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.
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.
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.