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Logan Catholic leaders, mayor criticise national welfare drug test trial

Drug test trial

A FEDERAL Government decision to choose Logan as a site for a national drug testing trial for welfare recipients has missed something crucial – the human element. That’s the view of Catholics who work on the pastoral and welfare frontline of Queensland’s rapidly-growing city, southeast of Brisbane. “At a human level, it can be heartless. At a practical level it ... Read More »

Brisbane apostolate offers crucial support for seafarers

seafarers manager Lloyd West

AS cargo ships dock at the Port of Brisbane a Seafarers’ Mission minibus arrives to pick up crews for a few hours ashore and respite from their gruelling jobs. The Stella Maris Mission to Seafarers is a part of the worldwide Catholic Apostleship of the Sea Ministry, supported in Brisbane by Centacare Pastoral Ministries. The crew members are Filipino, Polish, ... Read More »

Report shows Australia headed towards a male teacher drought

Male Teachers in the Classroom

STRATEGIES are needed to attract more men to teaching, otherwise Australian schools are headed for a male teacher drought, a new report finds. The report Why Choose Teaching? – by the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) at the Australian Catholic University and commissioned by the Queensland College of Teachers – recommends identifying aspiring teachers while they are still at high ... Read More »

Men stepping out in faith

MenALIVE Renewal of Church

SEARCHING for life’s deeper meaning does not come easily to many men in today’s hectic world. However, more than 200 men from across Australia and New Zealand took time out to attend menALIVE to the MAX, a national Catholic men’s gathering in Brisbane from July 14-16. Described as the largest “Catholic gathering of men in Australia or New Zealand”, attendees ... Read More »

Farming couple fight hard to keep miners including Adani off their land

Curries farmer

BRUCE and Annette Currie’s central Queensland cattle property Speculation is parched and drought-stricken, and cattle numbers have dwindled to about one-third but their greatest battle is with the mining industry. At the best of times their life as graziers is hard and isolated – two hours drive along the Capricorn Highway to the nearest church in Barcaldine. Like many dedicated ... Read More »

Catholic Workers found guilty over damaging war memorial

Catholic Workers Memorial Verdict

FOUR members of the Catholic Worker movement have been found guilty of wilful damage for their part in dismantling a brass sword from an historic war memorial cross in Brisbane. Jim Dowling, 61, his son Franz Dowling, Andrew Paine and Tim Webb each represented themselves in the Brisbane Magistrates Court and pleaded not guilty to damaging the Cross of Sacrifice, ... Read More »

Croatian priest appointed as link between Rome and Beijing says Church in China is ‘living in semi-freedom’

Holy See Study Mission

THE title on his business card gives little away – Holy See Study Mission, Hong Kong. For the past seven-and-a-half years, Monsignor Ante Jozic, an astute Croatian who previously worked at the Holy See nunciature in Moscow, has held one of the Catholic Church’s most delicate and intriguing diplomatic positions anywhere in the world. Working under the innocuous “study mission” ... Read More »

Queensland Catholic education leader on Gonski review panel

Gonski Catholic Panel Member

QUEENSLAND Catholic educational leader Dr Lee-Anne Perry has been applauded as a key appointment to the new Gonski 2.0 review panel that will advise the Federal Government on school funding in the next decade. “I want to contribute to the conversation around improving outcomes by bringing to the table the perspectives of Catholic schools and also my own experience as ... Read More »

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