Christa Pongratz-Lippitt , James Roberts
Following a proposal from the C9 Council of Cardinals this week, Pope Francis has approved a new system of accountability for bishops with respect to allegations of the sexual abuse of minors.
The prominent Jesuit priest and law professor Fr Frank Brennan has called for the “witch-hunt” against Cardinal George Pell to end, acknowledging that while he and Cardinal Pell were far from friends, no one could fault the Cardinal’s commitment to address the issue of child sexual abuse since he became Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996.
President Barack Obama told Catholic healthcare workers that they were the inspiration behind Obamacare, the administration’s health insurance overhaul that was opposed by the bishops’ conference because it required employers to provide birth control coverage.
Prime Minister David Cameron has told MPs he does not support euthanasia after a Labour MP promised to introduce a bill to legislate for assisted dying this year.
Pope Francis today named a new Archbishop of Berlin, the German archdiocese that covers the country’s capital city where Catholics are a minority at less than ten per cent of the population.
To overcome fear, discrimination and conflict, people must have a deep desire to open themselves up to God and his mercy, and work actively for peace every day, Pope Francis said.
Anti-euthanasia campaigners have expressed concern over Lord Falconer's new assisted dying bill, which was due to be introduced into Parliament on Thursday.
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