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Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

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PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

Archbishop says Church must end ‘culture of concealment’

Royal Commission

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the Church as “a law unto ourselves”, and said Pope Francis and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse were catalysts for cultural change. Archbishop Coleridge was a panellist on the third day of the Royal Commission hearing in Sydney discussing Catholic Church structural and cultural issues, including accountability and transparency. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Pope appoints Australian woman to child protection panel

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POPE Francis has named an Australian woman among new appointments to his papal commission on child protection. Founder and now retired director of CatholicCare, in Wollongong, NSW, Kathleen McCormack, was among those who the Vatican named as new members of the commission on December 17. CatholicCare provides essential social services and counselling. Starting in the 1990s, Ms McCormack also became ... Read More »

Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with Islamic State

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POPE Francis said he would “never close the door” on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said “terrorism” could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Meeting reporters on ... Read More »

Retired Supreme Court judge is Church council’s new chair

Neville Owen

FORMER judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia Neville Owen is the new chair of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council (TJHC). Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Denis Hart and Catholic Religious Australia chair Sisters of Charity Sister Annette Cunliffe announced the appointment on Thursday, June 5. The TJHC is co-ordinating the Church’s engagement with the ... Read More »

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