The Catholic Church in Australia has welcomed the Federal Government's long-awaited release of the Religious Freedom Review by former Attorney-General Philip Ruddock and a panel that included Jesuit lawyer and human rights advocate Fr Frank Brennan.
One of Australia's most prominent priests, Fr Frank Brennan, says the "show trial" of former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson had backfired badly, causing hurt to many people, "most especially victims of child sexual abuse who thought the law was being rightly applied to put an errant Catholic bishop in the frame".
Melbourne's Archbishop Peter Comensoli, on behalf of the Australian bishops, has welcomed a decision by the Australian Senate on 3 December to allow more time to debate amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act.
Australia's Catholic bishops and religious orders have welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse at Parliament House in Canberra on 22 October.
Former Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson left an Australian court on Tuesday (14 August) to begin 12 months’ home detention, with a six-month non-parole period, as a supporter of the prelate and a prominent abuse survivor had a bitter verbal exchange after the hearing.
Archbishop Philip Wilson says he hopes his decision to resign as Archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse will be a "catalyst to heal pain and distress" and allow everyone in the Archdiocese, and the victims of Fr Jim Fletcher whose abuse he was found guilty of concealing, to move beyond a very difficult time.
Hobart’s Archbishop Julian Porteous has rejected the Tasmanian Government’s decision to accept mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse made in Confession while reiterating his strong commitment to the protection of children and vulnerable people in the care of Catholic organisations.