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Un-redacted royal commission report says Cardinal Pell knew of Church abuse in Ballarat, Melbourne

UPDATE CARDINAL George Pell says he is “surprised” by critical findings of the child abuse royal commission, claiming they are “not supported by evidence”. He was surprised by the statements in the report about the earlier transfers of Gerald Ridsdale discussed by the Ballarat Diocesan consultors in 1977 and 1982. “The Consultors who gave evidence on the meetings in 1977 ... Read More »

Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders stands aside after abuse allegations

ONE of Australia’s longest serving bishops has stood aside amid the broadcast of allegations against him of historical sex abuse offences.  A Church message issued on March 10 by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has voluntarily stood aside from the ordinary administration of the diocese. The statement said the Holy See was “conscious of the particular ... Read More »

Brisbane L’Arche community in shock over findings of leader Jean Vanier’s prolonged sexual abuse

BRISBANE L’Arche community leader met Jean Vanier four times since the 1980s and never once considered him anything but an inspirational Catholic. But last weekend his image of Vanier was shattered when the L’Arche International community announced the findings of an independent inquiry that found the internationally renowned Canadian had sexually abused at least six women. L’Arche Brisbane community leader ... Read More »

Catholics at home and around the world still reeling from the shock of Cardinal Pell’s conviction

SHAKEN and stirred – Catholics across Australia and the world are still coming to grips with Cardinal George Pell’s conviction. It’s a challenging, questioning time, with sensitivities running high, the Church acknowledging responsibility to care for survivors, and others, including political leaders, publicly pledging their loyalty to Cardinal Pell (pictured). Compounding the news of Cardinal Pell’s conviction was its timing ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell to be sentenced on March 13; his appeal against the conviction has been lodged

CARDINAL George Pell has spent his first days in jail after being found guilty of child sexual abuse, and awaiting sentencing on March 13. He has been found guilty of abusing two choir boys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996. Cardinal Pell’s conviction has shocked Catholics across Australia and around the world. During his appearance in the Victorian County ... Read More »

ACU Vice-Chancellor critical of the way Royal Commission was conducted

ONE of the 11 members of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council has delivered a sharp and wide-ranging criticism of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, describing it as “a flawed body” and its final report “a flawed document”. On the day that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia formally responded to the Royal ... Read More »

Australia’s bishops and religious vow never to repeat shameful child sexual abuse history

Archbishop Coleridge and Sr Monica Cavanagh address the media at a press conference on the Church's response to the Royal Commission

CATHOLIC leaders today (August 31) announced they accept 98 per cent of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse and have vowed that the Church’s shameful history will never be repeated. Catholic Religious Australia president Josephite Sister Monica Cavanagh and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge spoke at a media conference in Sydney, expressing their ... Read More »

Archbishop offers heartfelt apology to abuse victims as Catholic Church responds to Royal Commission

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AUSTRALIAN Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has offered a heartfelt apology to traumatised victims of child sexual abuse and their families. Today (August 31) as the ACBC and Catholic Religious Australia publishes a joint response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Archbishop Coleridge says “there is no-one in the Church who hasn’t ... Read More »

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