Posts Tagged ‘Archbishop Mark Coleridge’

Catholic bishops need to give up the secrecy Comments 0

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Australia’s Catholic bishops seem to have learned little from the sexual abuse scandal and its associated cover-ups. Pushed by a royal commission report to implement reforms, they recently reverted to standard operating procedures of delay and secrecy in suppressing a major report on governance reform. While hoping to delay and control discussion, the bishops were Read more

Australian bishops’ conference head in Rome before plenary council Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

The head of the Australian bishops’ conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, is in Rome for high-level discussions before the Church in Australia’s first plenary council since Vatican II. The plenary council is set to begin in Adelaide October. During his two-week trip to Rome, Coleridge will meet with senior curial figures and Pope Francis. They will Read more

Radical change proposed for Australian seminaries Comments 0

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Australia’s Catholic Church may scrap the centuries-old system of training priests in seminaries. Two years after a royal commission exposed the scale of child abuse in the church, Catholic leaders are reshaping the way clergy are appointed. This includes new screening and monitoring protocols for candidates and a revamped “national program of priestly formation” being Read more

Restoring trust in the Church means promises must be kept Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Restoring trust in the Church will come over time only if “we do the things we say we’re going to do,” Brisbane’s Catholic archbishop says. Mark Coleridge, who is also the head of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, says a “willingness to act no matter the cost” is the only way to restore trust in the Read more

School funding concerns see archbishops meet with prime minister Comments 0

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

School funding concerns in Australia were the subject of a discussion between three Catholic archbishops and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday. The archbishops say Catholic educators are concerned non-government schools are starting term three with no idea about how much funding they would receive from the Turnbull government in 2019. Read more Related Posts:Scott Morrison Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson says he’ll resign if appeal fails Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson has appealed his 12-month detention sentence for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse. The allegations involved two altar boys who were abused by a paedophile priest. They disclosed the abuse to him in the 1970s. Wilson, who is 67, is the most senior Catholic official in the world to Read more

Bishop Peter Comensoli named as new Archbishop of Melbourne Comments 0

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

New law about confession premature, ill-judged, says Archbishop Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

A new law requiring priests to break confession seal is ‘premature and ill-judged’, says Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Priests are not using the seal of confession to protect child abusers. Removing a priest’s legal protection will not make children safer, Coleridge says. While he agrees children’s safety is paramount, he Read more

Australian Broadcasting Corporation antagonistic to Catholic church Comments 0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) investigation into domestic violence in the Christian Church has drawn criticism from the ABC’s own media monitoring TV programme ‘Media Watch’ and Catholic leaders. ‘Media Watch’ presenter Paul Barry said although the programme reporting the investigation didn’t convince him the ABC was “waging war” on Christianity, its treatment of some Read more

Brisbane archbishop admits ‘spectacular bungling’ of child abuse case Comments 0

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The Archbishop of Brisbane has admitted to “spectacular bungling” and “drastic failure” in dealing with a child sex abuse victim and flagged his willingness to revisit cases where victims’ needs have not been met. The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Archbishop Mark Coleridge as saying that it was wrong that insurers and lawyers had determined how Read more