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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.

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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.

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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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and in other news...

  • On the Removal and Transfer of a Parish Priest

    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's social divide deepens

    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

  • Sick at heart

    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

  • Hands Off My Medical History

    As the government shows more interest in seizing reproductive health histories, women are becoming more tight-lipped with doctors. - alternet

  • The Vatican and Vaticanologists. A Very Special Kind of Journalism

    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

  • Sex abuse costs diocese $160m

    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

  • Scottish Church plan for separate Catholic sex education

    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

  • Benedict opposes same sex unions

    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

  • New doctrinal head says U.S. pastoral experience will help his work

    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

  • Cologne cuts Jesuit academy funding.

    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

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