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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 »

80,000 older Australians have suffered violence by family or carers

elder abuse

COMBATING elder abuse and protecting the rights of older Australians has been given a new priority by governments and banks. Almost 80,000 older Australians have suffered physical violence at the hands of someone known to them and many others have been financially exploited, often by a family member. Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter used World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, on June ... Read More »

New service in Kingaroy provides better care for dementia patients in rural towns

dementia cafe

A NEW memory café in south-east Queensland’s rural heartland, Kingaroy, aims to support people with dementia and those who care for them. Social isolation and a lack of services are the biggest barriers caring for rural people with dementia, according to a health care specialist. “Let’s be frank, there aren’t the services in rural areas, and there’s a stigma attached ... Read More »

Medical expert says abortion is terrible for women’s health

Dr Cath Lennon

A PROMINENT pro-life doctor has warned there will be more sex-selection abortions and women would suffer serious physical and psychological harm if Queensland parliamentarians push ahead to decriminalise abortion modelled on Victoria’s legislation that allows terminations up to birth. “It can be abortion up to birth for any reason including sex-selection abortion,” Sydney general practitioner Dr Cath Lennon said ahead ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge demands greater accountability of Bishops during visit to Rome

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Mark Coleridge has used a Vatican visit to publicly demand bishops “be accountable” in changing Church culture that made child abuse possible. “We’re not above the law, we are not a law unto ourselves nor is the Church a law unto herself,” Archbishop Coleridge said following a conference on safeguarding and child ... Read More »

Priest leading national support for refugees, migrants says parishes need to ‘hear their cry’

Fr Maurizio Pettena

FR Maurizio Pettena firmly believes the key to welcoming migrants and refugees into parish life is listening to their stories. “Let’s be attentive to details,” Fr Pettena, director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office said, launching the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be held on Sunday, August 26. “Hear their cry – where they come ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage story on protest outside a Brisbane church failed to ensure fairness and balance

same sex marriage protesters

THE Australian Press Council has concluded that a News Corp Australia story published during the lead-up to last year’s same-sex marriage vote, failed to ensure fairness and balance in reporting a protest outside a Brisbane church. The story on the news.com.au site on September 8 was headlined “Marriage equality supporters clash with church-goers in Brisbane protest” to describe a protest ... Read More »

Catholics urged to change mentality as shopping bags head for history’s bin

Erin Kennedy shopping

AS Queenslanders prepare for a ban on plastic shopping bags from July 1, Catholics are being urged to think more broadly about giving up harmful, single-use plastic items to protect the environment. “Using plastics is not a respectful use of resources,” Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy, a member of the archdiocesan Justice and Peace commission, said. “It has such a detrimental ... Read More »

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