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Nowhere to hide for the Church

Nowhere to hide for the ChurchThis article was an original speech given by Francis Sullivan, CEO, Truth Justice and Healing Council

The Royal Commission has been like a freight train. Crashing through the confected edifice mounted by the institutional Church to limit its reputational damage caused from the clerical sexual abuse of children.

It has explored not only the history of clerical sexual abuse of children, but it has forensically examined the organisational culture that led to the cover ups, concealment and outright denial that abuse cases had even occurred.

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Why I Don’t Need Wilderness

Why I Don’t Need Wilderness

Written by Moira Byrne Garton and first published in The Good Oil on 16 May 2017

For millennia, nature has been a place of solitude and spiritual reflection. In biblical times, Israelites wandered Sinai’s wilderness as they sought the Promised Land. Jesus famously retreated to the Judean desert for solitude and prayer in what became his final weeks. In the early Church, the Desert Fathers and Mothers’ ascetic and prayerful lives in Egypt’s Scetes desert formed many spiritual practices still used today – fasting, contemplation and monasticism.

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New Catholic Women’s Mentoring Program Launches in Sydney

New Catholic Women’s Mentoring Program Launches in Sydney

On Saturday May 20, 2017, the new Catholic Women’s Mentoring initiative was launched at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney. Catholic Women’s Mentoring is a national program aimed at building the skills, confidence and networks of Australian Catholic women and encouraging them in their faith. 

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