Posts Tagged ‘Diocese of Broome’

Bishops approve Mass of the Land of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

Australia’s Catholic bishops have approved a liturgy which incorporates elements of Aboriginal language and culture. A motion was passed at the plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in Sydney on Tuesday approving the Mass of the Land of the Holy Spirit (Missa Terra Spiritus Sancti) for use in the Diocese of Broome in Read more

Former Australian Bishop faces two new indecent assault charges

Monday, April 22nd, 2024
Former Bishop of Broome

Former Bishop of Broome Christopher Saunders, 74, is facing two fresh charges of indecent assault relating to incidents that allegedly happened eight years ago. These new charges add to his existing legal battle comprising 26 charges, including sexual penetration without consent, indecent dealing with a child, and unlawful and indecent assault. WA Police confirmed a Read more

Bishop Christopher Saunders granted bail on sex offence charges

Monday, February 26th, 2024
Bishop Christopher Saunders

Christopher Saunders, a 74-year-old retired former Catholic bishop of Broome, appeared in the Broome Magistrates court on Thursday facing multiple charges. The BBC reports he has been charged with rape and a string of historical sexual offences, some against children. Saunders pleaded not guilty to all charges. He was granted bail. Saunders will appear again Read more

Church opens canonical investigation into Bishop Saunders

Thursday, September 29th, 2022
canonical investigation into Bishop Saunders

The Holy See has initiated a canonical investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against former Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders. In a rare statement released on Saturday night, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said a Vos Estis Lux Mundi investigation was underway. “The Holy See has initiated a canonical investigation into former Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders, with Read more

Bishop of Broome accused of sex abuse

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The bishop of Broome, Western Australia, Christopher Saunders, has voluntarily stepped down after the Vatican ordered a review into the Broome diocese. The review was announced during an ongoing police investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct against Saunders. The allegation was made 18 months ago and involve claims that Saunders sexually abused boys several Read more