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.
Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide has announced he is to stand down – and may resign later after almost 17 years as leader of South Australia’s Catholics – a day after he was convicted in a New South Wales court of concealing child sexual abuse.
Archbishop Philip Wilson could face up to two years in jail. Abuse survivor Peter Gogarty said: "We're talking about children being sexually abused and the Archbishop knew — that to me demands a custodial sentence."
Cardinal George Pell is to face trial in an Australian court on several charges of historical sexual assault, with the 76-year-old Prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy formally pleading not guilty to all charges.