The finding in the Newcastle Local Court will have huge implications for the Catholic church and other institutions worldwide.
A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals grim detail on the breadth of child abuse in Australia. But crucial national data on abuse in out-of-home care remains elusive.
Australia's proposed redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse is more complex, bigger, and includes more sites than any other.
There are considerable political and policy hurdles ahead if Australia is to move toward a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse.
The Parramatta Female Factory has been identified as a site of abuse by the royal commission. Now a community-led campaign is transforming it into a 'site of conscience'.
The royal commission’s work, and the testimony of survivors, has brought to light an issue that has been denied for far too long.
The royal commission has performed its task with distinction – now it is up to governments and institutions to ensure those efforts are matched with a redress scheme.
By placing institutional abuse within its larger context, the royal commission has made the prevention and identification of child sex offending a collective responsibility.
The commission's final report revealed the staggering scale and nature of abuse uncovered in Catholic institutions.
The government's proposed redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse controversially excludes some victims.
The debate about the nature of early trauma memories and their recovery isn't new.
Dissociative identity disorder - previously known as multiple personality disorder - occurs when a child's development is disrupted by trauma, preventing them forming a strong sense of self.
'Suitability' checks in organisations are important but have limitations in screening out child sex offenders. Leaders need to change how they approach the issue.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has demonstrated how catastrophically some teachers have failed their duties - a pledge is one way to turn that around.
Reporting child sexual abuse to police, and any subsequent investigation or trial, is a time of profound instability for victims and their families.
Anthony Foster's attention to detail and his clarity about the evil perpetrated in the systematic institutional abuse of children was often the object of media analysis.
We know predators will continue to target the vulnerable, including children and people with disability. The NDIS will mitigate some of the issues in this space, but we need a royal commission too.
The Anglican Church's new rules destroy the biblical principle of lay people as co-workers with the clergy.
A key point of difference between male and female sexual abusers of children is in the power relationship with their victims.
Last week's hearing into the Catholic Church's response to child sex abuse made for grim listening, and showed there is still much reform work to be done.