2020 SLJ Research Seminar Series

You are warmly invited to our next seminar in the SLJ Research Seminar Series to be held on Thursday 4 June 2020 at 12.00pm. Our June presenter is Mr Patrick Mullins, Partner and Solicitor at Mullins Lawyers, Brisbane, and a Practice Professor of the School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University.


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The discharge (according to law) of the particular obligations imposed by Vos estis lux mundi 2019 on the Ordinary – illustrated by reference to a local case examined by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Abstract: Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examined the responses to child sexual abuse by Catholic Church institutions in a variety of case studies. A Catholic Church Diocese fell into the category of an “institution” for the purposes of the Royal Commissions terms of reference. Diocesan bishops were equally categorised as “an official of an institution”. In my doctoral research, case studies of the Royal Commission are used to examine what a best practice response by a diocesan bishop (in canon law, “an Ordinary”) entails to a report of a denunciation of a priest for child sexual abuse. These case studies also examine how a bishop discharges the obligations he has according to canon law. The presentation will focus on a Royal Commission case study from the Diocese of Lismore.

Our presenter is SLJ Practice Professor Mr Patrick Mullins, Partner and Solicitor at Mullins Lawyers, Brisbane.

Mr Mullins has 37 years in practice, and is Australia’s only canon lawyer who simultaneously practises as a common lawyer. Mr Mullins acts for Roman Catholic authorities in matters involving both common law and canon law. He also advises on matters for other Christian churches, religious bodies, education authorities, ecclesial communities, religious and other independent schools, and university colleges.

His doctoral research in the Faculty of Canon Law at KU Leuven, Belgium, examines the discharge according to law of the obligations of bishops and other Church leaders relating to the investigation and punishment of crime in the Church by reference to cases examined by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.