Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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

The Catholic wrap-up at the Royal Commission Comments 0

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

We have just emerged from what the media calls ‘the Catholic wrap up’ at the Royal Commission. This three-week hearing culminated in the joint appearance of the five most senior bishops in our Australian Church. They apologised not just for the sins of those church personnel who violated children, the most vulnerable members of our Read more

Australia’s archbishops split over confessional secrecy Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Australia’s archbishops expressed very different views on whether information children “confess” about abuse should be kept private, last week. They were being quizzed at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. One of the questions they were asked related to a fictional child called ‘Sally’ who reported abuse to them in Read more

Confession in Australia may not remain sealed Comments 3

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