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Media Releases 2014

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.

tjhc logo150The way in which Marist Brothers responded to child sexual abuse in schools in the ACT, NSW and Queensland will be the subject of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s next public hearing, in Canberra.

Christian Brothers logo 150The Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers has announced it is already working with individuals on the re-examination of settlements, following the Royal Commission in Perth, with a number of abuse survivors taking up the offer of ongoing counselling. 

Christian Brothers logo 150Survivors of abuse suffered at facilities operated by the Christian Brothers will receive ongoing professional psychological counselling, for life if needed, said the Christian Brothers Oceania Province in a media statement.

tjhc logo150CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, has welcomed reports that the Pontifical Commission advising Pope Francis on the protection of children in the Catholic Church has called for Bishops to be held accountable if they fail to report suspected sexual abuse or to protect children from paedophile priests.

refugees forever 150Amid reports of a proposal from the Australian government to resettle refugees in Cambodia, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) and Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) were among those speaking out against the proposed policy.

Christian Brothers logo 150In the wake of the Royal Commission's public inquiry into Christian Brothers' institutions in Western Australia, the congregation has released a statement reiterating the apology they first made in 1993 and expressing their commitment to redress and healing for the failures of the past.

acbc 150 logoThe Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER) says the Australian wages safety net is failing to keep workers and their families out of poverty and has published a free e-book ‘Working Australia, 2014: wages, families and poverty’ which incorporates submissions made to the Annual Wage Review over the past number of years.

CRAL logo 150A media statement by Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc, President of Catholic Religious Australia mourned the passing of the Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC, the Chair of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council on 24 April 2014.

ACMRO logo150The Catholic Church in Australia is calling on the Federal Government to reinstate funding for the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS), following the Government's announcement on 31 March 2014 that it would cut taxpayer funding for immigration assistance.

acmro pamphletThe Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) launched a pamphlet on 26 March 2014 on what the Catholic Church teaches about the pastoral care and rights of asylum seekers and migrants.

acmro150The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) expresses great sadness at the tragic loss of life at Manus Island and calls on the government to ensure each person’s claim for protection is considered under Australian Law, with legal assistance and access to an independent judiciary.

tjhc logo150CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, has this morning supported calls by the child sexual abuse support and advocacy organisation, CLAN, for a national child sexual abuse compensation scheme funded by churches and other institutions.

francis sullivan150CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, has responded to the UN report on child sex abuse by saying the challenge for the Church in Rome is to be open and transparent.

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc expressed shock and disappointed at the latest asylum seeker policy announcement that will see the detention and deportation of over 1,000 aslyum seekers whose claims for asylum have been rejected.

Conference Pastoral Research OfficeThe Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will hold a three-day conference next month (19-21 February) on Australian Catholics and provide an in-depth look at the state of Catholicism in Australia. 

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