Church leaders should not try to influence gov't
75% of Australians, and 76% of Catholic Australians, believe that religious leaders should not try to influence government decisions, an international survey has found.
Bishop calls Police to Redfern
Redfern Police Chief Ian Moore says that the ongoing tensions at the Aboriginal Catholic church at Refern sound 'like a bit of a domestic' and that the Church should 'sort itself out' instead of threatening to call the police on one another.
UK's Murphy O'Connor questions Benedict's way
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster and the most senior British Catholic church leader, this week implicitly criticized the direction of Pope Benedict in his call for a 'smaller, purer Church.'
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Here is the address delivered May 27 by Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous, of Sydney, during the theologians videoconference on "Canon Law at the Service of Priests," organized by the Congregation for Clergy. - zenit
Australia would create what the nineteenth-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli called the "two nations" of rich and poor unless it acts promptly to end income disadvantage, according to a leading Catholic welfare agency. - tablet
The ordeal of Cornelia Rau, the mentally ill Australian resident who ended up in Baxter Detention Centre rather than in hospital where she belonged, shocked many Australians. But to mental health professionals, who are striving to help detainees across Australia, Rau's nightmare experiences have a depressing ring of familiarity. - amnesty
As the government shows more interest in seizing reproductive health histories, women are becoming more tight-lipped with doctors. - alternet
How the Vatican presents itself and how its news is covered by observers and correspondents. Facts, analyses and insider observations on a profession that is unique in the world. - chiesa
In the largest-ever US church abuse settlement, the Catholic diocese of Covington, Kentucky, has agreed to set up a $US120 million ($160 million) fund to compensate victims of child-molesting priests and other employees. - SMH
CATHOLIC children in non-denominational schools will have access to separate sex education classes under plans being drawn up by church officials. The move will set the church on a collision course with the Executive in how sex education is delivered across Scotland. - scotsman
Pope Benedict XVI condemned same-sex unions as anarchic "pseudo-matrimony" Monday and reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to abortion. Benedict repeatedly referred to marriage as a union between man and woman in an address to a conference of the Diocese of Rome on the role of the family held at St. John Lateran basilica. - yahoo
Archbishop William J. Levada, the new head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said his U.S. pastoral experience makes him sympathetic to the doctrinal and teaching challenges faced by local bishops around the world. - CNS
The Archdiocese of Cologne is to withdraw all funding from the Jesuit-run Karl Rahner Academy, apparently because local church officials do not consider it "Catholic" enough. Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne, said a series of diocesan budget cuts to be implemented next year were necessary "in order to concentrate on specifically Catholic concerns". - tablet