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Former union leader Peter Kindness marvelled by ‘the great Creator of the universe’

Peter Kindness

PETER Kindness finds beauty and quiet pleasure in birdwatching by Moreton Bay. It’s a cherished pastime for the 80-year-old former union leader, who has known the rough and tumble of politics, has faced death and found God’s renewal, and stands up for his beliefs. He’s been a staunch Labor supporter, was arrested for demonstrating during the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era, and ... Read More »

‘Sixth-most powerful person in Queensland’ says Catholicism gives him meaning and direction

Karl Morris and sons

AFTER more than 30 years in financial services and wealth management, Karl Morris admits his profile has never been higher than right now. “Even though I’ve had a number of public positions, I’ve had a very private life,” Mr Morris, father-of five, told a menALIVE Father’s Day breakfast in Brisbane. “This changed recently when I became chairman of the Brisbane ... Read More »

Australian bishops say homeless tragedy demands action in national statement

  THE Australian Catholic bishops have registered their deep concern over the alarming growth in the problem of homelessness and insecure housing in Australia. In their Social Justice Statement 2018-19, A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land, the bishops call on Australians to look beyond the immediate challenges of the average household budget, to ... Read More »

Euthanasia debate to take place in Queensland after vote on abortion bill

aged care

QUEENSLAND Labor has signalled a parliamentary push to legalise abortion will be followed with an inquiry into end-of-life issues, including euthanasia. With debate on the State Government’s abortion bill expected next month, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed to the state Labor conference plans for an inquiry to consider all aspects of end-of-life care, including voluntary assisted dying. “Following the vote on ... Read More »

Record numbers march down Brisbane city to protest Labor’s “extreme” abortion bill

March for Life crowd

THOUSANDS of people joined the March for Life through Brisbane’s CBD last weekend to protest the Queensland Government’s move to legalise abortion. Organisers estimate 4000 marched down George Street, many dressed in white, chanting “life, life, life” and “Pro-life, pro-woman”. “God’s law doesn’t endorse taking away life. This is like murder,” Kevin Turne, who had travelled from Dalby on the ... Read More »

Eight Catholic schools trial heating system that uses earth as a form of radiator and battery

Mt Maria College students study new energy plan

BRISBANE’S Mt Maria College is earning top marks when it comes to producing clean energy and taking on the ecological challenges of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. It’s one of eight Brisbane Catholic Education pilot schools introducing a Living Laudato Si’ energy reduction and management plan and, in so doing, working towards big power savings and state-of-the-art clean energy solutions. ... Read More »

The Queensland bus service that keeps prisoners and families connected

Deacon Russ Nelson

THIRTY-two years ago Deacon Russ Nelson answered a notice in his parish bulletin searching for drivers to take visitors to prison once a month. “I said ‘yes’ and I’ve kept on doing it,” Deacon Nelson, the longest-serving driver still working for the charity Prison Transport Group, said. More than just a bus service, PTG is celebrating 40 years offering service ... Read More »

ACU Vice-Chancellor critical of the way Royal Commission was conducted

ONE of the 11 members of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council has delivered a sharp and wide-ranging criticism of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, describing it as “a flawed body” and its final report “a flawed document”. On the day that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia formally responded to the Royal ... Read More »

Australia’s bishops and religious vow never to repeat shameful child sexual abuse history

Archbishop Coleridge and Sr Monica Cavanagh address the media at a press conference on the Church's response to the Royal Commission

CATHOLIC leaders today (August 31) announced they accept 98 per cent of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse and have vowed that the Church’s shameful history will never be repeated. Catholic Religious Australia president Josephite Sister Monica Cavanagh and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge spoke at a media conference in Sydney, expressing their ... Read More »

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