Catholic Social Services Victoria today (21 August) reflects, with its members:
"These are challenging times for all those associated with the
Catholic Church in Victoria. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed Cardinal Pell’s appeal
against his sexual abuse convictions. ... These are challenging times for victims and survivors of abuse, their
families and communities. Our response to that should surely include a
commitment of support and solidarity with all who have suffered, and a
commitment to playing our part to ensure that all children and
vulnerable people are protected....These are also challenging times for those in Catholic agencies who contribute as part of the Church’s response to the Gospel imperatives of loving service and work for justice...