The latest media releases from the Australian Jesuit Province.
6 February 2017: Jesuits at the Royal Commission this month
Four Jesuits are set to appear before the Royal Commission during the ‘wrap up’ hearings into a broad range of issues related to the Catholic Church’s response to issues of sexual abuse.
10 November 2016: Jesuits welcome redress scheme
The Provincial of the Australian Jesuits, Fr Brian McCoy SJ, has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a National Redress Scheme for survivors of sexual abuse.
‘I’m very pleased at the prospect of abuse survivors having an independent and fair process for seeking redress for the harm that they have suffered in institutions.’
7 September 2016: Comprehensive strategy to safeguard children and young people
A comprehensive strategy to enhance professional standards for the safeguarding of children and young people has been announced by Father Brian McCoy SJ, Provincial of the Australian Jesuit Province.
9 March 2016: Province statement regarding Victor Higgs
A statement from Jesuit Provincial Fr Brian McCoy in regards to Victor Higgs, a former Jesuit Brother who was sentenced in Adelaide earlier this year after pleading guilty to charges of abuse: ‘We condemn any abuse of children or young people, and offer an unreserved apology for the trauma caused by any Jesuit who betrayed others in this way. We also encourage anyone with evidence of criminal behaviour committed by anyone in our ministries to report the matter to the police so that the appropriate investigation can be undertaken.’
Damien Nolan, Jesuit Communications Australia
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