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Cardinal George Pell walks free after convictions overturned
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Cardinal George Pell walks free after convictions overturned

Former Vatican treasurer was serving a six-year sentence for child sex abuse
7 Apr 2020
Instant Opinion: Boris ‘playing hardball’ in Brussels
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Instant Opinion: Boris ‘playing hardball’ in Brussels

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 3 March
3 Mar 2020
The meaning of Lent - and ten popular things to give up
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The meaning of Lent - and ten popular things to give up

From coffee to complaining, Lent offers a unique opportunity to give up our vices
24 Feb 2020
Retired Pope Benedict warns against relaxing celibacy rules
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Retired Pope Benedict warns against relaxing celibacy rules

Benedict says he ‘cannot keep silent’ on the issue in new book
14 Jan 2020
Why Italians have less sex when the Pope’s in town
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Why Italians have less sex when the Pope’s in town

New study reveals drop in unintended pregnancies following papal visits
7 Jan 2020
Pope Francis lifts ‘pontifical secret’ rule in abuse cases
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Pope Francis lifts ‘pontifical secret’ rule in abuse cases

Sex abuse cases will no longer be held in secret as Church wrestles with the issue
18 Dec 2019
Is the Vatican facing a cash crisis?
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Is the Vatican facing a cash crisis?

Sex scandals and poor management hit papal coffers, claims new book
21 Oct 2019

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Instant Opinion: ‘Who are the Liberal Democrats?
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Instant Opinion: ‘Who are the Liberal Democrats?

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 16 September
16 Sep 2019
Catholic Church to consider ordaining married men
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Catholic Church to consider ordaining married men

Ending centuries of orthodoxy, radical plan aimed to address clergy shortage could lead to conservative backlash
18 Jun 2019
Five things the Vatican says about gender
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Five things the Vatican says about gender

Catholic Church disappoints liberal followers with new ‘Male and Female He Created Them’ treatise
11 Jun 2019
Pope Francis to force clergy to report sex abuse
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Pope Francis to force clergy to report sex abuse

New law will make it compulsory for all Catholic priests and nuns to report abuse and cover-ups by superiors
10 May 2019
Why Polish priests are burning Harry Potter
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Why Polish priests are burning Harry Potter

Catholic evangelical group destroying books and other objects feared to contain ‘evil forces’
2 Apr 2019
Cardinal Pell lawyer says child abuse was ‘vanilla’
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Cardinal Pell lawyer says child abuse was ‘vanilla’

Defence attorney Robert Richter’s remarks draw gasps from Melbourne courtroom
27 Feb 2019
Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex abuse in Australia
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Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex abuse in Australia

‘Shockwaves’ as third most senior Catholic in the world found guilty of five charges
26 Feb 2019
Can the Catholic Church find redemption?
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Can the Catholic Church find redemption?

100 senior bishops meet this week to address clerical sexual abuse, ‘the most serious crisis since the Reformation’
19 Feb 2019
Islamic State claims deadly church bombing
Islamic State has claimed a deadly church bombing in the Philippines
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Islamic State claims deadly church bombing

At least 20 killed after two bombs explode in a Philippines cathedral
28 Jan 2019
Two Cardinals demoted by Pope amid sex abuse scandals
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Two Cardinals demoted by Pope amid sex abuse scandals

George Pell and Francisco Ossa removed from Pope Francis’s inner circle
13 Dec 2018
Two nuns admit embezzling $500k for Vegas blowouts
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Two nuns admit embezzling $500k for Vegas blowouts

The pair pocketed tuition fees and donations to Catholic school where they taught for decades
11 Dec 2018
Vatican says Pope considering visit to North Korea
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Vatican says Pope considering visit to North Korea

Accepting Kim Jong Un’s invitation would ‘legitimise’ oppressive regime, warn analysts
19 Oct 2018
When can a priest reveal a confession?
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When can a priest reveal a confession?

Catholic Church forbids breaking seal of secrecy but there may be ways to bypass decree
31 Aug 2018
Church rejects calls to force priests to report child abuse
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Church rejects calls to force priests to report child abuse

Australian Catholic Church says the seal of the confessional must never be broken
31 Aug 2018
Plot to oust Pope Francis exposes rifts within the Church
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Plot to oust Pope Francis exposes rifts within the Church

Archbishop breaks cover and calls for pontiff to resign as ideological battle lines are drawn
29 Aug 2018
Catholic abuse scandal threatens Pope Francis’ legacy
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Catholic abuse scandal threatens Pope Francis’ legacy

Clerical cover-up presents ‘crucial test’ for papacy following earlier failures
21 Aug 2018
How ‘predator priests’ abused more than 1,000 US children
More than 300 Pennsylvania Catholic ‘predator priests’ reportedly abused 1,000 children
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How ‘predator priests’ abused more than 1,000 US children

Hundreds of priests have been identified in historical sex abuse probe
15 Aug 2018
Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty
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Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty

Shift in Catholic teaching could have a global impact
3 Aug 2018
Australian archbishop guilty of child sex abuse cover-up
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Australian archbishop guilty of child sex abuse cover-up

Philip Wilson becomes the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing abuse
23 May 2018
Ireland abortion referendum goes down to the wire
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Ireland abortion referendum goes down to the wire

Undecideds hold the key as Yes campaign sees lead disappear
21 May 2018
Vatican treasurer to stand trial for sex offences
Cardinal George Pell has been committed to stand trial on historical sexual abuse charges
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Vatican treasurer to stand trial for sex offences

Australia’s most senior Roman Catholic pleads not guilty to alleged historical sexual abuse
1 May 2018
Campaign launched to make first English saint in 50 years
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Campaign launched to make first English saint in 50 years

Supporters urge Vatican to open inquiry into the missionary’s ‘miracles’
23 Apr 2018
Priest celibacy should be voluntary, says child abuse report
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Priest celibacy should be voluntary, says child abuse report

A five-year inquiry into institutional child abuse in Australia has delivered its findings
15 Dec 2017
Pope Francis wants change to Lord’s Prayer
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Pope Francis wants change to Lord’s Prayer

Pontiff says current version is a mistranslation as God does not lead humans to sin
8 Dec 2017
Catholic school censors ‘suggestive’ priest statue
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Catholic school censors ‘suggestive’ priest statue

Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide left red-faced after statue of saint and boy goes viral
22 Nov 2017
Is the Catholic Church in crisis?
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Is the Catholic Church in crisis?

From costly sex-abuse payouts to a growing shortage of priests, the Church is facing enormous challenges
15 Nov 2017
Pope raises prospect of married priests
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Pope raises prospect of married priests

Brazilian trial could effectively end priestly celibacy in the Catholic church
2 Nov 2017
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