Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

Catholic Church releases report in response to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Friday 31 August 2018

Friday 31 August 2018  Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 

Read a brief report in Melbourne Catholic

There is a link to the full response at the end of the Melbourne  Catholic article

The Scandal of Child Abuse & Our Response

Our Church is being challenged by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, in its work of investigation, and in the long term we wll be blessed with their knowledge and recommendations. But what happens in th meantime?  Do we sit on our butts and wait for others to do the work...or do we seek to initiate solutions right now???
Catholics for Renewal recently asked us to put our names to their Open Letter to the Bishops of Australia, and many have already done so. Some may well be hesitating, feeling tht perhaps they need more information, so to help us all understand the extent of the problems that have arisen in our church over the last decades, please read the evidence of Fr Tom Doyle OP, as he gave it to the Royal Commission on April 7, 2017.
Alternatively, you could watch a video interview with Fr Tom Doyle OP titled 'Losing Faith: Abuse, Cover-up and the Catholic Church.'
Another option would be to borrow the movie "Spotlight" from the Parish Office and have a movie session with the family or some friends. It is an excellent movie and well worth watching.


The Light of the Southern Cross

A review of Church Governance, in light of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

The Light of the Southern Cross

On June 3 this year, Joshua McElwee (Vatican Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter)  wrote: "A new report commissioned by Australia's bishops and religious orders recommends a series of radical changes to the way the Catholic Church operates across the country, tackling issues as far-ranging as women's inclusion in decision-making roles and the Vatican's opaque process for making episcopal appointments." This was in response to a document destined for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference but leaked to the public beforehand.   Read his article here.

The same day, Richard Gaillardetz (Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the current chair of the BC Theology Department) in La Croix wrote the first of two articles referring to this same leaked document. In the first: May the Global Church Discover "Light from the Southern Cross,  he "tried to focus on aspects of the document of interest to the Church beyond the Australian shores."  On June 4, he followed with the second: A promising roadmap for ecclesial reform and conversion,  in which he asks the question "How will the ACBC and CRA respond to this document? One hopes that it will find its way into the deliberations of the forthcoming plenary council." and finishes with this statement "the Australian bishops should be mindful: the global Church will be watching."

It would seem that the whole world is indeed looking at the Australian Catholic church right now!

All of these articles (and more in 'Read More' below) present a challenge for you the reader!

  • Can we make time to read them over the next couple of weeks? 
  • Should we be having some conversation about The Light from the Southern Cross?? 
  • If you would like to be part of some conversation/discussion around promoting co-responsible governance in our church, please email us and we will set up a ZOOM session to get things going.

Five years in the Royal Commission: key lessons

28 March 2018

David Halliday, Media and Communications Office (Melbourne Archdiocese)

Last week Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM delivered the keynote address to the MacKillop Family Services national conference Child Safe Organisations: Prevention and Practice Beyond the Royal Commission at the MCG in Melbourne. In his presentation, Key Learnings from Five Years at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Important Messages for Child and Family Welfare and Education Sectors, the commissioner was uncompromising in his assessment of the key lessons Australian institutions need to learn.

Francis Sullivan: Reform and Renewal after Royal Commission.

3 February 2018

Fatima Measham, consulting editor of Eureka Street and host of the Eureka Street podcast ChatterSquare, spoke with Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, the body that is coordinating the Catholic Church's response, to reflect on the journey since the Commission was first announced in November 2012 and to consider what are the next steps for the church. 

Report into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat released

6 December 2017

A redacted version of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s report into Case Study 28 – Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat – was released today.

The report follows a public hearing held in three parts in 2015 and 2016 in Ballarat and Sydney. The public hearing examined the response of the Congregation of Christian Brothers in the St Patrick’s Province of Ballarat and the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat (the Diocese) to complaints and allegations of child sexual abuse by Christian Brothers, clergy and religious in institutions within the Diocese.

Report into Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne Released

5 December 2017

A redacted version of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s report of Case Study 35 –Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne – was released today.

This report follows a public hearing held in Melbourne in November and December 2015 and in Sydney in February and March 2016 during which the Royal Commission heard about the response of Catholic Church authorities within or associated with the Archdiocese of Melbourne to allegations and complaints of child sexual abuse made against seven priests of the Archdiocese.

Links to Information on the Royal Commission website

6 February 2017

This refers to Case Study 50, beginning on February 6, 2017. 

if you are intereted to watch the live streamed webcast each day please click here  - WEBCAST

Each day we will upload links to material presented to the Royal Commission. Material may be 24 hours behind the actual presentation.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

6 February 2017

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the current policies and procedures of Catholic Church authorities in Australia in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The public hearing will commence on 6 February 2017 at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney.

Report on Criminal Justice Released

August 14, 2017

Report on Criminal Justice Released
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released 85 recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse. evidence and joint tri


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