Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Confession in Australia may not remain sealed Comments 2

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Whether what is heard in confession stays in confession is being considered by the Australian Royal Commission investigating sexual abuse. Throughout the hearings the Royal Commission has heard a number of perspectives on this issue. For example, a priest (later jailed) said while continuing to abuse his victims he confessed his paedophilia several times. When asked Read more

Australian Catholic leaders contract to protect children from pedophiles Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Australian Catholic leaders will sign professional standards contracts holding them accountable for protecting children from pedophiles. This is the first time the church has taken responsibility for protecting children in this way. Through the contracts, the leaders will agree to abide by the professional standards and to be monitored, audited and subject to public reporting. Read more

The march of euthanasia down under Comments 1

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The internationally renowned psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl experienced first hand the utter depravity of Auschwitz and Dachau. He knew the immense physical torment, psychological torture and spiritual desolation of those most inhuman of places. They were not called death camps for figurative effect. Suicide was not unknown among those sent there to suffer Read more

Turnbull visit: important test for Bill English Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Tomorrow Bill English has his first pyjama party with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull in Queenstown. This style of diplomacy has been going on for a number of years. Whether it’s morning-after kayaking on Sydney harbour or taking in our own Southern Alps, the annual Prime Ministerial sleepover says a lot about the relationship between New Zealand Read more

Pressure mounts on Cardinal Pell to return and face criminal charges Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Australian Senate has endorsed the Green Party’s call for Cardinal Pell’s return from Rome to face allegations of criminal misconduct. In reply, Pell says the Green Party’s actions show it is “anti-religion”. A spokesperson for Pell said the move is really about political point scoring. “The Greens have opted for an obvious political stunt Read more

Australian court may prosecute archbishop if he hid sex abuse Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

An Australian court may prosecute an archbishop if can prove he hid sex abuse The archbishop failed for a second time last Friday to stop a criminal prosecution against. He is defending allegations he covered up for a pedophile priest. Archbishop Philip Wilson, 66, was charged in April last year with concealing serious child sexual Read more

Treatment of refugees in Australia cruel and evil Comments 0

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull told the UN that our treatment of refugees is world’s best practice. Only a guilty conscience could allow such self deception. In her book ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’, published in 1963, Hannah Arendt refers to the ‘banality of evil’. Her thesis was that Eichmann was not a fanatic or sociopath, but an extremely stupid Read more

A modest proposal to end the cruelty in Nauru Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

On the weekend, I joined Robert Manne, Tim Costello and John Menadue in calling for an end to the limbo imposed on proven refugees on Nauru and Manus Island. I think this can be done while keeping the boats stopped. I think it ought be done. Appearing on the ABC’s 7.30 program last Thursday, after Read more

Australia’s same-sex marriage vote in doubt Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Same sex marriage isn’t likely to be an option anytime soon in Australia. It’s unlikely Australians will be asked this year to vote on whether to allow same-sex marriage, but the Turnbull government won’t publicly confirm a February referendum. The Australian Electoral Commission has strongly recommended the government not hold a national vote on the Read more

New euthanasia lobby group launched in Australia – Catholic church banned Comments 1

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Euthanasia supporters in Australia are working on a new assisted dying campaign in Australia. Influential Australian journalist and euthanasia supporter Andrew Denton (pictured above) has launched a new campaign for assisted dying in Australia, and called on the Catholic Church to “stay out” of the euthanasia debate. Denton, a well-known radio and television personality, delivered Read more