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Archbishop Coleridge says ABC not interested in the ‘real story’ of the Catholic Church following controversial domestic violence report

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has condemned the ABC for its “antagonistic, one-sided narrative” of the Catholic Church, calling for a return to honest and true reporting of “the real Australia”. The Archbishop of Brisbane made his comments after a controversial essay published on the ABC website that explored domestic violence issues within Christian churches falsely reported that he did not respond to ... Read More »

Big week for Catholic schools as Queensland launches Catholic Education Week

BRISBANE Catholic schools launched a week-long celebration of their distinctive Catholic ethos in an official ceremony at St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday. Hundreds of students from 40 schools packed out the cathedral on July 23 to kick off the annual Queensland Catholic Education Week celebrations from July 23 to 29 with a Mass where Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided. The Mass ... Read More »

Rite of political election: Why young Catholics need to engage more in Australian politics

Catholic Youth Calling

IF you ever wondered what happened to those provocative billboards promising men a better sex life, just ask Melbourne seminarian Matthew Restall. In 2008 the then-university student stumbled upon an image that would spur him into a national political campaign against sexualised advertising and a short career in politics. “I got involved through trying to change the sexualised culture in ... Read More »

Relationships educator warns of ignorance within Churches on pornography use among teens

Paul Ninnes

A PROMINENT Catholic relationships educator has warned that Christian churches are blind to the reality of the “porn pandemic” that is affecting young Queenslanders. Paul Ninnes, whose organisation Real Talk Australia sees more than 30,000 students in Catholic and state schools every year, said it was rare to meet teenagers who had not been exposed to pornography. “There’s huge ignorance ... Read More »

Townsville Mercy Sisters blessed with golden years

Mercy Sisters

THREE women religious from regional Queensland who entered the convent of the Mercy Sisters 50 years ago reunited to mark their golden jubilees. Mercy Sisters Carmel Ruddick, Cheryl Camp and Mary Lowcock were three of eight women who entered the Sisters of Mercy in early 1965. They came together to mark 50 years since they made their first professions on ... Read More »

Young Brisbane man Br Sebastian Condon makes first profession with Dominicans

Br Sebastian Condon keeling during his first profession

ORDINATION to the priesthood has come one step closer for former Brisbane seminarian Br Sebastian Condon who made his first profession with the Dominicans last month. Br Condon made his first profession on June 29 in Melbourne, following study in the novitiate for 12 months. The regular columnist for The Catholic Leader had previously discerned the possibility of becoming a ... Read More »

Fr Francis Ching, the priest who can’t read

Legally blind priest Fr Francis Ching

MASS etiquette suggests Catholics turn off or silence their mobile device before entering the church, but that rule doesn’t apply to Canadian priest Fr Francis Ching. Every time the 45-year-old Chinese-born priest celebrates Mass, or when it’s time to say his prayers of the Office, the iPad is on and right at his fingertips. Without it, Fr Francis couldn’t fulfil ... Read More »

Dedicated parish nurse Sarah Dunlop a ‘safety net’ for vulnerable Catholics

Parish nurse Sarah Dunlop

IF there’s something strange with your health, who you gonna call? For parishioners at the Jubilee parish, they dial the “hotline” to parish nurse Sarah Dunlop. A former fashion designer who changed careers to become a nurse more than 15 years ago, Mrs Dunlop is the “safety net” ensuring parishioners don’t disappear from their radar, especially when it comes to ... Read More »

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