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Australian Church to review governance 
BANGKOK (CNS): The Australian Catholic Church is continuing on its groundbreaking path toward a potential dramatic overhaul with the announcement that a panel of experts will thoroughly review the governance and management structures of Catholic dioceses and parishes. Such a review was a key recommendation of Australia’s landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which handed down its findings in October 2017 after four years of hearings that rocked the country with serial tales of child abuse in Catholic dioceses and institutions, other Christian and religious institutions and secular groups. 
 
But senior Church insiders, who asked to remain unidentified because they were not authorised to speak, said there has been fierce debate over the commission’s recommendations, especially whether to hold a review of Church management. 
 
There also has been ongoing discussion on other key findings related to the management and formation of clergy, voluntary celibacy and the sanctity of the seal of confession, they said. 
 
“The Royal Commission uncovered some practices that could have exacerbated the abuse of children and hampered the response to that tragic reality,” said Josephite Sister Monica Cavanagh, president of Catholic Religious Australia, which jointly announced the review with the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. 
 
“The establishment of this panel is another step in our serious response to the Royal Commission and will help establish a way forward for the church into the future,” she said.
 
Vatican newspaper appoints new editorial board for women’s magazine
VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, named a new director and editorial board for Women-Church-World, its women’s magazine. 
 
The announcement came a little more than one month after the magazine’s founder and former director, Lucetta Scaraffia, resigned along with her editorial staff, claiming a lack of trust and support from the new management at the newspaper (Sunday Examiner, March 31). 
 
The newspaper announced on April 30 that the head of a new editorial board would be Rita Pinci, an Italian journalist who has been working at TV2000, the Italian bishops’ television station. 
 
Pinci spent 20 years at the Italian daily newspaper, Il Messaggero, starting out as a correspondent and later becoming the first Italian woman to be the editor-in-chief and vice director of a major national daily newspaper. She also served as a vice director of two major weekly magazines, Panorama and Chi
 
In a written statement, she said that even though she is not a theologian, Church historian or Vatican expert, “I am a journalist. I am a believer” and “I think the Church needs the gaze and voice of women who represent more than half of the faithful.” 
 
Along with the announcement of Pinci’s appointment, the newspaper said it was “pleased to announce” the monthly magazine would be published as usual in May. 
 
New York archdiocesan lists 120 accused clergy
NEW YORK (CNS): The Archdiocese of New York released the names of 120 clergy who have been either credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or who have claims against them are deemed eligible for compensation on April 26. 
 
“I write to ask forgiveness again for the failings of those clergy and bishops who should have provided for the safety of our young people but instead betrayed the trust placed in them by God and by the faithful,” Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, said in a pastoral letter that accompanied the release of the names. 
 
The archdiocese has an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Programme that helps determine eligibility for abuse claims. Of the list of 120, 53 have had a credible accusation lodged against them and another eight are awaiting final archdiocesan or canonical judgments in their cases. 
 
The other 59, nearly half the total, “had already died or left ministry when the claims about them were made” to the archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Programme, according to a posting on an archdiocesan webpage. “As such, these clergy did not have an opportunity to respond to the allegations made about them or provide a defense.”

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