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Religious programs tipped for ABC’s ‘killing season’

ABC-Brisbane

INSIDE the ABC staff call it “the killing season” – when next year’s TV and radio schedules are formulated and announcements made about what shows are to be axed. There was disquiet from Christian leaders when news leaked out that religion and ethics program Sunday Nights with John Clearly was headed for the chopping block. For 15 years the show ... Read More »

Parish activist group grows out of concern for Timorese community

time-to-draw-the-line

CONCERNED Brisbane Catholics have vowed to maintain pressure on the Australian government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with our smallest neighbour, East Timor. Michael Stevens has helped found the new Brisbane Timor Sea Justice group, which has grown from the Timor-Leste Companions of the Catholic Communities of Grovely, Samford and Mitchelton, a parish group focused on building friendship and ... Read More »

JPII in Australia: The moment I was tackled by the Federal police during Pope John Paul II’s visit to Darwin in 1986

St John Paul II in Australia

The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling reflects on his memory of John Paul II’s visit to Darwin on November 29, 1986 when he was working on a radio news story of the papal visit. THIS month marks 30 years since Pope John Paul II visited Australia. In six-and-a-half days, from November 24-December 1, the 66-year-old pontiff visited every state and territory, ... Read More »

Audit identifies improvements for safeguarding policy in Archdiocese of Brisbane

safeguarding policy

AN independent external audit conducted within the Archdiocese of Brisbane has found parishes comply with the requirements of the new “Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy”. The Archdiocese has released the results of the audit, which is the first annual external look into how parishes are complying with the policy. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the independent audits last year ... Read More »

Family working with neuroscience director of Catholic hospital considering medical cannabis to treat daughter’s “diabolical” chronic epilepsy

Family hopes cannabis will save daugther

LAURA Massie is a young Brisbane woman who has endured chronic epilepsy since she was a baby.  Now her family is preparing for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Queensland from next March, with a mixture of caution and hope that finally some relief may come. A lot of attention has been focused on using medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy, ... Read More »

Seminary turns 75: Former seminarians return to their alma mater for anniversary celebrations

Fr Anthony Mellor as a seminarian

ON November 3, the bishops and priests of Queensland went to Banyo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary. Many priests, spanning several generations, some now retired, recalled fond memories of their years of formation at the seminary. Mass was celebrated in the former seminary chapel at the Australian Catholic University campus now called Holy Spirit Chapel. ... Read More »

Queensland’s same-sex adoption laws denies child the right to a mother and father, opponents say

gay adoptions

NEW Queensland legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt, denies the rights of the child, according to opponents including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. “It represents another attempt to say there is no difference between heterosexual marriage and same-sex partnerships or marriage, and raises all sorts of questions about the rights of the child,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “The fundamental problem is that ... Read More »

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