• Ex-Vatican auditor says he was forced out by old guard with ‘frame-job’

    Ex-Vatican auditor says he was forced out by old guard with ‘frame-job’

    • Sep 24, 2017

    Breaking a three-month silence, the Vatican’s former Auditor General claimed Saturday he was forced out in June by a “frame-job” engineered by an old guard hostile to reform, while two senior Vatican officials insisted they have “overwhelming evidence” that Libero Milone violated Vatican laws by illegitimately spying on people, including superiors and people in his own office.

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

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

    • Sep 19, 2017

    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.”

  • 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.”