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 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 believe that Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten’s proposed turnback policy directly contradicts the values of compassion, generosity and fairness being claimed by its proponents.
The 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.
The 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.
Pope 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.
Jesuit 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.
The 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".
A 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.