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The Journey of one CaSPA Principal to reach out to victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Posted on 15 June 2018
The Journey of one CaSPA Principal to reach out to victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Above:  John Crowley [left] with Cardinal O'Malley [centre] when they met recently in Boston.

Many CaSPA Principals have had to confront the fall out from the Sexual Abuse scandals that have been part of the Australian Catholic Church. As leaders in their communities, our Principals have had to negotiate the hurt and lack of trust that has touched all parts of our country. Many Principals tell us, that this is the single greatest challenge they have as leaders of their schools....

While each Principal has gone about dealing with this issue in their own way, some have had more significant challenges given the extent of abuse that took place and the number of survivors who still live in the vicinity of their schools today. Few, if any, would have had the extent of challenges compared with those working in Ballarat, Victoria. The publicity generated by the stories of abuse and evidence presented at the Royal Commission has been a part of the reality of this community over many years now.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man.....

John Crowley has been Headmaster of St Patricks College, Ballarat, since 2015. His appointment coincided with the first sitting of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Case Study 28, into Responses of Catholic Church Authorities in the Diocese of Ballarat. He recently returned home from an extended period of Professional Enrichment Leave where he visited the Archdiocese of Dublin and Boston to examine examples of where the Catholic Church are supporting victims and survivors of sexual abuse in a spirit of hope. While away, John presented a paper to the undergraduate students of the Centre for Child Protection, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, titled Towards the Hope of Healing.

John has collected his reflections and impressions and asked that CaSPA provide the opportunity for all Catholic Secondary Principals to be able to read these in the hope that it can assist them in leading the Church and its schools through this most challenging time in the history of the Catholic Church in Australia.

You are all strongly encouraged to download and read John Crowley's Reflection

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