Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Parishes take active steps to prevent child abuse Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017

While the Australian Catholic Church says it is “working hard to prevent child abuse from happening again”, what does this mean? One priest has adopted strategies to ensure his church is a safe place. These include, for example, ensuring young altar servers do not change into their robes without parental supervision. “Now the door to Read more

e-Conferences great for Catholic Australia Comments 0

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

The Australian Institute of Theological Education says it is “proud to be partnering again with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference” to host the 13th Annual National eConference next month. They say the eConferences have attracted growing interest from communities across the world and this year’s event will be streamed live. Read more Related Posts:Australian Anglican Read more

Andrew Forrest gives away millions, kids glad Comments 0

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Andrew Forrest recently donated $420 million of his $5.45 billion fortune to charity, the single largest donation by a living person in Australian history. His family supports his philanthropy, which will see him giving away most of his fortune. “Inheritance has never really made sense to me,” one of his children says. “You watch it Read more

Leaked Aussie education funding reveals money-go-round Comments 0

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Leaked education funding modelling shows the way Australia’s public, Catholic and private schools may be affected by the Senate’s decision to block or support Gonski 2.0: the Turnbull government’s school funding model. The model would see a money-go-round in Australia’s education budget, with the country’s public schools getting an extra $4 billion over the next Read more

Vinnies stands up for asylum seekers Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Australia’s St Vincent de Paul Society – Vinnies – is condemning a Federal Government ultimatum to 7,500 asylum seekers. They are being told to shape up with their paperwork or ship out – back home or somewhere else. Anywhere else. They have until 1 October to produce the documentation the Government wants. Vinnies National Council Read more

Australian Catholic schools funding blowup Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Australian Catholic schools are a not pleased with the way the extra $18.6 billion earmarked for all Aussie schools will be allocated. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the funding under the “Gonski 2.0” plan model last week. Under this model, he says government funding will be allocated on the sole basis of the needs of Read more

Abortion protest in Australia could become criminal Comments 0

Monday, May 1st, 2017

It could be a criminal offence to protest abortion within a 150 metre exclusion zone around abortion clinics if an Australian private members’ bill is passed. The New South Wales member’s bill is seeking to make it a criminal offense to: “bother, beset, harass, intimidate, interfere with, impede, obstruct or threaten, by any means, a Read more

Church told to practice Jesus’ teachings Comments 3

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Australian reform group Catholics for Renewal has sent an open letter to all Australia’s Catholic parishes saying the Church needs to be challenged start practising the teachings of Jesus. The group wants parishioners to sign the letter showing their support for “renewal in the church”. The letter is addressed to Australia’s archbishops and bishops. “Renewal” Read more

Slavery, forced-labour, human trafficking in Australia Comments 0

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Slavery, forced-labour and human trafficking are all alive and well in Australia, the Archbishop of Sydney says. Speaking at the parliamentary inquiry into human trafficking in New South Wales, Archbishop Anthony Fisher outlined his personal experience of these practises. He said when he was a parish priest a South American nanny asked him for help. Read more

Australian Anglican Church: 1,100 abuse complaints Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Australian Anglican Church has had around 1,100 child abuse complaints reported against it in the past 35 years. A Government report says most children were aged around 11 when they were abused. Their publication about the Anglican Church comes a month after the Royal Commission into child abuse was told the Australian Catholic church Read more