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Religious exemptions targeted in anti-discrimination rally Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

A Brisbane rally to oppose anti-discrimination exemptions for religious groups will be held this weekend. The proposed legal changes could see organisations owned by religious groups, such as schools, hospitals and aged care facilities, be given the right under federal law to legally expel students and fire staff on the grounds of sexual orientation, trans Read more

Hong Kong Catholic schools called mob training centres Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Chinese state media is accusing Hong Kong Catholic schools of supporting pro-democracy protesters and training their students to join protest mobs. The media comments followed a video showing eight students taking part in air gun shooting practice while parading an American flag on the rooftop of Yu Chun Keung Memorial College, a diocesan school. Ta Read more

Comensoli prefers jail to breaking confession seal Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Melbourne’s Archbishop Peter Comensoli says he would rather go to jail than report admissions of child sexual abuse made in confession. He was referring to a bill in Victoria’s parliament which will make it mandatory for priests to report suspected child abuse to authorities, including abuse revealed in the confessional. Under current law, various professionals Read more

Archbishop Fisher ‘deeply saddened’ by advancement of NSW abortion bill Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

The Archbishop of Sydney has expressed his disappointment at the passage by the lower house of the New South Wales parliament of a bill to decriminalize abortion, and the failure to pass limiting amendments. The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 passed the Legislative Assembly on August 8 by a vote of 59 to 31. Read more

Thousands protest closure of national pilgrim centre Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

More than 5000 people have signed a petition in protest at the closure of a pilgrimage centre at Scotland’s national Catholic shrine, the Carfin Grotto in the Motherwell diocese. The diocese has announced the centre, opened in 1996, will close at the end of September and all staff will be made redundant. The grotto itself, Read more

Fewer Catholics but more income for German church Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

The German Church’s income rose by 3.3 per cent to a record 6.64 billion euros in 2018, despite the massive exodus of 216, 078 German Catholics in the same year. The figures were published in a bishops’ conference brochure, “The Catholic Church in Germany: Facts and Figures 2018/19”, presented in Bonn on 8 August. “This Read more

Controversial letter spotlights Pell prison behaviour Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

A letter purporting to be from disgraced Australian cardinal George Pell to his supporters has been posted on Twitter. The full text of the letter dated 1 August was posted last Friday evening by the ‘Cardinal George Pell Supporters’ Twitter account. Prison authorities are investigating whether Pell broke Melbourne Assessment Prison rules by posting the Read more

Pope compares nationalistic rhetoric to Hitler-speak Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Pope Francis is concerned about recent political rhetoric, warning against nationalism and saying recent political speeches “resemble those of Hitler in 1934. “’Us first. We … We … These are frightening thoughts.” “Sovereignism” or nationalism, represents an attitude of “isolation” and closure, he said in an interveiw with Italian newspaper La Stampa last week. “A Read more

200 horrific sex abuse lawsuits rock Guam Archdiocese Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Over 220 former boy scouts, altar boys and students have begun a sex abuse lawsuit against 35 Catholic leaders in Guam’s archdiocese. Court documents show a systemic pattern of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy took place on the US territory of Guam for over 60 years. The sex abuse scandal and church cover-up that dates Read more

Pope signs new statutes for Vatican bank reforms Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Pope Francis’s reforms to the Vatican Bank and attempts to restore its ethical credentials include new statutes. On Saturday Francis signed the new statutes and approved other changes to bolster the reforms that have cleaned out the once scandal-ridden institution. The reforms were initially launched by Francis’s predecessor Pope Benedict. Until Benedict and Francis sought Read more