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  • Dec 2018 '18

    Most dioceses have now entered the National Redress Scheme

    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is pleased that about 90 per cent of all parishes, diocesan schools and ministries have now officially joined the National Redress Scheme. Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher has today announced that 27 of 35 dioceses are participating institutions in the Scheme, the next step in a months-long process to have…

  • Dec 2018 '18

    Audit reveals Archdiocese complying with safeguarding policy

    The Archdiocese of Brisbane’s third independent audit into its safeguards for children and vulnerable adults has found its parishes to be complying with the safeguarding policy. The Archdiocese has released the external audit of its Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Prevention and Protection Policy, carried out across the region from the NSW border, north to…

  • Nov 2018 '18

    Bishops warn against rush to remove religious freedoms

    Parliament should not repeal protections for religious schools but should provide a positive recognition of the right of schools to operate according to their faith, the Australian Catholic bishops have said. The Shadow Attorney General today announced that the Opposition would introduce a bill to repeal the exemptions for religious schools in section 38(3) of…

  • Oct 2018 '18

    Catholic Church stands with Prime Minister, renews apology

    The leaders of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) have welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and recommitted to working with the community to eliminate the scourge of child sexual abuse. “The National Apology today and the apologies made by institutions during the…

  • Aug 2018 '18

    Child Protection Sunday is a time to consider how you can play your part

    National Child Protection Week starts Sunday, September 2 and runs through to Saturday, September 8. The Sunday September 2 launch of this National initiative has been chosen by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) to coincide with the celebration of Father’s Day. According to NAPCAN, National Child Protection Week serves…

  • May 2018 '18

    Catholic Church confirms entry into national redress scheme

    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have today confirmed that the Church will enter the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse when that becomes possible under national legislation. “Since as early as 2013, the Catholic Church has called for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse,”…

  • May 2018 '18

    Adelaide will host opening Plenary Council session in 2020

    The first of two historic national gatherings to consider the future of the Catholic Church in Australia will be held in Adelaide in October 2020, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has announced. The celebration of the first session of the Plenary Council in 2020 will bring hundreds of Catholic leaders to Adelaide to discuss how…

  • May 2018 '18

    Archbishop Coleridge elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has today elected Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane as president of the Conference. Archbishop Coleridge was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in 2002 and later became Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn. Since 2012, he has served as Archbishop of Brisbane. “With few illusions about myself or the task that awaits, I humbly…

  • May 2018 '18

    Catholic media provides different viewpoint and nourishes faith: survey

    The first comprehensive survey of people’s experience of the Catholic media landscape in Australia has revealed that users value Catholic media for the different perspective it provides and, in most cases, it has played a role in their personal faith development. The Australian Catholic Media User Survey was conducted online by the Australian Catholic Media…

  • Apr 2018 '18

    TJHC winds up with recommendation Catholic Church puts in place high level Royal Commission implementation group

    The Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council will conclude its work on Monday 30 April after more than five years coordinating the Church’s response to the child sexual abuse Royal Commission. Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the TJHC, today thanked the thousands of people who had contributed to the work of the Council and…

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