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Dementia emergency across the nation

TEN years ago at 53, Robyn Weller was working hard and looking forward to a happy retirement with husband Bob, but she was forgetting things. “She’d go downtown to do the shopping, and I’d get a phone call. ‘I can’t find the car’,” Bob Weller, who used to run cattle on a farm outside Kingaroy, said. “I’d drive into town ... Read More »

Bishop Vincent Long tells Royal Commission he was abused

PARRAMATTA Bishop Vincent Long has told the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that he was a victim of sexual abuse by clergy. Bishop Long, who came to Australia as a refugee from Vietnam, told the commission he was abused soon after his arrival. “I was also a victim of sexual abuse by clergy when I first came to Australia, ... 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 »

Cultural change the key to protecting children, Archbishop Coleridge says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AS well as fronting the Royal Commission this week, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spent time speaking extensively to journalists about child abuse and the Church. Speaking to the ABC’s Radio National Breakfast, Archbishop Coleridge told presenter Fran Kelly, the Church was doing all it could to change the culture of the past to protect the children of today. “The data is ... Read More »

US doctor says Church committed ‘soul murder’ to abuse victims, urges changes

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

THE priest who exposed systemic child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the Church’s views on human sexuality were a major factor in the abuse crisis. Called as an expert witness, former Dominican Dr Thomas Doyle, a canon lawyer and consultant in the areas ... Read More »

Religious sister named Senior Australian of the Year full of joy

Sr Anne Gardiner and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

IN accepting her award as 2017 Senior Australian of the Year, Sr Anne Gardiner did so “on behalf of all Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, who have lived and ministered among Australia’s indigenous people for more than a century”. “I am most humbled and grateful to receive this award,” Sr Gardiner, a diminutive 85-year-old who has dedicated ... Read More »

Community legal centres can’t keep up with the high demand for DV services, according to new report

domestic violence

MASSIVE increases in the number of women accessing domestic violence services means Queensland’s community legal centres are unable to keep up with demand. Last year community legal centres helped almost 60,000 vulnerable Queenslanders, but had to turn away more than 55,000. A new report from Community Legal Centres Queensland titled Enough is Enough shows six times as many people seeking ... Read More »

Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members

marriage

ALL members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a submission to a Senate inquiry. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to examine draft exemptions in proposed same-sex legislation for ministers of religion, civil celebrants and service ... Read More »

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