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  • Apr 2019 '19

    Church in Australia deeply saddened by Sri Lankan attacks

    Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge has expressed shock at the attacks in Sri Lanka that have left many dead, including Catholics attending Easter celebrations. “Attacks such as this are always atrocious,” he said, “but especially when worshippers are the target and it’s the Resurrection they’re celebrating. “We don’t know who planned the…

  • Apr 2019 '19

    Bishops call for politics that promote peace, common good

    Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for respect and understanding in the federal election campaign, reminding Australians they all have a part to play in combating “crude tribalism” and promoting peaceful public debate. The comments are included in Politics in service of peace, a statement the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released this morning. The name is…

  • Mar 2019 '19

    Catholic Church calls for living wage for Australian families

    Neither employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, the Catholic Church has told the Fair Work Commission. The Church has made submissions on the minimum wage since 2003 with a focus on low-paid workers and their families, arguing for a decent standard of living for wage-dependent families. Megan…

  • Feb 2019 '19

    Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, RE: the Cardinal Pell Verdict

    The news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on historical child sexual abuse charges has shocked many across Australia and around the world, including the Catholic Bishops of Australia. The Bishops agree that everyone should be equal under the law, and we respect the Australian legal system. The same legal system that delivered the verdict will…

  • Dec 2018 '18

    Most dioceses have now entered the National Redress Scheme

    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is pleased that about 90 per cent of all parishes, diocesan schools and ministries have now officially joined the National Redress Scheme. Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher has today announced that 27 of 35 dioceses are participating institutions in the Scheme, the next step in a months-long process to have…

  • Dec 2018 '18

    Audit reveals Archdiocese complying with safeguarding policy

    The Archdiocese of Brisbane’s third independent audit into its safeguards for children and vulnerable adults has found its parishes to be complying with the safeguarding policy. The Archdiocese has released the external audit of its Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Prevention and Protection Policy, carried out across the region from the NSW border, north to…

  • Nov 2018 '18

    Bishops warn against rush to remove religious freedoms

    Parliament should not repeal protections for religious schools but should provide a positive recognition of the right of schools to operate according to their faith, the Australian Catholic bishops have said. The Shadow Attorney General today announced that the Opposition would introduce a bill to repeal the exemptions for religious schools in section 38(3) of…

  • Oct 2018 '18

    Catholic Church stands with Prime Minister, renews apology

    The leaders of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) have welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and recommitted to working with the community to eliminate the scourge of child sexual abuse. “The National Apology today and the apologies made by institutions during the…

  • Aug 2018 '18

    Child Protection Sunday is a time to consider how you can play your part

    National Child Protection Week starts Sunday, September 2 and runs through to Saturday, September 8. The Sunday September 2 launch of this National initiative has been chosen by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) to coincide with the celebration of Father’s Day. According to NAPCAN, National Child Protection Week serves…

  • May 2018 '18

    Catholic Church confirms entry into national redress scheme

    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have today confirmed that the Church will enter the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse when that becomes possible under national legislation. “Since as early as 2013, the Catholic Church has called for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse,”…

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