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Dec 4, 2020 - 12:23 am .- On Thursday, the Catholic bishops of Australia and two other Catholic entities launched Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited, a company charged with the safeguarding of children against sexual abuse by clergy.
Nov 9, 2020 - 04:58 pm .- Members of the Australian media are on trial this week for charges of violating a gag order issued during the trial of Cardinal George Pell, whose 2018 conviction for sexual abuse of minors was overturned last spring.
Oct 6, 2020 - 02:01 pm .- The bishops of the five dioceses in Australia's Queensland state have written a pastoral letter urging that euthanasia and assisted suicide not be legalized, and recalling that a peaceful death can be had with palliative care.
Sep 14, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- Catholics, including some local priests, have said a proposed diocesan catechetical curriculum in Australia promotes views on gender identity and human sexuality at odds with Church teaching.
Sep 12, 2020 - 05:01 am .- Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of the upper house of Western Australia’s parliament recommended Thursday.
Sep 8, 2020 - 08:01 pm .- The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of confession to report known or suspected child sex abuse.
Sep 3, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Australia’s new ambassador to the Holy See is a 36-year-old mother of two with a passion for youth outreach. 
Sep 2, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- While the Australian state of Tasmania is debating a bill that would legalize assisted suicide, the state of Victoria reported more than ten times the anticipated number of deaths from assisted suicide and euthanasia in its first legal year.
Aug 24, 2020 - 03:10 pm .- The Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, has called on the country’s government to fund an ethical coronavirus vaccine not derived from the cells of aborted children.
Aug 5, 2020 - 12:05 am .- In the latter half of 2019 and the first few months of 2020, Australia contended with massive, devastating bushfires that burned more than 45 millions of acres of land and directly killed 34 people, with an estimated 400 or more additional people killed due to smoke inhalation.
Jul 29, 2020 - 03:50 pm .- Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney on Wednesday called the New South Wales government a “disgrace” for failing to enact anti-slavery legislation.
Jun 27, 2020 - 02:02 pm .- A member of the Parliament of Victoria has urged that there be an inquiry into the treatment of Cardinal George Pell by the state’s police and judiciary, months after Australia’s High Court unanimously overturned his conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse.
May 29, 2020 - 05:46 pm .- Churches in New South Wales will be allowed to open with the same restrictions as other buildings, after Australian Catholics complained that religious services were being treated unfairly.
May 28, 2020 - 05:12 pm .- The stakes are surprisingly high for the Australian Catholic Medical Association as it holds an online conference this Saturday on Christian approaches to sex, gender and the human person.
May 26, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- A judge in the Australian state of Victoria has proposed a trial date to prosecute journalists and media outlets for violating a court-imposed reporting ban on the 2018 trial of #CardinalPell.
Apr 2, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The Australian High Court announced Thursday that a decision would be issued in the case Pell v. The Crown on April 7 at 10 am.
Mar 19, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Catholic schools in Australia will remain open after pressure from the federal government and the intervention of the Archbishop of Sydney.
Mar 12, 2020 - 12:05 am .- Cardinal George Pell remains in prison while the seven justices of the Australian High Court consider his petition for special leave to appeal after a two day hearing in Canberra.
Mar 11, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Australian Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome has temporarily stepped back from his duties following allegations of historical sexual abuse. The Vatican has begun an investigation into the claims.
Mar 10, 2020 - 11:30 pm .- The legal team for Cardinal George Pell laid out their case for appeal before Australia’s High Court Wednesday.

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