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
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated he would like the referendum on whether to recognise Indigenous people in the constitution to happen on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum.
Mr Abbott revealed his preferred date at a fundraising dinner for the RECOGNISE campaign in Sydney.
“I hope that it might happen on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, May 27, 2017. That would be a richly symbolic time to complete our constitution,” he said.