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Company to hold Catholic groups to account

Catholic priests could face serious penalties if they don’t meet the mark set by a new professional standards body which will publicly name non-compliant dioceses and orders. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday heard Catholic Professional Standards Limited would audit the church’s authorities, with a view to holding them […]

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Church doesn’t put victims first: advocate

Victims are still not front and centre of the Catholic Church’s response to widespread child sexual abuse, a victims’ advocate says. The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia have to be held to account when they front the child sex abuse royal commission next week, In Good Faith Foundation chief executive Helen Last says. […]

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Act on abuse redress: archbishop to govts

Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart wants governments to back a redress scheme providing a level playing field for child sex abuse victims. Archbishop Hart, victims’ advocates and the states want specific details about how the federal government’s planned Commonwealth redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will work, including how complaints will be […]

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Melbourne Catholic abuse compo to double

Compensation payments to people sexually abused as children by Catholic clergy in the Melbourne archdiocese are expected to surpass $31 million after the church doubled the maximum available payout. The compensation cap under the church’s Melbourne Response scheme will rise from $75,000 to $150,000, putting it in line with the maximum payment under the federal […]

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“Help stop this crime against the innocent.”

That is one message penned by a survivor of institutional child sexual abuse and sent to the Royal Commission. All survivors who share their story with the Commission in a private session or written account are invited to send in a Message to Australia. More information click here.

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