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    1. The Pope's Astronomer, Telescopes, & Space Rocks

      Three related videos of Brady Haran in Italy interviewing Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of The Vatican Observatory, were released today on his various channels... and rather than submit them...

      Three related videos of Brady Haran in Italy interviewing Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of The Vatican Observatory, were released today on his various channels... and rather than submit them individually:
      The Pope's Astronomer - Sixty Symbols
      The Pope's Telescopes - Deep Sky Videos
      The Pope's Space Rocks - Objectivity #221

      6 votes
    2. Australian Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sex abuse offences - but reporting of this is banned in Australia.

      So... here's an article I read in my newspaper earlier this week: "Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online". As you might imagine, this left me quite...

      So... here's an article I read in my newspaper earlier this week: "Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online". As you might imagine, this left me quite unenlightened. I had no way of knowing or guessing what this case was, or who was involved. It was only a few days later, in conversation with some people I work with, that I found out what had happened.

      And this is the first chance I've had since then to sit down and research the story for myself.

      In short, Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic Church official to stand trial for sexual abuse, has been convicted of sexual abuse offences relating to his time as Archbishop of Melbourne in the late 1990s.

      However, the Victorian court hearing the case has imposed a suppression order on the case, which applies in every jurisdiction in Australia. We have seen no reporting of the case as it proceeded, and no reporting of the outcome.

      Before some people start assuming that this is protecting the Church, it's related to the right of an accused person to a free trial. Cardinal Pell is facing another trial in a few months for further charges of sexual abuse on a minor (relating to his time as a priest in Ballarat in the 1970s), and the court feels that reporting the outcome of this trial will potentially influence any possible jurors for that trial. Those possible jurors should go into that trial without any preconceived ideas of the accused person's guilt - and reporting that he is guilty of similar charges will undermine his right to a fair trial.

      All that we in Australia are being told is "George Pell removed from Pope Francis's cardinal advisory body". It's obvious why he was removed... if you know about the conviction.

      32 votes
    3. Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible'

      Current news: Catholic News Service: Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible' British Broadcasting Corporation: Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases...

      Current news:

      Catholic News Service: Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible'

      British Broadcasting Corporation: Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Pope Francis changes teachings to oppose death penalty in all cases

      New York Times: Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases


      The lead-up:

      CNN (3 years ago): Death penalty showdown: The Pope vs. the Supreme Court

      America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture
      (1 year ago): Pope Francis: The death penalty is contrary to the Gospel


      And... a contrary opinion from The Catholic World Report one year ago: Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment

      22 votes