Victorian Attorney General Jill Hennessy says that by the end of the year, the state government will legislate to eliminate the protection of the confessional for child sex abuse cases. Hennessy says that confessional protections will be removed from those who confess to committing a crime, and also for a priest who fails to report it.
Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after he was found guilty of sex crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said on Saturday. Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by the man who was a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2006, was now final. A Vatican statement said his crimes were made more serious by "the aggravating factor of the abuse of power". McCarrick, who in July became the first Roman Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal, has now become the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times. The decision comes as the Church is still grappling with a decades-long sexual abuse crisis. it has exposed how predator priests were moved from parish to parish instead of being defrocked or turned over to civilian authorities in countries across the globe. With the ruling, Pope Francis appears to be sending a signal that even those in the highest echelons of the hierarchy will be held accountable. The ruling, made by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith three days ago, was announced ahead of next week's meeting at the Vatican between the heads of national Catholic Churches to discuss the global abuse crisis. Defrocking means McCarrick can no longer call himself a priest or celebrate the sacraments, although he would be allowed to administer to a person on the verge of death in an emergency. The allegations against McCarrick, whose fall from grace stunned the U.S. Church, date back to decades ago when he was still rising to the top of the hierarchy there. McCarrick, who has been living in seclusion in a remote friary in Kansas, has responded publicly to only one of the allegations, saying he has "absolutely no recollection" of an alleged case of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy more than 50 years ago. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said the ruling showed that "dif...
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South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas speaks in Adelaide about the decision by retail giant Woolworths to close a distribution centre east of Adelaide. Lucas says he hopes Woolworths can find new jobs for local workers hit by the closure of the distribution centre.
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Londoners remember the devastation of Grenfell Tower across different locations in the capital.
The BBC's Frank Gardner looks at the evidence the US says proves Iran's involvement in Thursday's attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
Military rulers admit they ordered the security operation that led to the killing of at least 100 protesters last week.
The city of Toronto erupts in celebration after its basketball team, the Raptors, wins America's NBA.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders handed in her resignation today.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who has sparked school strikes worldwide against global warming joins thousands of students in Hamburg, urging them to stay angry and fight for change.
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