Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Tragedy on Nauru: Australia acting like a stupid brutal nation? Comments 1

Friday, May 6th, 2016

The death this week of Omid, a young refugee held on Nauru, brought feelings of sadness but also great anger. News that a second refugee, a young Somali woman, has self-immolated and is fighting for her life in a Brisbane hospital only adds to this. These are tragic, entirely predictable and preventable consequences of our Read more

Where to from here for the Catholic Church in Australia? Comments 1

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Despite the unpersuasive Vatican spin on Cardinal Pell’s appearance last week before the Royal Commission into child sex abuse in institutions – that his performance was “dignified” and “edifying”, his performance, in the assessment of most observers including this one, was inept, cowardly and unconvincing. Cardinal Pell is only one Australian Catholic and he has Read more

Vatican describes George Pell’s testimony ‘dignified’ Comments 0

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi described the testimony made by Cardinal George Pell before the royal commission into child sexual abuse as “dignified.” Pell “must be accorded the appropriate acknowledgment for his dignified and coherent personal testimony, from which yet again there emerges an objective and lucid picture of the errors committed in many ecclesial Read more

Pell admits not acting on sex abuse claim in 1974 Comments 7

Friday, March 4th, 2016
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Cardinal George Pell admitted that he did not act on a complain made by a boy in 1974 that Brother Edward Dowlan was “misbehaving” with students at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat. Dowlan, who has since changed his name to Ted Bales, was jailed last year for abusing boys in the 1970s and ’80s. “With Read more

Royal commission accepts Pell too ill to fly to Australia Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Cardinal George Pell will give evidence to a child sex abuse inquiry in Australia through video link from Rome later this month. In a ruling released on Monday, the head of Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, accepted medical evidence of a risk to the cardinal’s health if he undertook Read more

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