Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Aust bishops offer to help govt work against death penalty Comments 0

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Australia’s Catholic bishops have offered the Church’s help for the Australian government’s international work to abolish the death penalty. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president, Archbishop Denis Hart, wrote to a parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. “The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference would be happy to assist the Australian Read more

Australia has told me I don’t belong Comments 0

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

I am thinking now that I have to speak very gently. I need to tread warily and allow you the chance to absorb what I want to say. There are things that can tear us apart. There are people who are more interested in turning us on each other. It is so easy to distort Read more

Australia’s asylum seekers — denied human rights Comments 0

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Weeks after Scott Morrison became immigration minister in September 2013, a 17-year-old Iraqi boy at the Manus Island detention centre alleged he was “on a list” of a group of Iranian men who planned to gang rape him. He was moved to another compound, but lived in fear at the camp until three months later, Read more

Italian perspective on Australia’s asylum seeker shame Comments 0

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Over the last few months, I have been completing a Masters in International Criminal Law at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in Turin, Italy. Over the last two weeks, our classes revolved around human rights — always a bit of a cringeworthy topic when one comes from Australia. Cringeworthy, because Read more

Aussie couple vows to divorce if same-sex marriage legal Comments 3

Friday, June 12th, 2015
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An Australian Christian couple has vowed to divorce if Australia allows same-sex couples to marry. Nick and Sarah Jensen believe that widening the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples would threaten the sacred nature of the union. They also fear it would leave the door open for polygamy. The Jensens have been happily married Read more

Catholic council wants Aussie $28.70/week minimum wage rise Comments 0

Friday, May 8th, 2015

The Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations is pushing for the nation’s minimum wage to be increased by A$28.70 a week. The Catholic council lodged a claim in Australia’s Fair Work Commission that the national minimum wage be set at A$669.60 a week. The council’s proposed increase is more than double the amount major employer Read more

Aussie Church planned payouts well before admitting abuse Comments 0

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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The Catholic Church in Australia set aside tens of millions of dollars to compensate sexual abuse victims years before it publicly admitted the problem. The Sunday Age reported that a warning was issued by a church insurer to the nation’s bishops as early as 1988. This was more than seven years before the Melbourne Response Read more

Church surprised at rejection of abuse compensation scheme Comments 0

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

A Catholic Church spokesman is surprised at the Australian government’s rejection of a proposed national compensation scheme for child sex abuse victims. The Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council chief, Francis Sullivan, said this to a royal commission hearing last week. Mr Sullivan said the Church supported a national scheme administered by the federal government Read more

Sydney’s Archbishop Fisher denies celibacy and clergy abuse link Comments 1

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Anthony Fisher, the new Archbishop of Sydney, is at odds with the Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council. In an opinion piece in the Australian newspaper, Monday, Archbishop Fisher seemed to distance himself from the Council’s view that “Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse in some circumstances”. The Truth Justice and Healing Council Read more

Church links celibacy and child sexual abuse Comments 6

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

A report from the Australian Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council into sexual abuse has linked priestly celibacy and child abuse. It is the first time the Church has made such a link. However the finding is not a first step to ending celibacy for priests. The 40 page report touches briefly on celibacy, saying “Obligatory celibacy may also Read more