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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.

candles150The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has taken a strong stand against euthanasia in its submission presented to the Victorian Inquiry into End of Life Choices.

josephites justice officeJosephites believe that Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten’s proposed turnback policy directly contradicts the values of compassion, generosity and fairness being claimed by its proponents.

rca logoThe Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has called on the Australian Government to urgently release details regarding the welfare of people on board the asylum seeker boat identified off the Western Australian coast to assure their families in their countries of origin of their safety.

Christian Brothers logo 150The Christian Brothers Oceania announced it has completed nearly 50% of re-examinations of past settled matters in Western Australia, in line with undertakings made at the Royal Commission in Perth.

tjhc logo150Pope Francis has approved a new Vatican department which will judge bishops accused of covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of children. The changes establish clear procedures to make bishops more accountable for abuse in their dioceses, even if they were not directly responsible for it and could also see bishops judged if they had failed to take measures to prevent sexual abuse of minors.

JRS logo150Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has called on Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to immediately rescue the Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off their coastlines. Head of Advocacy and Policy at JRS, Oliver White, says in the following statement that it is also essential that the Australian government work with ASEAN countries to find a solution to the region’s refugee crisis.

Good works launchThe Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER) published a handbook today for Catholic employers and employees, entitled "Good Works: the Catholic Church as an employer in Australia".

BBI logiA world-first partnership between The Broken Bay Institute (BBI) and Saint Paul University (SPU) in Ottawa, Canada, will enable SPU to deliver the first pontifically recognised degree in Canon Law in Australia.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:49

Acclaimed UK author and preacher visits SA

TakeThePlunge150Renowned British author and theologian Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe will arrive in Adelaide for a three-week tour of South Australia’s Catholic community, according to a media release from the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

tjhc logo150Generous financial payments, ongoing care and support and a meaningful apology should be key elements of a national child sexual abuse redress scheme according to the Catholic Church submission to the Royal Commission released on 23 March 2015.

josephites justice officeThe plan to cease funding Municipal and Essential Services (MUNS) to remote Aboriginal communities "will exacerbate further the health, educational, and social privation being suffered by Aboriginal Australians, and further undermine the progress being made to close the gap," said Congregation Leader Sister Monica Cavanagh in a media release.

francis sullivan150In a media release, Truth Justice and Healing Council CEO Francis Sullivan said the Royal Commission's public hearing into possible redress schemes for survivors of child sexual abuse will be one of the significant milestones in the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

RSC Foundation logoTo celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Charity in Australia, the Sisters of Charity Foundation has partnered with the Asylum Seekers Centre to provide emergency housing to asylum seekers who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, according to a media release.

tjhc logo150“The Pope has set a course to rid the Church of child sexual abuse regardless of the cost and the impact on reputations. It is now time for all Church leaders to get on board," says Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

tjhc logo150The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a consultation paper dealing with options in relation to redress for victims of child sexual abuse and possible reforms to civil litigation.

St Josephine Bakhita150The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) support His Holiness Pope Francis in declaring Sunday 8 February 2015, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as World Day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking.

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