- Apr 22, 2021
One of Australia’s most senior Church officials has said the acquittal of Cardinal George Pell last April has allowed the country to move forward on necessary reforms in abuse prevention.
A new national protocol for responding to historical child sexual abuse and any new allegations in the Catholic Church in Australia will be more compassionate and just, said Archbishop Mark Coleridge, head of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Australia’s bishops are seeking answers after the country’s financial watchdog reported that there have been over 47,000 separate transfers from the Vatican or affiliates worth $1.8 billion in the past seven years.
Pope Francis’s new social encyclical offers a vision for the world of dignity for every person around the world and promotes a call to “build a new culture of fraternity and dialogue,” said the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has hit back at claims that a new national safeguarding office may be a step backward from the work of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd. over the past three years.
Melbourne native Monsignor Greg Bennet has been appointed the Bishop of Sale, located in the Australian state of Victoria.
Australia’s bishops and religious are considering the recommendations for change in a 208-page review into the governance of the church.
Plans are moving forward for a new national system in Australia for handling clergy abuse complaints.