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Australians want more theology courses

Sr Maeve Louise Heaney

GROWING demand for studying theology has prompted Australian Catholic University to set up a centre in Brisbane specialising in short courses and tailored professional learning. The new Xavier Centre for Theological Formation will launch on August 3, and will operate nationally. “Rather than thinking of theology as something that is just a degree that you do when you are training ... Read More »

German Cardinal Gerhard Müller to speak in Brisbane

Cardinal Gerhard Müller

BRISBANE Catholics have a rare opportunity to hear one of the Church’s foremost theologians speak on July 21. Cardinal Gerhard Müller will deliver a public lecture entitled “Blessed John Henry Newman and an unchangeable deposit of faith”. Cardinal Müller served as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in ... Read More »

Aussie polar explorer Jade Hameister tells Vatican conference to act faster on global warming threat

Jade Hameister

A YOUNG Australian explorer has shared her witness of melting polar ice at a Vatican conference discussing the devastating impacts of climate change. Seventeen-year-old Jade Hameister, the youngest person ever to ski both the North and South poles and to cross the polar ice cap on Greenland, implored world leaders to give her generation “a fighting chance” in combating global ... Read More »

More than 2000 Australia priests reject breaking seal of confession

Confessional

CLERGY advocacy groups representing more than 2000 priests across Australia have rejected outright breaking the seal of confession, even if it becomes law in some states and territories. The National Council of Priests of Australia, with 1700 members, rejects new laws announced in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Western Australia –which would require priests to break the seal of ... Read More »

Proclaim Conference explores new ways of contemplating the face of Christ

Archbishop Coleridge

THIS is a spirit moment for the Church, Archbishop Mark Coleridge has told the Proclaim 2018 conference in Brisbane, challenging Catholic delegates to renew and rejuvenate the Church in Australia. “I am intensely conscious as I sat amongst you that I face the danger of being pale, male and stale,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “Here at Proclaim what we set ourselves ... Read More »

Senator Amanda Stoker, Queensland’s voice for life

Queensland senator Amanda Stoker delivers her maiden speech

NEW Queensland LNP senator Amanda Stoker predicts “terrible consequences” if euthanasia becomes law, and is determined to stand up in parliament for her pro-life, Christian beliefs and the right to religious freedom. “People in this building should be standing up for the fundamentals – like the right to live,” Senator Stoker, a Brisbane mother-of-three and a lawyer, said. After delivering ... Read More »

Bishop Peter Comensoli to right the wrongs of the past as new Archbishop of Melbourne

Bishop Peter Comensoli

MELBOURNE’S Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli has vowed to “right the grievous wrongs of the past” and rebuild trust following child abuse scandals that have rocked the Church. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Melbourne’s ninth archbishop on June 29, at the same time accepting the resignation of Archbishop Denis Hart, who is retiring after 17 years. The Bishop of Broken Bay ... Read More »

Calls for convicted Archbishop Wilson to resign growing as he appeals court’s decision

Archbishop Philip Wilson

Updated July 5, 2:39pm SOME Australian bishops have added their voice to the growing public debate about whether convicted Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should resign after receiving an imprisonment sentence for covering up child sexual abuse. Survivors and prominent Australians including the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have called for Wilson to resign. “Although we have no authority to compel ... Read More »

Bishop Ken Howell hits the road

Bishop Ken Howell

BISHOP Ken Howell has been on the road, literally, travelling the length and breadth of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. “It’s Confirmation season – eight Confirmation ceremonies in five days,” Bishop Ken said, as he criss-crossed the archdiocese’s North Country deanery, taking in visits to Gympie, Maroochydore, Gayndah, Murgon and Nanango. “So I’m out and about. I love driving in the ... Read More »

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