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.
The 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.
The 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.
Survivors 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.
CEO 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.
Amid 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.
In 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.
The 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.
A 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.