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Legislating the confessional: when does the church have to report abuse?

Legislating the confessional: when does the church have to report abuse?

Churches have previously been exempt from having to report their knowledge of child abuse. In the aftermath of the royal commission, what's being done?

Impasse as Australia’s Catholic bishops stall fixing a broken organisation

Impasse as Australia’s Catholic bishops stall fixing a broken organisation

Church leaders are delaying real change in the wake of the royal commission into child abuse, and some senior voices are calling it out.

Hinch’s Senate diary: remembering the children the Royal Commission forgot

Hinch’s Senate diary: remembering the children the Royal Commission forgot

Progress may have been made in the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, but it leaves many behind and risks being hobbled by those who don't want to pay up, writes Senator Derryn Hinch

What we’re really talking about when we talk about ‘the church’

What we’re really talking about when we talk about ‘the church’

Despite Fairfax's Catholic Inc investigation, we can't fix the church until we understand that it doesn't exist, at least in the way we think it does, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

Crikey Worm: COAG meets to discuss compensation for child abuse survivors

Crikey Worm: COAG meets to discuss compensation for child abuse survivors

Good morning, early birds. The Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) meets today to discuss, inter alia, compensation for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Plus, is it even possible to "tonify" one's kidney essence? The TPA comes under fire for allegedly loose labelling practices on vitamin products. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: government slashes environment spending

Crikey Worm: government slashes environment spending

Good morning, early birds. Government funding for environmental projects will soon fall to just 60% of the amount spent in 2013-14. Plus, former prime minister Julia Gillard has a warning for the government. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Victoria Police raise Pell, cardinal pontificates impending See change

Victoria Police raise Pell, cardinal pontificates impending See change

It is a rare, if ever, event for a cardinal to be charged with a criminal offence, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

Pell freezes over

Pell freezes over

Cardinal George Pell shaped an entire generation of the Australian Catholic Church. But his influence, and that of priests like him, is waning, as Pope Francis embarks on a radical overhaul of the Vatican and ecclesiastical appointments.

No Walkley nom, but a vindication of sorts for the Hun’s Pell scoop

No Walkley nom, but a vindication of sorts for the Hun’s Pell scoop

It took 10 months to put together a story about sexual abuse allegations against George Pell, but this week police questioned the Cardinal in Rome.

Religious education encouraged ‘grooming’ 7-year-olds

Religious education encouraged ‘grooming’ 7-year-olds

Children were being encouraged to form "special friendships" and share secrets with adults in a religious education program in Queensland.