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Queensland passes law to jail priests for not reporting confessions of child sexual abuse

By Allyson Horn, ews, September , 2020A photo is taken from the back of a church showing the backs of the crowd of people who attended the service.Queensland priests are being compelled to break the seal of the confessional to protect children.(ABC News: Matthew Eaton)Share Priests in... read more


By George Cardinal Pell, First Things, August 2020 There is a lot of goodness in prisons. At times, I am sure, prisons may be hell on earth. I was fortunate to be kept safe and treated well. I was impressed by the professionalism of the warders, the faith of the prisoners, and the existence of... read more

‘Double standards’: Archbishop of Sydney upset with 10-person church limit compared to pubs’ 50

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney is urging worshippers to sign a petition calling on the government to allow more than 10 people at a time to attend church. SBS News, May 28, 2020 Sydney's Catholic church says people of faith are being treated differently than those wanting a drink at a... read more

Cardinal Pell Ruling Deferred, Supporters Hopeful

A seven-member panel of justices decided March 12 they would need more time to consider whether to acquit the Australian cardinal or uphold his conviction. By Edward Pentin, March 12, 2020 Legal experts and supporters of Cardinal George Pell are quietly confident he could be acquitted soon... read more
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Cardinal Pell’s Appeal and Australia’s High Court: What’s In Play?

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, November 15, 2019 While this week’s court ruling is only a partial victory, in terms of securing a full review of the cardinal’s sexual abuse conviction, sources say it could be a ‘turning point’ in favor of his ultimate... read more

Australia’s highest court agrees to hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal in sex abuse case

By Rod McGuirk, Associated Press, November 12, 2019 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions... read more

The Strange Case against Cardinal Pell

By Madeleine Kearns, National Review, August 22, 2019 Where is the evidence? Lady Justice wears a blindfold. She holds a sword in one hand and scales in the other. She is a product of ancient Rome but stands as a potent symbol in our modern age of “your truth,” “my truth” — and... read more
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Prosecution Falters During Cardinal Pell Appeal Hearing

Under questioning from the judges, led by court president Justice Chris Maxwell, Boyce struggled to account for what the judge called the “wildly improbable” circumstances of Pell’s alleged crimes. By Catholic News Agency, June 6, 2019 MELBOURNE - The lead prosecutor arguing to... read more

A tale of two Georges

The acceleration of Cardinal George’s prediction of cardinals-in-jail should give pause to those who blame the abuse crisis on “clericalism.” By George Weigel, National Catholic Register, March 20, 2019 When a pope is elected, the cardinals who have just chosen him make their way to... read more