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Family advocates say government’s support of childcare in Omnibus bill ‘competing’ with stay-at-home mothers

mother with children

FAMILY advocates believe plans to save $4 billion by scrapping family tax benefits shows the Australian government is only interested in “competing” with stay-at-home mothers. National Civic Council Queensland president and father of five Luke McCormack is against the controversial childcare and welfare omnibus bill, which calls for a complete ... Read More »

The transgender phenomenon: Three Catholic ethicists widen the debate

Transgender phenomenon

EVERYBODY in the Blackall parish could rely on Trish Elliott. A faithful Mass-goer, Trish was always there to make the altar flowers pretty or give a friendly pep talk to a stranger. Even one teenage boy called Trish his “honorary aunty” at her funeral in April 2002. Trish never had ... Read More »

Australian priest who was held at gunpoint in Jaurez says the murder capital of Mexico is his first love

Fr Kevin Mullins

DRIVING through the desert in northern Mexico, Columban missionary Fr Kevin Mullins was stopped and held at gunpoint. “Three guys with ski masks, blue overalls and AK47s jumped out of a van, dragged me out of my car and held one of the AK47s to my temple,” Fr Mullins said. ... Read More »

Reading Amoris Laetitia through the mouth of Christ: A former Protestant minister’s response

POPE Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia continues to be the subject of considerable controversy, both locally and globally. There appears to be fear among some that the “infamous”chapter 8 is an attempt, among other things, to weaken the indissolubility of marriage. It would seem for some that the whole text boils down to ... Read More »

Brisbane father-of-three Marcus Riley is at the UN as an advocate for the ageing

Marcus Riley

BRISBANE’S Marcus Riley is the new, youthful champion for the ageing. The 40-year-old Catholic father-of-three has headed to United Nations headquarters in New York to advocate for a UN Convention of the Rights of Older Persons. “At the moment there is a silence about older people across international laws,” said ... Read More »

Caring for Earth is everyone’s business, eco-theologian says

Ecology

EVERYONE has a role to play in answering Pope Francis’ call to care for the Earth, says eco-theologian Fr Sean McDonagh. That was one of the messages he had for audiences during his recent speaking tour of Australia promoting action on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for ... Read More »

The Sydney initiative that is changing the hook-up culture at Schoolies

DO teenagers at Schoolies know what love means? Eight young Australians associated with Sydney-based ministry, The Culture Project, are about the find out when they join the mass crowds at Surfers Paradise this week. Headed by former Gold Coast man Christopher Da Silva, The Culture Project team will be asking ... Read More »

Dreamworld accident and other tragedies shows Australia is suffering from ‘mourning sickness’

mourning

IN the hours and days after four people died on the Thunder River Rapids ride, thousands of people flocked to Dreamworld to lay flowers, attend candlelight vigils and pay their heartfelt respects. The grassy hill outside the popular Gold Coast theme park became a memorial site, covered in bouquets and ... Read More »

Are you an ethical shopper? Here’s a Melbourne Catholic business that sells only Fair Trade, organic cotton t-shirts

POPE Francis inspired a business model that’s helping save the environment, support fairer workplaces and promote faith-filled messages.  Servi Store co-founder Ajesh Abraham read the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”) and took seriously the call to greater care of the environment and its people. “As we were ... Read More »

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