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‘This has to stop’ – school principals attacked and threatened at record levels, report finds

“WE are in trouble as a nation,” according to the author of an Australian Catholic University survey that reveals one in three Australian school principals have been attacked and half have experienced violent threats at work. “This is a reflection of our society, it is much bigger than schools,” the survey’s chief investigator associate professor Philip Riley, from ACU’s Institute ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell to be sentenced on March 13; his appeal against the conviction has been lodged

CARDINAL George Pell has spent his first days in jail after being found guilty of child sexual abuse, and awaiting sentencing on March 13. He has been found guilty of abusing two choir boys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996. Cardinal Pell’s conviction has shocked Catholics across Australia and around the world. During his appearance in the Victorian County ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge urges Catholics to face failures but look to all the good done by the Church

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has addressed the conviction of Cardinal George Pell in a letter to the entire community of the archdiocese urging parishioners to acknowledge the Church’s failures with child sexual abuse, but to recognise “a whole dimension” of good works carried out by the Church. In a rousing Sunday homily, Archbishop Coleridge also called on Catholics to keep ... Read More »

Health workers across Australia ‘overworked and underpaid’ as Aged Care Royal Commission heats up

AUSTRALIA’S elderly suffer the indignity of poor care in an aged-care sector plagued by systemic problems, the royal commission into aged care has heard. Health Services Union president Gerard Hayes described how care workers across the country were overworked and underpaid, while there was a lack of funding and a lack of resources. “Because I think, to be quite honest, ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell remanded in custody over abuse conviction; he will be sentenced on March 13

AMID rowdy scenes outside a Victorian courthouse Cardinal George Pell has been formally remanded in custody – a first step towards jail – after being found guilty of child sexual abuse. Cardinal Pell’s defence team withdrew a bail application, and he will now be sentenced on March 13.  Cardinal Pell’s conviction has shocked Catholics across Australia and around the world, ... Read More »

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