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Protecting God's Children Parent Resource

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Professional Standards Unit As children’s first and most enduring educators, parents are best placed to begin conversations with their children in an age and developmentally appropriate way. Protecting God’s Children Parent Resource: A Catholic Parent’s Guide to Keeping Their Kids Safe is a protective behaviours resource aimed at supporting Catholic parents of children aged 5-12 years old. The resource helps parents teach children a range of important personal safety skills, supports the development of emotional intelligence skills and promotes a child’s...

Putting Children First: Child Protection Week 2020

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications Office
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Child Protection Week (6-12 September). This year’s theme, 'Putting Children First', chosen by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), underscores the need to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children in all aspects of our community and family life. The occasion is of great significance for the Catholic Church in Australia as it emphasises the need for a continuous commitment to effectively safeguard children, young people, and vulnerable adults. Partnered with the commitment to safeguard those most at risk, the Church also acknowledges the devastating harm caused by the sexual abuse of children by priests, religious and lay people within Catholic settings. 

Mental ill-health not moral failure: Archbishop Coleridge

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Archbishop Mark Coleridge and ACBC

'Mental ill-health is not a moral failure, the result of a lack of faith, or of weak will,' writes Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the foreword to the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2020-21, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia. 'Jesus himself was labelled mad (Mark 3:21; John 10:19) and, like us, he suffered psychological distress (Luke 22:44; Matt 26:37; Mark 14:33; John 12:27). People experiencing mental ill-health are not some "other" people, they are "us".' The statement was released ahead of the Church’s Social Justice Sunday celebrated on 30 August.

Victorian Bishops respond to latest Voluntary Assisted Dying Report

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications Office 
MEDIA STATEMENT: On behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Victoria, on the release of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board
Report of Operation January – June 2020

“The latest report from the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board is not a celebration of good healthcare, but a sad story of the loss of hope and care for vulnerable people. The report is notable mostly for what it does not address: mental health, the proportion of patients who died alone, and the number of patients who were able to receive a comprehensive palliative care assessment before a VAD assessment. Despite assurances that VAD numbers would not increase significantly in its early years, the numbers presented in the report are alarming. Comparatively, it took the State of Oregon in the United States 17 years to reach the same number of deaths that Victoria has reached in its first 12 months of VAD.

Mental health in Australia: Bishops release 2020-21 social justice statement

Thursday 27 August 2020

Communications Office and ACBC 
‘Our society tends to push away or draw away from those who confront us with our frailties and limitations. This is not the way of Jesus,’ writes Bishop Terry Brady, the Bishop Delegate for Social Justice on the release of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2020-21, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia. It was released ahead of the Church’s Social Justice Sunday celebrated on August 30 this year. Given the challenges our country and world are facing due to COVID-19, the issue of mental health is very much front and centre for many people. ‘The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting many members of our parishes, schools and communities,’ Bishop Brady says. ‘The personal feelings of anxiety and despair we all share at this time provide an opportunity to become more aware and active in fostering the mental health of all. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who most need our support.’