(AP) — Three judges could acquit he 78-year-old former Vatican finance minister, order a retrial or they could reject his appeal.
(RNS) — I grew up in parallel with the Christchurch shooter, but our lives diverged because of the choices we made.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sentencing the most senior Catholic clergyman to be convicted of child sex abuse, the judge said Pell showed 'staggering arrogance.'
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's economy minister, faces a potential maximum 50-year prison term after a sentencing hearing that begins Wednesday.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cases of Catholic priests raping and molesting children, and of bishops covering up for them, have erupted on nearly every continent in recent years.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fraser Anning called for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and linked Muslim communities to terrorism and being on welfare programs.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse said Wednesday that he would appeal the verdict and resist public pressure to resign as archbishop of an Australian city.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — It's a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children.
(RNS) — The truly bad news of the scandal, of course, has been the horrible abuse of children and the negative effects of the abuse will be with them for the rest of their lives. The good news is that perpetrators have been caught and exposed. Accusations are being investigated and the guilty are being punished.
An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse and faces a potential two years in prison.
(RNS) — We know for a fact that noncelibate men, including married men, also abuse children.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amendments meant to safeguard freedoms of speech and religion for gay-marriage opponents were all rejected, though those issues may be considered later.
(RNS) — India has filed a complaint against an Australian ad showing a pantheon of gods, including the Hindu deity Ganesh, promoting lamb as "the meat we can all eat." The problem — Ganesh, being Hindu, is a vegetarian.
(AP) — 'To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done,' said Attorney General George Brandis to the senator who donned the burqa.