Posts Tagged ‘Archbishop Peter Comensoli’

Drastic overhaul called for Australia’s Catholic Church Comments 0

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Australia’s Catholic Church needs to completely overhaul itself following Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse conviction. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics are pushing for the church to open itself to ordaining women, ending clericalism and enabling people who are LGBTI or divorced to be included more. Prominent Catholics are sounding alarm bells, warning the Church that Read more

Peter Comensoli: Violating sanctity of the confessional would be a betrayal of trust Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

What is worth protecting and fighting for? The answer to that question is straightforward: our children. Of this, there is no doubt. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse cast a much-needed light on the failures of many institutions across Australia, including government and church institutions, and most prominently my own church. Read more

Victoria Premier lashes Archbishop over Catholic confession claims Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Australian state premier Daniel Andrews, is lashing out at the Catholic Church over claims it was not consulted about proposed laws forcing priests to report child abuse disclosed in confessionals. The Victorian Premier, a practicing Catholic, says Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli is wrong to compare priests refusing to disclose allegations heard during confession to confidentiality 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

Angry archdiocesan staff dob in Archbishop Comments 0

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

A disgruntled “serving Catholic” from the Archdiocese of Melbourne has leaked details of Archbishop Peter Comensoli’s big spend on a private residence. The residence comes complete with an indoor pool. The leak follows a recent announcement by the archdiocese making dozens of staff redundant. The Australian newspaper learned that in virtually the same breath as warning Read more

Melbourne Archdiocese debt and deficits force redundancies Comments 0

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne will be laying off numerous staff to tackle a budget deficit and rising debt. Although the current financial situation is not believed to relate directly to the financial compensation payouts as a result of clergy abuse, it feeds into the way the church does its business. The issue has provoked Read more

Australian archbishop accused of censorship Comments 0

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Archbishop Peter Comensoli has been accused of censorship after he stopped a nun from speaking at an upcoming conference. Comensoli, the Archbishop of Melbourne, initially sought to say the rescinding of an invitation to Sister Joan Chittister, a US author, feminist and advocate of church reform, was a misunderstanding. He suggested Joan had been sounded Read more

Tonal change in Ad Limina visit says new Melbourne Archbishop Comments 0

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Under previous pontificates bishops coming to Rome for meetings with Vatican officials could expect to be briefed about the work going on at head office and, if they had fallen out of line, should expect a stern telling off. This is changing with Pope Francis. According to the Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli, who was Read more

US nun not welcome at Australian Catholic Conference Comments 0

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

A well-known American nun, feminist and scholar has been sent an email which she claims tells her not to come to the Catholic education conference she was to have spoken at in Australia next year. The email says the Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli, had not endorsed 83-year old Sister Joan Chittister’s invitation. No reason Read more

Melbourne Archbishop enlists LGBTI faithful Comments 0

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli has enlisted the LGBTI community to help the church set a new direction after years of scandal and internal unrest. In an unprecedented move that has divided some within the church, the Archdiocese this month invited gay Catholics to a 2½-hour meeting at which they discussed how the institution should change Read more