Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Political activism growing in Sydney’s Catholic schools Comments 0

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Catholic education authorities in Sydney are encouraging students to speak out if they are unhappy with Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Sydney archdiocese executive director of Catholic schools Dan White said these schools have a long-standing tradition of encouraging students to engage with social justice issues. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that a Read more

Wanted paedophile Aussie brother was US school head Comments 0

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A religious order flew a paedophile out of Australia and he worked as a headmaster in another country, while wanted by police, a royal commission has heard. Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse is holding hearings in Canberra. It has heard about failures by the Marist Brothers to act on repeated Read more

Oceania Catholics’ strong community Comments 0

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Last month Wellington hosted the four-yearly plenary assembly of the bishops of the Federation of Catholic Bishops of Oceania (FCBCO). But it would be no surprise if anyone attending the opening Mass thought they had been carried off to the Pacific Islands, with the vibrant contribution of the Samoan and Tokelauan communities. It was one Read more

Where does the buck stop? Comments 1

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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You could be forgiven for not knowing where the buck stops in the Catholic Church these days. In any society, organization or Church community, it is important to know who is ultimately responsible in decision making; otherwise, chaos or worse would prevail. In an unprecedented (for a cardinal) cross examination in court last week, Cardinal Read more

Aussie Senate rejects move to dump Lord’s Prayer Comments 0

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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Australia’s upper house of Parliament, the Senate, has rejected an attempt by the Greens to remove the Lord’s Prayer from the start of each day’s sitting. Victorian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale moved on February 13 that the prayer be replaced with the following words: “Senators, let us in silence pray or reflect upon our Read more

Asylum seekers – “just like God visited this town” Comments 0

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Over the past three-and-a-half years, the outback mining town of Leonora in Western Australia has been a temporary home for asylum seekers. Last month however, the Federal Government announced that Leonora’s detention centre – along with three other centres on Australia’s mainland – would close by the end of February. For Good Samaritan Sister, Annette Dever, a Read more

Sacked Toowooma bishop expected at sex abuse enquiry in Brisbane Comments 0

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Sacked former Bishop of Toowoomba, Bill Morris, is expected to give testimony at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Brisbane. Before being sacked by Pope Benedict over ongoing doctrinal issues, Morris, formally admitted Catholic Church liability, opening the door to a large compensation payout to 13 schoolgirls. The Brisbane hearing Read more

Female teacher quits catholic school after claims of sex with students Comments 0

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A female teacher has resigned from one of Sydney’s leading Catholic boys schools after inappropriate relationships with at least two students. It is understood the teacher, in her late 20’s, had sex with the students. The SMH reports both boys from last year’s Year 12 were over the age of consent, however because of student-teacher Read more

Vatican’s representative seeks immunity over sex abuse inquiry Comments 1

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Vatican’s representative in Australia is claiming diplomatic immunity in response to repeated requests for documents that might assist the NSW inquiry into child sex abuse. The Guardian reported that copies of correspondence released by the commission this week reveal the diplomatic stand-off between the papal nuncio, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, and the chair of the Read more

Sex abuse: Church’s sorry too little too late Comments 0

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

An inquiry into how the Catholic Church in Australia dealt with victims of child sex abuse has heard how a flawed process re-traumatised some victims. Twelve years after being silenced by the Catholic Church, Joan Isaacs can now tell the world about the sexual and emotional abuse inflicted upon her as a schoolgirl. Ms Isaacs Read more