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Diocese of Ballarat failed to act in the interests of abused children for decades, Royal Commission reports says

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THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed “catastrophic failure” in Church leadership in the Diocese of Ballarat. “That failure led to the suffering and often irreparable harm to children, their families and the wider community,” commissioners said in a report released today (November 6). “That harm could have been avoided if the Church had acted ... Read More »

Melbourne archdiocese had culture of secrecy to protect Church interests, new report says

THE Archdiocese of Melbourne allowed paedophile priests to abuse scores of children, according to a report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The report, which describes “a culture of secrecy” inside the Melbourne archdiocese, was released on December 5, just 10 days before the Commission’s final report is due to be handed down. It ... Read More »

Healing liturgy at Kenmore acknowledges sexual abuse failures of the Church

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CATHOLICS from seven parishes in Brisbane’s west have acknowledged the Church’s failing of survivors of sexual abuse during a moving healing liturgy in Kenmore. Parishioners from the Brisbane West deanery, which incorporates the parishes of Corinda Graceville, Darra Jindalee, Inala, Indooroopilly, Kenmore, St Lucia and Toowong, gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kenmore, on October 23 to acknowledge ... Read More »

Expert picked by Pope to fight child sexual abuse visiting Brisbane to talk with priest, bishops, and laity

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BRISBANE will host a public seminar by one of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner. With a reputation as a reformer, Pope Francis named Fr Zollner, together with Irish child abuse survivor Marie Collins as founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014. Fr Zollner is president of ... Read More »

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

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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 »

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