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Australia proposes face-recognition program to fight underage porn access

Oct 28, 2019

A government department in Australia has proposed the use of a face recognition system to curb underage access to online... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Christian think tank warns of flaws in Australian religious discrimination bill

Oct 1, 2019

Freedom for Faith, a Christian legal think tank, expressed concerns last week over unintended consequences of the Australian government's religious... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney at a Vatican press conference Oct. 5.

Archbishop: NSW abortion legalization ‘a defeat for humanity’

Sep 26, 2019

The archbishop of Sydney lamented a controversial new law decriminalizing abortion in New South Wales, and stressed that the Church... Read more

Sex abuse scandal leaves Australian Church, gov’t scrambling for solutions 

Sep 25, 2019

In the wake of a major clergy sex abuse scandal and the high-profile, controversial trial and conviction of sex abuse... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell submits appeal to Australian High Court

Sep 17, 2019

Cardinal George Pell Tuesday submitted an appeal of his conviction to the Australian High Court, following the Aug. 21 decision... Read more

Archbishop Peter Comensoli. CNA file photo

New Australian law requires priests to break confessional seal

Sep 12, 2019

A law passed in the Australian state of Victoria on Tuesday would require priests to violate the seal of confession... Read more

Effort to pass abortion bill in NSW could push government into minority

Sep 5, 2019

As the Australian state of New South Wales considers a bill to decriminalize abortion, two members of parliament from the... Read more

The flag of Australia.

Lawyers' group hesitant about Australia's religious discrimination bill

Sep 4, 2019

The president of the Law Council of Australia signalled dissatisfaction with the government's religious discrimination bill Wednesday. Among his concerns... Read more

Court of Appeal in Melbourne, Victoria.

Opinions divided in reaction to Pell decision

Aug 21, 2019

The decision by the Court of Appeal in Victoria to reject Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of his conviction for child sex... Read more

Pro-life rally opposing NSW abortion bill.

New South Wales parliament delays final abortion bill vote

Aug 20, 2019

A final vote on a bill to decriminalize abortion in the Australian state of New South Wales has been delayed... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Via Shutterstock

Melbourne archbishop ready to defy law over seal of confession

Aug 14, 2019

The Archbishop of Melbourne has said he is prepared to defy a proposed new law that would force priests in... Read more

A pro life demonstrator holds a sign as she rallies outside NSW Parliament Aug. 6, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.

Archbishop Fisher 'deeply saddened' by advancement of NSW abortion bill

Aug 9, 2019

The Archbishop of Sydney has expressed his disappointment at the passage by the lower house of the New South Welsh... Read more

Pro-lifers hold vigil as debate begins on New South Wales abortion bill

Aug 6, 2019

As the parliament of New South Wales opened debate on a bill to decriminalize abortion in the Australian state Tuesday,... Read more

At watershed moment, assisted suicide could expand in Australia

Aug 6, 2019

Legal assisted suicide could expand in Australia, as the Western Australian government has introduced legislation to allow people deemed terminally... Read more

Bill to legalize abortion delayed after pushback in New South Wales

Jul 30, 2019

A bill that would decriminalize abortion in the Australian state of New South Wales has been delayed at least a... Read more

The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where pharmacists will prepared and mix the drugs for assisted suicides in Victoria.

First permit issued under Australian state's assisted suicide, euthanasia law

Jul 24, 2019

The first permit for medically assisted death in Victoria was issued in recent weeks, within a month of the going... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Australians debate merits of religious discrimination bill

Jul 10, 2019

The religious discrimination bill proposed by Australia's coalition government is being well received generally, though some conservative members of parliament... Read more

The flag of Australia.

Australian government proposes religious discrimination bill

Jul 6, 2019

Australia's coalition government has proposed the introduction of legislation that would make it unlawful to discriminate against people on the... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Due to backlash, Pell to live in 'secure compound' if appeal succeeds

Jun 24, 2019

While Cardinal George Pell of Australia is appealing his sexual abuse conviction in court, he and his supporters are making... Read more

Bishops decry introduction of assisted suicide, euthanasia in Australian state

Jun 19, 2019

The four Latin rite ordinaries in Victoria have written a pastoral letter denouncing the state's “new, and deeply troubling chapter... Read more