Tag Archives: Towards Healing

“No Show” Pell (Or: Don’t Admit Anything)

Image: Adrian Farrelly (right) outside the enquiry (Source: The Guardian – Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP) The Catholic Church’s program for dealing with claims of child sexual abuse, “Towards Healing”, continued to be the focus of the fourth hearings of the Australian … Continue reading

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The “Towards Healing” Hearings Begin (Or: Gray’s Gaffe)

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began its fourth hearing today. The lawyer representing the Catholic Church was afforded the courtesy of giving the opening statements – and he totally blew it. Peter Gray (gray@blackstone.com.au), … Continue reading

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CLAN Submission (Or: Who Will Listen?)

The Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) represents hundreds of people who were in State and Church Children’s Homes. Its submission to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, for the up-coming Catholic Church’s “Towards Healing” redress … Continue reading

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NSW Ombudsman’s Submission (Or: Treading Softly)

Image Source: http://www.inkcinct.com.au  The submission from the New South Wales Ombudsman to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse is somewhat disappointing. It says more positive things about the Catholic Church’s “Towards Healing” process (to deal … Continue reading

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Judy Courtin’s Submission (Or: Not Mincing Words)

Image: Researcher Judy Courtin (Source: The Herald) The formal submission by Judy Courtin (see previous posting), a Monash University researcher, to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, is based on interviews with many victims, lawyers … Continue reading

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Human Rights Commission Submission (Or: The Rights of the Child)

The submission of the Australian Human Rights Commission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse indicates it has limited experience of both child sexual abuse complaints, and of the Catholic Church’s “Towards Healing” process which is … Continue reading

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The Ellis Submission (Or: Final Vindication?)

Image: John Ellis (Source: http://www.clinchlongletherbarrow.com.au) One of the submissions to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which is worthy of close study is that by John and Nicola Ellis, both of whom are lawyers who … Continue reading

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What Is The Next Hearing About? (Or: Towards Reeling)

Image: (with apologies to Tandberg) The next hearings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin on 9th December, in Sydney. More than a year after the announcement of the Royal Commission by former … Continue reading

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Slater and Ezzy (Or: All Too Easy)

Image: Gregory Ezzy Martin Drevikovsky, the General Secretary of the Anglican Church (known elsewhere as the Episcopalian Church or the Church of England) told the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse third “case study” hearings that … Continue reading

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The Victorian State Parliamentary Enquiry Report (Or: Better Than We Thought Possible)

The Victorian state Parliamentary Enquiry into child sexual abuse by clergy has presented its 800 page report to the Victorian Parliament.  It is entitled “Betrayal of Trust”. It contains recommendations hoped for, but not necessarily expected, to control the excesses … Continue reading

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