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Australian Catholic religious congregations apologise for abuse at national assembly

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A NATIONAL assembly of Australia’s Catholic religious congregations has included an apology for past abuse in schools and institutions, and a call to religious congregations to “be prophetic” and emerge from dark times with healing and hope. Keynote speaker, missionary and educator Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita urged 130 participants at the assembly in Melbourne from June 20-22 to ... Read More »

Chrism Mass: Archbishop Coleridge says God “will not fail” to raise men for the priesthood despite Royal Commission sorrow

Priests at the Chrism Mass

PRIESTLY vocations might be fewer in number and “chastened” by the Royal Commission’s hearings into abuse in the Catholic Church but “the gift of priesthood will remain”, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The Archbishop reiterated the anointed call of men to the priesthood during the Chrism Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 6, where priests of Brisbane archdiocese renewed their ... Read More »

Archbishop says Church must end ‘culture of concealment’

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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 »

What the Church can learn from Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

MUSIC legend Bruce Springsteen will tour Australia early next year, playing to packed houses. At the same time, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be preparing for what it’s calling the “Catholic Church Final Hearing”. It’s expected to last for four weeks, enabling the Commission to ask questions about “a number of factors … including ... Read More »

Church representatives want inquiry into Queensland juvenile justice system

prisoner's hands through fence

CHURCH justice advocates have joined calls for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to widen the scope of a royal commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention, to include facilities in Queensland. On July 26, Mr Turnbull announced a royal commission into the Northern Territory’s juvenile detention facilities after ABC TV’s Four Corners aired shocking images of guards brutalising inmates.  “We want to say emphatically ... Read More »

First two days of Cardinal Pell’s testimony

Cardinal Pell testifies

CARDINAL George Pell has told the child abuse royal commission the Catholic Church made “enormous mistakes” and “let people down” in its handling of child sexual abuse by priests and religious. Cardinal Pell, whose heart condition prevented him from returning to Australia for questioning, testified via videolink from a Rome hotel room, in front of a group of child sex ... Read More »

Major support for Church’s council

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“HUGE support” for the work of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council is coming from lay people within the Church and from religious and parish priests working on the ground. TJHC chief executive officer Francis Sullivan said a year on from the council’s establishment, support from bishops and religious leaders around Australia had never been stronger. “Without the support and ... Read More »

Let the crib speak to us in silence

Bishop James Foley

A Christmas message from Cairns Diocese BY the time this is published before Christmas, our Church will have had considerable coverage of its failures in the care of vulnerable children at the Royal Commission. The greatest pain has been that of those who have survived such abuse yet carry the burden throughout their lives. For some these wounds are painfully ... Read More »

Archbishop gives testimony at Royal Commission

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By PAUL DOBBYN BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described his recent appearance as witness at the Royal Commission hearings as “draining” but also encouraging. “The experience made it clear to me that everyone involved, for all their differences of perspective, wants the same result – healing for victims, a safer world for children and a purified Church,” Archbishop Coleridge said. ... Read More »

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