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 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.
The 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.
The 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.
CEO 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.
CEO 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.
CRA 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.
The 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.