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Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide Philip Wilson. Photo Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Archbishop Wilson's conviction of not reporting abuse overturned

Dec 6, 2018

A district judge overturned Thursday the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Australian senator announces gender swap so he can speak on abortion issues

Nov 19, 2018

After being slammed for his religion and told he would never understand abortion because it is a women’s issue, Australian... Read more

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017.

Australian pro-lifers argue abortion clinic buffer zones violate freedom of speech

Oct 9, 2018

Two pro-life activists are challenging Australian “buffer zone” laws in the country’s high court in Canberra. The laws in the... Read more

Pro-life leaders oppose broad expansion of abortion in Australian state

Oct 8, 2018

A parliamentary committee reportedly supported a proposal Oct. 5 to significantly expand abortion in the northeastern Australian state of Queensland.  Read more

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

Youth synod bishop apologizes to young people on behalf of Church leaders

Oct 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney apologized to young people on behalf of Church leaders in a speech at the Synod... Read more

Provision for abortion delayed in Australian state

Oct 3, 2018

Government authorities in the Australian state of Tasmania have promised that low-cost surgical abortion will be provided starting in October,... Read more

Married couple holding hands.

Australian bishop weighs pros, cons of married priests

Oct 2, 2018

The possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood merits consideration both of its positives and negatives, Bishop Michael McKenna... Read more

Tasmania may criminalize priests for upholding seal of confession

Oct 2, 2018

Catholic priests in the Australian state of Tasmania could face jail time if they fail to report sexual abuse disclosed... Read more

Catholic education group applauds Australian school funding plan

Sep 20, 2018

A $4.6 billion funding package for Catholic and independent schools in Australia has won the support of a national Catholic... Read more

Australian drought.

Catholic school student raises $1 million for Australia's drought affected farmers

Sep 10, 2018

With severe drought conditions continuing to affect farmers in Australia, a fourth grader at a Catholic school has raised more... Read more

Australian unions seek limits on religious groups' hiring freedom

Aug 7, 2018

A group of trade unions in Australia last month passed a motion saying that they will lobby to restrict the... Read more

Abortion bill a matter of life and death, Australian bishop says

Aug 2, 2018

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia encouraged members of parliament to look beyond the “worn-out ideologies and tricky language” behind... Read more

Australian state hesitates to require priests to break seal of confession

Jul 12, 2018

The Australian state of Victoria has said a recommendation by the royal commission that it pass a law requiring priests... Read more

Australia could boost funding for Catholic schools with new income ranking

Jul 7, 2018

Catholic schools in Australia could see an increase of up to $74 million a year from independent schools following a... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Convicted Australian archbishop says he'll step down if appeal fails

Jul 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

In the continued fallout of his conviction for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson... Read more

Australian priests 'willing to go to jail' rather than break confessional seal

Jun 18, 2018

As Australian states and territories pass and consider laws requiring priests to break the seal of confession to report cases... Read more

Australian bishop protests law requiring priests to break seal of confession

Jun 9, 2018

A new law in Australia will require Catholic priests in Canberra to break the seal of confession to report child... Read more

St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

Australian bishops join national program to compensate child sex abuse victims

May 30, 2018

The Australian Catholic bishops confirmed Wednesday that they will participate in a national compensation program for survivors of child sexual... Read more

Cardinal George Pell speaks with CNA at the Vatican March 17 2016.

Court to consider request for media gag order in Cardinal Pell trial

May 14, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Australian court will determine Wednesday whether to accept a request by prosecutors for a “super injunction” against all media... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Facing criminal trial, Pell will remain on leave of absence from Vatican position

May 1, 2018

Cardinal George Pell will remain on a leave of absence from his Vatican position as he faces charges of “historic... Read more