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Brisbane priest pleased ‘gay panic’ law to be ditched

Fr Paul Kelly

BRISBANE priest Fr Paul Kelly is relieved the Queensland Government has introduced a bill to abolish the controversial “gay panic” defence. Fr Kelly (pictured) has spent years campaigning to change the law, after a man was bashed and died in the grounds of the St Mary’s Church in Maryborough church where he was serving as parish priest in 2008. Disgusted ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop encourages Neocatechumenal Way community

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a strong message of hope and repentance in an Advent homily to Brisbane’s Neocatechumenal Way communities. Speaking to the communities, which operate in four Brisbane parishes, during a vigil Mass in St Ambrose’s Church in Newmarket, Archbishop Coleridge described the words of prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:16 “The wolf will live with the lamb …) ... Read More »

Pro-life groups urge supporters to sign petition to say no to Queensland abortion reforms before Bills are debated next year

Pregnant woman

QUEENSLAND’S politicians are preparing for a fiery showdown on abortion early next year following a surprise parliamentary move by supporters of the so-called Pyne Abortion Bills. In a planned parliamentary manoeuvre on November 29, 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 ... Read More »

God’s biker: Polish Catholic priest just wants to read Scripture with outlaw bikies

BRISBANE Catholic priest Fr Andrzej Kolaczkowski likes nothing more than spending time in fellowship with outlaw bikie club members, sharing the Gospel. “There’s something really refreshing when you sit down and do Bible study …  with a bunch of hairy bikers full of tattoos. There’s nothing more refreshing to the faith,” he said. “It is about being a shepherd, it ... Read More »

Expert helps Catholic educators keep children safe online

cyberbullying expert

CYBER bullying, sexting and the sharing of personal information are issues of significant concern for Queensland schools, families and communities. However, blaming technology and restricting young people’s use of the Internet, iPads or mobile phones is not the answer, according to a cyber-bullying expert, Professor Donna Cross. Speaking at a Queensland Catholic educators forum on cyberspace and student wellbeing, Prof ... Read More »

Catholic chaplain questions effectiveness of government program aimed at giving military veterans jobs

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THE effectiveness of a new government program pitched at encouraging businesses to employ former defence force personnel has been questioned by a Catholic chaplain. Last month, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched the Veterans’ Employment Initiative, which would automatically give military veterans a job interview, if they have the right skills, training and experience. However, Catholic chaplain to the ex-services community ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge elected as chair for historic plenary council planning the future of the Church in Australia

plenary-council

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has been elected to chair a special bishops’ commission to plan and run an historic plenary council of the entire Church in Australia. It is to be held in 2020, only the fifth time in Australia’s history, and 79 years after the previous plenary council meeting. Archbishop Coleridge was elected during the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference meeting ... Read More »

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