Media Releases 2015
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 Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) has released guidelines for how Church authorities should respond when claims of child sexual abuse are made against them. The guidelines will come into effect from 1 January 2016 and aim to promote justice and consistency in the way the Church handles child sexual abuse claims and conduct litigation when taken to court.
The Australian Catholic Bishops have expressed their deep sympathies for the hundreds of innocent people killed and maimed in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and reaffirm the call for unity in resolving to assist refugees fleeing the same violence and oppression.
The Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council has welcomed reports that the New South Wales and Victoria Governments have thrown their support behind the Royal Commission’s proposal for a national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) president, Archbishop Denis Hart, has written to a Parliamentary inquiry, offering the Church’s help for the Australian Government’s international work to abolish the death penalty.
Australia's Catholic Bishops have condemned victimisation of women in detention and offered the Church's support to help Somali refugee Abyan who was said to be a victim of rape and sexual assault. Bishop Vincent Long, Bishops Delegate for Migrants, made the offer of support on behalf of the Church today.
“It is not in the interests of Australian families or the Australian economy to expect low income families to do the heavy lifting when it comes to economic reform," said Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia in a media release.
Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s announcement of a modest first step towards restoring Australia’s levels of aid and development funding.
National consistent child safety laws and protocols for reporting to police are part of the Truth Justice and Healing Council’s recommendations to the Royal Commission’s Issues Paper 9: Addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in schools.