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Leaders confirm Catholic Church will join the national redress scheme

Leaders confirm Catholic Church will join the national redress scheme

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have today confirmed that the Church will enter the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse when that becomes possible under national legislation. “Since as early as 2013, the Catholic Church has called for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge ... Read More »

Australian bishops call for religious freedom laws to be updated after government receives report

Australian bishops call for religious freedom laws to be updated after government receives report

THE Federal Government has received a report into religious freedom in Australia, but it could be weeks before the findings are made public. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered the review following concerns that last year’s legalisation allowing same-sex marriage could undermine freedom of religion. Former attorney general Philip Ruddock has led a panel of experts, including Catholic lawyer Jesuit Father ... Read More »

Pope calls Australians to be leaven of ‘holiness, justice and reconciliation’ in Plenary Council blessing

Pope calls Australians to be leaven of ‘holiness, justice and reconciliation’ in Plenary Council blessing

THE Catholic Church in Australia has officially launched the Plenary Council 2020 – with support and blessings from Pope Francis – setting off a three-year conversation about the future shape of the Church and its mission. Launched on the feast of Pentecost, May 20, the plenary council will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the Church’s governance, ... Read More »

95-year-old retired veteran becomes Catholic: ‘All my life I’ve been searching’

95-year-old retired veteran becomes Catholic: ‘All my life I’ve been searching’

THEY say practice makes perfect, and the saying couldn’t be truer for Brisbane’s newest Catholic. British and Australian army veteran Stanley Everett turns 96 in July, and will spend the rest of his life practising the tenets of the Catholic faith after receiving the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Communion last week. “I’m feeling there’s still a lot to ... Read More »

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step aside as leader of Adelaide archdiocese

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step aside as leader of Adelaide archdiocese

Updated: May 25 at 1:10pm ADELAIDE Archbishop Philip Wilson has announced arrangements for the running of the archdiocese, after he was found him guilty of concealing child sex abuse in a case that dates back to the 1970s. After a guilty verdict in a New South Wales court on May 22, Archbishop Wilson said he would stand aside from his role, but ... Read More »

Adelaide archbishop found guilty of sex abuse cover-up

Adelaide archbishop found guilty of sex abuse cover-up

ADELAIDE Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of concealing child sex abuse in a case that dates back to the 1970s. Appearing in Newcastle Local Court on May 22, magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict following a magistrate-only trial, finding Archbishop Wilson, 67, guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person between April 22, 2004 and ... Read More »

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