• Commission in Australia says priests should report abuse heard in confession

    Commission in Australia says priests should report abuse heard in confession

    • Aug 14, 2017

    Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says the right to practice one’s religious beliefs “must accommodate civil society’s obligation to provide for the safety of all and, in particular, children’s safety from sexual abuse.” Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said in a statement the inviolability of the seal of confession is a “fundamental part of the freedom of religion.”

  • Australian prelate acknowledges “criminal negligence” on abuse

    Australian prelate acknowledges “criminal negligence” on abuse

    • Feb 23, 2017

    During a hearing before a Royal Commission in Australia examining institutional responses to child sexual abuse, several prelates acknowledged deep failures, with Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney adding that in at least some cases, those breakdowns amounted to “criminal negligence.”

  • Data shows scope of sexual abuse in Australian Church

    Data shows scope of sexual abuse in Australian Church

    • Feb 6, 2017

    The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse revealed on Monday that between 1980 and 2015, 4,400 people had reported having been abused at more than 1,000 Catholic institutions across Australia, with seven percent of Australian priests facing charges.