CSSA Chair, Dr Maria Harries, was interviewed on “extra special care” we need to show for each other as we react to the landscape of sexual abuse that has been heightened since the commencement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RC). Aurora has invited her to consider how this might be done, attitudinally and practically. Finding answers is much tougher than acknowledging a need! All of us, but particularly those in Church communities, so close to the intensity of clerical abuse and individual and public pain, are reeling. Initially, it seemed impossible to believe − now it seems impossible to know what to do.
The Truth, Justice and Healing Council reiterates Bishops’ moral obligation to report child sex abuse.
Australian Bishops and Religious Leaders are morally obliged to do everything they can to ensure police are aware of incidents of child sex abuse. Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council made the statement today following the publication of an article in Crux magazine earlier this week and in The Guardian today. The articles say that the Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is ‘not necessarily’ their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police. “While bishops are not obliged at law in Australia to report abuse, they are morally obliged to give as much information as possible to the police to ensure cases of abuse are dealt with in an efficient and timely manner to help ensure the offender is taken out of circulation and to limit the risk of further abuse,” Mr Sullivan said.
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