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The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been sentenced in an Australian court to 12 months in dete Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone orde...

Priests should not be forced to report cases of sexual abuse on children revealed to them in the confessional, according to top Australian bishops. This comes after a national inquiry proposed a law ...

Catholic bishops in Australia have warned ageist attitudes towards older people cannot continue.  The collection of bishops released a document reminding people that everyone ages and everyone d...

Catholic bishops in Australia have spoken out strongly against what it perceives as a youth-obsessed culture, reminding believers that older people were also ma The Australian Catholic Bishops Confer...

Lawyers for the most senior Roman Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse have argued in his appeal that he could not have molested two choirboys in an Austral Cardinal George Pell, 77, wore a black...

The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse is to face his first night in prison on Wednesday while he waits two weeks to learn his senten Victorian state County Court Chief Jud...

The most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse is to ask an Australian appeals court to reverse his conviction on charges of molesting two choirboys i Australian Cardinal George Pell has ap...

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will face two trials within months on s Pell appeared for an administrative fi...

An Australian university has said it plans to award two undergraduate scholarships to Indonesian students, to recognise two of the Bali Nine leaders - Andrew Ch Nine prisoners, including two Australi...

Male pupils are reportedly being allowed to wear skirts to classes and use female toilets at one school in Australia. Newtown High School of the Performing Arts (NHSPA) in Sydney is said to be lettin...

The gay rights supporter charged with arson following an explosion outside the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) office last year has died before his trial. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) poli...

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed a significant delay in the introduction of same-sex marriage in the country. It's after Australian politicians refused to let the people decide whether sam...

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has claimed gender confusion will increase in the country if same-sex marriage is brought in. It's speaking as the Australian government's been urging people to p...

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the commission will unearth some very uncomfortable truths but wants it to be a moment of healing for abuse survivo A national inquiry into child abuse in...

Churches in Australia have said they will offer sanctuary to almost 300 asylum seekers in danger of deportation. 268 asylum seekers face removal to the islands of Nauru or Manus after a High Court de...

The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said his coalition government could potentially agree to a national referendum on same-sex marriage. He stressed that his coalition had decided to keep b...

Australia's prime minister has delivered a formal apology to the country's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long, painful jo Scott Morrison's emotional speech deli...

Anglican priests in Australia are being allowed to go to police if they take a confession of a serious crime. Previously church law meant they were sworn to secrecy unless the person consented to the...

An Australian Primate has rebuked two bishops who attended the GAFCON consecration of a new missionary bishop in Illinois, USA. The Most Reverend Dr Philip L Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne wrote an ...

An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and clarify the extent that the seal of the c Australia's Royal Commission into...