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Pell is guilty. The law has spoken. Again.

Pell is guilty. The law has spoken. Again.

Anyone attacking the trial verdict, attacking the appeal decision, or ignoring the facts is recklessly undermining the rule of law. There can be no place for it.

When do Australian priests have to report child abuse?

When do Australian priests have to report child abuse?

The question of which states do and do not require ministers to report child abuse is a complicated one — and it goes all the way to the Vatican.

George Pell and the meaning of ‘reasonable doubt’

George Pell and the meaning of ‘reasonable doubt’

George Pell's verdict will stand or fall this week on the question of reasonable doubt. But what exactly does that mean in this case?

The unreality of Pell’s sentencing

The unreality of Pell’s sentencing

Inside the courtroom for the final day of Pell's historic trial.

Morrison’s heartfelt apology should be a warning to all politicians

Morrison’s heartfelt apology should be a warning to all politicians

Yesterday's apology to the victims of institutional child abuse is the result of allowing powerful interests to hold sway over politicians and regulators. And that keeps happening.

Groundbreaking verdict against Archbishop raises thorny questions

Groundbreaking verdict against Archbishop raises thorny questions

What are the implications for others who were in similar positions to Archbishop Philip Wilson -- those who were told numerous times by credible sources about sexual abuse, perpetrated by individuals over whom they exercised some control?

Is Andrew Bolt right? Would 12 random Victorians be too biased to judge Pell’s fate?

Is Andrew Bolt right? Would 12 random Victorians be too biased to judge Pell’s fate?

Among many other things, Magna Carta enshrined the human right to trial by one’s peers. But is this 800-year-old relic still relevant in today's wi-fi-enabled world?

Royal commission: thousands of victims but no national action plan from the Anglican church

Royal commission: thousands of victims but no national action plan from the Anglican church

Evidence given to the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse shows the scale of abuse in the Anglican Church and the lack of momentum in addressing problems, writes Amanda Gearing.

Jesus addresses Catholic child abuse in unprecedented press conference

Jesus addresses Catholic child abuse in unprecedented press conference

Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson wonders what Jesus would have to say to his flock were he around to see the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Youth detention royal commission treacherous ground for Turnbull

Youth detention royal commission treacherous ground for Turnbull

It has been two years since Abbott "stopped the boats". But Turnbull's royal commission into youth detention centres could unravel the centrepiece of that policy, writes former Howard communications adviser Paula Matthewson