Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Australia complicit in political prosecution in Nauru Comments 0

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A former president of Nauru says Australia is “complicit in a political prosecution.” Nauru has abolished a decades-old link to Australia’s legal system, removing the island nation’s highest court of appeal in a move critics have described as “shocking” and “concerning” for human rights. On 12 December last year, the Nauruan government quietly informed Australia it wished to unilaterally withdraw Read more

Australian church leaders urge forgiveness for cricketers Comments 0

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Australian church leaders have urged congregations to forgive the country’s disgraced cricketers. The scandal that has exposed the country’s top cricketers cheating tactics has prompted church leaders to offer congregations guidance on forgiveness over the Easter weekend. Read more Related Posts:Pacific leaders invited to $15k lunch to ask them…Churches tell PM: Housing security essential for…Billboards Read more

Australian court told some Pell charges will be dropped Comments 0

Monday, March 26th, 2018

The Australian court has been told some of the alleged historical sexual offence charges against Cardinal George Pell will be dropped. Prosecutor Mark Gibson told the court last Friday one of Pell’s accusers is medically unfit to give evidence, so the charges cannot proceed. No other details were given. Another charge against Pell was dropped Read more

Catholic groups in Australia demand leadership change Comments 0

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Catholic groups meeting in Canberra last Friday have demanded a change Catholic Church leadership. They say the current leaders are “locked in a misogynistic and unaccountable culture” that has failed to adequately respond to the child sexual abuse scandal and is denying the need for urgent reform. Read more Related Posts:Australian Catholic Church unlikely to Read more

Key witness in Pell case unreliable: Court may withdraw charge Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Evidence from a key witness in the sexual abuse trial against Cardinal George Pell may be withdrawn and the charge against him dropped. The director of prosecutions told the Melbourne Magistrates Court that, although no decision has been made yet, the charge by the late Damian Dignan was “likely to be withdrawn”. Ruth Shann, a Read more

Australian Anglican priest – guns loved more than kids Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

An Australian Anglican priest has reacted publicly to the most recent mass-shooting in the United States. Following last week’s slaughter of 17 pupils at a Florida school, he adjusted his church’s billboard to read: “WHEN WILL THEY LOVE THEIR KIDS MORE THAN THEIR GUNS”. Read more Related Posts:Australian Anglican Church: 1,100 abuse complaints11-year-old Christchurch girl Read more

Slavery in Australia: 4,300 people today Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Slavery is alive and well not just in the global economy, but also in Australia. “Most people think human trafficking and slavery a thing of the past that need not concern them. But as we speak, there are 4,300 slaves in Australia and 40.3 million slaves worldwide,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP says. Related Posts:Slavery – Read more

Same-sex marriage law passed in Australia Comments 0

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Same-sex marriage has been passed into law in Australia. The new legal definitions and requirements resulting from the law change took effect last Saturday. Weddings using the new legislation can be celebrated from 9 January 2018. A commentary about the new laws has been published. This notes: “The legal definition of marriage in the Marriage Read more

Australian Catholic teachers strike Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Thousands of Australian Catholic teachers and support staff are said to be at “boiling point” after their Catholic employers put an enterprise agreement to a vote without gaining union endorsement. Catholic teachers from about 350 schools in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) walked off the job yesterday to attend rallies. Read more

Australia’s Catholic Church in crisis Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017

During the past 12 months, Australia’s Catholic Church has had to face several moral issues. These include a sex abuse crisis as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse published reports about abuse at Catholic schools and institutions, losing the same-sex marriage referendum and Victoria government’s upper house voting to allow euthanasia. Read more