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Same-sex marriage supporters show their ugly side outside Brisbane Catholic church

same sex marriage protesters

EYEWITNESSES have described “an angry chanting crowd” of protesters outside a Brisbane Catholic church hours after the High Court agreed to allow the same-sex marriage postal vote to go ahead on September 7. Dozens of same-sex marriage supporters chanted, blocked the driveway entrance and spilled into the car park of St Michael’s Church, Dorrington as they awaited people arriving for ... Read More »

Fr Hans Zollner: Australians have lost trust in the local Church following sexual abuse scandals

Fr Hans Zollner

ONE of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, has singled out Australia as a country where “people have lost trust completely” in the Church. “There seems to be almost nil trust in what the Church says,” Fr Zollner, president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, said. ... Read More »

Australia’s good fortune not distributed equally, Social Justice Statement says

AUSTRALIA has maintained a solid momentum of economic growth over a quarter of a century – the longest economic growth in the western world – yet the benefits of this good fortune have not been distributed equally. This inequality forms the basis for the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2017–18, titled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy. ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop releases new pastoral letter defending traditional marriage

Marriage between a man and a woman

AS battle lines deepen over whether Australians voters should oppose or support same-sex marriage, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has advised of the importance of upholding traditional marriage. “This debate is about the meaning of marriage, and that’s why it’s important that everyone have their say in the postal vote,” Archbishop Coleridge wrote in a pastoral letter, which is published in ... Read More »

Voice consultant to Royal Shakespeare Company stresses the power of speech for Catholic professionals

Professor Paul Carding

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University’s Professor Paul Carding believes  speech is the most powerful tool humans have. Speaking at the August luncheon of Assembly of Catholic Professionals in Brisbane, Professor Carding said it was possible for most of people to deliver speeches which were “not just polished” but “motivating, inspiring and yes, potentially even life-changing”. A world expert in voice and speech ... Read More »

Springfield’s newest place to call home

Springfield Catholic church

SPRINGFIELD’S new Our Lady of the Southern Cross church was opened during a joyous dedication attended by more than 700 people on September 1. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided, in a church filled with members of a rapidly-growing parish community, that features more than 25 nationalities. “It was very exciting. People are just very happy to have a place they ... Read More »

Expert picked by Pope to fight child sexual abuse visiting Brisbane to talk with priest, bishops, and laity

Fr Hans Zollner and Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE will host a public seminar by one of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner. With a reputation as a reformer, Pope Francis named Fr Zollner, together with Irish child abuse survivor Marie Collins as founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014. Fr Zollner is president of ... Read More »

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