Catholic church

Australia failed children, national sex abuse: Report

Australian institutions "seriously failed" children in their care with tens of thousands sexually assaulted, the final report from a five-year inquiry says as it recommends that celibacy among Catholic priests should be voluntary to help curb abuse.

July 28, 2018
July 28, 2018

US cardinal steps down amid mushrooming sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the US Catholic Church's most prominent figures who has been at the centre of a widening sexual abuse scandal.

December 15, 2017
December 15, 2017

Australia failed children, national sex abuse: Report

Australian institutions "seriously failed" children in their care with tens of thousands sexually assaulted, the final report from a five-year inquiry says as it recommends that celibacy among Catholic priests should be voluntary to help curb abuse.

February 29, 2016
February 29, 2016

'Spotlight' wins top Oscar prize on night of racial critique

Catholic Church abuse movie "Spotlight" is named best picture, the top award at Oscar ceremony, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.

February 29, 2016
February 29, 2016

DiCaprio finally wins Oscar, 'Spotlight' grabs best film

Leonardo DiCaprio wins his long-awaited first Oscar for revenge epic "The Revenant" but journalism drama "Spotlight" took best picture in a surprising end to Hollywood's glittering awards season.

February 11, 2016
February 11, 2016

'Strongest evidence yet' of effect of Zika virus on babies

One of the US's most senior public health officials has revealed the "strongest evidence to date" of the effect on babies of the Zika virus.

December 9, 2015
December 9, 2015

Birth control ‘solution’ to climate

One of the Catholic Church's most senior prelates has said that birth control could "offer a solution" to the impacts of climate change.

July 4, 2015
July 4, 2015

Colombia has first legal euthanasia

A 79-year old Colombian man becomes the first person in the country to die legally by euthanasia.

May 24, 2015
May 24, 2015

Irish church needs ‘reality check’

One of Ireland's most senior Catholic clerics has called for the Church to take a "reality check" following the country's overwhelming vote in favour of same-sex marriage.