Posts Tagged ‘Archbishop Denis Hart’

Bishop Peter Comensoli named as new Archbishop of Melbourne

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Bishop Peter Comensoli has been named as the new Archbishop of Melbourne. Comensoli will be installed as archbishop on 1 August. He has been the Bishop of Broken Bay in New South Wales for the past three years. When he is installed, he will take over from recently-retired Archbishop Denis Hart at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Read more

Australia’s Federal Labor party pledge promises Catholic schools extra funds

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Australia’s Federal Labor party has pledged to restore $250m of funding to the country’s Catholic schools. Bill Shorten, who is the party’s federal parliamentary leader, has promised the Catholic Bishops’ Conference chairman, Bishop Denis Hart, to “arbitrarily” give Catholic schools the $250m in the first two years of government. Shorten also pledged billions more to Read more

Aussie same-sex marriage – debate yet to come

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Australians’ “yes” vote supporting legalising same-sex marriage may pose more questions than answers. The non-binding referendum drew 7.8 million for same-sex marriage and 4.9 million against. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Denis Hart says parliament must work to unify Australians by respecting different views on marriage. “The Catholic Church, and many others who sought Read more

Same-sex marriage? You’re fired, says Australian Catholic Church

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Australia’s Catholic church is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised. The Church’s threats come as opponents and supporters of marriage equality stand firm to their view while the countdown to the federal government’s postal vote to decide the issue continues. The Archbishop of Read more

Confessional seal stays – priests risk jail

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Controversy has broken out in Australia since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published recommendations saying priests should break the confessional seal when child sexual abuse is confessed. The Commission wants legislation introduced to jail people who fail to report child sexual abuse, including priests. In response, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Read more

Melbourne archbishop points finger at Vatican during hearing

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne says that until 2001, priests found guilty of sex crimes often kept their positions because of Vatican intransigence. Archbishop Hart told Australia’s Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that a conviction was often not sufficient to have a priest defrocked. “There was a leaning in favour of Read more

Vatican excommunicates Australian priest who favors gay marriage, female clergy

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The Vatican has ordered the excommunication of Catholic priest Greg Reynolds over his support for women priests and gays. The Australian news site The Age reported that the excommunication document – written in Latin – was dated May 31. Reynolds, who resigned as a parish priest in 2011 and last year founded Inclusive Catholics, said Read more

Church council will work with Aust. sex abuse commission

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Australia’s Catholic bishops have decided to set up a special council — including bishops, religious and lay people — to work with the forthcoming royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse. At the end of their twice-yearly conference in Sydney, the bishops said they had formed a supervisory group of representatives from the Read more