Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Aussie same-sex marriage – debate yet to come Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Australians’ “yes” vote supporting legalising same-sex marriage may pose more questions than answers. The non-binding referendum drew 7.8 million for same-sex marriage and 4.9 million against. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Denis Hart says parliament must work to unify Australians by respecting different views on marriage. “The Catholic Church, and many others who sought Read more

A symbol of inhumanity: asylum seeker policy in Australia Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

If you had been told thirty years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. In 1992 we introduced a system of indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Since that time, we have accepted the idea that certain Read more

Concerned Australian Catholic group lobbies for structural change Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017

A Canberra group called “Concerned Catholics” is lobbying for structural change to address disillusion and disaffection in the Australian Catholic Church. Chair of the group, emeritus professor John Warhurst, says Catholic leaders in Australia must begin work to give parishioners an effective role and voice in the Church’s direction and provide greater accountability and inclusive Read more

Australia: empty platitudes on human rights Comments 0

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

In the one week, Australia’s human rights record made headlines in two quite different ways. First, the UN announced that Australia would be joining the Human Rights Council. Subsequently, the UN Human Rights Committee criticised Australia for ‘chronic non-compliance’ with the committee’s recommendations. Indeed, it reported that Australia’s non-compliance was ‘completely off the charts’. The dissonance of these two Read more

Not just George Pell is on trial Comments 0

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Here is the lead role in the tragedy – Cardinal George Pell – having to endure the humiliation of facing charges for alleged sexual abuse. The October 6th “mention” at the Melbourne Magistrates Court did not specify charges but reported that there would be up to 50 witnesses testifying in court proceedings. The “mention” occurs Read more

Sydney’s ethnic communities say no to gay marriage vote Comments 0

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

More than 10,000 people from numerous ethnic communities rallied together in Sydney last weekend to demonstrate their ‘no’ vote in Australia’s gay marriage referendum. The rally combined a fiesta atmosphere with fairground rides, food stalls, music and dancing. There were addresses by Members of Parliament, the Coalition for Marriage, his Excellency Robert Rabbat, Melkite Bishop Read more

Australian bishops in Rome to restore faith Comments 0

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Australian bishops have been meeting top Vatican officials, including the Vatican secretary of state and the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, to discuss the situation of the Catholic Church in Australia. The Australian delegation – which included Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne, Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane and Justice Neville Owen Read more

Australian voluntary euthanasia scheme could kill 1,000 a year by 2013 Comments 0

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The voluntary euthanasia scheme proposal Australia’s State of Victoria is considering could claim the lives of more than 1,000 terminally ill patients a year by 2030, a leading Catholic researcher claims. On September 21, the Victorian Government unveiled legislation for an assisted-dying scheme, with debate on the bill to begin next month and a conscience Read more

Reject assisted dying bill, oncologists support Catholics Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The state parliaments in Victoria and New South Wales are being urged to reject the assisted dying bill in front of them. Both states are considering legislation for euthanasia. The Catholics who have written to their state parliaments are supported by 101 oncologists, who have written to their Victorian MPs calling for them to refuse Read more

Paramatta bishop says show respect in gay marriage vote Comments 1

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Individual opinions about Australia’s gay marriage postal survey are personal, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta Diocese says. In a pastoral letter published on the Catholic Outlook website last week, Nguyen said “when voting there must be a deep sense of respect for all concerned, and for the opinion and decision that each person Read more