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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.

prison chaplain gathering 150The role of the prison chaplain goes far beyond just looking after the religious and spiritual needs of prisoners, Dr Ruth Webber told delegates at the inaugural Catholic Prison Chaplains National Gathering this weekend, an event organised by Fr Peter Carroll msc.

cross candles150Last week the Australian Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue Group (AUSTARC) launched an Agreed Statement, “Called to Holiness in Australia” with the aim to to encourage the exploration of holiness by Anglicans and Roman Catholics at the parish level.

tjhc logo150The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has made a wide ranging raft of recommendations to governments across Australia relating to redress for survivors of child sexual abuse and reforms to legal processes involved in bringing abuse claims to court.

Sr Brigid Arthur csbSister Brigid Arthur, Acting Chair of the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce, is delighted at the news of more places in Australia for Syrian refugees but calls for a stop to the government's policy of immigration detention and its participation in a bombing campaign in Syria.

tjhc logo150In a media release, the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council has called for the introduction of a new, consistent nation-wide criminal law requiring the reporting to the police of suspected child sexual abuse.

pax christi squarePax Christi Australia, the local branch of an international peace movement, have expressed their opposition to the Australian government’s reported intention to bomb Islamic State targets within Syria, according to a media release.

capsa logoRefugee Sunday is a day for big hearts. It takes a big heart to keep looking at the television screen when it shows desperate women and children dying on boats or turned away at borders. The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) welcomes everyone to join so that together we can turn more hearts and minds to compassion and build a collective voice for change.

caritas logo150Caritas Australia says the Australian Government’s new target to reduce carbon pollution by 26-28 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030 will be too little too late, for many of the global poor, including our Pacific neighbours.

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