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Prime Minister to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse survivors

Malcolm Turnbull

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to deliver a national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on October 22. “Now we have uncovered the shocking truth we must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward,” Mr Turnbull said, announcing the Federal Government’s formal response to the Royal Commission into ... Read More »

New law requiring priests to break confession seal ‘premature and ill-judged’, Archbishop Coleridge says

confessional

CHURCH leaders are standing firm in support of priests upholding the seal of confession as a “religious freedom”, despite a new law that would require a priest to break the seal to report allegations of child abuse and misconduct. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the new law – that will apply in the Australian Capital ... Read More »

Commissioner Bob Atkinson heartened by church support for royal commission’s work

Bob Atkinson

ROYAL Commissioner Bob Atkinson has offered encouragement to Australian churches taking up the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, including the payment of compensation to survivors. “I can say it is very heartening to see the support of various faiths in recent times for the national redress scheme,” Mr Atkinson, a former Queensland police commissioner, said while ... Read More »

Biloela battles for Sri Lankan family taken from their home to detention

Biloela protest

RESIDENTS of the Central Queensland town of Biloela have ramped up a campaign demanding the return of a local asylum-seeker family seized by Australian Border Force officials and placed in a Melbourne detention centre. In a dawn operation on March 5, Tamils Nadesalingam and Priya and their two Australian-born daughters were taken from their home. The couple were put into ... Read More »

Church communities urged to push for better rights for Indigenous Australians

reconciliation service

CHURCH communities have been urged to join a nationwide push to improve rights and conditions for indigenous Australians. “It means standing together for justice,” a young indigenous Christian and Waka Waka descendant Brooke Prentis told an ecumenical service at Brisbane’s St Joseph’s Church in Bracken Ridge, during National Reconciliation Week. “Our people are still dying too young, our children are ... Read More »

New book outlines ongoing battles for life across Australia

Julie Borger with new pro-life book

FOR the past two years, Julie Borger has stood on the frontline advocating for Queensland’s politicians to reject proposals to legalise abortion. Now the Cherish Life Queensland president has written a book defending the sanctity of life based on biblical ethics, and warning of “a culture of death” threatening to engulf our society. “This is the greatest genocide in the ... Read More »

Brisbane artist guided by higher power travelling to Rome to see her work in the Vatican

Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya

WHEN Brisbane artist Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya starts to paint she knows in her “minds eye” exactly how the finished artwork will look. “The Holy Spirit is guiding me, and that is the joy of it,” Mrs Wijeyakulasuriya said from her home studio where she produces exquisite oil paintings that range from naturalistic landscapes to portraits and abstracts. Her acclaimed work, Holy ... Read More »

Leaders confirm Catholic Church will join the national redress scheme

safeguarding policy

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have today confirmed that the Church will enter the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse when that becomes possible under national legislation. “Since as early as 2013, the Catholic Church has called for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge ... Read More »

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