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:
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."
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.
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.
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.
Catholic 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'.
On 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.