Australia
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Australian archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/18, 10:20 am

An Australian court on Tuesday convicted a Catholic archbishop of covering up child sex abuse. Philip Wilson, archbishop of Adelaide, is the highest-ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy to face legal penalties in the worldwide abuse scandal. Wilson pleaded not guilty to concealing priest James Fletcher’s abuse of children in the 1970s. The 67-year-old archbishop will be sentenced in June and faces a maximum sentence of two years.

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Vatican official to stand trial on abuse charges

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/01/18, 11:01 am

An Australian judge ruled Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s head budget officer, must stand trial for sexual abuse charges. After four weeks of closed preliminary hearings, Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed about half of the charges against Pell but said the remainder had sufficient evidence to present to a jury. Pell’s high-profile career spanned decades in Australia, culminating in a 13-year stint as archbishop of Sydney before his promotion to the Vatican in 2014. Pope Francis allowed Pell a leave of absence last year to return to Australia to defend himself.

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Outside influence

China | In their capital, universities, and media, Australians increasingly feel the impact of political pressure from China
by June Cheng
Posted 1/16/18, 10:11 pm

While Americans worry about Russian meddling in U.S. politics, on the other side of the Pacific, Australians are worrying about Chinese meddling. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced in December that his country would “stand up” against Chinese influence in Australian politics.

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