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  • In fight against sex abuse, Australian archbishop sees progress, challenges

    In fight against sex abuse, Australian archbishop sees progress, challenges

    Over the years, Australia’s sexual abuse crisis has been one of the most infamous within the Church. A recent report from the Australian Royal Commission found that seven percent of Catholic priests in Australia serving between 1950-2009 have been accused of child sex crimes. Archbishop Mark Coleridge says the Church still has “a long way to go.”

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

    Commission in Australia says priests should report abuse heard in confession

    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.”

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  • More and more, Parolin’s the face of authority in Francis’s Vatican

    More and more, Parolin’s the face of authority in Francis’s Vatican

    At the beginning, expectations were that “Vatican reform” under Pope Francis would mean a substantially diminished role for the Secretariat of State, traditionally the place’s 800-pound gorilla. Of late, however, things have been trending in the other direction, and in Cardinal Pietro Parolin, we may be looking at the most powerful Cardinal Secretary of State since Eugenio Pacelli in the 1930s.

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  • Commentator sees ‘thin results’ from Pope’s financial ‘shock therapy’

    Commentator sees ‘thin results’ from Pope’s financial ‘shock therapy’

    One of Italy’s most respected political journalists wrote on Saturday in “Corriere della Sera,” considered the country’s paper of record, that the “shock therapy” Francis tried to impose on Vatican finances has yielded “thin results.” Massimo Franco also suggested things are drifting back toward what Vatican insiders call “normality,” meaning the situation prior to the initial reforms three years ago, and that another key figure in the pope’s attempted reform may soon be gone.

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  • Beginning fight against abuse charges, Pell says he’ll plead ‘not guilty’

    Beginning fight against abuse charges, Pell says he’ll plead ‘not guilty’

    Australian Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Melbourne early on Wednesday, fighting to clear his name from what police have described as ‘multiple’ complaints of ‘historical sexual offenses.’ In the brief hearing, Pell’s lawyer said he would “maintain his innocence” and the next hearing was set for Oct. 6.

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  • Cardinal lands in Australia to face sexual abuse charges

    Cardinal lands in Australia to face sexual abuse charges

    Cardinal George Pell is due to appear in a court in the Victoria state capital Melbourne on July 26 on what Victoria Police described as multiple counts of “historical sexual assault offenses” — meaning crimes that generally occurred years ago. When police announced the charges last month, Pell vowed to fight the allegations, saying: “The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”

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