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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 statement on 21 July 2013, CRA President Sr Annette Cunlife rsc expressed shock and disappointment at the new hard-line asylum seeker policy and called for a long term solution that protects the human rights of all asylum seekers and to treat them dignity and respect.

In a media release, Jesuit Refugee Service Indonesia and Australia claim there are no quick solutions to complex movements of people throughout the region and warn against returning asylum seekers to Indonesia.

Australian Young Christian Students (AYCS), part of the End Child Detention Coalition, has called for all sides of politics to give special consideration to children who are currently detained in Australia’s immigration system.

CRA President, Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc, appreciated the talk of Truth Justice and Healing Council CEO Mr Francis Sullivan at the 2013 CRA National Assembly in Sydney last week, which gave congregational representatives valuable information about the Royal Commission, said the Truth Justice and Healing Council in a media release. 

Prominent religious leaders from diverse traditions, including CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe, are calling for urgent action on climate change to help avert a devastating 4° C rise in global temperatures, said the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) in a media release.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has delivered his first wide ranging public speech on the issues and approach the Catholic Church’s independent advisory group will take in the lead up to and throughout the Royal Commission into child abuse.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Council, today said the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be a crucial time for the Catholic Church in Australia. 

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Council, has met with the Bishop of Bunbury, Gerard Holohan and local priests to discuss the Royal Commission into Child sexual abuse. 

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