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Marriage changes will alter much more, advocate says

Dr David van Gend

COALITION for Marriage spokesman Dr David van Gend has told a conference in Brisbane if same-sex marriage passes into law Australia’s religious leaders would be intimidated “with the relentless threat of anti-discrimination lawsuits”. “Traditional moral teaching will become something to be whispered in private,” Dr van Gend (pictured), addressing the Spirit in the City conference, said. With the national same-sex ... Read More »

Crisis talks tell Vatican officials about state of the Church in Australia

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a sobering assessment of the Catholic Church in Australia, “shaken to the core” by the sexual abuse scandal and now facing its “biggest crisis”. Archbishop Coleridge and fellow Australian Church leaders have just returned from Rome where they held summit talks with senior Church officials over how to address the fallout of the clerical ... Read More »

Almost two million people calling for a vote on independence from Indonesia

A WEST Papuan independence leader has described handing an historic petition to the United Nations as representing “the blood and bones of his people”. More than 1.8 million West Papuans defied the Indonesian Government by signing a banned petition demanding a new vote for independence. An estimated 70 per cent of West Papuans signed the petition as it was smuggled ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics to unite with Mass rosary prayer campaign

BRISBANE’S faithful have been invited to join about one million Polish Catholics expected to attend a large rosary prayer session along the country’s border to mark the end of the Fatima centenary, and to pray for the salvation of their country. The “Rosary on the Borders” event on October 7, will be held to coincide with the feast of Our ... Read More »

St Leo’s College community recreates historic 1917 image at centenary celebrations

ONE hundred years to the day, St Leo’s College has celebrated it’s centenary by recreating an historic photograph taken on the day of the college’s dedication on September 30, 1917. Standing on the steps of the St Lucia college, the 2017 version of the photo featured the papal nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, St Leo’s College ... Read More »

Religious freedoms becoming crucial issues in the same-sex marriage debate

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has identified the rights of religious freedom and conscience as the crucial issues in the same-sex marriage debate. “It’s not just Church people like me who are concerned, there’s a broad concern in the community on this issue which goes to the heart of things in a country like Australia,” Archbishop Coleridge said, inviting Catholics to ... Read More »

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