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  • May 2015 '15

    Senior Church leaders commit to no Ellis Defence

    The Archbishop of Sydney and one of Australia’s most senior Church Leaders, Anthony Fisher, has said the Ellis defence is no longer a legal tactic used within his Archdiocese. Speaking on ABC’s Radio National this morning Archbishop Fisher said both within the Archdiocese of Sydney and more broadly across the Church the position is that…

  • Apr 2015 '15

    Commission Will Continue to Oppose Death Penalty

    Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) wishes to express its deep sorrow at the deaths by firing squad this morning of Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. It also is saddened by the executions of the citizens of other nations which were carried out at the same time. Our hearts go out to all…

  • Apr 2015 '15

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chan and Sukumaran families

    The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart expressed his deepest sympathies today to the families of Andrew Chan and Myurun Sukumaran following their executions in Indonesia last night. ‘Today, I assure both families that you are in my thoughts and prayers.’ The imposition of the death penalty doesn’t achieve what people…

  • Apr 2015 '15

    The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday celebrated this weekend

    This Sunday, the second of the Easter Season, is marked as Divine Mercy Sunday. In church terms it represents a fairly new addition to the calendar, having only been proclaimed by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. The fuel for its elevation came for the late Polish Pope’s devotion to St Faustina Kowalska….

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Statement from ACBC President Archbishop Denis Hart RE: Archbishop Philip Wilson and Strike Force Lantle

    Archbishop Philip Wilson is the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, a position which he has held since 2001. He is also the Vice President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, a position which he has held since 2012. Prior to his appointment as Archbishop of Adelaide, Archbishop Wilson was the Bishop of Wollongong from…

  • Feb 2015 '15

    Archbishop Hart welcomes appointment of Apostolic Nuncio to Australia

    His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana, Titular Archbishop of Montecorvino and until now Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Archbishop Yllana was born on 6 February 1948 in Naga City, Philippines. On 19 March 1972, he was ordained a Priest for…

  • Feb 2015 '15

    Dr Lee-Anne Perry announced as successor to QCEC’s Mike Byrne from July 2015

    The head of the Province of Brisbane, Most Rev Mark Coleridge, has announced Dr Lee-Anne Perry as successor to the retiring Mike Byrne as Executive Director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) from late July 2015. In a statement on behalf of his brother bishops in the province, Archbishop Coleridge said with the forthcoming retirement…

  • Feb 2015 '15

    Feast Day of St Bakhita takes on added meaning in fight against slavery and human trafficking

    The Archdiocese of Brisbane will join with other dioceses, ACRATH and the Pope in a world day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking this Sunday 8 February. The observance coincides with the Feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, an African woman sold into 19th century slavery who outlived her tormentors and flourished in…

  • Jan 2015 '15

    Royal Commission releases child sexual abuse redress and civil litigation consultation paper

    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a consultation paper dealing with options in relation to redress for victims of child sexual abuse and possible reforms to civil litigation. The paper was released in Sydney today and identifies possible redress scheme options including: redress schemes run by individual institutions using…

  • Jan 2015 '15

    Letter from ACBC President Most Rev Denis Hart to Indonesian President Joko Widodo RE Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

    Dear President Widodo, I write concerning the circumstances of the Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on death row in Kerobokan prison. Among the nine Australians arrested in April 2005 for trafficking drugs, Messrs Chan and Sukumaran are now facing the death penalty. I recognise the seriousness of the offences committed in your jurisdiction and…

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