JOHN MENADUE. The Light From the Southern Cross.A Report on Catholic Church Governance

This confidential 208 page Report ‘promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia’ was commissioned by the Australian Catholic Bishops and Religious Superiors to review the Catholic Church’s governance and management structures. This followed the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Royal Commission found that clericalism, a belief that priests and bishops are superior to the lay faithful, resulted in dysfunctional governance and management.  The Royal Commission found that the abuse of clerical power was a key contributor to  sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

Consistent with the Bishop’s practise of inertia and delay they have decided to withhold the Report from public view for at least another six months.

But here is a link to the Report

03 FINAL Southern Cross Report 010520 Single Page – Copy


John Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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