The latest media releases from the Australian Jesuit Province.
17 December 2018 – Announcement: Redress, Review, Reporting
The Australian Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) has joined the National Redress Scheme for those who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
In the spirit of openness and transparency, the Australian Jesuits have also today announced the appointment of The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC QC, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria to review the movement of former Jesuit brother, Victor Higgs, from Adelaide to Sydney.
The Society has today released its second Safeguarding Children Annual Report, reporting its responses to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, as well as reporting complaints of abuse received in the 12 months to 30 June 2018.
9 October 2018: Joint Statement – Victor Higgs
On 9 October 2018 former Jesuit Brother, Victor Higgs was found guilty of offences committed whilst teaching at the College between 1971 and 1981. Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview and the Province of the Australian Jesuits make the following statement in response.
“To those who suffered abuse by Victor Higgs we apologise without reservation for the pain and suffering they have endured as a result of the crimes committed against them.
“We express our deep regret and sorrow for what occurred.”
31 October 2017: Australian Jesuits welcome Redress Scheme
The Australian Jesuits have welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s Redress Scheme for survivors of past institutional child sexual abuse, tabled in Parliament last week.
‘In contrast to the bill that has been tabled, we believe the Scheme should follow the Royal Commission’s recommendations in these areas, that all survivors should have access to the Scheme, the maximum payment should be $200,000 and the Scheme should run for longer than ten years’, Fr McCoy said.
2 June 2017: Australian Jesuit Province responds to divestment call
Australian Provincial Fr Brian McCoy SJ has committed the Australian Jesuits to joining with other organisations around the world in responding to the call to divest from fossil fuels.
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.’
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