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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.

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.