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

March 2015

Redress scheme for abuse survivors

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has announced details of its public hearing into possible redress schemes for survivors of child sexual abuse.

The hearing will enable institutions and governments to outline their position on redress for survivors of child sexual abuse particularly in light of the Commission’s major redress consultation paper released in January this year.

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church Truth Justice and Healing Council, said the hearing will be one of the significant milestones in the work of the Royal Commission.

"The issue of redress is at the very heart of the Commission’s work," Mr Sullivan said.

"During this hearing we will hear from institutions, including the Catholic Church, on how fair and just redress could, and should, be delivered to abuse survivors.

"We will also hear, hopefully, from Governments around Australia, on how they intend to approach redress for survivors of abused in government-run homes, orphanages and other institutions.

"The Commission’s preferred option of a single national redress scheme led by the Australian Government with the participation of state and territory governments and non-government institutions is broadly in line with the Church’s submission on redress.

"This scheme would also provide for counselling, psychological care and other services, again, paid for by the responsible institutions.

"It would effectively provide consistent, easy access to redress for all survivors of child sexual abuse regardless of where or when the abuse occurred," Mr Sullivan said.

The hearing will commence Wednesday March 25 2015 at 10:00am in Sydney and will be streamed live at

Forgotten Anzac memorial

About 200 metres east of the Anzac Highway/Goodwood Road lights there stands a stone memorial to the Anzacs. It is not a big memorial but it is significant because of its timing.

This cross is thought to be not only the first memorial erected to the Anzacs in South Australia. It is quite possible that it is the first memorial in any Australian city. It is believed that the mothers from the "West End" of Adelaide were behind the initiative to erect the memorial.

The plaque supports those claims. The cross was unveiled in September 1915 in honour of Australian soldiers who fought a battle in the Dardanelles on April 25, 1915.

The other remarkable thing about this memorial is the speed in which it came to life. Commemorating a battle in April 1915, unveiled by the Governor in September, that’s four months from conception design, building and unveiling.

Women and the Church

The Office for the Participation of Women has launched an e-book of the ‘Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus’ report, a research project on the participation of Women in the Catholic Church in Australia.

The report, first released in 2000 by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, was re-launched in conjunction with International Women’s Day 2015,

‘We’re excited to launch a digital version of the book to make sure it is easily accessible, particularly since the book is no longer printed in hard copy,’ said Director of the Office for the Participation of Women, Donella Johnston.

One of the greatest challenges to emerge from the research was the need to create a range of opportunities in the Church for respectful listening and a dialogue concerning the experiences, needs and aspirations of women.

"The report is still relevant more than 15 years after it was first presented to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference," Ms Johnston said. "In particular, the report recommended the increased involvement of women in decision-making at all levels."

Pope Francis has urged the Church to "create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church." (Evangelii Gaudium, 103).

The 500-page report can be downloaded on tablet and other mobile devices as an e-book, You can also view a YouTube video of Cardinal Clancy officially launching the book at the National Press Club on August 18 1999.


Couples gather in Oz

World Wide Marriage Encounter Australia hosted the World Leadership Conference in Melbourne from February 6 to 12.
Delegates from around the world attended the conference to discuss the progress of the movement.  Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva, Fiji, presided over the opening Mass on Saturday night. 

More than 26,000 couples attended a World Wide Marriage Encounter weekend in 2014 somewhere in the world, with over 8,900 couples attending in South America alone.

“The work and the impact that World Wide Marriage Encounter has in the world is incredible,” said Greg Sutton, Central Ecclesial Team, South Australia. “To see and meet so many people from around the world who have dedicated their energies to improve marriages and make a difference in a couple's life is astonishing,” said Greg.

Community members from World Wide Marriage Encounter Victoria hosted delegates, including visiting priests, interpreters and WWME community couples from around Australia and the world.

Mr Sutton said the World Council met yearly and it was a great coup for Australia to be chosen as host country.

Bookings for a marriage Encounter weekend can be made through Geraldine & Malachy O’Reilley on 0437 388 513.

Safe environments for all

A primary action step in the implementation of the SEFA (Safe Environments for All) Program is that each parish appoint a volunteer Child Safe Contact Person. In February, the Child Protection Unit held a Child Safe Contact Persons forum at the Clearview parish to support and encourage the CSCP team in their role.

Currently the Archdiocese has 37 CSCPs representing 31 Pprishes. The role of the CSCP is to:
o Liaise and dialogue with the Parish Pastoral Council on matters to do with children and young people in the parish.
o Actively promote that the parish is a Child Safe Organisation.
o Respond to concerns within the parish about the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
o Attend the CSCP Forums (run three times a year) by the CPU.
o Receive and distribute information and resources from the CPU to circulate within the parish to staff and volunteers.
o Maintain confidentiality when people communicate concerns about child protection matters.
o Help coordinate the Child Protection Week.
Seek assistance from the CPU if there are queries and matters about child protection that need discussion or further attention in the parish.


Syrian crisis call

On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the conflict in Syria on March 15, Caritas Syria says there is a desperate need for the international community to help the almost 12 million people in the country now in need of emergency aid.

President of Caritas Syria, Bishop Antoine Audo, said half of Syria’s inhabitants are now either internally displaced or are refugees.“Eighty per cent of the workforce doesn’t work. The rich have left, the middle class has become poor and the poor have become destitute. Many people have become poor and ill because of the insecurity and the near-destruction of the economy,” Bishop Audo said.

“Last year, 2014, really was the hardest of all for those of us who live in Aleppo. The level of destruction in the city reached its peak. Rockets were raining down on us, we often didn’t have electricity or water and the nights chilled us to the bone.”

The Caritas network, which includes Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, has contributed almost $100 million in humanitarian response programs and given hope to the most marginalised women, children and men who’ve been affected by the Syrian crisis.

Find out more information or to donate to the crisis in Syria on the Caritas website -


Cathedral work begins

The restoration of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral will commence this month with work on replacing the slate roof and preparations for the installation of a 1927 Casavant Frères pipe organ.

The Cathedral will be closed from May 4 2015 until the end of September with services being moved to St Patrick’s Church on Grote Street.

The Cathedral Restoration Appeal, a partnership with the National Trust, was launched last year by Archbishop Philip Wilson.

For information on the closure or if you wish to contribute towards the Cathedral’s restoration, please contact Jane Juniper on 8210 8223 or


Sharing faith stories

The ABC is inviting every day Australians to create and share their faith stories through its ABC Open online platform.

The ‘I am a believer’ project involves people taking a photo of someone who practises a religious belief in an environment that tells a story about their belief.

This could be in their place of worship or in a location that demonstrates how they practice their faith. People can then upload their photo with some text about their subject’s relationship to their faith, what it means to them and why they are committed to that way of life.

The photo and text (300 words max) can be uploaded to the I am a believer project page and will be published on the ABC Open website. The project is running until March 20 2015. 

What choice?

Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders, who chairs the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, has posed the question ‘what choice’ to Prime Minister Tony Abbott after his comment that Aboriginal peoples are living in remote communities as a ‘lifestyle choice’.

"Where is the lifestyle choice?" Bishop Saunders asked. "Communities are under serviced and patently there is insufficient listening to the voices of people in Aboriginal communities. We are forcing Aboriginal people out of their ancestral lands to live in regional towns.

"The reality is that when a community is closed down people and their families have nowhere to go, so they end up on the streets, separated from their land, heritage, family, culture and spirituality.

"It is a basic human right to choose where you live but it seems that our government is giving people in Aboriginal communities the ‘choice’ to live in a community with only limited resources and services. After 200 years of colonisation and dispossession, surely out of fairness we owe something to Australia’s First Nations in the way of respect and recompense.

"Recent research has found that where Aboriginal communities are supported to serve as models of landscape management or as the source of new community initiatives, they have far better outcomes in health and education. Like other Australians, they have the right to access basic municipal services."

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) says it has grave concerns regarding the Western Australian Government’s proposal to close up to 150 Aboriginal Communities throughout Western Australia. To sign NATSICC's petition, click here.


Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Sunday, March 15, 11.00am - Catechist Commissioning Mass


Tuesday, March 17, 12.10pm - St Patrick’s Day Mass


Sunday, March 22, 11.00am – Mass to celebrate 200 Years of the Foundation of the Passionist Sisters


Thursday, March 26, 7.00pm - Diaconate Ordination of Ian Wilson


Sunday, March 29, 10.30am for 11.00am - Palm Sunday Mass, Ecumenical procession from Mackillop Plaza to SFX followed by Catholic Youth Office BBQ in MacKillop Plaza


Monday, March 30, 6.00pm - Chrism Mass



Thursday March 19 7.30-9.30pm
Australian Council on Children and the Media presents  Guidelines for Good Gaming - guidelines for parents on the physical and psychological effects of electronic gaming.  Mercedes College, 540 Fullarton Road, Springfield SA. Cost is $25 per person. Bookings can be made at:

Friday April 24
Award-winning author to visit - Fr Timothy Radcliffe networking breakfast
A public event at the Adelaide Oval (Ian McLachlan Room) on  7.30am-9am.
Cost $65 per head, Contact Mary Coombe on 8210 8117, or via email to purchase a ticket or to book a table of 10.

Thursday June 25
Vinnies 2015 CEO Sleepout - Save the Date. Details, such as the location for this year's event will soon be announced. If you would like to Rise to the Challenge in 2015 and take part in the Adelaide event on Thursday June 25, please click here to register.


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