Reflections

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COVID and the Road Ahead

Thursday 24 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Victorians have been in exile from the homeland of our humanity for six months now. Throughout this exile, hope has been hard to come by as fear, fatigue and frustration have taken hold. Now, a way out of captivity has been set before us. Every Victorian has an interest in the Government’s Roadmap towards a ‘COVID-normal’ destination. But what do we actually want that destination to look like, and how might it shape the road ahead?

Technology inclusion important for dementia

Wednesday 16 September 2020

VMCH
 
Learning how to use an iPad for the first time would be difficult for anyone, let alone when you’re 84 years old, and living with Alzheimer’s Disease. But that’s what Antoinetta Tenace has done, and her daughter Anna says she has never been happier. Anna has been caring for her mum for two years in the family home, which has its challenges, especially now, during Stage 4 lockdown. ‘We’re accustomed to it (lockdown) now; it’s become the norm. But before, she could go out, she would go shopping with me, and we would visit some friends.’ 

Caring for Those Facing Sickness and Death: Statement from Archbishop Comensoli

Friday 11 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Caring for Those Facing Sickness and Death: The seriousness and duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic has worn heavily, and stretched and challenged each and every person. On behalf of the Catholic community of Melbourne, I express my gratitude for the Premier’s confirmation this morning that ministers of religion may visit the sick and the dying in hospitals, care facilities and homes. This is a fundamental obligation of Catholic clergy to people in their time of need, and an expectation not only of our people, but for many who are struggling to be present with their loved-ones in their last days.

 

Building a culture of safety in our parishes

Thursday 10 September 2020

Professional Standards Unit
 
Across the Archdiocese, parish leadership and safeguarding teams have been working hard to implement safeguarding practices and policies that reinforce the Church's commitment to protecting children and those most vulnerable in the community. Fr Tony Doran, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ringwood, says it has required his parishioners to look at every aspect of parish life. 'What we do, how we do it, the spaces in which we do what we do. Now we know where the gaps are in our policies and procedures, so we can begin to address them. We also know where we're doing well.'

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.
  
 
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