Former Wollongong priest Kelvin Sharkey, who has pleaded guilty to abusing an altar boy 40 years ago, has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail. Judge Paul Conlon took into account Sharkey's plea of guilty and his age, ABC reports.

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The impending new English translation of the Roman Missal could provoke "confusion or bewilderment" among worshippers if not "introduced with due sensitivity," Pope Benedict has warned. Benedict made his remarks on Wednesday, during lunch with a

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With the change in administrator following its recent merger, Catholic Super members need to adjust their account information. The website has full details of what to do and how to do it. www.csf.com.au/

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Carl Williams --- Gangland killer Carl Williams has been denied a full mass at his funeral to be held this morning at St Therese's Catholic Church in Essendon. Victorian Police have planned a strong presence in case the funeral

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FATHER Pat Connor, missionary, marital expert and the first priest ever to be quoted by Glamour magazine, says he would make a terrible husband. ''After 40 or 50 years of living as a selfish bachelor, I would be a hopeless risk,'' he says. He should know. The

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In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. One day, lecturing on the medieval church and the Crusades, I explained how in 1095 Pope Urban II launched a holy war against

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Denis McAlinden --- A former school principal who discovered a priest sexually abusing young children has accused the Archbishop of Adelaide of involvement in what has been labelled a "cover-up" by The Australian. Archbishop Philip Wilson, who has served

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David Gonski --- Prominent businessman David Gonski will lead a panel including Catholic education stalwart Peter Tannock and former West Australian Labor premier Carmen Lawrence to review the nation's system of funding government and

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The writer-director, Paul King, describes his film as a road movie within the central character's head. Often crass, sometimes crude, sometimes silly, this film is probably to be enjoyed by Bunny-alikes or would-be Bunnies watching it with their mates – but

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Adelaide's Catholic Archdiocese has cut 13 staff and restructured several other positions in a bid to save $3 million. In a letter to the clergy and pastoral directors, Archbishop Philip Wilson said 13 people were made redundant, five had their hours cut to

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World Fair Trade Day (WFT Day) is on Saturday, May 8, and is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization  and is being supported by thousands of citizens, Fair Trade Organizations, social and environmental movements, producers and consumers all around

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Image of priests, from a Rome Reports video --- A papal envoy will take over and reform the Legionaries of Christ, and Pope Benedict has also ordered a special commission to study the Legionaries' constitutions. A Vatican expert said

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Father Kelvin Sharkey, who has been convicted for child sexual abuse, will be removed as a registered priest, said the Bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham. Fr Sharkey, 83, was sentenced in Wollongong District Court last week to at least 15 months jail

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A group of Church of England traditionalist bishops have secretly told senior Vatican officials that they are ready to defect to Rome, said a report in The Age. In a move likely to raise tensions between the two churches, the group met last week with

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A rash of drug-related violence in Juarez, Mexico, has prompted some Christian organizations to halt educational tours that took Americans across the border from El Paso, Texas, to tour poor Juarez neighborhoods. But it hasn’t stopped Border Immersion

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Dr Edward Norman is an ecclesiastic historian. He lectured at Cambridge for many years, following this with the chancellorship of York Minster. Currently he is a licensed curate in a London city parish. In less than 200 pages he has provided a scholarly,

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The sex abuse crisis is not fundamentally about sex. The phrase is a convenient tag that has been applied to a deeper, ongoing problem that, at its core, has to do with power and authority and how it is used in the church, writes the NCR in an editorial. The

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A legal procedural dispute between two of five families suing the Toowoomba Diocese over sex abuse by former teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes has been resolved. It is believed the parties had brought the matters before the Supreme Court in Brisbane, said

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The Vatican has decided to reform the Legionnaires of Christ following revelations about improprieties in the order. The Zenit news service has a full translation of the Pope's statement and the details of the restructuring.

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Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the Rudd Government's pledge, following the Henry tax review, to rule out any changes that "harm the not-for-profit sector". Treasury secretary Ken Henry's tax review, released on Sunday, recommended

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