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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 »

Cardinal Pell denies child abuse allegations following charges

Cardinal Pell in the Vatican

CARDINAL George Pell has strenuously denied allegations of child sexual assault after being charged by Victorian Police. Cardinal Pell been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 18. The Archdiocese of Sydney released a statement on behalf of Cardinal Pell after he was informed of the charges during the early hours in Rome. “Cardinal Pell will return ... Read More »

Former Capuchin friar sent to jail for indecent assault of child

A FORMER Capuchin friar who sexually abused a young girl attending a Brisbane Catholic school on four separate occasions in 1974 has been jailed for four months. Anthony Colbourne, a former parish priest at the Guardian Angels Church, Wynnum, pleaded guilty on May 23 to indecently assaulting his eight-year-old victim in the presbytery and his office, on four separate occasions. ... Read More »

Principals of schools formerly run by Christian Brothers apologise to student victims and survivors of sexual abuse

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PRINCIPALS of Catholic schools have apologised to survivors and victims of sexual abuse inflicted on students at their schools. Edmund Rice Education Australia led a “National Ritual of Apology” for victims of historic abuse at schools run by the Christian Brothers. Those schools include Brisbane’s St Joseph’s Nudgee College; St Laurence’s College; and St James College. EREA has responsibility for ... Read More »

‘We created the abuse’: Church official leading response to child sexual abuse tells priests its time to listen to the community

Francis Sullivan

AN official leading the Church response to child sex abuse has told priests in Brisbane, “we created the abuse”, now it is time for parish priests to listen to their communities, including people who have been abused and are angry with the Church. “We created the abuse. That is the harsh reality,” chief executive of the Church’s Truth, Justice and ... Read More »

Education essential for abuse prevention

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

POPE Francis, who has called for zero tolerance for the “despicable” crime of sexual abuse of minors, has praised new efforts aimed at helping the Church better protect children. In letter to president of the Centre for Child Protection at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, the Pope said he was “happy about what you are doing and ... Read More »

Bishops’ accountability is key concern for Pope’s child protection commission

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

BISHOPS who do not comply with the child-protection norms adopted by their bishops’ conferences and approved by the Vatican must face real consequences, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said. The commission, he said, “is very, very concerned about this whole area of (bishops’) accountability” and has a working group drawing ... Read More »

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