1. Church links celibacy to abuse
A landmark report to be released today by the Catholic Church links the vow of celibacy taken by Catholic priests with child abuse.
The Australian reports that it is the first time the church has linked the vow and the abuse of thousands of children by priests.
The “Activity Report” by the Australian church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council says that priests should undergo “psycho-sexual development” training.
The report also criticizes a church culture “geared to power over others” and calls for “greater clarity around the role of the Vatican and its involvement with the way in which church authorities in Australia responded to abuse allegations” says The Australian.
2. Indigenous referendum vote
By political reporter Eliza Borrello