Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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
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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
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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

Church hierarchy trivialised sex abuse as ‘short-term embarrassment’ Comments 0

Friday, November 15th, 2013
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Leaders of the Australian Catholic Church have been accused of trivialising sex abuse as a “short-term embarrassment. The accusation comes in the Victorian state government’s report on child sex abuse. Launching the report in the Victoria State Parliament, inquiry chairwoman, Georgie Crozier spoke of “a betrayal beyond comprehension” and of children suffering “unimaginable harm”. The Read more

Tainted leaders must go before Church’s trust restored Comments 0

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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As more than 100 new complaints of sexual abuse by Victorian clergy flood in, a leading lawyer warns the Catholic Church in Australia will not win back public trust and confidence until its current “tainted” leaders have gone. The baton needs to be passed on to another generation, one untainted by what has gone on, Read more

Christ and a growing rural addiction Comments 0

Friday, October 25th, 2013
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Pastoral Letter Most Rev Gerard J Holohan Bishop of Bunbury 29th September 2013 The Rural Financial Counselling Service reported recently that the number of rural people within Western Australia succumbing to internet pornography addiction, drug use and depression, is growing. Research shows internet pornography addiction to be a rapidly growing problem across Australia and overseas. Read more