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Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against conviction set to be held next week

JAILED Cardinal George Pell will return to an Australian court June 5 and 6 for an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two Melbourne choirboys in the 1990s. Lawyers for Cardinal Pell, who has been behind bars since February, will argue his guilty verdict was “unreasonable”. Cardinal Pell was handed a six-year prison sentence, after being convicted in December, ... Read More »

Brisbane bishop leads latest plan to heed Pope Francis’ call to ‘care for our common home’

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CATHOLICS across south-east Queensland are being urged to take up the call of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, understand its teachings and support an urgent environmental action plan aimed at protecting the planet. Central to the plan is a commitment to “ecological conversion” in parishes, Church agencies and schools throughout Brisbane archdiocese. Ahead of World Environment Day on June 5, ... Read More »

Sacking of Wallaby Israel Folau has triggered questions about freedom of religion and expression

THE sacking of Wallaby star Israel Folau has prompted soul-searching questions of religious freedom and expression – far beyond the confines of rugby, “the game they play in heaven”. The thirty-year-old’s $4 million contract was terminated on May 17 after an independent panel found he committed a high-level breach of Rugby Australia’s code of conduct for posting religiously-inspired, anti-gay comments ... Read More »

Religious freedom in the spotlight, politicians clarify their positions ahead of federal election

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HEADING into the final days of the Australian election campaign party leaders zigzagged across the country, covering vast distances to win over voters and, at times, fielding thorny questions about gay marriage, free speech and religious belief. Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison brushed aside questions about whether his personal views on same-sex marriage had changed since his vocal opposition to ... Read More »

CWL urges quality palliative care – good terminal illness care will ‘validate the lives of individuals’

QUEENSLAND’S peak Catholic women’s group has told a state parliamentary inquiry that the health system should not be focused on ending life but on providing good-quality palliative care. “We’ve got to stand up for what we believe,” 82-year-old Veronica Box, who is state president of the Catholic Women’s League, said after addressing the Inquiry into Aged Care End-of-Life, Palliative Care ... Read More »

Safeguarding audit rolling out across Brisbane Archdiocese ensuring child-safe institutions

THE Archdiocese of Brisbane is to undergo a groundbreaking full audit of its safeguarding practices starting next month. It means that 25 per cent of Brisbane’s 98 parishes and archdiocesan offices are likely to be audited – the first archdiocese in Australia to do so. “I welcome it,” Brisbane’s director of the Office for Safeguarding Services Mark Eustance said. “It’s ... Read More »

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