Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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
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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
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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

Australia to have national mosque open day to fight prejudice Comments 0

Friday, October 10th, 2014
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Nine mosques in Australia will open their doors to the public later this month in an effort to help overcome prejudices and misunderstandings. The first national mosque open day, to be held on October 25, will see non-Muslims invited to take tours of mosques and to ask questions of Islamic leaders. It will be followed Read more

Cardinal Pell and the Vatican’s law of the jungle Comments 2

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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In bureaucracies everywhere, when someone’s interests are threatened by a cycle of reform, one time-honoured resistance strategy is to dig up dirt on the reformers. For maximum effectiveness, the dirt should be related to a brewing crisis in which people are tempted to shoot first and ask questions later. Whatever its supernatural claims may be, Read more

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
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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
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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