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Aged care is being put on the backburner in Australia

ALMA was told by her daughter it would be a “nice” place.  But when Alma entered the aged-care facility, there was an overpowering stench of urine combined with toilet cleaner.   Alma’s room was tiny with no outlook, the curtains closed. It felt degrading.  She was collected and taken to a common lounge room where she sat all day with ... Read More »

How this young woman survives working in a male-dominated career

Gemma Hartwig knows all too well the challenges of being a young woman working in a trade. An 18-year-old diesel fitter, who attended Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby, is grateful for the opportunity to follow a Vocational Education Training pathway, which led to a trade apprenticeship. However, she told a VET Symposium 2016, organised by Queensland Catholic ... Read More »

US campaigner Brad Mattes says millions of men affected by no legal say in abortion

Brad Mattes

AMERICAN Brad Mattes is highly successful in spreading the pro-life message. And it is this message: “Lost Fatherhood – Men and Abortion” that this highly accomplished media commentator is bringing on a speaking tour across Queensland and to Sydney and Melbourne. Mr Mattes hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary on abortion and other life issues. It is carried on more than ... Read More »

Australia’s refugees respond to jibe from Peter Dutton

Clyde Cosentino

FR Lam Vu, refugee, architect and now Capuchin priest is grateful to God and to Australia for allowing his family to settle in the lucky country. Fr Vu, who is parish priest at St Mary’s, South Brisbane, was willing to respond to comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that refugees are uneducated, unemployable and at the same time “taking ... Read More »

Prayer breakfast told of mental health epidemic among soldiers

Vets slideshow

DEACON Gary Stone and his son Michael are both defence veterans and passionate about helping our young soldiers return to their families and civilian life. Together, they took on a new challenge last week – calling for greater public awareness about the plight of returning veterans, and seeking financial assistance for their mission through the Veterans Care Association. “The association ... Read More »

Catholics must act on abortion but with respect and dignity

Abortion poster boy

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a call to action to Queensland Catholics to get involved in the abortion bill debate. Archbishop Coleridge said Catholics should write to their local MP, go and see them personally, and perhaps join a pro-life rally. “The Church community has to act as well as speak,” he said. However, Archbishop Coleridge said Catholics should temper their ... Read More »

Domestic violence, separation and Church teaching

Domestic violence

SHOULD I stay, or should I go now?  It is the title of a chart-topping single by British punk band The Clash, but also a life-defining, cry-in-the-dark question facing many couples caught in crisis.  When domestic violence is involved, when is enough, enough? Separation. Under what circumstances can a spouse or partner leave another? Many people, including Catholics, are forced ... Read More »

Meet the Brisbane doctors who don’t want abortion decriminalised in Queensland

Rowan slideshow

PROMINENT doctors have expressed their concern about the traumatic effects of an abortion on women and their families, and for the protection of medical staff called on to carry out the “heinous” procedures.  Brisbane general practitioner Dr Katrina Neal described the proposed Queensland abortion bill as “quite gross” – something “we should all oppose in our country”.  “Although we talk ... Read More »

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