- Feb 17, 2020
The newly elected head of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference discusses the looming trial of Cardinal George Pell, ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ and more.
What legal protections priests should have in the confessional needs to be decided on the national level in Australia, according to the premier of the eastern state of New South Wales.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said that “our culture has messed up about life and love, justice and mercy,” at the Catholic Youth Festival’s Dec. 9 Mass.
After Australians overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage in a postal referendum, the head of Australia’s bishops’ conference called on the government to enact conscience protections to “ensure that Australians can continue to express their views on marriage, that faith-based schools can continue to teach the traditional understanding of marriage and that organizations can continue to operate in a manner that is consistent with those values.”
Although most Australian bishops are urging a “no” vote on an upcoming national plebiscite regarding gay marriage, two prelates are singing outside the chorus. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta says the vote “should be an opportunity for us to witness to our deep commitment to the ideal of Christian marriage … but it should also be an opportunity for us to listen to what the Spirit is saying through the signs of the times.”