By Chris McGillion, Geraldine Doogue
Why Catholicism in Australia has didn't continue its relevance regardless of frequent facts of a starvation for that means, values and a renewed experience of group.
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But again no action was taken. ) Soon after, three of the victims took their story to the police and lodged a complaint against Evans. But there they were told that the alleged offences had occurred too long ago and, anyhow, the evidence was too thin to warrant charges being laid. In 1991, Brother Julian McDonald was appointed provincial of the Christian Brothers. He was given no briefing about the allegations against Evans nor about the 1984 meeting with Bishop Murray. After a visit from the mother of the man who had approached Murray with the complaint against Evans, McDonald travelled to Wollongong and learned from the local police about the 1990 complaint.
All of the Australian bishops who attended the Vatican meeting that produced the Statement of Conclusions had to be aware of the urgent problem they had on their hands to contain, let alone ameliorate, this sense of alienation. Yet, incredibly, no mention of the women’s issue even appeared in the summary of the Vatican meeting, much less suggestions about how to deal with the problem. QXD 16/6/03 11:44 AM Page 15 VISIONS, REVISIONS AND SCANDAL: A CHURCH IN CRISIS so difficult to follow, and its causes—whether ‘aspects of feminism’ or the ‘culture of secularism’—were so general as to be meaningless tools for understanding the Australian situation.
What he said was that in ‘view of written and signed information that has come to me from members and former members of your Society, and after taking canonical advice, I have decided to institute a Special Enquiry into the Society’. Among the issues to be addressed were ‘the observance of the discipline of religious life in the Society’ and ‘the sexual impropriety which is alleged to have taken place’ within it. In September the inquiry reported its findings to the bishop, and a second letter was sent to members of the Society on the 22nd of that month.
A Long Way from Rome: Why the Australian Catholic Church Is in Crisis by Chris McGillion, Geraldine Doogue