- Oct 21, 2020
Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a newspaper reported Monday.
No matter what one’s views are on euthanasia, New Zealand’s proposed law to legalize this practice is “poorly drafted, dangerous and flawed,” according the director of the country’s Catholic bioethics center.
A new law requires priests in the state of Queensland to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police or face three years in jail.
Although reaffirming the principle that the seal of confession can never be violated, the Vatican has told Church leaders in Australia that victims of sexual abuse should be encouraged to report abuse to the proper authorities.