The latest news from Living Catholic, Catholic Archdiocese Adelaide September 2015

September 2015



Victims' redress scheme outlined

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has made a raft of recommendations to governments across Australia relating to redress for survivors of child sexual abuse and reforms to legal processes involved in bringing abuse claims to court.
 
Among the 99 recommendations, the Commission has proposed a single $4 billion national redress scheme established by the Australian Government with a minimum payment of $10,000, a maximum of $200,000 and an anticipated average payment of $65,000.
 
The Commission has estimated there are likely to be some 60,000 eligible survivors. The scheme should be up and running by July 2017.
 
The cost of the scheme, including financial payments, counselling and administration, would be met by the institution in which the abuse occurred. Where an institution no longer exists, but was part of a larger group of institutions, the cost would fall to the ‘group of institutions or the successor institution’.
 
The Commission also found redress for survivors should also include an apology and an opportunity for the survivor to meet with the institution leaders and continuing, life-long counselling and psychological care.

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, said the redress scheme, which is broadly consistent with the Catholic Church’s submissions to the Commission in August 2014, would provide equal access and treatment for survivors – regardless of when they were abused, where they were abused and who abused them.
 
“These redress recommendations are a huge leap forward for survivors of child sexual abuse," he said. “The ball is now well and truly in the Government’s court. Survivors now deserve a positive response from the Commonwealth and State governments and they need to see all governments move quickly to agree on a position and start the process of setting up the scheme.”
 
The Royal Commission has also identified a suite of reforms to civil litigation systems including the retrospective removal of limitation periods for actions relating to child sexual abuse.

Mr Sullivan said the release of this report was a major milestone for the Royal Commission and went to the heart of its work. “For two years now we have watched as the Royal Commission has looked back, and in its own words, borne witness to the abuse of children in many different institutions.
 
“Now the Royal Commission is firmly focused on the future – how should survivors be treated, both financially and with practical support by the institutions in which they were abused and how, if a survivor wishes to sue, the legal system should deal with these cases.”
 
The Commission’s Redress and Civil Litigation report can be found here:


 

International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21.

The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.  

The theme of the 2015 Message is: No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters.

In his 2015 Message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and slavery in the modern world. He refers to the central theme of his message for 2014:

"The desire for a full life …, which includes a longing for fraternity, which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced."

Pope Francis constantly reminds us that we are by nature relational beings and relationships based on justice and love are fundamental to our human development. Our calling to forge relationships marked by respect, justice, and love is damaged by human beings’ exploitation of one another. One abominable example of this exploitation is slavery.

More information here.


My shout 

Can you shout lunch for someone who can't shout you back?

Hutt St has regular enquiries from businesses and other groups wondering how they can fundraise for them.  They have come up with 'My Shout' - an easy way to get your whole team engaged.  They will supply brown paper lunch bags to circulate throughout the office, which ask staff to consider shouting lunch for someone doing it tough, to the value of their own daily or weekly lunch. The bags are branded and have all the details needed to make a donation and to receive a tax-deductible receipt. 

To order the bags contact the following email address with the quantity required.

 

Supporting Op shops  

Contrary to popular belief, many people use op shops and not just those in need.
As part of National Op Shop Week, new research shows that just 28 per cent of op shoppers earn less than $35,000 per year.

“A surprising 30 per cent earn more than $75,000 per year. People who earn between $35,000 and $75,000 made up another 31 per cent of the op shoppers,” said Kate Dear from Red Cross.

Jon Dee, founder of National Op Shop Week and Managing Director of the charity DoSomething which commissioned the research, said people who support charity op shops are doing the right thing by the environment and by people in need.

St Vincent de Paul Society Parramatta Central Council executive officer Susan Goldie said Op Shop Week raised awareness about the importance of donating good quality items.
“By donating to and shopping at Vinnies and other op shops, customers are supporting people in the local community who are doing it tough,” she said.

Throughout Australia, Vinnies operates 620 Shops and relies on the support and material donations of many generous people. Their shop profits fund programs and give assistance to individuals and families in the community.  
Red Cross, Salvos Stores, and Vinnies are just some of the leading charity op shops who were involved in this year’s National Op Shop Week, (Aug 23-30).


Madagascar mission

Catholic Mission is asking schools to once again take part in 'Socktober', the fundraising campaign which encourages students, teachers and families to ‘Sock it to poverty’.

An important part of Catholic Mission month in October, the campaign involves holding a ‘crazy sock day’, a ‘rock your socks off’ disco, or a sock puppet theatre.

This year Catholic Mission will profile the work of dedicated missionaries in Madagascar as well as remote Indigenous Australia. 

It is expected that around 1,100 appeals will take place in parishes around Australia during October. 

‘At the heart of these appeals will be the story of Sister Alma Cabassi and other missionaries providing spiritual and practical support to Indigenous Australians in remote dioceses such as Broome and Wilcannia-Forbes,” said Catholic Mission national director Martin Teulan.

‘Meanwhile, students in Catholic schools around Australia will learn about Madagascar, where efforts are being made to provide children with clean water for drinking and sanitation, while also enlivening their faith.’ 

You can access the school resources, including the DVD, here


Awareness day

Australians will be asked to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse on Blue Knot Day in October.

The national awareness day is held each year by Adults Surviving Childhood trauma and Abuse (ASCA). This year's Blue Knot Day is on Monday October 26, and associated events are scheduled for the week of October 26 to November 1.

With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse well underway, the needs of adult survivors are on the national agenda.  Building on the precept that "recovery is possible,” this year's Blue Knot Day has a theme of "supportive communities help survivors recover".

ASCA is asking all communities to be receptive and supportive to the survivors who live within their local communities. More information here 


Child Protection Week

Centacare marked the start of National Child Protection Week on September 8 with a morning tea attended by about 80 guests, including State MP Katrine Hildyard.

The focus of this year's launch was positive parenting and keeping children safe from domestic violence.
 
Centacare Assistant Director Pauline Connelly said perpetrating domestic violence must be seen as a parenting choice.

“Our theme is about placing our society’s children at the centre of our world and our decision-making,” she said.

“I do believe we need to relearn how to do that and to discover what it looks like in terms of our own personal decisions, our choices and behaviours, the community’s response to events, our organisational values and our government policy.”

David Mandel, an international expert on the prevention of violence against women, spoke via video at the launch.

David visited Adelaide in April to train Centacare staff on his perpetrator pattern-based approach to domestic violence cases involving children. His approach looks at the perpetrator’s behaviour, not the relationship or the survivor’s behaviour, as the foundation of moving toward a domestic violence-informed child welfare system.

More information here


Daisy app      

A federally funded app to assist women experiencing the impacts of sexual assault, domestic and family violence has been upgraded to assist those who are vision impaired, live in remote areas of Australia or do not have English as their first language.

Developed with input from all State and Territory Governments, the Daisy App has been downloaded approximately 100 times each week since its launch in March. In total, there have been more than 2,000 downloads nationally.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash, said the app was a valuable tool for women experiencing violence to access services relevant to their unique situation.

Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, praised the app for helping to raise awareness of women’s rights and options and connecting even more women to services. “The phone is often the thing that you keep the closest so to have all this information on an app is fantastic. It’s helpful and convenient and it will make connecting to the right organisations a lot easier.”

Daisy is free to download from Google Play for Android phones and the App Store for iPhones. Find out more here


Across the seas

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2015–16 challenges Australians to think again about our national response to asylum seekers, especially those who come to Australia by sea. It invites us to recognise the desperation that has driven these people to seek refuge far from their homes. 

This Social Justice Sunday – 27 September - we are asked to reflect on the call of Jesus to welcome those in most need and to give comfort to those who come to us in flight from fear and suffering.

For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website 


Faith in action  

Each week a vibrant team of year 5 and 6 students from Antonio Catholic School at Morphett Vale meet at recess time as part of the 'Mini Vinnies' program.

They pray, plan and implement activities that encourage the school community to `make a difference’ and help people in need.  

Most recent activities include `Cakes for Cans’. The team baked muffins for the school community who brought along cans of non-perishable food items to support the local St Vincent De Paul Conference. A total of 220 muffins were baked for this venture.  

A 'Winter Sleep Out' was held where `Socks of Love’ were put together for the Hutt St Centre. This was the inaugural combined team activity with sister school Emmaus Catholic School at Woodcroft. 

Donations including blankets, socks, hats, scarves, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste were plentiful and special guests Brenda McCullough from Hutt St and Mick Beech from St Vincent De Paul shared information.


Call for action video

Catholic Earthcare Australia celebrated the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1 by releasing a short video entitled Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action.

The video features three prominent Catholic leaders - Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana (Apostolic Nuncio to Australia), Bishop Michael Kennedy (Bishop of Armidale and Chair of Catholic Earthcare Australia), and Jacqui Rémond (Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia). It offers a unique Australian perspective on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical Laudato Si’, and a direct call to action for the Australian Catholic community.

In his encyclical Pope Francis says this is a time for individuals and communities to “reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” 

The video highlights the urgent nature of his appeal, particularly here in Australia.

It can be viewed online here:


St Francisness Project

Back in 2012, students at St Francis School, Lockleys, began a journey called the St Francisness Project in order to raise the profile of their school. They worked with the artist Daniel Connell, to assist in the design of contemporary representations of St Francis, focusing on promoting sustainability with an emphasis on using recycled materials. 

The initiatives included: working with clay to make ‘claymation’ videos and hand designs;
creating a riverscape mandala (a Hindu or Buddhist symbol of the universe) using recycled materials; building colourful totems made from recycled cans; connecting with the local river area in creating a canticle of Lockley’s creatures; creating images of the sun, stars, and the moon to illuminate each student’s inner light; devising a unique ‘St Francisness’ song and dance routine; and creating a wall mural created with recycled, painted boxes.

Helen Wilsdon-Smith, APRIM/School Chaplain at St Francis School said, “We have truly breathed life into our story with the successful completion of the ‘St Francisness Project’, the reconnection with the local river environment, a new vision for teaching and learning, and the regeneration of our frog pond area soon to realize…the journey continues…“


Dante celebration 

In 2015, the 750th anniversary of the ‘father of the Italian language’ - Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) - is being celebrated around the world.

The Dante Alighieri Society of South Australia, formed 50 years ago, will celebrate A Dante Celebration in Music in the Elder Hall on Wednesday September 30 at 7pm.

The Dante Alighieri Society has secured pianists Konstantin Shamray and Mekhla Kumar who will be performing Liszt and Tchaikovsky while Professor Diana Glenn from Flinders University will read excerpts from Dante’s masterpiece.

Bookings: 8313 5925 or here 
More information here


Sharing hope

A group of boys from Christian Brothers College gave up their time recently to make hope figures for sick children in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The Year 11 students were moved by stories of children who spend long periods in hospital, such as the son of their teacher, Rachele Tullio.

“I remember how happy he was to get knitted socks and blankets from strangers who donate those items,” said Mrs Tullio.

The boys made more than 40 hope figures out of fabric, most of them in the school colours of purple and white. they plan to visit the hospital in the next few weeks to present them to hospital staff.

Daniel, Matthew, Kaprie, Foday, Aaron, Sajjad, Hayden, Aden, and William all helped on the day.

Diary Dates

 
St Patrick's Church, Grote Street, Adelaide.

Sunday, September 20, 6pm – Awards for Excellence for Secondary students
Sunday, October 11, 2.30pm – African community celebrate Mass for Feast of St Daniel Comboni of Sudan (October 10)
 
Adelaide Archdiocesan website: http://www.adelaide.catholic.org.au
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 20 to 26 September 2015
World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2015:  advance notice
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites all to join in a week of advocacy and action in support of a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. The hashtag for our campaigns during the week is #WallWillFall
On Sunday 20th September, the opening day of the event, churches around the world are invited to worship and pray using a special liturgy developed by Palestinian Christians. An e-resource prepared by EAPPI-UK is now available on the WWPPI website along with the liturgy and the Jerusalem Prayer. 
Please see http://pief.oikoumene.org/en/world-week-for-peace


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