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

royal commission

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 »

Capuchin Friars’ new provincial minister takes up position in Sydney

Fr Gerard O'Dempsey

QUEENSLANDER Fr Gerard O’Dempsey says it is “breathtaking” to be elected leader of the Australian province of the Capuchin Friars for the next three years. “It’s a great responsibility and I hope I can live up to what the friars expect of me,” Fr O’Dempsey said as he packed his single suitcase and many boxes of books for his move ... Read More »

Fees in some Queensland Catholic schools to rise because of Gonski plan

students writing

PARENTS of students at some Queensland Catholic schools are bracing for fee increases of almost 10 per cent next year – a direct result of the new Federal Government funding changes to schools. About 30 Catholic schools run by religious institutes and incorporated bodies are the hardest hit because they are considered “over-funded” under the Government’s new Gonski 2.0 model. ... Read More »

Broken Bay Bishop says Victoria should pay attention to NSW parliament’s decision on euthansia

fight against euthanasia

EUTHANASIA and assisted suicide are national issues being played out state-by-state, according to Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli. Bishop Comensoli has applauded the narrow defeat of a voluntary assisted dying bill in New South Wales during a late-night sitting of parliament on November 18, but warned of the prospect of legislation in other states. He made the comment before Victorian ... Read More »

Johnathan Thurston offers Catholic priest free air travel to say Mass for remote Aboriginal community

Johnathan Thurston

NORTH Queensland rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston is playing his part to keep the Catholic faith alive in the heart of Cowboys country. The Queensland nominee for Australian of the Year, who co-owns Skytrans Aviation, has allowed a Catholic priest free air travel to the remote Aboriginal township of Coen during the wet season so he can conduct Mass. “I’m ... Read More »

Australian dioceses cut ties with White Ribbon for supporting national access to abortion (UPDATED)

white ribbon australia

UPDATE: WHITE Ribbon Australia has pledged its ongoing support for access to legal abortion, despite some of its supporters finding the position unacceptable, including the Brisbane archdiocese, the Parramatta diocese and other Christian groups. Ahead of White Ribbon Day on November 25, the charity, known to many as the “Say no to violence against women” organisation said it supported “the ... Read More »

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