Posts Tagged ‘Sydney archdiocese’

Cardinal Pell and the new bishops in Australia

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The papacy only gained complete power over the appointment of bishops in the mid-19th century; it’s that recent. Previously many different systems operated, but the key issue was that the local church had a major say in who was appointed bishop, even if it was only the local lord or king. Nowadays episcopal appointments result Read more

Aust Telstra drops out of same-sex marriage debate

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has declared it will no longer drive further debate on same-sex marriage. But the company denied it had changed its position on the issue, after pressure had come from the Catholic Church. Telstra was one of several major Australian corporations to sign an Australian marriage equality petition last year. In May, Read more

Late Aussie cardinal had his share of frustrations with Rome

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Cardinal Edward Clancy, who has been described as one of the great archbishops of Sydney, has died aged 90 on August 2. Known as a workaholic, a moderating force and a conservative, without being reactionary, that didn’t stop Cardinal Clancy having his share of disagreements with Rome. In fact, he once told a young priest Read more

Coming out of Cardinal Pell’s shadow

Friday, February 28th, 2014

When it was announced in 2001 that Melbourne Archbishop George Pell was to be made Archbishop of Sydney, the incumbent, Cardinal Edward Clancy, said Pell was ‘a controversial figure, and controversial figures generally create a few enemies as well as friends along the way’. Pell’s latest promotion, to head an important new office in Rome Read more

Archdiocese defends Cardinal Pell against ‘defamatory’ report

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The archdiocese of Sydney has denounced as “utterly false and seriously defamatory” a news service report that claimed Cardinal George Pell had no chance of being elected pope because he was “tainted by sex abuse scandals”. The archdiocese said the report by Fairfax media misrepresented the outcome of a 2002 inquiry into an allegation against Read more