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Media Releases 2013

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.

franciseffect150Australia has made the first comprehensive response worldwide to the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, with a new online book by Catholic Mission and Catholic Religious Australia which has brought together prominent Catholic leaders to share their insights on the challenges and inspiration needed to fully live the joy of the Gospel in varied Australian ministries.

tjhc logo150Towards Healing, the Catholic Church’s protocol for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse, is the focus of the fourth public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, which is expected to run for two weeks.

tjhc logo150The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin hearings into the Catholic Church’s victim’s reparation and pastoral response scheme, Towards Healing, from Monday, December 9, 2013.

tjhc logo150The Royal Commission has announced details of its public hearing into the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse reparation scheme, Towards Healing.

tjhc logo150The Truth, Justice and Healing Council will ask all state and territory attorneys-general to start work on a compensation scheme with no caps on payments for victims of child sexual abuse.

tjhc logo150Parish priests around Australia will acknowledge the start of Royal Commission hearings into Towards Healing on December 9 by reading a statement recognising past failings including cover-ups, failures of leadership in dealing with child sexual abuse in the Church.

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) will launch their annual Parish Resource for the celebration of Migrant and Refugee Week (19-25 August) at Australian Catholic University in Strathfield on 19 August at 10am.

In marking the feast of St Mary MacKillop on 8 August, CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe calls on politicians to rise above vote seeking and on all Australian Catholics to look beyond their own individual needs and vote for the common good.

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