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Queensland Abortion Bills primed for debate before Christmas

prolife

QUEENSLAND’S politicians could debate the so-called Pyne Abortion Bills within days following a surprise parliamentary move. In a late morning manoeuvre, Member for Cairns Rob Pyne put forward a procedural motion to have his two Abortion Bills debated together, rather than separately. Labor Government members voted in support, opposition LNP members voted against, and with minor party and independent votes ... Read More »

Australian Catholics respond to ‘flourishing’ trades of human trafficking and slavery

human-trafficking-report

IN 2005 two Catholic religious sisters met in an Indooroopilly coffee shop concerned at the trafficking and exploitation of humans and how the trade appeared to be flourishing. The two sisters, Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary and the late Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll, started planning a response by religious orders and congregations. From that first meeting in Brisbane, a vast group ... Read More »

Indigenous communities unite to take urgent action to help women

No More Violence

THREE senior indigenous women have hailed the campaign called No More which uses sporting codes’ notions of fair play and respect as a successful way to curb the epidemic of family violence in Aboriginal communities. The campaign started with football teams in the Northern Territory linking arms before a game – in a silent and sincere pledge to end violence ... Read More »

Catholic ethicist says some fertility clinics misleading desperate couples with false IVF success rates

ivf process

CONCERNS have been raised by a leading Catholic ethicist that some of Australia’s major IVF clinics have been misleading couples with information about success rates. Queensland priest Fr Kevin McGovern, emeritus director at the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics, Melbourne, described as “deceitful” how some IVF clinics presented figures on their websites “to create the impression that the chance ... Read More »

Religious programs tipped for ABC’s ‘killing season’

ABC-Brisbane

INSIDE the ABC staff call it “the killing season” – when next year’s TV and radio schedules are formulated and announcements made about what shows are to be axed. There was disquiet from Christian leaders when news leaked out that religion and ethics program Sunday Nights with John Clearly was headed for the chopping block. For 15 years the show ... Read More »

Year of Mercy: A rare look at Mass behind bars

Fr Tony Girvan saying Mass in prison

IN a simple prison chapel, chaplain Fr Tony Girvan celebrates Mass with inmates at Maryborough Correctional Centre for the final time during the Year of Mercy, delivering a missionary message “of revealing God’s love to all people”. “They are loved and we are called to preach the Gospel through the way we love each other,” Fr Girvan said. “For someone ... Read More »

Parish activist group grows out of concern for Timorese community

time-to-draw-the-line

CONCERNED Brisbane Catholics have vowed to maintain pressure on the Australian government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with our smallest neighbour, East Timor. Michael Stevens has helped found the new Brisbane Timor Sea Justice group, which has grown from the Timor-Leste Companions of the Catholic Communities of Grovely, Samford and Mitchelton, a parish group focused on building friendship and ... Read More »

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