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Summit on child protection opens with Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of evil acts committed

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described the powerful impact of hearing from child sexual abuse survivors during the opening of an historic Vatican summit on child protection. “I was surprised at the way tears welled up,” Archbishop Coleridge said of the pre-recorded video testimonials from abuse survivors.  They included one made pregnant three times by a priest who started abusing ... Read More »

95 million-year-old dinosaur discovery has Brisbane Catholic man astonished

Doug Miller

BRISBANE Catholic Doug Miller is one of the first to have seen dinosaur footprints that belong to a giant sauropod, largest of the extinct herbivores, discovered in a creek bed near Winton, in Central West Queensland. “It’s quite mind-blowing,” Mr Miller said, describing the sheer size of footprints – more than a metre across – discovered in rock while he ... Read More »

Examining euthanasia – good medical practice about ‘facilitating natural death with dignity and peace’

Euthanasia concerns

CATHOLICS have a chance to make known their views on euthanasia as a Queensland parliamentary health committee begins examining ways to ease the pain and suffering of the terminally ill. A year-long “end-of-life” inquiry will not only consider voluntary euthanasia in Queensland, but also has the scope to examine wide-ranging reforms in aged and palliative care. It will also look ... Read More »

Closing the gap – government plans for more teachers to work in remote Indigenous communities

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has called teaching “a calling” as he unveiled a Closing the Gap plan to encourage more teachers to work at remote Indigenous community schools. Under the plan, teacher graduates would have their university HECS debts wiped if they spend four years teaching in remote area Indigenous schools. “If you’re a teacher in a very remote area, ... Read More »

Archbishop Mark Coleridge under a global media spotlight in Rome as abuse summit begins

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church as “a global emergency”, and a Vatican summit this week “requires a global response”. For Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and finding himself under a global media spotlight in Rome as the summit begins, the urgency of the abuse crisis requires concrete, ... Read More »

Fire, floods and disaster – the call to be good stewards needed more than ever

IN the wake of Townsville’s “once in a century” monsoonal deluge, a leading ecologist warns extreme weather linked to climate change has the potential to dramatically shift the way Australians live and work, and force governments to ramp up resources to combat emergencies. “We’re seeing things we haven’t experienced before,” Macquarie University distinguished professor of biology Lesley Hughes said. Prof ... Read More »

Religious freedom championed by Church delegation to lawmakers, urging holistic re-examination

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has urged lawmakers to support a broad, holistic re-examination of religious freedom. Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, raised the hot-button issue as he led a five-member Church delegation presenting evidence to a parliamentary committee examining Labor Senator Penny Wong’s private member’s bill dealing with religious schools and their capacity to “discriminate” against ... Read More »

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