Adelaide Archdiocese holds service to protect children
The gift of childhood and recognising the importance of child protection was celebrated at a unique Mass attracting Catholic school students from across Adelaide yesterday.
A statement from Catholic Communications says the Mass at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral involved more than 100 children from several Catholic schools, and more than 25 priests.
Archbishop Philip Wilson (pictured) blessed the charter of the Adelaide Archdiocese's Child Protection Council. The charter sets out the aims and responsibilities of the Council to help oversee the safety and well being of children and young people within the Adelaide Archdiocese.
The Council was established last year to develop policies, provide advice to the Archbishop, and guide the Archdiocese in all areas of child protection. Headed by leading child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Prue McEvoy, the Council is the first of its kind set up by an Australian Catholic Church.
"The Archdiocese is very mindful of the church's role in nurturing children, young people and their families," said Archbishop Wilson.
"As a community, the church is required to uphold child-safe practices to sustain and maintain the sanctity of trust that children place in adults."
During the special Mass, Archbishop Wilson signed the charter with Dr McEvoy.
"This charter will help the Council advise the Archdiocese on how to establish and maintain child-safe environments across its schools and parishes," said Dr McEvoy.
"It recognises children and young people are a gift and they have a right to grow and to develop in their full potential - physically, emotionally and spiritually," she said.
Adelaide Church celebrates special service to protect children (Archdiocese of Adelaide 27/7/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Archdiocese of Adelaide
Adelaide Archdiocese sets up Child Protection Council (CathNews 27/8/04)
Lawyer sues church after memories surface (The Advertiser 27/7/05)
Alleged abuse victim seeks permission to sue church (ABC News 26/7/05)
Abusing priest had 'contract with God', not institution (Online Catholics 27/7/05)
Priest in move to end trial (The Mercury 27/7/05)
John L Allen: CDF acts against a religious founder (National Catholic Reporter 22/7/05)
28 Jul 2005