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Confession laws changed in Melbourne, similar legislation planned for Queensland

Confession laws changed in Melbourne, similar legislation planned for Queensland

LAWS in Victoria requiring priests to report child abuse to authorities – even if it’s heard in the confessional – came into effect last week, and the Queensland Government is planning similar legislation. It means that Catholic priests could be caught between their state law and Church canon law. In Victoria priests will be compelled to report child sexual abuse ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge in Rome for meetings on seal of confession, Plenary Council and Cardinal Pell

Archbishop Coleridge in Rome for meetings on seal of confession, Plenary Council and Cardinal Pell

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has started a two-week-long trip to Rome that will include high-level Vatican talks on the Plenary Council 2020, Cardinal George Pell and the Holy See’s response to Australia’s Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, found himself under a global media spotlight when he visited Rome a year ... Read More »

Former royal commissioner Susan Pascoe to lead new church disaster response council

Former royal commissioner Susan Pascoe to lead new church disaster response council

SUSAN Pascoe has been named chair of the new Catholic Emergency Relief Australia Advisory Council that will co-ordinate the Church’s ongoing response to the bushfire crisis and future national emergencies. Ms Pascoe’s appointment adds to her long list of contributions to public life that includes serving as a 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commissioner and as the inaugural Australian Charities and ... Read More »

Chaplain to veterans hopes new initiative will help stop veteran suicide

Chaplain to veterans hopes new initiative will help stop veteran suicide

CATHOLICS leading the battle against veteran suicide have welcomed the appointment of an independent commissioner to investigate deaths and make recommendations on metal health and wellbeing. Deacon Gary Stone, the man known as the Veteran’s padre, “hopes and prays” a new government initiative will combat veteran suicide, and benefit the wider community. “Every suicide seriously impacts families and friends who ... Read More »

Ethicist hoping workshop in Rome will pave a theological response to abuse crisis

Ethicist hoping workshop in Rome will pave a theological response to abuse crisis

A LEADING Australian ethicist believes the Church has a long way to go in resolving the child sexual abuse crisis – and he’s hoping a high-level workshop in Rome will strengthen a theological approach to the issue. “We’re only on the cusp of responding to this crisis,” Dr Dan Fleming, a moral theologian working for St Vincent’s Health Australia, said.  ... Read More »

Pope Francis releases Amazon synod response, described as not just for Amazon but Australia too

Pope Francis releases Amazon synod response, described as not just for Amazon but Australia too

POPE Francis’s highly anticipated Apostolic Exhortation  “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazonia), released by the Vatican on February 12, has been described as a document “not just for a distant and alien part of the world, but has much to offer the Catholic Church in Australia”.  “The Amazon is remote from us but the issues are not,” Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president ... Read More »

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