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.
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, has called on all Catholic organisations around Australia to take part in Blue Knot Day 2014 in support of Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma. It will be held on Monday 27 October, with other activities held in the week from 27 October to 2 November 2014.
At a time when calls for peace have grown ever more urgent amid new threats in the Middle East and Ukraine, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) joins Pope Francis in urging the world to shed its apathy in the face of what Francis characterizes as a third world war: “one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.”
The newly elected National Council of Catholic Religious Australia renewed its hope for justice in our world and reaffirmed its commitment to pray and work for peace in the world in a media release on 4 September 2014.
In a media release, Josephites are pleading with politicians to stop using deterrence as an excuse of inhumane and immoral law. "It is simply ethically wrong to victimise the innocent, or to treat as criminals people who are fleeing for their lives," said congregation leader Sister Monica Cavanagh rsj.
A submission from the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council to the child abuse Royal Commission has called for a mandatory national victims’ redress scheme operated by Government but funded by the institutions responsible for the abuse.
The Leaders of Christian Churches SA representing ten of the largest Christian denominations in South Australia today issued a media release calling for transparency in asylum seeker processing fearing “secrecy is creating space for cruelty to play”.
Amid reports that Australia has intercepted two boatloads of Sri Lankan asylum seekers near Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands and has planned a mid-ocean transfer to the Sri Lankan Navy, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has expressed concerns in its media release that that the government’s ‘enhanced screening’ process is not rigorous enough to meet basic standards of fairness.