A culture of secularism in Australian society, as well as a declining religious practice among Catholics, are among the priorities to be discussed at the meeting, Archbishop Fisher said.
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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,
Christian charity will carry People of God and their fellow citizens forward in the days ahead.
July 30 acceptance came following calls for the prelate’s removal as head of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
The archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, is likely to serve his sentence under house arrest. A judge must confirm that arrangement next month.
Archbishop Philip Wilson is the most senior Catholic Church official to be convicted of concealing abuse.
Church officials in Australia apologized for the suffering caused, pledging commitment to justice while noting need for seal of confession.
A national postal survey showed support for redefining marriage, so a bill recognizing same-sex unions as marriages will be introduced.
However, polls reveal an uphill struggle for the Church, even among Catholics.
The bishops said they will resist the Royal Commission’s proposal that priests be legally obligated to disclose sexual abuse revealed in confession.