Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne called the new laws “a serious overreach by the Victorian Government into the rightful freedoms of faith-based organizations.”
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The bill, known as the Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2021, would require medical practitioners to save the lives of children who survive abortions.
Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta has been criticized by local Catholics for what they see as his favorable and false approach to the homosexual agenda, especially in relation to diocesan schools.
The document, entitled “Continuing the Journey,” calls for a sweeping renewal of the Church in Australia.
Local media reported last month that investigators had been unable to account for around $1.9 million in transfers from the Vatican to Australia, but that $5.4 million had been identified as being used for legitimate expenses, such as travel, wages, and pension payments.
In a Jan. 13 statement, the Vatican said the new figure is “attributable, among other things, to some contractual obligations and the ordinary management of its resources.”
Working with the Vatican’s Supervisory and Financial Information Authority, AUSTRAC found that there were 362 transfers from the Vatican to Australia between 2014 and 2020, amounting to $7.4 million.
Senior Vatican officials tell the Register they are continuing to investigate reports that $1.8 billion was wired between 2014 and 2020, but what happened and why remains very unclear.
The Australian Catholic bishops said they had no knowledge of any Catholic dioceses, charities, or organizations in the country receiving the funds, and Vatican officials have also denied knowledge of the transfers,
The report by an Australian newspaper, which drew on documents from Australia’s financial crime regulator, did not detail where the money was dispersed.