Posts Tagged ‘Archbishop Peter Comensoli’

Comensoli prefers jail to breaking confession seal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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