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How a Queensland priest’s private collection became the University of Queensland’s greatest treasure 50 years ago

Fr Hayes with a diprotodon bone

FIFTY years ago, a humble Queensland priest handed over the most valuable collection of Australiana to the University of Queensland’s Fryer Library. Fr Edward Leo Hayes spent 71 years collecting tonnes of books, manuscripts, artefacts, and other rare and valuable items. This is his incredible story. LEGENDARY explorer Ludwig Leichhardt made a pit-stop at Rosenthal station, on the Darling Downs, ... Read More »

She was abused into having an abortion. Now Anne Sherston is changing the lives of other abuse survivors

SEVENTEEN abuse survivors are sitting in a room in Hobart as a Catholic priest guides them through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For several days the survivors have unpatched hidden wounds caused by traumatic abuse experiences in their childhood or adult life. There are a number of people who were sexually abused by clergy, others were the ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge reflects on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Christian faiths across the globe remembered the 500th anniversary since German Catholic priest Martin Luther published his 95 theses in 1517, marking the beginning of what would become the Protestant Reformation.  Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge reflects on the conflict and graces that have come out of this important movement.   RECENTLY I saw an item on a website which bore ... Read More »

Columban priest a voice for Taiwan’s voiceless

Fr Peter O'Neill

COLUMBAN missionary Father Peter O’Neill knows what modern slavery looks like. For 26 years, Fr O’Neill, from Geelong, lived among poor and abused migrant workers in Taiwan. He ran migrant shelters, provided pastoral support and advocated for human rights – a task he now describes as a privilege. “It held my faith in God, a God of justice, a God ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan – Part III

Wedding dance

“I … TAKE you  … to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.” Or until we “fall out of love”, or until you get sick of me, or I get sick of you, or one of us ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan: Part II

IN the previous edition of The Catholic Leader, I urged Catholics firstly to engage in the marriage debate with truth and love, and secondly to understand that we are not debating equality or love, we are debating whether the definition of marriage should change. It is necessary to point out that there are many kinds of loving relationships. I have ... Read More »

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