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Penalty rate cuts will ‘build inequality’, not create jobs

Penalty rates cuts

FOR Gold Coast retail worker Rachel Spackman, the whole issue of weekend penalty rates has a lot to do with religion. The 19-year-old Catholic is a full-time student and works casually up to 15 hours a week. She tries not to work on Sundays. “It’s a juggle because I like to go to 9am Mass,” the Merrimac student, who works ... Read More »

Josephite novice launches new eBook on Australia’s first saint

Jane Maisey

THE life of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop has been captured in a new eBook for children. Author Jane Maisey, who is on the “Emmaus Journey” (novitiate) to become a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, started writing after she looked online for eBooks about saints and found a glaring gap. “To my surprise there was very little, ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell denies child abuse allegations following charges

Cardinal Pell in the Vatican

CARDINAL George Pell has strenuously denied allegations of child sexual assault after being charged by Victorian Police. Cardinal Pell been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 18. The Archdiocese of Sydney released a statement on behalf of Cardinal Pell after he was informed of the charges during the early hours in Rome. “Cardinal Pell will return ... Read More »

Pyne’s same-sex prediction at odds with Liberal policy and traditional marriage voters

same sex marriage

IT is supposed to be the long, winter break for our federal politicians, but Government frontbencher Christopher Pyne’s leaked foray into the same-sex marriage debate fuelled a factional boilover within his own party, and heated rebuke from advocates for traditional marriage. Mr Pyne was caught on tape predicting same-sex marriage could be legalised “sooner than everyone thinks” as he addressed ... Read More »

Census 2016: Drop in religious affiliation no surprise for Archbishop Coleridge

Decline in religious affiliation

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge believes the latest census data showing a drop in religious affiliation suggests “the young are more interested in unorganised spirituality than organised religion, and that they aren’t as interested in denominations as their forebears were”. Catholicism remains by far the most dominant religion in Australia with more than 5.2 million followers, however the 2016 census data ... Read More »

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