New laws that will force priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse are not in breach of the ACT’s human right laws, the ACT’s Human Rights Commissioner says. Source: Canberra Times.
Malcolm Turnbull has said churches and religious groups are free to voice opinions on political issues, including education. Source: The Australian.
As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the country's bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer. Source: CNS.
The number of Victorians stuck on long-term welfare has soared by more than 35,000 in five years. Source: Herald Sun.
Polar explorer Jade Hameister has told a Vatican conference that the world faces “an extinction event of our own making”. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Labor will move to decriminalise abortion in Queensland and introduce “safe access zones” of 150 metres around clinics. Source: Brisbane Times.
Nearly 500 moral theologians and ethicists will gather later this month for a first-of-its-kind meeting focused on how to respond to the shifting global geopolitical environment and address contentious issues such as migration. Source: NCR Online.
Two small towns could soon become hubs for independent Catholic education in western Victoria after a planning application was lodged with the Golden Plains Shire. Source: The Courier.
A women’s crisis centre in Adelaide run by the St Vincent de Paul Society is one of 11 recipients of funding through a new grant scheme. Source: The Southern Cross.
Hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane for the 2018 Proclaim Conference witnessed the first screening of a new music video for the Plenary Council 2020. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Clergy advocacy groups representing more than 2000 priests across Australia have rejected outright breaking the seal of confession, even if it becomes law in some states and territories. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Some of the migrant children under age five separated from their families by the US government were reunited with loved ones last week with help from Catholic organisations. Source: CNS.
By virtue of their Baptism, every Catholic is called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ – a mission which cannot be separated from the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said. Source: CNA.
Catholic leaders have called for a social policy expert to be appointed to a panel advising the Fair Work Commission, to better address poverty and disadvantage in the community. Source: Australian Financial Review.
Archbishop Philip Wilson has gone from Church leader with a reputation for dealing professionally with sexual abuse cases to being stoned in the national village square, writes Alan Atkinson. Source: Eureka Street.
Australia’s charity regulator has threatened Catholic Education Melbourne chief Stephen Elder with jail for campaigning against the Government’s schools funding policy. Source: The Weekend Australian.
Senator Matt Canavan says religious freedom remains an issue eight months after the same-sex marriage postal vote. Source: 9news.com.au.
Preparations to launch the sainthood cause of former Jesuit Superior General Fr Pedro Arrupe have begun. Source: Catholic Herald.