisters and is currently the Chair of ACRATH.
Bishop Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle.
Professor Greg Craven, lawyer and academic, Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU).
Ms Elizabeth Proust AO, currently Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne.
Mr Stephen Elder, Executive Director of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne.
Dr Marian Sullivan, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Queensland. Full biographical details can be found on this link:Full Story